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Banyana star honoured to clock 50 caps

Banyana Banyana defender Lebohang Ramalepe celebrated her 50th cap in fine style with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria in the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations victory on Sunday.

Ramalepe joins the likes of Jermaine Seoposenwe, Sanah Mollo, Janine van Wyk, Amanda Dlamini, Refiloe Jane, Nothando Vilakazi and Noko Matlou, who have played 50 or more times for the senior women’s national team.

“The Lord works in mysterious ways. Reaching 50 caps is not an easy thing, and I would like to thank all the coaches who helped me along the way to get to this milestone because if they did not believe in my ability, I would not be here. Gratitude also goes to my teammates who encourage me every day, so yes when we played Nigeria I was quietly celebrating. I am so happy, I really never thought I would reach this big milestone,” she told SAFA’s website.

“I am honoured to be mentioned in the same space as the Banyana Banyana greats. I am really humbled, but I feel there is still a long way to go to get to that magical 100. As a player I know what I have to do to reach it – stay disciplined, be coachable, make sure the nation is always proud of the hard work I put in in every game, no matter the results – just always strive to do my best, and the rest will follow.”

Ramalepe says her most memorable match for Banyana was against Equatorial Guinea in the 2016 Olympic qualifiers.

“When we played Equatorial Guinea in their backyard to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics – that is a day I will never forget because it was my first time ever qualifying for such a very big event that every player wants to be part of. The fact that we beat them away, the celebrations that followed, the joy of my teammates, it was just something to behold. I will forever cherish that day in particular.”

50+ Banyana Banyana players:

64 – Jermaine Seoposenwe

64 – Jermaine Seoposenwe

73 – Sanah Mollo

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