Xolani's Daily Comment

Xolani celebrates Banyana Banyana's Portia Modise

Good wishes to the South Africa national women's football team, Banyana Banyana, who are right this minute fighting for one of the top three places in the African women's championship. A spot in the top three will secure them a place in the World Cup in Canada next year.

Yet again we look at Portia Modise, the team’s star striker, to deliver the goods for us. And what a player! Chances are she won't disappoint.

Over the weekend she joined an illustrious yet select group of players to have scored a hundred goals or more in their national team colors when she notched up her 100th goal with two strikes that helped her team beat Algeria 5-1 to reach the African Women's Championships semi-final.

She has scored 100 goals in 117 matches for Banyana Banyana. There are only about five other women players in the world who have better figures.

Her teammates and the technical staff speak highly of her work ethic and determination. She epitomizes commitment and dedication to one's career. She deserves our respect. But I worry about whether we give her due regard.

She was on Sports Talk with Udo about three weeks ago and was asked how she feels we should pay tribute to her for the hundred goals and her answer was “I just want a house, I've never been able to buy myself a house”.

Fourteen years of service to the national team and she still can't buy herself a house? Something's wrong there.

She's been nominated for the sports star of the year in the South African Sports Awards and personally from my side, she's got my vote. As a father to two young impressionable daughters - I'm proud to say she is a worthy role model to my kids.

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