South Africa: Mbane Joins Growing List of Banyana Banyana Players Abroad

Mbane signed a one year deal with FC Dinamo Minsk from Belarus.

In a surprise move, she was handed the number 13 jersey, same as what she wears in the national team.

Speaking from Belarus after signing her deal, the former Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies stalwart had this to say:

"I can only thank God for this, it has long been coming and I was really patient but at some point I thought it would never happen but then the Almighty works in his own time. When the opportunity came to come this side I did not even think twice - I have been here for well over two weeks and finally I have put pen to paper," said an excited Mbane.

"I am just grateful for the opportunity and will do the best I can to help the succeed. Right now the most important this is to settle quickly before the start of the league at the end of March so that I am ready. As for the jersey number, it came as a complete surprise and I could not say no to that number. I am happy I get to keep the same number as in the national team."

Mbane is now the only South African at the club after the departure of Banyana Banyana duo Rachel Sebati and Letago Modiba, who have now found a new home in Turkey where they come out in the colours of ALG Spor.

Other South African women players abroad are Refiloe Jane (Italy), Thembi Kgatlana (Portugal), Linda Motlhalo (Sweden), Regina Mogolola (Serbia), Zanele Nhlapo (Albania), Rachel Sebati and Letago Modiba (both Turkey), Amogelang Motau (USA) and Ode Fulutudilu (Finland).

FACT FILE:

ZFK Minsk is a Belarusian women's football team based in Minsk

It plays its home matches in the FC Minsk Stadium field

It originally competed in the Belarusian Premier League as Minchanka-BGPU before becoming the women's section of FC Minsk in 2010

In 2011, it won the national cup, its first title, and soon afterwards it rose to the championship's top positions

In 2013, it won the championship for the first time, winning all 26 games, along with its second Cup

This qualified the team for UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time

In 2014, the club succeeded in achieving the double again

Honours:

7 Premier League titles: 2013-2019

4 Cup wins: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015

SA WOMEN PLAYERS ABROAD

PLAYER POSITION CLUB

Daniella De Sousa Striker Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma

Ode Fulutudilu Striker Aland United, Finland

Thembi Kgatlana Midfielder Benfica, Portugal

Anele Komani Midfielder University of West Alabama

Refiloe Jane Midfielder AC Milan, Italy

Letago Modiba Forward ALG Spor, Turkey

Andisiwe Mgcoyi Striker Apolonia, Albania

Regina Mogolola Defender Red Star Belgrade, Serbia

Linda Motlhalo Midfielder Djurgarden, Sweden

Amogelang Motau Striker Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma

Zanele Nhlapo Defender Apolonia, Albania

Kelso Peskin Striker Toulouse, France

Drishana Pillay Defender Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma

Rachel Sebati Midfielder ALG Spor, Turkey

Jermaine Seoposenwe Striker Real Betis, Spain

Chamelle Wiltshire Defender Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

Bambanani Mbane Defender FC Dinamo Minsk, Belarus

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