BANYANA Banyana’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) final heroine, Hildah Magaia, is still in disbelief over her contribution to the team’s historic achievement.
Magaia’s brace in the final against Morocco in front of a hostile home crowd, packed inside the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, gave Banyana their maiden Wafcon title, ending their bridesmaid tag after five final defeats.
The striker’s name is set to go down in history as her expertly taken goals contributed towards a historic moment for Desiree Ellis’ team, as they clinched the coveted title 2-1.
But for Magaia, who plays her football in South Korea with Sejong Sportstoto, the moment still feels surreal, and she still has to pinch herself.
“At this moment, I still can’t believe it,” said Magaia.
“I’m still the same person who I was before I went to the Wafcon, so I think everything will sink in when I’m relaxed.
“I believe that the goals I scored will open more doors for me, but I also know that I’m already at one of the best clubs, according to me.”
Magaia revealed that the injury to teammate Thembi Kgatlana, who happens to be the star player for Banyana, inspired her to raise her game and fill the massive shoes of the Racing Louisville forward.
“Everyone in the team begged for me and Jermaine (Seoposenwe) to please step up and do it for the team since Thembi was not around,” said Magaia.
“I also told myself that I must do it for my teammate (Thembi) because I know if she was here, then she would’ve done this with us. So I just put everything on the line and played my heart out alongside Jermaine.”
Magaia is now looking forward to the Fifa Women’s World Cup, which will take place next year in Australia and New Zealand, where she’ll be aiming to play another starring role.
“No one in the team is guaranteed a place,” added Magaia.
“We all just need to go back to our respective teams and raise our hands up again for the coach to select us.”