Participant plays in professional soccer league
Thirty-year-old Thabisile Thaga, a store person for the Dr. JS Moroka Team, did not allow patriarchy to stop her from achieving her dream of becoming a professional soccer player.
She hails from the rural town of Tweefontein in Mpumalanga.
“Playing football as a woman was taboo. It was a men’s sport,” she says.
Thaga has played in the under-20 national ladies’ team and won the Vodacom championship title with the Detroit Football Club.
A midfielder, Thaga now plays for the Coal City Wizards Football Club in the Sasol Ladies’ Professional Soccer League.
During the week, she trains with the males at the local football club.
“I am the only lady playing with the males in the village. This gives me more of a fitness edge over other ladies,” she says.
Thaga says it’s good that the men no longer discriminate against her during training, as
“Football cannot be for the men only. The WOF programme acknowledges us as women. The programme accommodated me as woman to make a living,” says the football star.