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“Work until you don’t have to introduce yourself”: Young Soccer-icon Biyana

By Ashok Ramsarup :: University of KwaZulu-Natal final year student  – Kholosa Biyana – has been selected to represent the South African national women’s soccer squad in the forthcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next month.    Biyana who is a KwaZulu-Natal Sport Science student has left Durban to join the Banyana Banyana squad in Johannesburg.  The national squad leaves for France today   (Thursday)

24-year-old Biyana, who received the call up last week,  soon after returning from the United States.  However, she told AllMediaLink that she had been looking forward to the announcement which arrived from her stint in the U.S.

At a tender age of eight Biyana began playing soccer. She admitted that she used to play with the boys, but was fully supported by her dad.

In 2005 she moved to a boarding school. Her father would drive her to training daily.  Speaking candidly, Biyana says playing with the boys made her. Eight years later, she moved to Durban where her dreams would be answered to play for South Africa.

Photo Credit Sydney Mahlangu

In 2017, she quit her radiography job to focus on football and going back to school was the only option.

Biyana is a dedicated midfielder in the Banyana Banyana outfit. She has earned 19 caps for the national squad and has won two COSAFA Cups.

She says despite her injuries, Biyana had been working tremendously hard to reach peak form.  Earlier she missed the Afcon tournament where the team qualified for the coveted World Cup.

Biyana says faith has kept her going and the coaches never gave up on her as they have been my motivating factor for my success.   She has pointed out that the UKZN football family has always supported her.

“My parents have also shown their support even though they were worried that I wouldn’t be able to balance my studies and football,”  said an excited Biyana.

She heaped huge praises to the School of Sport Science for its support in ensuring that she writes all her tests, submits assignments and writes her exams before she leaves for France.  Biyana wrote her last test a day after she arrived from the U.S. last week, and had to write three exams before flying to Gauteng.

Biyana is also hopeful that she represents the University in the world student games taking place in Italy in July.  She has urged all the young girls wanting to take part in the beautiful game they must work hard to achieve their goals. Her motto “work until you don’t have to introduce yourself”.

Ashok Ramsarup is award-winning senior journalist of South Africa 🇿🇦 

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