Banyana Banyana duo Thembi Kgatlana and Linda Motlhalo have parted ways with USA outfit Houston Dash by mutual consent.
Kgatlana and Motlhalo spent one season with Houston, who play in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), alongside Banyana captain Janine van Wyk.
The Banyana trio become the first South Africans to play in the USA and are now in search of new clubs.
Kgatlana has since confirmed that she and Motlhalo are close to signing a deal at a new club, while showing their gratitude towards the American-based outfit.
‘We cannot say much at the moment, but we are very close to confirming new clubs, as negotiations are at a very advanced stage and we could sign very soon,’ Kgatlana told Safa.
‘It is true though, that we have left Houston Dash and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the club for everything they have done for us.
‘They gave a great chance to grow our careers and we will never forget that. They opened their doors for us and made us feel comfortable.
‘We were home away from home. But above all, they took a chance with us and allowed us to showcase the South African talent in this highly competitive league – we are forever indebted to them. And gratitude also goes to former coach of Houston Dash, Vera Pauw, who initiated our move.’
Meanwhile, Houston Dash coach James Clarkson released the following statement on the departure of the Banyana duo.
‘We are grateful for everything Linda and Thembi have given the club. We wish them the best as they begin the next chapter of their career. We would have loved to have them join us in 2019, but we understand the complexities of the global game and the interest in players like Linda or Thembi. This now gives us roster flexibility, including an open international spot as we continue to build the 2019 Houston Dash.’
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