The South African Senior Women’s National Team sponsor, Sasol, have expressed their gratitude towards former Banyana Banyana striker Portia Modise after she announced that she is hanging up her boots.
Modise made the announcement that she will be retiring from international football at a media briefing held at SAFA House on Tuesday morning, 19 May.
The Soweto born footballer was the longest serving player in Banyana Banyana with 124 caps. She scored 101 goals in National Team colors, making her the first African footballer to ever score 100 international goals.
Nicknamed ‘Bashin’ after the Orlando Pirates goal scoring legend Albert ‘Bashin’ Mahlangu, Modise played a vital role in Banyana Banyana’s achievements in the years that she represented the country on the field of play.
“Sasol would like to congratulate Portia on the milestone of having represented South Africa more than a 100 times and scoring more than 100 goals. Her experience played a vital role in the team. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours and hope she will not be lost to the women’s game in South Africa,” said Sasol Sponsorship Specialist, Dumisani Mbokane.
Modise started playing football at the tender age of 10, choosing the sport over netball in school. She played for Soweto Rangers at U/10 level and Jomo Cosmos Ladies before joining Soweto Ladies in 1996.
At the age of 13 she captained Basetsana before being called –up to the senior side two years later. She made her debut in the senior national team in 2000.
She also had a stint overseas where she played for Denmark side, Fortuna Hjorring for two seasons.
“She has been a great motivation to young female footballers, a true ambassador of women’s football in South Africa. We hope her achievements will inspire more women to be involved in the sport,” concluded Mbokane.
“I’m not saying goodbye to the football association, I’m saying see you later. I would really like to contribute to building football in this country,” Modise said.