South Africa forward Thembi Kgatlana is confident of recovering from an injury as Banyana Banyana defeated Botswana 1-0 in their final Group C fixture of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.
The 26-year-old, who features for NWSL club Racing Louisville FC, suffered a nasty injury against the Mares as Banyana needed an 80th-minute goal via substitute Nthabiseng Ronisha Majiya to defeat the stubborn side at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.
Kgatlana said after the game as quoted by CafOnline:
I have a sprain. I hope I will recover well and I hope it is not a serious injury.
All the players played well today [Sunday]. We have been able to stay organized, work with a good team spirit and remain united.
We tried to create some opportunities and the coach told us that we had to be patient. The match against Nigeria was different. We have teammates who are a good mix of players who play abroad and local players.
I think we have a great team, we know how to adapt.
Kgatlana, who needed the support of a technical team member to walk to the interview, was named Woman of the Match.