Banyana Banyana star Thembi Kgatlana insists she is not feeling any pressure despite heading to the Fifa Women's World Cup as Africa's finest and the focal point of the South African women's team.
“I always tell people I don’t know what pressure is. People have opinions and if you listened to opinions then you wouldn’t find out who you are,” - Kgatlana said.
“But for me, I have internal pressure from myself. I set internal targets about what I want to achieve. If I listened to people’s opinions then my head would be all over. So there’s no pressure, I am going there (to the World Cup in France next month) to enjoy myself with the team.”
Kgatlana has often been used as a substitute in recent games during Banyana's World Cup preparations after coach Desiree Ellis brought in new additions in the striking department in Rhoda Mulaudzi and Ode Fulutudilu, who were not at the AWCON but Kgatlana remains unperturbed by the competition for places.
“I don’t have a problem about the reinforcement in the national team. After all, we don’t have entitlements,” Kgatlana said.
“The coach sees players that are fit to come and that’s her choice. For me it’s about pairing with whoever comes into the squad. I came into Banyana and I wanted a position but there weren’t any. I had to work up to where I am, so it’s the same with the rest of the players.”