The South African Football Journalist Association recently announced Rhoda Mulaudzi as the inaugural winner of the Women’s Player of the Year, Mulaudzi recently left Masandawana ladies team to join the Belarusian outfit.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you very much. I am very happy and grateful for this award. It makes me more proud of myself every day and reminds me that I shall not stop praying, working hard, staying motivated and keeping a positive mind all the time. This award goes to every woman footballer out there to say, “don’t give up yet.’ Effort in stride, I recognized,” Mulaudzi said when speaking to us
In the running for the award were two of Mulaudzi’s teammates Bongeka Gamede from the University of the Western Cape, Noko Matlou, Hilda Magaia and former teammate at Mamelodi Sundowns Andile Dlamini.
The Banyana striker has already won an accolade at her new club as they won the Belarus Women’s Cup.
She also told us about how things are at her new club, “all I can say, I’m getting there, I’m settling in, I’m now starting to get into it. Because it’s not easy, especially when you’re from another continent, but just have to adjust. Yeah, so I’m thinking very well in my club. I am really enjoying myself and the time I spent here, some days are tough, but we soldier on and stay positive all the time.”
“I would like to say to SAFJA, ‘thank you for making women’s football scene known and recognized, it is people like you that will keep us going as you aim to change how women’s football is being viewed. You are the change we need to have a better opportunity for the coming generations. Your efforts are seen in me’,” concluded Mulaudzi.