Kaylyn Jordaan’s dream recently came true when she was selected for Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana for 2020 COSAFA Women’s Championship taking place in Nelson Mandela Bay.
19-years old Jordaan is regarded as one of the most promising players of her generation, currently playing for the Spurs WFC Sasol League team in the Western Cape.
Jordaan says she is thrilled to be part of the senior national women’s team for the first time.
“My call up was unexpected but I felt really happy, nervous and truly honored to receive such an opportunity.
Being in the team is exactly what I expected; it’s very competitive and everyone plays to the best of their ability. The COSAFA Women’s Championship is such a great platform for me to learn as much as I can from other experienced players. I hope to gain deeper context on the game of football and get scouted by overseas clubs.” Jordaan said.
Jordaan’s football journey began when she was 11 years old, playing with her twin brother and other boys in her community.
“Growing up playing soccer was emotionally challenging. I was labelled and called names for being the only female playing in a male-dominated sport. What helped me overcome such stereotypes is that I was true to myself because I knew who I was, I refused to be put down,” she said.
Before joining Banyana Banyana, Kaylyn played for the South African Women’s National U-17 football team(Bantwana). During her time with Bantwana, she received the opportunity to captain the team at the World Cup Qualifiers and compete against top international teams at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay in 2018. She also represented the U-20 team in various international competitions including the Region 5 games which the teamwon on both occasions.
Jordaan says to her, being limitless means she can achieve anything.
“To me being limitless means being a conqueror and believing that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. I believe that it’s important to have a vision and stick to it; stay focused and put in the work. To Sasol, I would like to say thank you for the work you have done in developingwomen’s football. You have changed people’s perceptionsabout women in the sport and as a result, we are being recognised and appreciated by many South Africans.” Jordaan said.
Written by: Diski Voice