Banyana Banyana's Portia Modise retires from football

By Drum Digital
19 May 2015

Banyana Banyana's superstar midfielder and forward Portia Modise has retired from professional football with immediate effect.

President of SAFA, Danny Jordaan, has announced that

Modise who has played for national soccer team Banyana Banyana since 2000 has made 117 appearances for the country and has represented the country in tournaments such as the 2012 Olympics and the Women's African Football Championship.

"I have been a soldier for my country," Modise said at a press conference held at Fifa house in Nasrec, Johannesburg.

"Football really changed by my life...but age is catching up and I want to be that player that people look at and think, 'she can't do it anymore'", she laughed.

Modise now plans on focusing her energy on coaching and giving back to the community.

"This is not goodbye, but a see you later. I want to motivate women into achieving more than I did...and I want to see a professional league," Modise revealed about her future plans.

Safa President Danny Jordaan called referred to the announcement as being a "sad day" while CEO of the federation, Dennis Mumble, has said that Modise is "not lost to South African football".

Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw expressed the gap that Modise will leave in the team.

"Someone needs to step up because we can't rely on Portia anymore," Pauw said.

Modise made history by becoming the first African footballer to score 100 goals international goals and has won many prestigious awards including the 2014 South African Sports Start of the Year, as voted for by the public.

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