Gift an article

REVIEW | The Thembi Kgatlana story is a tale of triumph

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
loading...
Loading, please wait...
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa walks off the pitch after the 2019 FIFA Womens World Cup France group B match between South Africa and China PR at Parc des Princes on June 13, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa walks off the pitch after the 2019 FIFA Womens World Cup France group B match between South Africa and China PR at Parc des Princes on June 13, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

This short biography is about Thembi Kgatlana, who became an international football icon despite all the odds stacked against her. It is written by Nikolaos Kirkinis, author of the bestselling The Curse of Teko Modise, about another famous footballer. Strike a Rock is a well written, easy read.   

In this account, Kgatlana’s story is one of self-belief, never doubting yourself, and never settling for less. Young Thembi grew up as a tomboy who spent most of her time playing football with boys in the rough streets of Mohlakeng. At school, she was a talented athlete, but her parents were not aware of her talent until she brought home a trophy. She was a naughty child – especially in tandem with her cousin Mpho. The mischief they get up to, however, I find rather hard to believe. The author may have added too much salt in, for instance, the headmaster story. 

Read this for free
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE