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Banyana star Kgatlana joins Portuguese giants Benfica

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Thembi Kgatlana (Benfica website)
Thembi Kgatlana (Benfica website)

Cape Town - Banyana Banyana star Thembi Kgatlana has completed her transfer move to Portuguese giants Benfica.

After a successful stint in China with Beijing BG Phoenix, the 23-year-old is excited with her move from Asia to Europe.

"I am very excited to sign for Benfica. I thank the team, the President, and everyone for giving me the opportunity to come to Portugal and Benfica", Kgatlana said as quoted by the club's website.

"Benfica is a great club in Portugal and in the world. I have already had the opportunity to see history and records, and for me, it is a great honour to be part of such a great club."

Benfica's vice-president, Fernando Tavares expects big things from the South African as they hope to utilise her ability to qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League.

"We have very high expectations for Thembi. She was considered the best African of the year in 2019, she is a player with very strong characteristics, she is very fast, she can do one or two positions on the field, she can play 9 and be extreme.

"This acquisition we will endow Benfica's attack with several solutions to add to the ones we already have, considering what are the objectives of the time."

- Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien

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