Tormentor-in-Chief of the Banyana Banyana, Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana has spoken about her influence in the senior women’s national team of South Africa and how coach Desiree Ellis plotted Ghana’s defeat in the ongoing Aisha Buhari Cup in Lagos, Nigeria.

The 2018 Best African Player of the Year was the chief creator in the attacking force of the Banyana Banyana on Friday at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena as South Africa brushed the Black Queens aside [3-0] with ease, scoring one and assisting one goal as well.

Whiles coach Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo had a course to complain about lack of experience players in her team, Desiree Ellis on the other hand has a chunk of her top players around including; Kaylin Swart [JVW FC], Janine Van Wyk [Glasgow City], Lebohang Ramalepe [Dinamo Minsk], Refiloe Jane [AC Milan], Linda Motlhalo [Djurgardens FC], Sibulele Holweni [University of Western Cape], and Thembi Kgatlana [Atlético Madrid].

Thembi Kgatlana in action for Spanish Primera División club Atlético Madrid

“It’s always good to play top teams,” said Kgatlana who plays for Spanish Primera División club Atlético Madrid.

“We hadn’t played in a very long time and we had a couple of overseas based players who had to join the team.

“Getting a first match like Ghana, we had to prepare and also make sure that we scored.”

The tricky forward said playing in Europe has helped her gather enough experience which she’s ever ready to use it at the disposal of the Banyana Banayana.

“Playing in Europe makes me a better player and if I get a call up to play for the national team. I have to use my experience to help the team and score to influence the win which I did.”

Banyana Banyana’s next assignment is a very tough one as they face the Super Falcons of Nigeria on Tuesday.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson