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06 March 2020 | Story Ruan Bruwer | Photo Supplied
Nomsa Mathontsi
Nomsa Mathontsi has been training with the South African senior women’s football team since Monday (03/02).

Whether she takes to the field or not, being part of the senior national women’s soccer team is already an accomplishment, says Nomsa Mathontsi. 

The BAdmin student in Economic and Management Sciences has been chosen for the Banyana Banyana squad for the first time. They face Lesotho on Sunday, 8 March 2020 in an international friendly in Johannesburg. There could be two Kovsies on the field, as Mating Monokoane, another University of the Free State student, was selected for Lesotho’s team. Both of them are midfielders.

The 21-year-old Mathontsi, who has been part of the Kovsie football team since 2018, says it will be a dream come true for her to wear the national colours. “Even if I don't get to play, I will still be proud of myself for being able to take on the challenge of going to camp and giving myself a chance to show my talent.”

“We have been together since Monday, 2 March 2020 and it has been the best experience, especially the fact that football has put me in the high-performance centre (South African Football Association girls’ academy), and now I get an opportunity to be with Banyana for the first time.”

“I was shocked when I got the call, but excited to face the challenge because it's never easy to get a call-up to Banyana, you need to work for it,” she says.

According to Mathontsi, who grew up in Mamelodi, Pretoria, her first love was athletics, but that changed during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“I was an athlete back in primary school and it just so happened that I was selected to play football, which I never really enjoyed. I also had the opportunity to be part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ceremonies, where I developed a love for football.”

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Grow our own Timber programme presented their research

Fellows of the University of the Free State's (UFS) Grow our own Timber programme recently presented their research to the programme management, other fellows and guests. Seven (7) Ph D-students and nine (9) masters degree students took part in the presentation.

The Grow our own Timber programme is a programme of the UFS aimed at training young black graduates for a career at the university. The programme is supported by among others the Andrew Mellon Foundation Scholarship and the Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation.



Front from left: Ms Lucia Motseki (Ph D student in the Department of Human Nutrition), Dr Choice Makhetha (Vice-Dean: Student Affairs at the UFS and former Grow our own Timber fellow), Prof Letticia Moja (Dean: UFS Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the Grow our own Timber programme).

Back from left: Ms Christolene Saaiman (M student of the Department of Physiotherapy) and Ms Annette Prins (Deputy-Director of the Grow our own Timber programme).


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