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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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A new society on Kovsie grounds

ESA members outside the Faculty of Education. From left: SentshoTseki, KabeloNoosi, RefilweMabengu and SemakaleMoiloa.
Photo: Linda Fekisi
6 June 2013

The Education Student Association (ESA) is the latest addition to the associations on the Bloemfontein Campus. ESA is made up of 12 executive members who have a portfolio in the Faculty of Education’s governance structure. They serve as a voice to 1 600 students in this faculty.

Chairperson, SentshoTseki, describes ESA as “new, fresh and out there. We are here for students and we want to build a structure that is recognisable. Our goal is to facilitate students’ participation in programmatic and faculty-wide feedback. We also want to represent the students in management and governance structures.”

With just a few weeks since its establishment, the association has been involved in a community project in Ladybrand. “Community engagement with the schools around the Free State area lies at the heart of our association. We went to Ladybrand to motivate learners and also give them necessary information about university,“ Tseki added.

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