Bayana Bayana of South Africa striker Thembi Kgatlana continue her sojourn in Europe as she joined Spanish Iberodola side SD Eiba on a year loan deal, OJB Sport reports.
The enterprising forward started her footballing career with University of Western Cape before moving to the United State Kgatlana moved to the United States to join the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League.
She was brought in by her former national team coach Vera Pauw. Kgatlana joined her South African teammates Janine van Wyk and Linda Motlhalo in Houston.
Kgatlana made 16 appearances with Houston and she scored 2 goals.
Eibar announced her capture via its official website on Tuesday afternoon on a year loan deal with an option to sign her permanently.
“Thembi Kgatlana has become the latest reinforcement of the Eibar Sports Society women’s first team. 24-year-old South African forward.
Signature until the end of this season, in which the armored team will seek permanence in the highest category,” the club said.
Before joining Eibar, Kgatlana signed for Portuguese side Benfica in January 2020.
On 1 February 2020 she made her debut with the club being subbed on in a 3–1 win over Braga in Taça da Liga Feminina.
She represented her country at the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations, where she won the Player of the Tournament and was the highest goal scorer. Kgatlana also represented South Africa at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, where she scored her country’s first goal ever in the tournament.
Kgatlana has 17 goals in 55 appearances for Bayana Bayana.