Bayana Bayana vice-captain Refiloe Jane has admitted that leaving the team’s camp on the eve of the Caf African Women’s Championship final against Nigeria in Ghana has left her with a heavy heart.
The star midfielder will miss the tournament showpiece on Saturday afternoon at the Accra Sports Stadium after her Australian club Canberra United exercised their right to recall her from the tournament.
“It is sad that I won’t be playing in the final against Nigeria at the weekend.
“A piece of me wants to play in the final but the other part of me wants me to go and chase my dream of playing pro football overseas‚” she said before leaving the team camp.
“It is not a good situation to be in but it comes with the territory of being a professional athlete.
“Sometimes God puts you in situations knowing what is best for you.
“He has placed me here but at the same time he wants me to be somewhere else.
“I met with the rest of the team and said my goodbyes and I believe that we have a good team and quality players to do well in the final.
“Our technical team has done a good job and I am positive that we will do well.”
SA Football Association (Safa) acting chief executive Russell Paul said there was an agreement with Canberra United that Jane would only be available for a certain number of games in Ghana.
“There was an agreement between the player and the club that she would leave after qualification (for the World Cup)‚” he said.
“Initially the club wanted to have her back after the group stages but we negotiated with them.
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