It will be a special day for Banyana Banyana mid-fielder, Mamello Makhabane, when she takes the field against Madagascar in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Women’s Championship match in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

This will be her 100th match for the country, becoming the eighth Banyana player to achieve that milestone.

Makhabane started playing for the national team in 2005 and helped to qualify for major events like the Olympic Games and the World Cup.

She wants to celebrate the occasion in grand style:

“I would really like to score a goal to be part of a winning side and to play well so that it can be a memorable opponent for me. Reaching 100 caps is an achievement on its own. I want to take it on a high note.”

Although Coach Desiree Ellis has not yet finalised her starting 11, she has given an indication that Makhabane will play:

“If she is going to play, she will have to start. We cannot give somebody 10 minutes to get a hundred caps. That decision will be made sooner than later but it’s important to respect what she has done and she will be afforded that respect. That’s a special moment and we will see.”

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