South Africa vice-captain Refiloe Jane will miss the final of the 2018 Women’s Afcon against Nigeria, which will take place on Saturday, 1 December at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Jane, who played all the matches at the tournament, left Ghana for Australia to return to her new club Canberra United after helping South Africa clinch their first ever Fifa Women’s World Cup qualification.
But she is sad to miss the final as she believes that Banyana Banyana are closer than ever to lifting their first trophy in this competition, but due to club commitments she had to make the difficult choice of leaving before the final.
The Australian league has been ongoing even during the tournament. Here is what Jane had to say:
“It’s sad that I won’t be a part of the final against Nigeria even though a part of me wants to play but still a part of me still needs to go and live my other dream of playing football overseas,” she told Safa media channel.
“It’s not an easy task to be done but it is a part of being an athlete. Sometimes God places you in situations knowing what’s best for you; even though I want to be here [Ghana 2018], he placed me but I should be somewhere else. So wherever he places me to I will go.
The midfielder thanked head coach Desiree Ellis and the team for understanding her situation.
“I met with the team, sent my wishes and told them I won’t be available for the final. But we’ve got quality players in the team; we’ve got what it takes to win the trophy whether I’m here or not. Also, I thank the technical team for allowing me leave at this crucial time of the tournament. If it was any other coach, I don’t think it was going to be easy for them to just say, ‘you can leave’ while we are going to play a crucial match in the tournament, which is the final…” Jane noted before leaving Ghana.