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I went against mum's words to make big China move, explains South Africa's Thembi Kgatlana

17:27 GMT 28/03/2019
Thembi Kgatlana - South Africa
The reigning African queen has opened up on why she left the American side before heading to China, a decision against her mother's wish

Thembi Kgatlana has come out to explain her decision to dump United States outfit Houston Dash for Chinese Women's Super League side Beijing Phoenix.

In February, the reigning African Women's Player of the Year ended her forgettable one-year stint with the American side, scoring only twice in 16 appearances, having only started twice in 2018.

Upon her sterling display at the 2018 African Women's Cup of Nations in Ghana, Kgatlana sealed her money-spinning move to Asia, signing a one-year deal with the Beijing outfit.

And the 22-year-old, who made an instant impact for Beijing, scoring in a 3-0 win over Shaanxi, admits she went against her mother's advice not to quit Dash.

"I think my mum always says she doesn't understand me because I go against her words," Kgatlana told

"Everyone is still asking me why did I leave Houston Dash because the United States is considered the best league in the world.

"I think it's not about what people think of me but it's about what I think of myself. I've played in the US but I think the most difficult thing for me in the United States was game time. 

"I don't know what is going to happen to me in China but I am ready, able and willing to take the challenge."