International Women's Day special: South Africa legend Portia Modise

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To celebrate International Women's Day, Goal pay tribute to the retired Banyana Banyana star, one of South Africa's best ever soccer players

To celebrate International Women's Day, Goal honour  Portia Modise , the South African star who became the first African player in history to score 100 international goals.

In this feature, we review the main accolades the Banyana Banyana  star received in football during her amazing career.


South Africa's Portia Modise and Yukari Kinga of Japan

  • Modise began playing with Soweto Rangers at under-10 level.
  • Modise was nominated for the Women's Fifa World Player of the Year award in 2005
  • She was also nominated for the 2006 Confederation of African Football Women's Football of the Year award. 
  • She won the 2006 player of the year championship at the Women’s African Football Championship.
  • In 2007 Modise signed a two-year deal to play for Denmark’s Fortuna Hjørring in the Elitedivisionen.
  • Due to disagreements with coach August Makalakalane, Modise announced she would no longer play for Banyana in November 2008.

Portia Modise and South Africa's Olympic team

  • In 2009, she returned to South Africa to play for Palace Super Falcons.
  • She was nominated for the 2012 Sports Women of the year.
  • Modise represented South Africa at the 2012 London Summer Olympics
  • She also picked up the 2014 South African Sports Star award, becoming the first woman to win it.
  • She scored 102 goals for Banyana Banyana.
  • Modise criticised the etiquette workshops Safa attempted to create for women.

Career as a Pundit

Now in her guise as a legendary analyst, watch Modise talk about what South Africa needs to do to improve after Banyana failed to progress to the next round at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.




South Africa's Portia Modise

Key moment - On retiring for South Africa as a player:

"I'm not saying goodbye to the football association, I'm saying see you later. I would really like to contribute to the country's soccer building.

"I'm not crying because I'm sad or because there are other issues. I'm crying because these are tears of joy. I have really good memories, I have represented my country as a soldier."

Portia Modise of South Africa, Cameroon's Crystelle Ngnipoho

A future aim - On wanting to coach a PSL team:

"I would love to coach, not only women, but also PSL teams one day.

"I am currently coaching a first team of boys. We are winning games and they are listening to me. So for me... I am aiming high. 

"That is a start, I think the more they give South African women a chance to prove themselves they [the club bosses] will be surprised - rather than closing the door on women. 

"I can't be playing overseas, having all those caps, all those goals and my country doesn't use me to give back. I think that is a waste."