South Africa Noko Alice Matlou : Banyana Banyana Striker-turned-defender at Gunsmith

Last week, the Gunsmith concluded their summer transfer with the signing of the South African defender, Noko Alice Matlou. At 35 years old, the 2008 Africa Women’s Footballer of the Year completed her maiden professional deal the Spanish club. She will team up with her compatriot, Thembi Kgatlana.

Eibar coach, Iker Dorronsoro described his plans with the defender. And he explained how much the club wanted Matlou to join them following their top-flight promotion for the first time since 2009. 

It is a very even category [Primera Iberdrola]. It is very difficult to add three.” Dorronsoro told the club website.

Winning has given us confidence. And we are convinced that we can achieve something there. On the first day, we saw a solid Eibar, with a lot of help. And we are clear that we have to be that if we want to compete every weekend in the Iberdrola League.” He continued.

With Matlou, we want experience. She is a veteran player, who has also played for her national team. I think that within the team, especially for the young players, it will contribute and help us grow“. Dorronsoro concluded.

The striker-turned-defender has previously featured for South African domestic clubs like Development Ladies, Brazilian Ladies and the University of Johannesburg. She then joined Maindies.

Matlou boasts over 150 appearances for Banyana Banyana since her senior debut in 2006. And she has become the first South African to be named African Women’s Footballer of the Year two years later.

After two top-flight matches, Eibar are fifth on the log with four points following a 2-2 draw with Levante in their last outing.

Since teaming up with the Spanish side last week, Matlou is waiting to make her professional debut in the colours of Eibar when they take on Madrid at home in their next fixture on 18 October.

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