How much do you love football? If you are into betting with Betway casino, we are sure you have already followed the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations this year. However, what can you expect now when Leandra Smeda, the star of the South African women’s team has moved to Sweden? Here is a look at all that can happen.
Post the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, there has been a lot of talk about South African midfielder Leandra Smeda. Her performance at the tournament has gotten everyone talking and to show for it she has been signed on by the Vittsjo GIK from the country of Sweden.
The midfielder who is all of 29 now had recently finished a six-month-long contract with the FK Gintra-Universitas that was based in Lithuania. In fact, it was the coach of the Nigerian team Thomas Dennerby, who is a Swedish national who first referred Leandra to the team.
She was first noticed by Thomas in the two games she had played against Nigeria at the Nations Cup that was held in Ghana. The South African team won the first match with a 0-1, but they lost the finals as part of the penalty.
In fact, Leandra herself expressed her surprise at the recommendation of the Nigerian coach that she did not even realize that she had come under the notice of the Nigerian coach. She also said that if you give your all on the field, opportunities can arise from every quarter as it seems to be happening for her.
Leandra has also played for the University of the Western cape Ladies as part of the South African Sasol Women’s League. She was also the first South African woman to score in the European Women’s Championships League against the team of Finland in August.
Leandra says that she is looking forward to starting this new journey with a new and unknown team. She also says that though it might not be easy in the beginning, with hard work she can prevail. She also hopes to play in the Champion’s League again.
Leandra Smeda is following the footsteps of countless South African women who are going abroad to play with other teams including Refiloe Jane and Rhoda Malaudzi. In fact, some of the best South African players are now playing for foreign teams.
On this note, Leandra says it is for the best interest of the national team if players go abroad to play as that would acclimatize them to different styles of football the world over and also improve their skillsets which will only benefit the national team to be better and stronger in the long run.The better they play, the more they will have a chance to go and play abroad at the various clubs. Leandra is slated to join her new club Vittsjo GIK at the end of the Cyprus Women’s Cup which will begin at the fag end of February. The tournament will be a week-long one.