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Olympian Moodaly off to ply her trade in the US
- Updated: May 23, 2013
London Olympian Robyn Moodaly, will be hoping for bigger things when she jets off to Littleton, Colorado on Saturday, to begin a new footballing career in the United States.
The skilful player will play her club football for Colorado Rush in the US Women’s League until August.
Moodaly, who rose through the ranks of junior national teams, and has become one of Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza’s stalwarts, was on the radar of several overseas universities last year but ultimately decided to pursue a four-year Sports Science degree at the AIB College in Des Moines, Iowa.
The High Performance Centre graduate will be joining compatriots in goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Pepperdine University, California) and midfielder Kylie Ann Louw (Stephen Austin University, Texas) in the United States.
The midfielder, who has been capped 15 times for Banyana Banyana colours, was a key member of Mkhonza’s squad that qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. Mostly used as an impact player, Moodaly has made several telling contributions, primarily as a second half substitute, and often turning matches in Banyana Banyana’s favour through slick passing and well-timed tackling.
The tiny midfielder who plays for Mondeor-JVW (Sasol League, Gauteng) played an important role in the Under-17 women’s national team that participated in the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in the Caribbean in 2010.
Moodaly is excited about the opportunity presented to her to play overseas but at the same time feels nervous about leaving home for this audacious venture in the United States.
ÔÇ£I feel honoured to get such an opportunity to be playing and studying abroad. I am looking forward to gain lots of experience by playing for Colorado Rush even though it will be temporary before moving onto the College League in September.
ÔÇ£However, to be honest with you, I’m feeling very nervous as I don’t know what to expect when I arrive. I need to do well in my studies but mostly improve my game because my ultimate goal is to play in the professional league within the USA,ÔÇØ said Moodaly.