Hilda Magaia is female player of the season

Timmy T Maranda

Banyana Banyana and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) striker Hilda Magaia was the big winner at the SAFA National Women’s League award ceremony on Tuesday morning at SAFA house in Nasrec, Johannesburg.

The deadly striker won the top goal scorer award and the player of the season in the maiden SAFA National Women’s League.

She shared the golden boot award with Mamelodi Sundowns and Banyana Banyana striker Rhoda Mulaudzi. They both scored a massive 36 goals in a season that was shortened due to Covid-19.

Despite her team not winning the league, the striker’s contribution earned her a Banyana Banyana call up. 

Magaia helped Banyana Banyana win their fourth COSAFA Cup in a row. She also won the best player of the tournament at the tournament.

The Banyana Banyana and TUT striker told Scrolla.africa that: “This award means a lot to me and it also shows that I have fought a lot this season to help my team win.”

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Kananelo Taiwe of Bloemfontein Celtic women’s team scooped the young player of the year while Andile Dlamini took the goalkeeper of the season award.

Mamelodi Sundowns were awarded the trophy and prize money of R500,000 for clinching the maiden title without defeat.

The ceremony was attended by several top SAFA officials which include SAFA President Danny Jordaan, Vice-President Gladwyn White, NEC member Ms Anastasia Tsichlas and SAFA CEO Tebogo Montlante.