Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana legend Doctor Khumalo
believes Banyana Banyana striker Thembi Kgatlana deserves just as much credit
as Percy Tau for her performances.
Kgatlana has been in red-hot form for the women's national
team, scoring five goals as the side has progressed to the final of the 2018
African Women's Championship to face Nigeria in the final on Saturday in Ghana.
As a result of reaching the final, the Desiree Ellis-coached
outfit have also advanced to the women's World Cup tournament which is set to
take place in France in 2019.
As such, Khumalo, who won the Africa Cup of Nations with
Bafana in 1996, takes the view that the Houston Dash forward deserves plenty of
accolades for her performances.
He told Soccer Laduma website: "I recently singled out
Percy Tau for the unbelievable performances he put out for Bafana Bafana and I
would be failing if I didn't do the same for Thembi Kgatlana, who has been
unbelievable, especially in front of goals and is arguably the best player of
the tournament so far.
"I'm really happy for Des and wish her and the team all
the best. She's achieved so much in a short space of time as I said, and I hope
there's more to come from her. Let's embrace our women's football because
they're not doing it for themselves.
"We need to take our game to the next level, just like
Des and Simphiwe have shown us. We need to celebrate them and learn as much as
we can from them because they know what they're doing.
"We also need to continue supporting these guys for the
job well done. I'm super proud of Desiree and Simphiwe for making us proud. I
hope they continue to succeed and that their success will inspire other young
ladies out there to go for their dreams."