There are athletes that inspire greatness through their tremendous feats in their respective sporting codes, regardless of their gender, race or creed; although we are beginning to see a gradual movement towards more reporting regarding the abundant females excelling in sports, while setting great standards for young people across the globe, we at GSV felt obliged to add our pennies to the collection fund with a feature we call, Her Majesty, A Queen Of Sport.
DoB: October 12th, 1993 (21)
PoB: Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, Western Cape; South Africa
Position/s: Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Advanced Forward, Deep-Lying Forward, Complete Forward
Height: 1, 68 m
Preferred Foot: Right
Teams Represented: University of Western Cape Ladies’ Football Club, Santos WFC, Spurs WFC, South Africa u/17 (Bantwana), South Africa (Banyana Banyana). Samford University (The Bulldogs)
Current Team: Samford University (The Bulldogs)
Team Jersey No: #10
Team Record (2014): 22 Games; 9 Goals; 13 Assists
The Grand Stand View
The growth of women’s football in South Africa can be measured by the great strides made by the fraternity is a relatively short span of time; while it’s a rarity to find a South African footballer playing football at a good level in a foreign country, it’s becoming common occurrence for one to see a female South African footballer fighting to make the grade overseas.
A visit to the South of the United States of America would eventually lead one to Birmingham, Alabama; a place entrenched in history like few other states or provinces on the planet. Located in the relatively small city of Homewood, Samford University is a private institution that is home to one of the most promising female footballers to come out of Mama Africa in recent times. Jermaine Seoposenwe is part of an inspiring contingent of South African women’s footballers that have made the brave decision to leave home and head to The States in search of greater opportunities on and off the field.
As a youngster, Jermaine showed her tenacity and desire to upset the apple-cart by playing in the primary school football side alongside some boys who refused to take it lightly on her in training; while a young female playing footie with some lads is not uncommon in South Africa, we had struggled for decades to translate that enthusiasm and talent into international calibre footballers that could represent our beloved Women’s national teams with distinction. The goal poaching Jermaine played football for the University of Western Cape while pursuing her tertiary education and elevated herself into football stardom during the FIFA u-17 Women’s World Cup in 2010, the playmaker forward was one of few shining lights for Abantwana in Trinidad & Tobago; announcing her arrival on the international stage with much aplomb, Jermaine finished the tournament with 2 goals and an assist in the 3 games her nation played during the tourney.
It was that exposure in Solly Luvengo’s side that helped to elevate her standing within the South African football fraternity; Seoponsenwe’s stellar performances throughout the year of 2010 for the women’s junior national team earned her the title of “Best u/17 Player” at the SAFA Awards, an accolade that was thoroughly deserved by a talented young footballer with immense potential. Jermaine’s star continued to rise as news of her enormous ability begun to spread like wild fire and her call-up to the senior women’s national squad in 2012 came as no surprise, the then teenage forward validated her selection with some stellar performances in a team full of established stars; 2012 could have been an even greater year for the forward, yet she was unfortunate enough to miss the London Olympic Games through injury.
A great combination of talent, exposure and grace afforded the talented young footballer with an opportunity to fulfil a dream of hers by moving to The United States to major in business studies and play football at the college level while developing her craft even further; Jermaine joined Samford University on a four-year scholarship in 2014 and has already managed to cement quite a legacy for herself in the colours of The Bulldogs. Blazing her way into the school’s record books in her debut season with some dexterity; Jermaine set a new school record of 31 points in a season, breaking the previous record of 27 points set by Marian Wagner in 2002. Her scintillating form in 2014 also led to her breaking the school record for most assists in a single season with her tally of 13, the previous school record was the 12 assists notched up by Rebecca Bohler in 2005; Seoposenwe’s great haul of 13 assist also included a school record 3 assists in one game. Jermaine’s healthy return of 9 goals in the 2014 season sees her perched 3rd on the University’s all-time single season scoring list, further proof of her proficiency on the offensive end of the pitch; the sweet fruits of her labour were reaped at the end of 2014 as she earned her first Varsity Letter, for attaining excellence in soccer, in her astonishing debut season as a Bulldog.
Jermaine Seoposenwe is already one of the best footballers to ever grace the turf at Samford University, yet the fiercely competitive and highly ambitious Mitchell’s Plain bred football star already has her eyes set one fulfilling her vast potential and going on to play professional football once her development is complete, Lord willing, we will be speaking of Jermaine Seoposenwe the NWSL or FA WSL superstar in a couple of years; we at GSV pray that her great development is allowed to continue at international level and there is great hope that she can help carry the hopes of an avid football nation on her young shoulders as they seek to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in October of 2015. If Jermaine Seoposenwe continues her great career trajectory and fulfils the great potential she has in her locker, we could potentially be looking at one of the greatest footballers of this current generation; a supreme talent with great faith, a level head on her shoulders and a keen eye for goal, South African football surely could use more Jermaine Seoposenwe’s on both sides of the spectrum and Bob’s your uncail.