Thembi Kgatlana. Images Via Instagram @kgatlanathe1st

Thembi Kgatlana. Images Via Instagram @kgatlanathe1st

Who is Thembi Kgatlana? Age, career, family and net worth

Discover the incredible journey of Thembi Kgatlana, a dynamic South African soccer sensation and a key player in the Banyana Banyana squad.

Thembi Kgatlana. Images Via Instagram @kgatlanathe1st

Thembi Kgatlana. Images Via Instagram @kgatlanathe1st

Thembi Kgatlana is a highly acclaimed soccer player in South Africa who has achieved great success. She has proudly represented her country in numerous international events. So who is she? Read on for more information about her.

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Thembi Kgatlana plays for the National Women’s Soccer League club Racing Louisville FC, and the South Africa women’s national team. She was part of the Banyana team in the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup.

Thembi Kgatlana’s profile summary and bio

Full nameChrestinah Thembi Kgatlana
Date of birth2 May 1996
Place of birthMohlakeng, Gauteng, South Africa
Age27 years (At the time of this publishing)
Zodiac signTaurus
NationalitySouth African
Hair colourBlack
Eye colourBlack
ParentsMr and Mrs Kgatlana
Relationship statusDating
Spouse Abongile Dlani
OccupationSoccer player
Social media profilesInstagram Twitter


A native of Mohlakeng, Gauteng, she was born on 2 May 1996 to Mr and Mrs Kgatlana. Thembi Kgatlana’s age is 27 years, and her star sign is Taurus.


Growing up, she was forced to play with boys due to a lack of opportunities for girls in the sport. Thembi Kgatlana eventually got a scholarship at the SAFA Girls Soccer Academy of Tuks Sport High School Pretoria. This was the first step towards her successful international career.

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Speaking to Radio 702, Thembi Kgatlana said her greatest challenge in the sport was facing gender stereotypes. In 2018, she moved to the US to join Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League.

The following year, Kgatlana joined Beijing BG Phoenix F.C. on a one-year contract. She later signed with SL Benfica in 2020. Currently, she plays for the National Women’s Soccer League club Racing Louisville FC and the South Africa women’s national team.


The Mzansi football star is dating her long-time girlfriend, Abongile Dlani. The pair have been together for over eight years, and do not shy away from showing love for each other on social media.


Thembi Kgatlana is an active social media user, particularly on Instagram where she has about 65k followers. In addition, she is on Twitter with over 51k followers. She has mostly used these platforms to promote her non-profit organization, Thembi Kgatlana Foundation, aimed at helping communities in South Africa through sports.

Thembi Kgatlana’s impact on both the world of soccer and her local South African communities is truly remarkable and inspiring. As a talented soccer player, she has showcased her skills on the international stage, becoming a role model for aspiring athletes, especially young girls, in South Africa and beyond.