Banyana's youngest player

Banyana’s youngest player Nthabiseng Majiya. Photo: Banyana Banyana (Facebook).

LA LIGA BOUND: South Africa’s top female footballers are going global

Four of South Africa’s brightest female football stars are set to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in La Liga.

Banyana's youngest player

Banyana’s youngest player Nthabiseng Majiya. Photo: Banyana Banyana (Facebook).

South Africa’s premier sports betting operator, Hollywoodbets, and European sports giant, La Liga, are proud to announce that four of South Africa’s top female footballers from the Hollywoodbets Super League 2022 season, are set to jet off to Spain this Saturday, 27 January 2024.

They will be embarking on an exciting opportunity to train alongside some of Spain’s finest players at Villarreal CF.

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This unique opportunity reflects Hollywoodbets and La Liga’s determination to propel women’s football to unprecedented heights, creating remarkable opportunities for athletes who are setting new standards in the sport. The exceptional skills and unwavering determination displayed by South African female footballers has garnered well-deserved recognition.

Hollywoodbets, which is La Liga’s official betting partner in South Africa, is thrilled to present these trailblazing athletes with an extraordinary experience in collaboration with Villarreal CF and La Liga.


  • Boitumelo Rabale (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies): With an outstanding record of 23 goals during the 2022 season, Rabale’s meteoric rise earned her the coveted Player of the Season title.
  • Nthabiseng Majiya (Richmond United FC): Crowned the Young Player of the Season while representing Richmond United. Majiya’s potential and passion are undeniable. Her youthful energy and promising skills embody the bright future of women’s football.
  • Nompumelelo Nyandeni (TS Galaxy Queens): Boasting a staggering 149 international caps, Nyandeni brings experience and leadership to the forefront. From securing the top goal-scorer position to exemplifying excellence on and off the field, she is a true role model.
  • Katlego Moletsane (Royal AM FC): The Goalkeeper of The Season from Royal AM, showcases remarkable talent between the posts. Her commanding presence and exceptional reflexes makes her a pivotal asset to the game.

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These standout players, who showcased exceptional skills during the 2021/2022 Hollywoodbets Super League season, will have training sessions with the Villareal CF, who’s women’s team plays in Liga F, the top league for women’s football in Spain. They will also have the privilege of touring the historic Estadio de la Cerámica, which has over 100 years of history. The athletes will also witness a La Liga EA SPORTS match between Villareal CF and Cadiz, adding to the richness of their experience.

They will be joined by 2017 La Liga Future Coaches Talent Search winner, Sakhile Nkomo from Soweto. After gaining further knowledge in Madrid and Spain, Nkomo has gone on to join the esteemed Pitso Mosimane schools’ programme while also coaching his own team of juniors, Orlando Real Sweepers FC.

Expressing her excitement, Nthabiseng said, “I feel wonderful and excited about my opportunity to go to Spain as it is my first visiting the country. I expect to gain experience and learn new things.” She emphasised the significance of the trip in helping her assess her skills and identify areas for improvement as she aspires to elevate her game.

Nompumelelo expressed her joy and honour in being selected for this experience, expressing her eagerness to learn new skills during the exciting training sessions in Spain. She said she also looks forward to exploring the Villareal Stadium and understanding its storied history.

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Tresor Penku, Managing Director of La Liga Africa added: “The journey to Spain for these exceptional players is a testament to their skill, dedication, and the bright future of women’s football. La Liga is proud to be part of this initiative, contributing to the global development of the sport and inspiring the next generation of female athletes.”

Morgan Shandu, Head of Operations at Hollywoodbets, acknowledged the transformative impact of investing in women’s football.

“The Hollywoodbets Super League has shown how investment in women’s football can be a game changer. Last year, we sent the league’s best to Brentford FC, where they got to train with the Premier League’s women’s team.

“In the past few years, we have seen how teams like Sundowns Ladies have become giants on the African continent through their victories in the CAF Women’s Champions League, and how Banyana Banyana have gone from strength to strength as they become a force to be reckoned with. Hollywoodbets is proud to be a part of this journey as South African women’s football goes to the next level.”

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