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Rebecca Joy Adams opens up on her new chapter

Rebecca Joy Adams, South Africa’s first female footballer to play in Brazil, has opened up about her new chapter after joining a new club recently.

The Cape Town-born footballer returned to South Africa in April 2023 from Brazil, where she was in the books of Sao Bernado. She’s been clubless for almost a year.

Before moving to Brazil, she was competing in college football in the United States of America [USA] for the Northeast Texas community, where she caught the attention of Sao Bernado.

In South Africa, she represented Vasco da Gama, who were participating in the Sasol League Women’s League, before she went to the USA.

Having spent a year without a club, the 24-year-old forward has made a surprise move to the Namibian FNB Women’s Super League, where she aims to get her mojo back and revive her football career.

Adams has signed for Namibian side Ramblers Women FC on a one-year deal at the beginning of this month.


In a recent interview with FARPost, Adams revealed that she’s adjusting well to the environment.

“I’m settling in much better. I’m certainly surprised about the environment. Obviously, Brazil and America were a big culture shock for me, but I’m adjusting pretty well here with culture and football.

“The environment here is quiet and very much peaceful,” Adams told this website.

Rebecca Joy Adams during a training session.
Rebecca Joy Adams during a training session.

She went on to state that the tempo of Namibian football is physical and fast, but she’s settling well to the pace as her Brazilian football experience is coming in handy.

“Here it’s very physical and quite fast. Maybe at home [South Africa] I was feeling comfortable but it’s always more difficult to play overseas I might say. But I have adapted well as I have played about three games so far,” she added.


The talented forward divulged that she was spotted by the Ramblers coach, who happens to follow her on the socials where she shares snippets of her training sessions.

“What happened is that the coach follows me on socials and he reached out to me and asked if I was still in Brazil. And I said ‘No coach, I’m home at the moment’.

“So, he told me they would get in touch with me and from there on, he proposed his project to me. And the question was where do I want to see myself, and I told them I want to see myself play in the CAF Women’s Champions League one day, even if it’s the COSAFA Championship. But we didn’t qualify this year, so all up to the next season,” she revealed.

Adams will be hoping to make her stay in Namibia one of the remarkable stints in her football career and hopefully get a Banyana Banyana call-up in the future.

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