Linda Motlhalo: The tiny girl with magic at her feet

“Within two minutes, I selected Linda,” Botes says.

Sheryl Botes remembers the day Linda Motlhalo walked into the High-Performance Centre [HPC] for a trial 30 minutes late.

Unfortunately, the guileless yet so determined 12-year-old girl from Brandvlei, Randfontein, got lost on her way to Koedoespoort, Pretoria.

Nonetheless, Botes – the head coach of the Safa Girls Soccer Academy based at the HPC – masterly followed her gut feel. She just had to run the rule over the latecomer kid even though she was midway through the trials.

“She came via Church Street and got lost. She got to the trials when we were really busy half an hour late,” Botes tells FARPost from Egypt, where she’s attending a Caf workshop.

The moment diminutive Linda touched the ball, Botes just knew she was right to follow that extrasensory perception. The girl had it all! “Within two minutes, I selected Linda,” Botes adds.

The little girl from Brandvlei Primary School had done enough to secure her place at the TuksSport High School.

Upon being pulled out, she broke into tears wanting to play more. “When I took her off, she started crying. She said, ‘but I didn’t get a chance to play’. I said, ‘but you’ve done enough’,” Botes says… Read More

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