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Refiloe Jane’s journey from Soweto to Milan

Refiloe Jane only started playing for a ladies’ team when she was 14.

From the first time her feet touched the soccer ball, almost a decade earlier, she had played with boys only.

This, perhaps, was not surprising. Jane had grown up with two older brothers, and for as long as she could remember, she always wondered how the pair spent their day when they left their family’s home in Kliptown, Soweto. 
Every day Jane would watch as they rose with the sun, disappearing for periods that bewildered her five-year-old mind. What was this demanding hobby that stole her brothers from her and drove them away from home so early every morning? 

One day, as they departed for their mysterious daily adventures, she decided she would tail them and discover what exactly they got up to. “My brothers triggered that because I used to wonder every morning where exactly they wake up to go. One morning I followed them to training, and that’s when I saw what they did, and I wanted to play too,” she told FARPost.

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