Johannesburg, Tuesday, 17th January 2012 -The winner of the 2009 Future Players soccer identification programme, organised annually by the Gauteng Provincial Government, Refiloe Jane, could find herself on the biggest stages in world sport after being drafted into the Banyana Banyana squad preparing for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Jane, who captains the Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies team, is one of 26 players called into camp by Coach Joseph Mkhonza in preparation for the global showpiece event that begins in July. It continues a rise to prominence that started with her victory in the 2009 Future Players Gauteng soccer identification programme, part of the Future Champions project.
She began her journey as a Grade 11 pupil at Emshukantambo Secondary School in Pimville, Soweto, and finished in top spot in the talent identification competition, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural edition of the internationally acclaimed Future Champions Gauteng Under-17 tournament.
That win gave her a week-long training tour of England, where she worked with the Manchester City youth team, after which she was invited to participate in a match for the club