Transfer – Banyana Banyana midfielder “Linda Motlhalo” joins Swedish club Djurgarden

After a memorable season with Beijing Phoenix in 2019, the midfielder has completed a move to the Swedish side

Linda Motlhalo has joined Swedish Damallsvenskan outfit Djurgarden from Chinese club Beijing Phoenix, via Houston Dash on a two-year deal.

Motlhalo became a free agent following the expiration of her contract with Beijing in January 2020 after she helped the Chinese women’s top-flight club to a fifth-place finish in the 2019 season.

The 21-year-old, who moved from National Women’s Super League side Houston Dash to China last year, starred for South Africa as they played at the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 2019.

Following a season outing in the USA and China, the Banyana Banyana star has resolved to test her strength in Europe, joining the Swedish top-flight outfit ahead of the 2020 season.

Commenting on Motlhalo’s acquisition, the club’s team manager Jean Balawo has described her signing as a huge bargain for the Stockholm based outfit.

“Great deal that Linda has joined us. A playable midfielder who is very difficult to access as her ball holding is huge and who also can find and put her teammates in better positions to get to an end product,” Balawo told the club website.

“Despite her young age, she is a leader on the pitch and Linda has also faced two good and tough challenges in the US and China as well as played over 40 international matches.”

The JVW FC product, who has earned 44 caps for South Africa with nine goals, has previously featured at the 2016 Rio Olympics and recently the Women’s World Cup in France last year.

And Balawo’s side will hope the arrival of the South African will bolster the squad in the new campaign after they narrowly escaped relegation last season.

On sealing their switch to Sweden, she becomes the second South African to play for the Swedish top-flight outfit after Stephanie Malherbe starred for the team last season.

Motlhalo is expected to team up with Djurgarden in the coming days from South Africa as soon as she secures her entry visa to Sweden.

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