Banyana Banyana legend, Portia Modise will be immortalised in a form of a book.

“From Portia Modise with Love” is an interactive and multimedia book which will tell the story of the Soweto born star and her rise to fame in football.

Modise became the first footballer in Africa to reach the 100 international goal mark. Her 100th goal came in Banyana’s last group match at the 2014 Women’s Afcon where South Africa humiliated Algeria 5-1 to progress to the semi-finals of the competition.

She retired from the sport having scored 102 goals from 124 appearances for the senior national team just before Banyana’s second appearance at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
She was also one of the first South African women footballers to sign playing contracts in Europe.

The 38-year-old legend was in the books of Denmark’s Fortuna Hjørring and had trialled with the likes of Arsenal with fellow former Banyana players Veronica Phewa and Antonio Carelse.

Modise’s story inspired a young Thembi Kgatlana about dreaming to play for big name teams in Europe where she now plays.

In 2021 the outspoken Bashin launched a foundation that is aimed to empower future footballers and aspiring coaches to have a better future in football than she had.

By Busisiwe Mokwena

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