Robyn Moodaly

Moodaly puts mental health first, retires from Banyana Banyana

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Banyana Banyana star Robyn Moodaly has announced her retirement from the national team.

Robyn Moodaly took to social media to explain her decision to hang up her boots on the international stage on Thursday, citing a need to focus on her mental wellbeing.

The 29-year-old was a key member of Banyana’s golden generation, helping them to achieve unprecedented success in recent years. She was part of the team that won the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.

She helped Banyana make history by reaching the second round of the 2023 World Cup in New Zealand and Australia.

After last playing for JVW Girls in the Hollywoodbets Super League, the skilful midfielder will continue to play her football at club level.

Banyana Banyana star Robyn Moodaly


“Today is a difficult day for me, but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude,” said Moodaly, who made her Banyana debut at age 16 in 2011.

“It is with a heavy heart that I would like to inform you all that I will be stepping away from the South African National Women’s Team – Banyana Banyana. My decision is a personal choice and is rooted in my commitment to taking care of my mental well-being.

“I will continue to play football at a club level, with my love and passion for the game remaining unchanged. I am committed to continuously improving and growing within my career for as long as possible and welcoming new opportunities that may lie ahead.

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my coaches and teammates who have been a part of my journey. You have all had a profound impact on my career, and I am forever grateful for the support and guidance you have provided.

“To my fans and supporters, thank you for your unwavering support and for always rallying behind us as we took to the field, representing our country with pride and passion. Your encouragement and enthusiasm have meant the world to me.

To my family, who have supported me throughout my journey, I appreciate all the sacrifices you’ve made to help me achieve my goals and thank you for always standing by me.

“I wish the team all the best in their future endeavours, and I will continue to support them as a proud fan for now.”

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