Associazione Calcio (AC Milan) announced the contract renewal of women’s first team player Refiloe Jane. The South African player will continue to wear the Rossoneri jersey next season.
She made history in the 2019/20 season when she joined AC Milan to become the first South African woman to sign with an Italian club. Jane intends to use her journey to inspire kids from underprivileged backgrounds in South Africa.
My journey should be used as a motivation, especially in South Africa where I come from an underprivileged background. I have shown that no dreams are unachievable if you have necessary support,” Jane told Milan TV.
The Banyana Banyana star has since garnered 32 appearances for Milan, scoring three goals. Jane is hellbent to improve on speaking Italian language going forward. “I feel very honoured and excited about the renewal of my contract, getting one more season at AC Milan. So far, it’s been a fulfilling journey not only for myself but for the team also,” Jane said.
Jane represented South Africa at the 2012 London Olympics. In 2014, She was named to the roster for the African Women’s Championship in Namibia. She was then named to the South African squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics and she played every minute of the team’s three group games.
In February 2019, Jane made her 100th appearance for Banyana Banyana. “It’s also good for the sport in South Africa when there’s many women playing abroad, which can also contribute positively to our nation- South Africa,” she told gsport4girls.co.za.
Below are all South African players currently playing overseas:
- Cassidy Arendse (Angelina College, USA)
- Kholosa Biyana (Sporting Gijon, Spain)
- Sinoxolo Cesane (East Tennessee State University, USA)
- Karabo Dhlamini (University of Northwestern Ohio, USA)
- Maria Deadrick (Univ. of Arkansas Rich Mountain, USA)
- Ember Edwards (Black Rock FC, USA)
- Ode Fulutudilu (Glasgow City, Scotland)
- Thina Ganto (Black Rock, USA)
- Cayla Goncalves (Univ. of Arkansas Pine Bluff, USA)
- Refiloe Jane (AC Milan, Italy)
- Thembi Kgatlana (SD Eibar, Spain)
- Anele Komane (University of West Alabama, USA)
- Letago Madiba (Fatih Vatanspor, Tuckey)
- Kuhle Madlokazi (Black Rock FC, USA)
- Noko Matlou (SD Eiber, Spain)