local soccer 21.4.2017 05:03 pm

Banyana striker Mgcoyi on target in Germany

Andisiwe Mgcoyi (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Andisiwe Mgcoyi (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Banyana Banyana striker, Andisiwe Mgcoyi, is enjoying a productive spell in Germany for her side, FC Saarbrucken Vrouen, where she is on track for an extension to her contract with some scoring performances of late.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns player left South Africa about two months ago, to join German second division side FC Saarbrücken vrouwen.

She has already played three league games and one Challenge Day clash for her new club, where she is on a six-month contract. Her side has won three and lost one.

Mgcoyi scored two goals this past weekend to help her side to a 3-1 victory.

She said: “It was a good decision to come here even if its for a short period. My contract is coming to an end at the end of June and my stay here has really been fruitful.

“I have learned a lot since my arrival, even though at the beginning it was a bit tough because it was a new system I was playing. I have since adapted and really enjoying myself, more so because the league is very competitive.

“Most of the time at training we do a lot of shooting which I really needed as a striker. I have greatly improved with finding the target.”

One of her challenges, in a foreign country, is learning the language.

“At training or on the field of play it is not so much an issue because football language is universal, and I understand most words. The main challenge is when I have to converse with my teammates off the field, but I am getting there,” added Mgcoyi.

With five games left before the end of the season, her plan is to consolidate her place in the team so she can renew her contract.
They are seventh on the league table with 23 points – 18 adrift of log leaders Hoffenheim II.

“Chances of promotion to a higher league are very remote. But I would like to stay here so I can get as much experience as I can, or if a move to a bigger team comes I will go for it. I will have to use the five remaining matches of the season to my advantage by doing well so I can secure another contract,” said the towering striker, who has also played in Slovakia and Hungary.

FC Saarbrucken are away to third-placed FSV Hessen Wetzar on Sunday.

By moving abroad, Mgcoyi has joined a group of Banyana Banyana players plying their trade outside the country, like the US-based group of Janine van Wyk, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Stephanie Malherbe, Robyn Moodaly, Kelso Peskin and Kaylin Swart. Goalkeeper Roxanne Barker is in Holland.

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