American National Women’s Soccer League side Houston Dash have terminated the contracts of reigning African Women’s Player of the Year Thembi Kgatlana and her South African teammate Linda Motlhalo.
This comes on the heels of rumours linking the duo to China after spending the 2018 season with the American club.
On Tuesday, Houston Dash confirmed the exit of the two players via their Twitter handle: “The Houston Dash waived forward Thembi Kgatlana and midfielder Linda Motlhalo. We would like to thank Thembi and Linda for their contributions to our team both on and off the field and wish them the best going forward.”
The statement continued: “Kgatlana joined Houston on February 17, 2018 through the discovery process from the University of Western Cape. The forward scored two goals and tallied three assists for the Dash in her lone season with the club.
“Motlhalo signed for the Dash on Feburary 1, 2018 as a discovery player after two seasons in South Africa’s Sasol League with JVW F.C. The midfielder scored a goal and tallied an assist in 21 appearances for the Dash,” it added.
Both Thembi and Linda were part of the South African team that finished second at the 2018 Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations held in Ghana from November 17 to December 1.
However, Thembi was phenomenal winning three Woman of the Match awards and ultimately the Woman of the Tournament accolade.