30 July 2023 – South Africa senior women’s team Doctor, Nthabiseng Maesela has confirmed that captain Refiloe Jane injury at the FIFA Women’s World Cup is minor and she should be back on the field soon.

The Banyana Banyana skipper was stretchered off the field early in the first half during the Sasol-sponsored side’s 2-2 draw against Argentina on Friday afternoon at Dunedin Stadium.

The injury sent panic waves around South Africa as the seriousness of the injury was yet to be determined. After going for a scan,Doctor Maesela confirmed that the injury is in fact minor. 

“Refiloe is doing well. After going for a scan it was confirmed that she sustained a soft tissue injury and she should be back on the field soon,” the Banyana Banyana doctor said.

“I can further confirm that there are no other injuries or illnesses within the team. Everyone is healthy and ready to continue with preparations for our final group match against Italy on Wednesday.”

Coach Desiree Ellis’ charges will face Italy on Wednesday in their final Group G match with the hopes of getting a win that would help the team progress to the next round of the tournament. 

Match details 

Wednesday, 2 August 2023

Kickoff 19:00pm (09:00 CAT)