Former UWC star Leandra Smeda has inked her first international contract with Lithuanian Champions FK Gintra-Universitetas.
The versatile midfielder will join the Lithuanian giants Gintra from UWC. The 2014-UWC Sports Women of the Year is comfortable with the ball on both feet and can play in the middle and either side of the field.
The Weston High alumni believes it will be an amazing opportunity but is mainly looking forward to playing on one of the biggest football stages possible.
“I am most excited about getting the opportunity to play in The UEFA Women’s Championship qualifying rounds.”
Smeda is adamant Varsity Football gave her the platform to hone in our her already incredible skills.
“Varsity football was a great experience in terms of competition participation, preparations and it has helped mould me into the player I am today.”
Smeda gave some words of wisdom to other women in Varsity Football pursuing their academic and sporting dreams.
“My advice to other female players playing in the Varsity Football is to enjoy every moment of their game. They must also try to find a good balance between their studies and football because they are first students before they are footballers.”
The experienced Banyana Banyana midfielder has already amassed 74 caps and scored 19 goals for her country. In her playing career, the winner of the 2017 Cosafa Women’s championship, Smeda, has already featured in two Olympic Games and three African Women’s Championship tournaments.
She also played the 2018 Cyprus Women’s Cup and during the recent African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, she scored two goals and helped her country to be between the seven last qualifiers nations of this tournament which will be held in Ghana from next November 17.