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Vale Ladies Star Turns Down National Call-Up

18 December 2017

Vale Ladies midfielder Benedite Pambani admits that she is fully focused on gaining promotion, amid interest from the Congolese national team.

Pambani is currently playing a lead role for the Ladies team at the weekends, and studying for a Sports PR & Journalism degree through the week.

Having joined up with the Valiant’s earlier this year, Pambani impressed quickly after scoring on her debut, and has now found her feet as a regular in the starting 11.

The centre-midfielder has been playing football since the age of six, and has represented clubs such as Leyton Orient, Charlton Athletic and Tottenham Hotspurs first-team.

Pambani received a full scholarship to Grambling State University in Louisiana and has played against some of the best players across the USA.

Just last year, she received contact from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national team, however turned down the chance: “I was at too young an age when we received the call.”

The Staffordshire student has not ruled out the chance of playing for the national team however, expressing desire to play once her education has finished: “I want the call-up in due time.

“At this moment, I’m more focused on my present tasks I need to undertake.

“Graduating from University as well as playing for Port Vale and getting promoted are top of my list.”

Port Vale are currently flying high at the top of their table, having lost only once all season, with Pambani playing a vital role in the centre of their midfield.

The midfielder has no plans to quit football anytime soon as she plans to focus all her energy on the sport, once finishing University: “I will focus on football as I’ll be back in London.”


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