Stoke-on-Trent student waits for second call up to DR Congo women’s football team c

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Benedite Pambani is currently playing for Port Vale Women’s team as well as studying Sports PR and Journalism at Staffordshire University.

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

The Vale centre-midfielder has been playing football since six years of age, and has represented Leyton Orient, Charlton Athletic and Tottenham Hotspurs first-teams.

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, but turned down the chance: “I was at too young an age when we received the call.

“At that moment in time, I wanted to focus on my education as I had just applied for University.”

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 not lost a game all season, with Pambani playing a vital role in the centre of their midfield.

She has no plans to quit football 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.

Hopefully I’ll transfer and relocate to a new team or maybe join back up with Tottenham Hotspurs Ladies.”

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