Noko Matlou is one of the wealthiest and most popular football players in South Africa.
She was born on 30 September 1985 in the city of Polokwane, the capital of the Limpopo province, in South Africa.
Matlou made history for herself in 2008 as she became the first Bayana Bayana to win Africa Women's Footballer of the Year award.
She's a strong woman who has transitioned from a striker to a defender in the past years for South Africa.
Let's get to know more about this player as we furnish you with her personal and career data, bringing them to your knowledge.
Noko Matlou biography
Noko Alice Matlou is a South African women’s footballer who plays as a defender for Spanish Primera Federación side SD Eibar. She was born on 30 September 1985 in Polokwane, South Africa.
She has represented the South Africa women’s national football team both as a striker and a defender.
In 2008, Matlou became the first South African to be named African Women’s Footballer of the Year.
After finishing as runners-up thrice in the Women's Africa Cup of Nations, Noko Matlou finally clinched the Women's Africa Cup of Nations title with the Bayana Bayana in the 2022 edition of the tournament in Morocco, to record a successful journey in the national female team.
In the footballing circle, she is nicknamed “Beep-Beep”, and she trains with male footballers.
She once said: “I train regularly with local male clubs and when I get onto the field with the women, they simply cannot touch me.”
Noko Matlou club career
At a club level, she plays for Eibar in Spain. She has previously played for Development Ladies, Brazilian Ladies, the University of Johannesburg, and MaIndies, before signing her first professional contract in Europe.
Noko Matlou international career
Matlou made her debut for South Africa women’s national football team, ‘Banyana Banyana' in December 2006.
In September 2009, a controversial incident occurred as she was subjected to a gender inspection by a referee in the presence of the opposition captain prior to South Africa’s match against Ghana at Caledonian Stadium, Pretoria.
She was allowed to play in the match after being confirmed as female by the opposition captain.
Matlou gained popularity within the national team by scoring six goals at the 2008 African Women's Championship in Equatorial Guinea, South Africa lost the final to the host.
She has been selected for the squads for a variety of tournaments including the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.
Matlou has represented the Bayana Bayana in a total of five Women's Africa Cup of Nations tournaments (2008, 2010, 2012, 2018 and 2022) She has a winners medal in the 2022 Women's AFCON that was hosted in Morocco.
In 2014, South Africa's coach Vera Pauw deployed Matlou as a defender, she was previously a striker.
Since her debut in 2006, she has made 161 appearances and scored 64 goals for South Africa to become one of the most decorated players in the country.
Noko Matlou net worth
Her net worth has been growing significantly in the past few years. As of July, 2023 she has a net worth of approximately US $5 million.
Noko Matlou salary
The former Women African Footballer of the Year has an annual salary cap of US $1 million in 2023.
Noko Matlou boyfriend
Our records show Matlou is possibly single and has not been previously engaged. As of July, 2023, Noko Matlou is not dating anyone, as we can't find any such records at the moment.
Noko Matlou height and weight in 2023
- Her height is 1.65 m
- Her weight is 61 kg
Noko Matlou social media
Matlou is available on Twitter where she shared posts of herself, career and motivational pieces to her 15k followers.
You can get to her Twitter handle through this tweet:
The first step you take is always the longest and the toughest. However, it is the one you will look back to and be proud of. pic.twitter.com/Tihxoq0dr5
— Noko Matlou (@nokomatlou17) July 11, 2023
Frequently Asked Questions about Noko Matlou
What is Noko Matlou net worth?
Noko Matlou net worth in 2023 is estimated to be US $5 million
Who is Noko Matlou?
Matlou is a popular South African female football player who first won Women's Footballer of the Year award for South Africa in 2008.
When was Noko Matlou born?
Matlou was born on 30 September 1985
Where is the birthplace of Noko Matlou?
The birthplace of Matlou is Polokwane, South Africa.
Has Noko Matlou won a title with the South Africa Women's team?
Yes. She won the Women's Africa Cup of Nations with the country's female team in 2022.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago