Courtesy of www.safa.net
9 January 2018 – Former captain of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, Amanda Dlamini has retired from the South African Senior Women’s National Team after an illustrative career spanning 105 caps.
After not playing for Banyana Banyana for about a year, Dlamini who was captain of the squad at the 2012 Olympic Games in London said she has now decided to move on and give the upcoming generation a chance.
Dlamini was also part of the team that represented South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
She says she will not be lost to football, especially women’s football and will continue playing for Sasol League side JVW FC. Dlamini also works as a football analyst on television.
HERE IS THE FULL STATEMENT FROM AMANDA DLAMNI:
“My time away from the national team has afforded me sometime to pray and do a bit of self-introspection about my future. After spending a year out of the national team, it has taken a lot for me to bounce back. I have always respected the coaches reasons and thought process in her selection criteria. I last competed at international level during the 2016 Rio Olympics and it is time for me to move on.
Today marks a new journey for me as I retire from the national team-Banyana Banyana. I may be closing the chapter on the national team but I will still play domestic football and participate in football in other aspects. It is time for me to pursue my other passions and open room for new and younger talent to represent South Africa.
It has always been my dream to reach this mark of exiting the national team with many good memories. I still would have loved to reach the World Cup and win a gold medal on the African continent conquering the AWC. It is time to pass on the baton to the younger generation who have proven themselves capable and eager to represent South Africa with pride.
I am truly grateful for all the opportunities that SAFA has afforded me and to Sasol for their continued support for women’s football. I have played alongside legends such as Portia Modise, Veronica Phewa and Nompumelelo Nyandeni. Football has given me an opportunity not only to play football but also to also pursue my studies and travel the world. My journey has allowed me to lead the national team to their first historical Olympic Games and now I say goodbye to the Banyana Banyana with 105 Caps to my name.
I am proud of what I have achieved while I was in the national team, but all of this would not have been possible without my supporters, sponsors, family and friends. Thank you for always believing in the dreams of a young girl from the dusty streets of Harding. Many of you have sacrificed so much to allow me to be a reflection of possibility by working with me to help me achieve my dreams.
As a former senior member of the team, I will continue to support female footballers in South Africa and continue to advocate for women’s football. I look forward to exploring other career avenues in football and I will continue to work on the Amanda Dlamini Girls Foundation, which was inspired by my journey in the national team. This is not goodbye from football it is merely ending a chapter in my journey.”
DLAMINI FACT FILE:
FULL NAME: AMANDA SINEGUGU DLAMINI
- Dlamini was born in Harding in KwaZulu Natal
- She started playing soccer in 1999 for a boys team, Young Callies
- At a club level, Dlamini has played for Durban Ladies and the University of Johannesburg, and now plays for JVW FC.
- In 2016 Won the Gauteng Sasol league, with JVW FC and finished as runners up at National Champs
- She made her debut for the senior national team in 2007 in a 5-0 loss to Nigeria in an Olympic qualifier
- She scored her first international goal against Netherlands
- She was the top goalscorer of the 2008 Sasol Women’s League
- She was part of the squads that won bronze and silver medals at the 2010 African Women’s Championship and 2012 African Women’s Championship
- At the 2010 championships, she was named Most Valuable Player
- She was captain of the national team between 2011 and 2013
- She became the fifth female football player to win 100 caps for South Africa following a friendly match against the United States in July 2016, following Janine van Wyk, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Portia Modise and Noko Matlou
- Prior to the game, she said it has always been a dream of mine to play for the national team, I have never wanted to do anything else but play football. I am what I am today because of the game. I have given so much to the game and to see myself so close to the 100 caps makes me very emotional.
- In 2012, she founded the Amanda Dlamini Girls Foundation aiming to provide basic help to girls in rural areas.