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Banyana star on Women’s Month


Sports Reporter

Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Andile Dlamini started playing football as a defender, and as a striker, but former Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies coach, late Brian Dube converted her to a goal minder.

  Dlamini says her conversion to a goalkeeper emanated from that the regular goalkeeper often arrived late at training or matches, and the coach gave her that position.

  She is among those who lead the team in prayers, and is also a singer.

  “My mother is my biggest supporter; she bought my first soccer boots. I played in the boys’ street teams, where I realised my abilities. I have made a difference in my family, I bought my mother land in Winterveld in Pretoria and I am building her a house. During my spare time, I coach at the JVW club in Randburg, having been introduced to this by owner Janine van Wyk. I have a SAFA D coaching licence and coach goalkeepers,” Dlamini says.

  She adds that she also ventures into a music career.

  “I entertain and educate in what I sing. My music is a mixture of life experiences because I am one person who loves to learn,” she says.

  On Women’s Month she says: “We must continue working hard as women, nothing comes on a silver platter. We are the future of any nation, mothers of the nation and we wield so much power, the future belongs to women. This is our month, but not only this one, every second of the hour, every day of the month and every month throughout the year should be dedicated to women and children. There must be no violence against women and children, don’t abuse women and children. As women and as a nation we must work hard and be disciplined, especially in these difficult times.”