Andile Dlamini: Striker turned goalkeeper

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Banyana Banyana shot-stopper Andile Dlamini initially began her footballing career as an outfield player in defence and at times, upfront as a striker before switching to the role between the posts.

Dlamini has become an authoritative figure in the backline for Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and recently achieved a significant milestone back in March in an international friendly against Lesotho at Tsakane Stadium as she made her 50th appearance for South Africa, becoming only the second goalkeeper to achieve the feat after Thokozile Mndaweni.

It was the late former Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies coach Brian Dube, who converted Dlamini from defender to Banyana’s trusted goal-minder.

“My conversion from being an infield player to goalkeeper reads like a fairy tale,” said Dlamini.

“Our regular keeper would arrive at training or matches late and coach Brian suggested that I take over that position.

“The rest, as they say, is history,” said Dlamini, who was the goalie in Banyana’s opening game at their maiden FIFA Women’s World Cup in France against Spain and Germany.

“My mom has always been my biggest supporter and fan and she is the one who bought my very first football boots,” added Dlamini.

“I would be drafted into boys’ street teams and that is where I realised my abilities; thereafter one thing led to the other. Today, this sport has given me so much.

“I have made a huge difference in my family as the first-born, I bought my mom a land in Winterveld in Pretoria and I am building her a house.”

The Banyana shot-stopper is also a qualified coach with a SAFA D license and wants to specialise on coaching goalkeepers.

“During my spare time, I coach a division of JVW team in Randburg having been introduced to this coaching aspect by owner Janine van Wyk and manager Lauren Duncan,” she said.

“I have a SAFA D licence coaching badge and I want to specialise mostly on coaching goalkeepers.”

Dlamini is a woman of many talents, when she is not in goal for Sundowns or Banyana, she sings.

“I sing a variety of inspirational music, I entertain, and educate in what I sing and in my music is about real-life happenings.

“There is no particular philosophy in my music, it is a mixture of life experiences because I am one person who loves to learn, learn and learn on a daily basis. I move with times,” said Dlamini.

“This is our month [August] but not only this month but every second of the hour, every day of the month and every month throughout the year should be dedicated to women and children.

“No violence against women and children, don’t abuse women and children,” concluded Dlamini, who has been to two Olympic Games – London 2012 and Rio 2016, won the COSAFA Women’s Championship and

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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