Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies’ Asa Rabalao has offered some advice to young and upcoming goalkeepers while also highlighting the importance of goal-minders with the golden gloves in football.
Rabalao, who plays second fiddle to Banyana Banyana international Andile Dlamini, believes aspiring goalkeepers should stick to the basics and be a student of the game.
“Being a goalkeeper is not easy. It takes courage, discipline and hard work to succeed in that position,” said Rabalao.
“My advice to aspiring young goalkeepers is, first and foremost, they need utter discipline. They need to always learn from the best in the game, so they continuously strive to be the best.
“They need to remember there’s no substitute for hard work,” added the Downs Ladies second-choice shot-stopper.”
Rabalao was part of the Sundowns Ladies team that clinched the inaugural SAFA National Women’s League (SNWL) without tasting defeat, with a perfect record of 21 wins in 21 matches. She was part of the solid defence that only conceded 12 goals for the entire campaign.
“Players may play different positions but at no time shall a team be without a goalkeeper to resume a match.
“We have not one but two of the best goalkeepers there is in the country. Indeed, two is always better than one,” said Rabalao referring to herself and Dlamini.
“My favourite moment for this victorious season, was when I was part of the starting 11 on our opening match of the SNWL League against Richmond Ladies and the best experience of my career was when I joined Sundowns Ladies, a winning Team,” concluded Rabalao.
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