Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies goalkeeper Andile Dlamini has her heart set on helping Banyana Banyana qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup after it was announced that Australia and New Zealand will host the global showpiece.
Dlamini, who recently won the SAFA National Women’s League (SNWL) with Sundowns Ladies, believes that it’s up to Banyana to do everything they can to join Australia and New Zealand in 2023.
“Australia and New Zealand are going to be great hosts. The onus is on us to join them and get to relive the joy of being in a World Cup tournament,” said Dlamini.
The SA Football Association (SAFA) pulled out of the race to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup late last year stating that the focus is on strengthening the women’s national league first before inviting the world to come and play.
“Australia and New Zealand are beautiful countries and will host an amazing and beautiful Women’s World Cup. Already, that tells us that we have to work extra hard to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup as we want to be there again after the experience we had in France last year at the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup,” added the Banyana shot-stopper.
A South African football dream was realised back in 2018 when coach Desiree Ellis took Banyana Banyana to their first-ever Women’s World Cup in France as the ladies beat Mali 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations to book their place in the biggest showpiece in world football.
“We have tasted how things are done there – they are at a very high level – and we don’t want to miss that experience again. And for it to be hosted in two different countries should be an experience out of this world.
“And we want to be there. I am really looking forward to the qualifiers and I pray that we qualify and represent our country in a World Cup tournament again,” concluded Dlamini.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi