Bantwana head coach Simphiwe Dludlu paved the way for Banyana Banyana star Karabo Dhlamini’s move to the United States of America (USA) back in December 2020.
Dhlamini, with an educated left foot, is currently studying and playing football at the University of Northwest Ohio, in Lima, Ohio – all thanks to Dludlu.
“Coach Simphiwe was the driving force behind my move. She told me it was her wish to travel abroad to study and play football, but it never materialised because there was no one helping her. So, she made it her mission to assist any player that was keen,” said Dhlamini.
“I was fortunate to have her on my side, so I can never thank her enough for this. She has done the “easy part” of getting me here, now I have to run the rest of race by myself by being focused and determined. These are rare opportunities, and we should not waste them.”
The 19-year-old midfielder, who moved to US from Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies went on to state that studying and playing is what she has always wanted to do.
She is studying towards a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. “Actually, I was supposed to be at the Michigan University, but they are only starting in August, so I am in Ohio for now, basically as orientation. I will be transferring to Michigan later this year,” she said.
“And I am studying Bachelor of Business Administration for now, but my intention is to study law – so I am talking to them (Michigan University) to see what my options are.
“I love football and education is very important – and to do both things is very exciting indeed. The challenge with sport, especially women’s football, is that for we don’t know what the future holds so it is crucial that when you get an opportunity to do what I am doing you grab it with both hands. You need something to fall back on when your playing days are over or an injury ends your career prematurely,” added Dhlamini.
Dhlamini is excited with her performance. She has featured in the 11 of the 12 games the team has played.
“I missed the first game due to quarantine. But I am glad I am back on the field doing what I love most.
“I am enjoying myself and have become what one would call an ‘all-rounder’ – I have been deployed in defence, in the middle, on the left side, and even upfront,” chuckled Dhlamini.
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By FARPost Reporter