Dlamini: To represent my country on my 50th cap is an honour

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Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies goalkeeper Andile Dlamini says she was excited to be named in the Banyana Banyana team that came up against Lesotho on Sunday afternoon in Tsakane.

Dlamini kept a clean sheet as Banyana ran riot, beating their neighbours 3-0 thanks to a brace from Rhoda Mulaudzi and a goal from Sibulele Holweni.

Fresh from winning the SAFA National Women’s League with her parent club Sundowns Ladies, Dlamini celebrated yet another great achievement – 50 caps for Banyana since her debut back in 2011 under former coach Joseph Mkhonza.

Dlamini is the second goalkeeper ever to reach the milestone for Banyana Banyana after Thokozile Mndaweni (89).

“Firstly, when I heard that I was in the starting line-up and I was told I’m going to get my 50th cap, I prayed. I thanked the Lord and the first thing that came to my mind was my family, you know,” said Dlamini.

“We have that special bond, their prayers got me to where I am today. My Mom’s prayers gave me so much strength, my Dad’s motivation at all times. I was raised by my stepdad, who from day 1 believed in me. So, I appreciate everything that they have done for me, so those are the first people that I thought of.

“It’s also an honour to represent your country, so just to represent my country on my 50th cap it is just an honour. God chose me to represent the country and get my 50th cap. On this wonderful day, a blessed day, also its international women’s day so I appreciate that I am the chosen one,” added Dlamini.

The goalkeeper also took time to thank the people of Ekurhuleni for their unwavering support for the national team. Banyana has been enjoying quite a number of good crowd whenever they play their games in Tsakane and Dlamini also shared her love to the fans.

“Oh! The people of Ekurhuleni. We wouldn’t have asked for a better crowd. Tsakane is always a stadium to be at.

We appreciate the people that came in to support us, I’m also a girl from Ekurhuleni and seeing people supporting Banyana Banyana like that, it’s really amazing. I would like to thank each and every one of them who came out to support us,” concluded Dlamini.

By Shane Matsoyane

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