Wednesday Aug 23, 2017. 14:30
South African Women's national team and Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper, Andile Dlamini reveals how her mother inspired her to strive to become the best.
The 24-year-old Tembisa-born net minder for the Brazilians women's side also shares her disappointment when it comes to her national team ambitions.
Dlamini said failing to make the final team to the London Olympics in 2012 was her biggest setback in her career.
“I want to become the best goalkeeper in the world and achieving 100 clean sheets for my country and 500 for my team Mamelodi Sundowns," said Dlamini.
“Being in the team for the SASOL National Championship in 2013 and 2015 was my highlight as well as going to the Olympics in Rio 2016.
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“And playing in the African Women Championship in Cameroon 2016 and named goalkeeper of the tournament.
“Not making the London Olympic team in 2012 and not able to defend the Sasol Women’s Trophy in 2014 and 2016 was disappointing.”
On the other hand, Dlamini adds that she loves the game because of the challenges it gives her and the personality it brings out of her.
“The willingness to work for each other and how it brings people together and above all, I love the emotions involved. It brings tears of joy, sadness, anger,” adds the keeper.
“My mother inspired me, simply because she never gave up and always gave me love in difficult times. She worked extra hard for all the things she has.
“My dream is have a professional league, we struggle to get personal sponsors and financial gains are minimal.
“I’d like to see a professional women’s league and see a development structures in place for girls as young as six.
“This (Sundowns) team wants to win games and trophies. We are a family and this team has given hope to many young players.”
Meanwhile, Dlamini's dreams of having a women's national football league could become a reality after SAFA and Spanish La Liga signed a deal this week which will focus on developing the game in rural areas including women's football.