By: Mantsha Khuzwayo

Former Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini has retired from the South African Senior Women’s National Team after a career spanning 11 years where she earned 105 caps.

Dlamini retired after not playing for Banyana Banyana for about a year. She captained the squad at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and was also part of the team the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The Banyana centurion confirmed that she will continue playing for Sasol League side JVW FC, she also works as a football analyst on television.

On her statement, she thanked SAFA and Sasol for their continued support for the woman’s game.

“My time away from the national team has afforded me some time to pray and do a bit of self-introspection about my future. After spending a year out of the national team it has taken a lot for me to bounce back. I am proud of what I have achieved while I was in the national team but all of this would not have been possible without my supporters, sponsors, family and friends. Thank you for always believing in the dreams of a young girl from the dusty streets of Harding.

She further added, “I look forward to exploring other career avenues in football and I will continue to work on the Amanda Dlamini Girls Foundation which was inspired by my journey in the national team. This is not a goodbye from football it is merely ending a chapter in my journey”.