South African women’s national team goalkeeper, Andile Dlamini, is optimistic about the improving standard of goalkeeping in women’s football in Africa.
The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper recently played a key role in her team’s qualification for the CAF Women’s Champions League and their victory in the regional COSAFA title without a single loss.
At 31 years old, Dlamini is considered to be at the peak of her career and is looking forward to adding more accolades to her already impressive list of achievements at the CAF Women’s Champions League in Cote d’Ivoire in 2023.
“I really think the standard of women’s football goalkeeping is improving in Africa. We just need more young female goalkeepers to follow in our foot-steps so that our department can be even more solid” the shot-stopper told Cafonline.com from USA where she is preparing to face the former FIFA Women’s World Cup champions in an international friendly match on September 21.
The Banyana Banyana goalkeeper also spoke about the upcoming CAF Women’s Champions League.
“It means the world to us as a team. We have another opportunity to go fight for the trophy, we look forward to the journey in Cote d’ivoire.
“We play each and every game with hopes of wanting to win it. We played the CAF qualifiers hoping to win it and we did.
“We take one game at a time and while we do so, we focus on the present. We will focus on CAF when we channel there for now, it is about getting the mindset right, converting the chances we get and keeping a clean sheet.” said Dlamini.