Amanda Dlamini

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Amandla Dlamini
Amanda Dlamini Rio2016.jpg
Amanda Dlamini playing for South Africa at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Amanda Sinegugu Dlamini
Date of birth (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Harding, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa[1]
Height 164 cm (5 ft 5 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
JVW
Youth career
Young Callies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Durban Ladies
University of Johannesburg
National team
2007– South Africa 96 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2016

Amanda Dlamini (born 22 July 1988) is a South African association football midfielder. She plays for University of Johannesburg. She represented the South Africa women's national football team at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Early career[edit]

Dlamini was born in Harding in KwaZulu Natal. She started playing soccer in 1999 for a boys' team, Young Callies.[3]

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

At a club level, Dlamini has played for Durban Ladies and the University of Johannesburg.[4]

International[edit]

She made her debut for the senior national team in 2007 in a 5-0 loss to Nigeria in an Olympic qualifier. She scored her first international goal against Netherlands.[3] She was the top goalscorer of the 2008 Sasol Women's League. She was part of the squads that won bronze and silver medals at the 2010 African Women's Championship and 2012 African Women's Championship; at the 2010 championships, she was named Most Valuable Player. She was captain of the national team between 2011 and 2013.[4]

She became the fifth female football player to win 100 caps for South Africa following a friendly match against the United States in July 2016, following Janine van Wyk, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Portia Modise and Noko Matlou. Prior to the game, she said "It has always been a dream of mine to play for the national team, I have never wanted to do anything else but play football. I am what I am today because of the game. I have given so much to the game and to see myself so close to the 100 caps makes me very emotional". In the same match, American goalkeeper Hope Solo won her 100th cap for the United States.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, she founded the Amanda Dlamini Girls Foundation aiming to provide basic help to girls in rural areas.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amanda Dlamini". Sports Reference. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Dlamini, Amanda". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Moreotsene, Linda (7 October 2011). "Amanda inspires Banyana". The New Age. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Sasol Banyana Banyana Player Profiles". South African Football Association. 17 May 2014. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Amanda Dlamini closes in on a century of appearances". South African Football Association. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Amanda Dlamini wants to inspire youth through football". Sasol in Sport. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 

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