Vera Pauw’s side flew home last week after going out in the group stages, but fought hard, especially in their opening 1-0 defeat to Sweden and their final 0-0 draw with hosts Brazil.
“Yes, obviously we are very disappointed purely because I know the quality in this team and the ability we showed is just amazing. But we achieved something we had never done before. Firstly, we have always wished we could have proper preparations for big tournaments, and for the first time ever we played world champions USA and also played back-to-back matches against the Netherlands, not forgeting New Zealand – something that has never happened before,” said Dlamini.
“Because of the performance we displayed in the last couple of months, nations are now willing to play us. Also, with our performance at the Olympic Games, people won’t ignore us. We hope to have more of these games with top nations. If other teams have qualified for major tournaments, they will want to play Banyana Banyana, so it’s good exposure. I am pleased in that regard but disappointed we couldn’t make it to the next round.”
Dlamini said the youngsters in the squad give her plenty of hope the side will do well in the future.
“Some of the players are under 20 or just above, and it looks like we have a solid future in the national team,” said Dlamini.
“It is also about refreshing the consistency until we have a proper squad that will qualify for the World Cup and maybe one day will move into the quarterfinals at the Olympics and perhaps even to the semifinals, because I honestly believe we do have a bright future with this team.”
Banyana will next play in the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations, in Cameroon from November 19 to December 3.