Local News 16.8.2016 01:18 pm

Banyana stalwart confident of bouncing back

Amanda Dlamini  (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)

Amanda Dlamini (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)

Veteran Banyana Banyana midfielder Amanda Dlamini is confident that the side can take the best out of their poor performance in the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

Dlamini, who has made over a century of appearances for the national women’s side says her, and her teammates, are still trying to recover from the setback, but suggests they will definitely bounce back.

“At this moment we are all trying to recover from everything and I think this is a good time for every other player to do some soul searching and reflect back on games, and really ask yourself what have you really done that has contributed to the team’s success or the downfall of the team, and what it is that we can do to bring change to rely perform a better and higher level at the Africa Women Championships,” she told Kaya FM.

Banyana Banyana will take part in the Africa Women’s Championships in Cameroon, starting from November 19 to December 6. It is not clear whether coach Vera Pauw, whose future is still uncertain, will be at the helm for the tournament. Dlamini says the national coach is deeply disappointed.

“She has been really disappointed as well because I think that she was one person that really tried to put the psyche part of it as players to actually believe in ourselves and qualify for the second round. But I think, like any other coach, she was given a mandate and told this is what you have to do for you to proceed moving forward or get the team to qualify for competitions.

“While I cannot give a remark about her decisions and what it is that she wants to do, she has really tried to make sure that she puts a plan for Banyana, even for the Under-20 to have a proper program,” said the former Banyana captain.

When asked on whether this was her last Olympics appearance, the 28-year-old said: “Yes, without a doubt.” However, she remains hopeful to make it to the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup to be hosted by France. “I would like to put it that way because if you look at it now, if I continue to work hard, I think I can still be up for selection,” she said.

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