Dlamini Appreciates Wafcon Recognition

Banyana Banyana’s incredible performance at the Women’s African Cup of Nations Caf (Wafcon) resulted in four of their players being named to the Wafcon team for the tournament and Andile Dlamini appreciates this recognition.

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Dlamini, defender Bambanani Mbane, midfielder Refilo Jain and striker Jermain Seoposenwe made up the best squad of the tournament.

Dlamini conceded just three goals on the team’s journey to the final, where they played six games.

“It’s great to be named in the top XI of the tournament and it’s all thanks to the hard work I’ve put in in training. I really appreciate this recognition,” Dlamini said as the team continued the Wafkon celebrations with a visit to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where the team met with President Cyril Ramaphosa to show him the trophy on Wednesday.

“It’s nice to be recognized for your efforts, it gives you confidence and pushes you to do better every time. But football is a team sport and I’m happy that we were able to win the Wafcon as a team, which we were all looking forward to. Our prayers have been answered, now we are moving on and we can only get better, plus now we have the experience of winning the title. But this is a special moment and a great feeling for all of us. We will always cherish him,” the keeper said.

“It was a very competitive tournament and a lot of teams really improved. There was not a single game that I would call easy. It is clear that women’s football in Africa is on the rise and the level of competition is very high,” added Dlamini, who was also named the tournament’s goalkeeper during the Caf Women’s Champions League last year after helping the Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies win the trophy.

After visiting the Union Buildings, the team made another stop at the Maponya Mall where fans cheered for them.

The day ended with a meeting with the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Mfo Falatse, at the NWF stadium.