Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
10 Jan 2018
10:07 am

Banyana star retires from international football

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

The retirement of former Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini from the national has come as a shock to many, with Banyana interim coach Desiree Ellis describing the midfielder’s decision as 'unfortunate'.

“After a year’s absence from the national team, we were looking forward to working with her again in the Sweden match, it is unfortunate that she had to go now. I can only wish her all the best in her new adventure. She is a magnificent player and we will miss her contribution on and off the field,” Ellis told Safa.net.

Dlamini was called up into the national team for the upcoming friendly matche against Sweden in Cape Town on Sunday, 21 January, but her sudden retirement on Tuesday meant that the 29-year old will have to be replaced.

“In her place we will call up Xolisile Mnikathi of Sunflowers in KwaZulu Natal. She was one of the shining stars at the 2017 Sasol League National Championship in Nelspruit,” explained Ellis.

Dlamini has more than 100 caps for the senior national women’s team and has played represented Banyana at the 2012 (London, England) and 2016 (Rio, Brazil) Olympic games.