Tshwane University of Technology has appointed former Banyana Banyana captain, Simphiwe Dludlu, as head coach of its women’s team.
Dludlu who takes over from another former national captain, Anna Monate, was welcomed at a special unveiling by the Directorate of Sport at TUT on Thursday.
Dludlu, who will continue in her roles as SA Women’s U17 team head coach and SA Women’s U20 assistant coach, was overwhelmed by the welcome.
“I’d love to thank the university for finding me fit to continue a wellness program that has established at Tshwane University of Technology. It’s a high performance all-round from different sporting codes.
“My main objective is not to change anything but to improve and continue on the journey and the job that has been done previously.” – Former Banyana Banyana captain Simphiwe Dludlu, newly appointed coach of the Tshwane University of Technology’s Women’s Football Team
Dludlu spoke about her desire to grow women’s football in Africa and acknowledged those that came before her.
“We aim to please with everything that we do and more than anything, I am excited to join the journey of producing international student-athletes because in this institution we sorely believe in making sure that our athletes understand the element of education as well because those two coupled together it equals success.
“Mine is also to ensure that I continue growing the brand of women’s football in Africa because we are part of the global stage, we are part of the global change of growing the women’s football element.
“I’m excited to join this institution because I’m standing on the shoulders of giants, those that were before me years ago, they built a foundation I intend to continue grow the brand, I intend to do my very best.”
Dludlu currently holds a Degree in Sports Science, CAF A and B Coaching Licenses and the UEFA B Coaching License, in addition to her work as a football analyst on pay channel, SuperSport.
The passionate coach has emphasised the importance of striking a balance between sport and education in her role as head coach of the TUT women’s team.
“I aspire to continue the balance of excellence between academics and football, see more players play their trade overseas in great clubs where they can earn a living in football coming from TUT.
“I look forward to improving the standard of players, coaches in different clubs within the different campuses and women’s teams. Compete for honours against the best teams in the league and hopefully make it to continental competitions as well,” she concluded.
Photo 1 Caption: Former Banyana Banyana captain, Simphiwe Dludlu has been appointed by TUT as the new head coach on the ladies football team. Dludlu is pictured with Dr Shadrack Nthangeni, Director of Sport and Recreation at Tshwane University of Technology. Photo: Shadrack Nthangeni (Twitter)