Simphiwe Dludlu Applauds Rising Banyana Banyana Stars

Banyana Banyana stand-in coach Simphiwe Dludlu applauded her rising stars after the team’s performance at the recently concluded Cosafa Women’s Championship. Photo: COSAFA Media

Banyana Banyana stand-in coach Simphiwe Dludlu applauded her rising stars after the team’s performance at the recently concluded Cosafa Women’s Championship.

The young squad lost 1-0 in extra-time to Zambia in the final at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Gqeberha on Sunday, 11 September 2022.

“We went in there to learn and better ourselves. We were expecting that Zambia might beat us. You can’t be naïve and overconfident. That Zambian team has been together for four years, they have been to the Olympics and Women’s Africa Cup of Nations,” said Dludlu.

Despite the loss in the final, the objective was to expose the younger players to international football and grow the base of players for the senior national team.

“This assignment was important for us in terms of increasing the base of players that can compete at the highest level. It was not just for Banyana Banyana, we had players from U-17 and U-20, players that are in transition trying to get to Banyana Banyana,” she said.

“It was important to put together a team that would expose a different type of talent that has not been out there and see how we can polish it and make it ready to go out there and compete. With this chance we had to expose all those players,” added Dludlu.

“We did well as a team, our biggest objective was to make sure we come out of the tournament in a better position. Last year Banyana Banyana finished fourth and we overachieved because we went straight to the final and got the silver medal,” she concluded.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Banyana Banyana stand-in coach Simphiwe Dludlu applauded her rising stars after the team’s performance at the recently concluded Cosafa Women’s Championship. Photo: COSAFA Media

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