Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini has resigned as the captain of the senior women's national team with immediate effect
Posted: 1 March 2013 Time: 10:48 am
Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini has resigned as the captain of the senior women's national team with immediate effect and will be replaced by Janine van Wyk on an interim basis until a permanent replacement has been identified by the technical team.
According to Safa, Dlamini, who is a student at the University of Johannesburg where she is currently completing her third year of study in Transport Management, sighted her need to fully commit on her studies in her crucial academic year of study while also concentrate on improving her game without the huge responsibilities that come with leading the team among the reasons behind relinquishing the captain's armband.
"It has truly been an amazing journey leading the team for the past three years and my position as captain has opened a lot of doors for me while on the field of play. I led Banyana Banyana during one of our most successful era which saw us make history and qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
"I wish the next captain all the best in leading such an amazing bunch of talented and committed girls," says Dlamini, who plays for University of Johannesburg Ladies FC in the Sasol League.
"As a senior member of the team I will continue to give my support and guidance where it is needed. I'm grateful to Safa and Sasol for their continued support for women's football and for affording me the opportunity to lead our national team," she adds.
Dlamini has made 60 appearances for Banyana Banyana and has scored 19 goals during that time while she was the captain of the high-riding Banyana side since 2010.
Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza says: "When we first heard the news from Amanda we were all quite shocked and disappointed but we fully accept her decision and have supported her during this time.
"She has made a name for herself during the time she led the team, she showed good leadership qualities and saw the team through many successes which include participating in the Olympics and playing in the final of the African Women's Championship in Equatorial Guinea last year."
Janine van Wyk, who takes over captaincy of the side during the team's participation at the Cyprus Women's Cup until a permanent replacement has been identified, is currently the most capped player in the squad.
Banyana are currently in Cyprus for the Cyprus Women's Cup which will take place from March 6 until March 14. The Sasol-sponsored team are in Group C alongside Korea Republic, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.