As part of our #Wiki4Her campaign we are profiling Simphiwe Shorty Dludlu.
Simphiwe Shorty Dludlu, the former Banyana Banyana captain and current coach of the national Under 17 Women’s soccer team, affectionately known as Bantwana, has been nominated for the 2018 G-Sports Coach of the Year Award.
Shorty has had an illustrious soccer career both as a player and coach. The success as a coach on the international scene is as a result of the cumulative experience she has amassed over the years.
At a club level, Dludlu played as a defender for Mamelodi Sundowns and her exploits on and off the field earned her a call up to the Banyana Banyana franchise where she made her first appearance for the South Africa senior national team in 2006 during a match against Mozambique. She distinguished herself on this call of duty and was the team’s captain from 2009–2010.
In May 2014, Dludlu made her 50th cap for the South Africa senior team during a friendly match against Ghana. In September 2014, she was named to the roster in preparation for the 2014 African Women’s Championship in Namibia. She announced her retirement from international football in March 2014, aspiring to pursue a career in coaching instead. She finished her playing career for the South African team on 63 caps. She has featured in and won local and international tournaments including Africa Cup of Nations and Cosafa Cup.
Dludlu attended TuksSport High School. In 2007, she began studies at University of Pretoria and graduated with a sport science degree in 2012. Upon graduating from the University of Pretoria in 2012, she became coach of the University women’s football team, playing in the University Sports South Africa (USSA) leagues. In her first two years with the team, they reached the final of the USSA Football National Club Championships. In May 2013, Dludlu earned the coveted UEFA B License coaching certificate.
Speaking to KickOff on the draw and preparations for the 2018 World Cup, Simphiwe said,“The long and short of it is that it is not going to be an easy one. We will be up against the best of the best, which makes it clear for us that our planning needs to be very vigorous. It must be the kind of preparation that says we know what we want, and must include a lot of friendlies. We need to expose our team to international football as much as we can before the tournament.” The World Cup will be played from November 13 to December 1 in the South American country of Uruguay.
The nomination for 2018 GSport Coach of the Year is a cherry on the icing and a motivator for Shorty to do even more for women’s soccer in the country and the continent.
To vote for Simphiwe Dludlu visit https://gsport.co.za/voting and help her take this award home.
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