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Johannesburg – Amanda Dlamini has resigned as Banyana Banyana captain, in order to focus on her studies, the SA Football Association announced on Friday.
Dlamini would be replaced by the team's vice-captain, Janine van Wyk, on an interim basis until a permanent replacement had been identified by the Banyana technical team.
“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,” Dlamini said.
“I led Banyana Banyana during one of our most successful eras, 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. As a senior member of the team I will continue to give my support and guidance where it is needed.”
Dlamini, 24, has made 60 appearances for the national women's team, scoring 19 goals since she was named Banyana captain in 2010.
“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,” said Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza.
“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.”
Banyana Banyana will start their Cyprus Women's Cup campaign next week, having been drawn in Group C against South Korea, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. – Sapa