By Nomali Cele
Last week, Skhumba and Ndumiso hosted former Banyana Banyana captain and football analyst, Amanda Dlamini for BlomBlom on Good Friday.
Amanda Dlamini is now a football analyst for a prominent sport channel. She’s putting her love and knowledge of the game into commenting on its current workings. All things considered, this is a secure career move and most women in football can only dream of such a thing.
On negativity towards her being a girl playing football
Before she became a known name in women’s football, Amanda Dlamini cut her teeth playing with the boys in her hometown of Harding, KwaZulu-Natal. While it’s not hard to imagine that her successful and storied football career has paved the way for different girls growing up in that town to want to pursue a career on field.
It wasn’t easy for her. There was a bit of a stigma attached to her being a girl playing a sport that is loved by boys. But Dlamini believes that this has slowly changed.
“Sometimes you have to be the sacrificial lamb. You have to be the one people talk about so they understand different changes to society. That’s how everyone eventually understood that girls can play football,” she told Skhumba and Ndumiso
Hanging up her boots
Dlamini spoke candidly to Skhumba and Ndumiso about the economic disparities she faced while playing; disparities still faced by women footballers today. Regardless how close they get to glory (say, playing at the 2012 Olympic Games) it rarely reflected on their pockets or standard of living.
For Dlamini, it was difficult to juggle football and her studies. Also given the lack of payment, she says she had to decide whether she would keep playing and be underpaid or pursue other professional avenues.
“We’ll be in the papers being called broke but no one knows how much we earned in the first place”
One of the highlights of her career was being named the Most Valued Player (MVP) of the African Women’s Championship in 2010.
Amanda Dlamini is a sought after brand ambassador and has had various business partnerships with different companies.