Young African women develop holistically thanks to CAF – Amanda Dlamini

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Former Banyana Banyana player Amanda Dlamini says the equal opportunities CAF is granting to boys and girls bodes well for the growth African football is experiencing.

Dlamini, who made history at the recent TotalEnergies CAF AFCON in Ivory Coast by becoming the first female commentator at CAF’s flagship competition, was speaking at a welcome dinner for the U-15 women’s teams at the African Football Championship continental finals. CAF School Football in Zanzibar.

Dlamini will be present at the four-day competition (May 21-24) as part of the invited CAF Legends to share her experience and words of encouragement with the budding stars.

“I feel excited and honored to be part of such an initiative of the CAF. We grow up in rural areas with no infrastructure, and you probably wait 20 years to take your first flight to represent your country. However, the CAF, through of this tournament, has quickly achieved We continue this process for these young people and offer them a unique experience of international football,” said Dlamini.

The former midfielder who represented the reigning African champions in two CAF TotalEnergies Women’s AFCON tournaments (2010, 2012), also shared her opinion on the CAF capacity development programs currently being carried out outside the competition in Zanzibar.

“I have to congratulate CAF for ensuring that grassroots football is not just about development, but also about giving children the opportunity to feel represented. If I had the opportunity to attend these types of workshops, it would have prepared me for life after football and other professional careers. I am excited for these young women to experience soccer in a comprehensive way. It is not just about talent, but also about professional opportunities and the diversity of meeting other young women,” Dlamini concluded.

Accompanying Dlamini on the visit to the team hotel was Ugandan women’s football legend Jean Sseninde, who conducted the draw for the competition alongside fellow CAF legend Daniel Amokachi earlier in the week.

The CAF African Schools Football Championship continues at the Amaan Stadium with the final scheduled for Friday, May 24.

All matches can be watched live daily on CAF’s official YouTube channel, CAF TV.