Banyana Banyana's Amanda Dlamini set for 100th cap

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Dlamini will join the quartet of captain Janine van Wyk (130), fellow midfielder Nompumelelo Nyandeni and the retired Portia Modise (both 124) as well as Noko Matlou (123) who have played a century or more in Banyana Banyana colours.

Born in 1988 in Harding, KwaZulu Natal, the player known as ‘Toki’ among her peers started her club football with Durban Ladies.

She made her national team debut in 2007 against Nigeria in an Olympic qualifier and has scored 24 goals, her first coming against the Netherlands in 2008.

“It has always been a dream of mine to play for the national team - I have never wanted to do anything else but play football,” Dlamini said. “I am what I am today because of the game. I have given so much to the game and to see myself so close to the 100 caps makes me very emotional.

“What makes it even more special is that it could happen against the top-ranked nation in the world in women’s football, who are also the Olympic and World Champions – what more can I ask for? I am really looking forward to this.”

While she understands that it could be a special match for her, she hasn’t forgotten the bigger picture.

“At the end of the day this is not about me but the team,” the 27-year-old continued. “We must not lose sight of why we are here. Personal glory comes after the team. We are here to prepare for the Olympics Games, we are here to represent our country and we are here to defend our flag – once we have done that, only then can we start celebrating personal glories.

“We are playing a strong nation and it will be a very difficult match. They are more experienced but we will do the best we can to get a positive result.”

Dlamini has been ever-present for Banyana Banyana and played in all the six matches of the Olympic qualifiers – home and away against Gabon, Kenya and Equatorial Guinea. 

Banyana take on the world champions at Soldier Field in Chicago, USA, with kick-off at 12h00 local time (19h00 South African time).