Veteran defender Simphiwe "Shooby-doo" Dludlu has announced her retirement from international football, to persue a career in coaching.
"Shorty", as she is affectionately known to many in the football fraternaty hails from Alexandra and was selected to the u20 SAFA women's academy based at the University of Pretoria's Highperformencecenter in 2004. She attended the TuksSport High School and on passing her metric, she registered to study Sport Science at the University of Pretoria. She has 63 caps for the senior national team, Banyana-Banyana, and has also featured for the USSA Football National Team.
She then graduated in 2012 and took over the team as head coach of the women's programme. She is in posession of CAF B and UEFA B coaching licences.
"I have had a good run and I just wanted one more call up to make 50 caps but to get to 63 caps is an absolute bonus. I am retiring on my own terms and desparately want to focus on my coaching career. The TuksFootball Women's Programme is growing very big and I would like to focus on that while I also MC our PSL matches for AmaTuks and continue to do motivational talks to try inspire other young women out there to work hard to reach their dreams. The University of Pretoria and SAFA have supported me and supported my ambitions to be a coach and I am happy to be able to now do this full time."