Dludlu Calls it Quits

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." 

"While we are quite sad to see her retiring so soon with such a huge experience, we are however quite humbled by her consistent and immense contribution in the club. She has been an inspiration and role model to many people. We have no doubt that her early retirement will leave a huge gap in the national landscape of football. As a club we are quite grateful that she will be playing a significant role in the technical setup. We have given her more responsibility to be the Head of Women's Football. She has always been source of refreshing perspectives that gives us much confidence that our University of Pretoria Football Club in general and women football in particular will rise to greater heights. We will as we have done with others give her constant support in her ambitions to be a coach as we know that this will be for the betterment of our club and of women's football in the country," said the football manager Kenneth Neluvhalani. 
Dludlu started coaching the women's USSA team in 2012 and has led them to the 2012 and 2013 USSA Football National Club Championships finals. 
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