Andile Dlamini and Desiree Ellis Debate Reignited After CAF Women’s Champions League Clean Sheets

Andile Dlamini and Desiree Ellis Debate Reignited After CAF Women’s Champions League Clean Sheets

Jarryd Westerdale
November 20, 2023 at 8:44 AM
  • Andile Dlamini kept a clean sheet as Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies were crowned CAF champions
  • The CAF Women's Champions League winners have been praised for their brand of football
  • Fans have pointed out Dlamini's omission from the South African Women's World Cup line-up

Victories are sweeter when earned in style

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies are the champions of Africa and they have been lauded for doing so in a way that was pleasing to the eye.

Banyana Ba Style defeated Sporting Casablanca 3-0, to wrap up the tournament in which they refused to concede even a single goal.

Andile Dlamini, goalkeeper, CAF, champions league.
Andile Dlamini was awarded goalkeeper of the tournament as Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies won the CAF Women's Champions League. Photo: @Sundowns_Fans.
Source: Twitter

Despite the five clean sheets, their 10 goals in the tournament received the loudest ovations.

In the build-up to the crowning goal, an expansive pass was audaciously controlled by a leaping Lebogang Ramalepe who added a pinpoint pass to continue a flowing move.

Between the sticks, Andile Dlamini was an impenetrable force that refused to be beaten until the final whistle.

Having been mysteriously left out of the Banyana Banyana starting line-up at the FIFA Women's World Cup, Dlamini erased that negativity to be awarded the goalkeeper of this tournament.

Fans weighed in on the debate, targeting Banyana Banyana's coach for criticism.

LassyLaden@AHT_YssY recalled:

"Desiree Ellis cost us big with her favouritism at the women's world cup. Starting Swart over Andile Dlamini was a big flop."

NtokozoMasuku@Visse_ss questioned:

"If Desiree Ellis is a coach and not a politician, our football would be in safe hands!"

LesiloRula@kay_mahapa was still upset:

"Desiree and Swart traumatised the nation at 3am while the best GK on the continent was on the bench. Unreal."

Dlamini was in the September South African starting line-up that lost 2-0 to a United States team containing Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.

South Africa's women have two matches coming up against Burkina Faso in the next two weeks while they face Tanzania in February.

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Sundowns Ladies win second Champions League

Sports Brief recently reported on Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies' latest CAF Champions League triumph.

A brace from Refilwe Tholakele and a strike from Boitumelo Rabale earned the repeat.

This gives both Sundowns' men's and women's teams continental titles.

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Jarryd Westerdale joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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