Thursday, June 23, 2016

South African player, Amanda Dlamini, announced as Danone Nations Cup Ambassador

South African Women's attacking midfielder, Amanda Dlamini, has been appointed the ambassador of the under-12 Danone Nations Cup Southern Africa soccer tournament.

Dlamini, who is currently in camp preparing for the Olympic Games, will start her official duties on Saturday, June 25th when she attends the Danone Nations Cup national finals happening at the WJ Clements Stadium in Reiger Park.

Here she will motivate the participating teams to believe in their dreams and how important it is to develop healthy lifestyles and how this will impact on their football careers. 

“We are delighted that Amanda has agreed to join the Danone Nations Cup family,” said Chantel Ehlers, Communication Specialist, Danone.  “She is an excellent role model to our young up and coming players.  She is driven, works hard and is a great motivator.  She epitomizes what the Danone Nations Cup stands for, which is fair play, openness, pleasure of the game and friendship.”

Dlamini captained South Africa from 2010-2013, before resigned to concentrate on her university studies and focus on her game.

In that time, she helped the national team to silver medals at the 2011 Cosafa Cup and the 2012 African Women Championships.

She led the team to the 2012 Olympic Games in London – the first time South Africa had participated in the event.

She hails from rural KwaZulu-Natal where she started off in the game playing with, and against boys.
Her dream was to play for the women’s national team, and ever since she achieved that she has been passionate about empowering the youth and helping them realise their potential.

In 2013 she established the Amanda Dlamini Girls Foundation aimed at inspiring young girls to make their dreams come true irrespective of their backgrounds and circumstances by creating an enabling environment that will allow them to be empowered through the use of sports and educational life skills.

“I was so humbled when Danone asked me to be their ambassador for the Danone Nations Cup,” said Dlamini.  “Working with the youth is very close to my heart hence I started my foundation. The majority of the kids that play in this tournament are from rural areas, like me. My humble beginnings have made me realise the importance of developing a good set of values and a strong moral code to conquer life and make my dreams come true.   I also know the importance of a healthy eating plan and how this affects everything you do – from brain to bone development.”

“Further, I have realised that basic education from schools only provided basic literacy and limited life skills training.  It is my mission to stop kids, particularly in the rural areas, from becoming involved in crime, drug abuse and other bad influences which is increasing in this country due to  irresponsibility, loss of hope, lack of self-esteem, limited or no life skills training and the lack of role models.”

She joins an illustrious group of world stars who are the ambassadors of the Danone Nations Cup.   Former French star and current Real Madrid coach Zinedane Zidane is the global ambassador of the competition, while the national ambassadors include Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria), Gheorghe Hagi (Romania) and Carlos Tévez (Argentina), just to name a few.

Post the national finals she will then assist the kids leading up to the world finals taking place in Paris, France between October 14th and 16th.

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