June 25, 2024

Sundowns Ladies defender vows to plough back through education and sports initiatives

CAPE TOWN – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies defender Bambanani Mbane has praised her mother’s sacrifices for the hard work she puts into her football career.

The 33-year-old who was born in Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape has achieved a lot so far in her career.

Being raised by a single parent, Mbane knows what is at stake and that is why she puts hours of hard work in everything she does.

“I was raised by a single parent who sacrificed a lot for me, ” said Mbane.

“So I live and do everything to provide my mom with a better
life.”

Mbane recently returned from Australia and New Zealand in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup together with Banyana Banyana teammates following their good run in the tournament.

South Africa was knocked out of the tournament after a 0-2 defeat to the Netherlands in a Round of 16 match earlier this month.

Mbane looks back after Desiree Ellis’ charges made history in the tournament and the highlights of her career.

“Becoming history makers by being the first South African football team to qualify for the final 16 at a World Cup, and the friendliness of everyone in the host country made the experience extra special for me,” said Mbane.

“Winning the CAF Champions League with Mamelodi Sundowns and Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) with the national team, are my highlights.

“As a team, we do not settle for mediocrity.”

Playing for the most successful women’s team in South Africa with four titles so far, Mbane believes her game has improved.

The experienced Sundowns defender tasted European flair having played for Belarusian outfit, FC Dinamo Minsk in 2020.

“The planning, the quality of players and spot-on tactics from the technical team at Sundowns has helped me to improve my game,” she said.

“I’m a centre back, a position which allows me to communicate with my teammates, and I have a full view of the pitch to better guide my midfielders and attackers.

“I can now move the ball much quicker and pass the ball between the lines with ease.”

Mbane’s dream and passion are to plough back to the community by becoming involved in education and sports initiatives.

She is one of the Banyana Banyana stars who has recently signed partnership agreements with Puma.

“The boots I am using are Puma Ultra boots, they are extremely comfortable and light,” she adds.

“It’s a big brand that takes care of its athletes. I just like all their offerings. Puma provides a shoe for every occasion. So, I’m covered.”

Image: Puma/ Splash 

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