University of Johannesburg soccer star Amanda Mthandi has her sights set on scoring her first goal for Banyana Banyana when she makes her national debut in the Africa Cup of Nations this weekend.
The 22-year-old wing is part of the South African squad for the tournament in Ghana, with their first match against Nigeria on Sunday.
Delighted at her selection, Mthandi said one of her main objectives at Afcon was to score her first goal for her country.
“Obviously as a team we want to qualify for next year’s World Cup, but on a personal level I want to get a goal for Banyana Banyana,” she said.
“I believe the experience I will gain playing at this level will help me to improve as a player.
The second-year transportation management student said she was at a loss for words when she made the final cut for the Afcon squad.
“I was ecstatic but I really just didn’t know what to say at that moment,” she said.
She feels she can add value to the team with her versatility.
“For example, I can play as a holding striker or I can adapt to the requirements of playing up front, running onto balls in an attacking position.”
Her Afcon debut caps off a memorable year, the highlight of which was winning the University Sport South Africa tournament in Port Elizabeth in July.
“That was a really good week for UJ soccer, and especially for me, after I was named player of the tournament and ended up being the top goal-scorer.”