Simphiwe ‘Shorty’ Dludlu juggles motherhood and football coaching

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Simphiwe Dludlu, head coach of SA Under-17 women’s team Bantwana, shows off her most prized possession, the shirt she wore at the World Cup in Uruguay last year. Picture: Rosetta Msimango
Simphiwe Dludlu, head coach of SA Under-17 women’s team Bantwana, shows off her most prized possession, the shirt she wore at the World Cup in Uruguay last year. Picture: Rosetta Msimango

It’s a struggle and delicate balancing act for most working mothers in the world.

Missing your baby’s first steps, their first words, even the first time they eat without assistance – that’s the high price paid by women juggling parenthood and professional sports careers.

One such woman is former Banyana Banyna captain-turned-coach Simphiwe Dludlu. Two years ago, the 33-year-old guided the SA Under-17 women’s team, Bantwana, to their first World Cup in Uruguay when her first child was just a few months old.

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