| Simphiwe Mendy Dludlu|
| South Africa|
| (1987-09-21) 21 September 1987 (age 28)|
Alexandra, South Africa
University of Pretoria
Simphiwe Dludlu Wikipedia
Simphiwe Dludlu is a South African football defender. She plays for Mamelodi Sundowns and formerly for the South Africa women's national football team. She is also the coach of the University of Pretoria women's football team.
Dludlu attended TuksSport High School. In 2007, she began studies at University of Pretoria and graduated with a sport science degree in 2012.
At a club level, Dludlu currently plays as a defender for Mamelodi Sundowns. In football circles, she is nicknamed "Shorty".
Dludlu made her first appearance for the South Africa senior national team in 2006 during a match against Mozambique. She was the team's captain from 2009–2010. She was the captain of the national team between 2009 and 2010.
In May 2014, Dludlu made her 50th cap for the South Africa senior team during a friendly match against Ghana. In September 2014, she was named to the roster in preparation for the 2014 African Women's Championship in Namibia. She announced her retirement from international football in March 2014, aspiring to pursue a career in coaching instead. She finished her playing career for the South African team on 63 caps.
Upon graduating from the University of Pretoria in 2012, she became coach of the University women's football team, playing in the University Sports South Africa (USSA) leagues. In her first two years with the team, they reached the final of the USSA Football National Club Championships. In May 2013, Dludlu earned a UEFA B Licence coaching certificate.
Alongside other former South African women's internationals, she is a scout for the Vodafone NXT Level programme.