Rhoda Mulaudzi talks about growth, challenges and Belarus
Rhoda Mulaudzi and Lebogang Ramalepe.
In this Q & A, Rhoda Mulaudzi, star of Mamelodi Sundowns and Banyana Banyana, talks about his difficult time in Belarus and its role for Dinamo Minsk, as well as his triumphant return home to be part of the women’s team Sundowns who won the trophy in the champions League CAF.
Mulaudzi also talks about her toughest opponent in the Champions League, how her game has evolved over time and what steps she would take to boost football for girls and women in South Africa.
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You joined Mamelodi Sundowns in July. How was it to be back home?
It’s nice to be at home and I enjoyed every moment of the trip with my home team which included winning the CAF Women’s Champions League as well as the Super League Hollywoodbets.
Who have been your most difficult teams to play this season?
Locally, UWC [University of the Western Cape] because it is a good team, strong and always very motivated to win against Mamelodi Sundowns. In the Champions League, it was Rivers Angels Nigeria because they were very strong defensively, but also had fast players who could run.
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If you could advise Sundowns on buying one of your opponents, which would you recommend?
The number of 11 Fatima Tagnaout ASFAR Moroccan team. It is fast, smart, clever and can dribble. His pass capability also makes it an excellent team player and will bring a lot of positivity, especially with his attack.
What are the strengths of your team?
Team spirit. We play for each other, not as individuals. We also have fast players and mark many goals.
Rhoda Mulaudzi hopes Mamelodi Sundowns retain the CAF Total Energies Women’s League Champions trophy so they can qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Club. Photo: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix
Tell us about Coach Jerry Tshabalala.
The coach is very funny, always smiling, easily accessible and, off the pitch, he is like a father and a friend. He is a free-spirited man. However, when it comes to work, it is strictly work.
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How did you play for Dinamo Minsk?
On the football side, I have improved technically. Usually I play as a striker, and in Belarus I came to play as a winger, so I became a better all-around player. But life outside of football was not pleasant. The language was a big problem. It was difficult to grasp, even though I did my best to learn.
Which country do you prefer to visit?
Australia because of the language, culture and the fact that they are very welcoming. I won a lot of fans when I played there and I enjoyed my stay.
Rhoda Mulaudzi said his game has improved a lot since his days in Belarus. Photo: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix
What are your strong points?
I’m fast, skillful, scorer and I know how good centers.
How has your approach to the game changed with the experience?
I understand better football and am able to use my skills and my strength with my brain. I am better able to anticipate a teammate’s next move and have become a team player rather than playing for myself.
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What boots do you play in?
Puma Ultra woman. They are comfortable and have an upper woven with Matryxevo technology, which makes them light, which is suitable for the speed game that I love.
Your goals for 2022?
I see the team defending our Super League Hollywoodbets and CAF Women’s Champions League titles, as well as playing in the FIFA Women’s Club World Cup. As for the national team, I hope we win the Afcon and qualify for the Fifa World Cup in 2023.
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If you were directing Safa, what key steps would you take to boost football among girls and women?
I would start by introducing football academies and school development for girls, then ensuring that there were sponsors for the women’s teams and enlisting the support of the sports department and other organizations to help the growth of sport for women and girls in all provinces.
Happy birthday late for December 2nd. What was your favorite gift?
Thank you for the birthday wish. My favorite gift was an album of the musician Dr. Thomas Chauke.