Head coach of Banyana Banyana, Desiree Ellis, has announced a provisional squad of 31 players to start preparations for the upcoming 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations tournament scheduled for Ghana from 17 November to 1 December.
The premier African Women’s football showpiece will be used as a 2019 FIFA Women World Cup qualifier – the top three nations in Ghana will represent the continent at the World Cup in France in June.
Ellis’ squad shows consistency, as she has not deviated much from the players that have been doing business for Banyana Banyana since the beginning of the year in the international friendly clash against Sweden.
The 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship gold medalists recently returned from the tour of Chile where they played two international friendly matches against the host nation – losing 2-1 and also playing to a 2-2 draw.
“We have brought in players that have been part of our core group for a while now, and those we have been monitoring over a period of time. The training camp will focus mainly on improving team cohesion and fitness, while at the same time also keeping an eye on the new players,” said Ellis.
“We have now reached the business end of the year where the planning has to be meticulous as we are edging closer to the tournament.”
Among those getting a recall are Yolula Tsawe, Mamello Makhabane (both JVW FC), Hilda Magaia, Jabulile Mazibuko (both TUT-PTA), Siyamthanda Skeyi (Thunderbirds) and Amogelang Motau (Oral Roberts University – USA).
The players will assemble for camp on Sunday, 21 October in Johannesburg, but they will be without Finland-based striker Ode Fulutudilu who was called up but declined due to club commitments.
Fulutudilu was part of the squad that recently travelled to Chile for two international friendly matches, and played from the bench in the second fixture. Striker Sduduzo Dlamini of Sunflower FC in Durban has taken her place.
Ellis will trim the squad down to 21 players on Friday, 26 October.
BANYANA BANYANA SQUAD
|NAME AND SURNAME||CLUB|
|1. Andile Dlamini||Mamelodi Sundowns FC|
|2. Kaylin Swart||Menlo College|
|3. Roxanne Barker||University of Western Cape|
|4. Yolula Tsawe||JVW FC|
|5. Lebogang Ramalepe||Ma-Indies FC|
|6. Nothando Vilakazi||Palace Super Falcons FC|
|7. Janine Van Wyk||Houston Dash|
|8. Noko Matlou||Ma-Indies FC|
|9. Bambanani Mbane||Bloemfontein Celtic FC|
|10. Regina Mogolola||University of Pretoria|
|11. Tiisetso Makhubela||Mamelodi Sundowns FC|
|12. Thato Letsoso||University of Johannesburg|
|13. Koketso Tlailane||TUT-PTA|
|14. Kgaelebane Mohlakoana||Bloemfontein Celtic|
|15. Refiloe Jane||Canberra United|
|16. Rachel Sebati||TUT-PTA|
|17. Mamello Makhabane||JVW FC|
|18. Sduduzo Dlamini||Sunflower FC|
|19. Leandra Smeda||Gintra Universitetas|
|20. Nompumelelo Nyandeni||JVW FC|
|21. Linda Motlhalo||Houston Dash|
|22. Kholosa Biyana||University of KZN|
|23. Hildah Magaia||TUT-PTA|
|24. Jabulile Mazibuko||TUT-PTA|
|25. Siyamthanda Skeyi||Thunderbirds FC|
|26. Khanya Xesi||University Western Cape|
|27, Amogelang Motau||Oral Roberts University|
|28. Jermaine Seoposenwe||JVW FC|
|29. Thembi Kgatlana||Houston Dash|
|30. Melinda Kgadiete||Bloemfontein Celtic|
|31. Amanda Mthandi||University of Johannesburg|