South Africa begin preparations for Zambia friendly

The South African Senior National Women’s Team (Banyana Banyana) will begin their training program for 2022 this week when the team reports for camp on 4 Febuary 2022 to begin preparations for the international friendly match against Zambia.

This match will take place on 12 Febuary 2022 in the Zambian capital of Lusaka.

The international friendly is part of Banyana Banyana’s preparations for their last round of African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifers against Algeria.

The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will host Algeria at home on 18 February 2022 at a venue yet to be confirmed before travelling to North Africa for the return leg scheduled for 23 Febuary 2022.

Head Coach Desiree Ellis has selected a squad of 25 players that will play Zambia. A few overseas based players will join the squad upon Banyana Banyana’s return from Zambia ahead of the Algeria crucial encounter.

“We have decided to call up local players for the first round of camp to ensure that our database continues to grow and that any newly selected players find their rhythm now. This is to give new players the know how in case they are needed in subsequent matches,’’ said Ellis.

“We have also included, in this coming camp, international Hilda Magaia. She is still in the country as she has not yet returned to her Swedish club, Moron BK. Also called up is Bongeka Gamede from the University of the Westsern Cape, but might not make it as she is struggling with a niggling injury,’’ added Ellis.

The squad will fly back to South Africa after the Zambian international encounter to start preparations for the Algeria game.

Ellis said she was confident Sasol Banyana Banyana will build on the momentum they have had in the past few years in which they dominated the COSAFA Region and recently won the Aisha Buhari Cup in impressive fashion in Nigeria.

In the last AWCON in 2018 in Ghana, Banyana Banyana lost to Super Falcons on penalties in the final after going the whole tournament unbeaten

NAME AND SURNAME CLUB PROVINCE

  1. Andile DLAMINI GK Mamelodi Sundowns FC GAUTENG
  2. Kaylin SWART GK JVW FC GAUTENG
  3. Regirl NGOBENI GK University of Western Cape WESTERN CAPE
  4. Karabo MOHALE GK University of Johannesburg GAUTENG
  5. Antonia MAPONYA DF University of Western Cape WESTERN CAPE
  6. Koketso TLAILANE DF Tshwane University of Technology GAUTENG
  7. Karabo MAKHURUBETSHI DF Mamelodi Sundowns FC GAUTENG
  8. Janine VAN WYK DF JVW FC GAUTENG
  9. Tiisetso MAKHUBELA DF Tshwane University of Technology GAUTENG
  10. Bambanani MBANE DF Mamelodi Sundowns FC GAUTENG
  11. Asanda HADEBE DF Sunflower FC KWA ZULU NATAL
  12. Bongeka GAMEDE DF University of Western Cape WESTERN CAPE
  13. Gabriela SALGADO MF JVW FC GAUTENG
  14. Noxolo CESANE MF University of Western Cape WESTERN CAPE
  15. Thalea SMIDT MF Mamelodi Sundowns FC GAUTENG
  16. Mamello MAKHABANE MF JVW FC GAUTENG
  17. Robyn MOODALY MF JVW FC GAUTENG
  18. Sibulele HOLWENI MF University of Western Cape WESTERN CAPE
  19. Oratile MOKWENA MF Mamelodi Sundowns FC GAUTENG
  20. Lelona DAWETI FW Mamelodi Sundowns FC GAUTENG
  21. Hildah MAGAIA FW Moron BK Skelleftea SWEDEN
  22. Melinda KGADIETE FW Mamelodi Sundowns FC GAUTENG
  23. Wendy SHONGWE FW University of Pretoria GAUTENG
  24. Nthabiseng MAJIYA FW Richmond Ladies NORTHERN CAPE
  25. Rhoda MULAUDZI FW Mamelodi Sundowns FC GAUTENGSource: www.safa.net