Banyana squad for Women’s Afcon named
BANYANA Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced a squad of 21 players to represent South Africa at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations tournament scheduled for Ghana from November 17 to December 1.
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 has selected the bulk of the squad that has been with Banyana Banyana for a long period of time.
The squad also shows a lot of experience with most of the players having taken part in the Women’s Afcon tournament before.
Ellis has also called up two uncapped players — Amanda Mthandi (University of Johannesburg) and Tiisetso Makhubela (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies).
The former Banyana Banyana captain has also selected four players to be on stand-by — Kholosa Biyana, Rachel Sebati, Thato Letsoso and Hilda Magaia.
The quartet will travel with the squad to Ghana tomorrow and return to South Africa after the international friendly match that will be played in Accra on Sunday.
Banyana Banyana have been drawn in Group B against defending champions Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia.
South Africa will open its account with a clash against the Super Falcons on November 18, followed by an encounter against Kenya three days later and then Zambia on November 24.
South Africa will be making their 12th appearance at the tournament.
— SuperSport. BANYANA SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Andile Dlamini, Kaylin Swart, Roxanne Barker
Defenders: Lebogang Ramalepe, Nothando Vilakazi, Janine Van Wyk, (pictured) Noko Matlou, Bambanani Mbane, Tiisetso Makhubela, Koketso Tlailane Midfielders: Kgaelebane Mohlakoana, Mamello Makhabane, Leandra Smeda, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Linda Motlhalo, Busisiwe Ndimeni, Refiloe Jane. Strikers: Jermaine Seoposenwe, Thembi Kgatlana, Melinda Kgadiete, Amanda Mthandi
STANDBY PLAYERS: Hildah Magaia Kholosa Biyana, Rachel Sebati, Thato Letsoso
Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis.