BANYANA’S BRIGHT­EST STARS

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RE­FILOE JANE (26)

The Can­berra United mid­fielder has been a main­stay and is on the verge of 100 caps for the na­tional team. She made her Banyana de­but in 2012 and played in two Olympic Games and mul­ti­ple Cosafa Cup tour­na­ments. She’s run out 96 times for Banyana and scored seven goals. She missed the Af­con fi­nal against Nige­ria due to club com­mit­ments.

JA­NINE VAN WYK (31)

The de­fender has amassed 157 caps, the most by a South African foot­baller of any gen­der. In 2016 her move to Hous­ton Dash saw her be­come the first South African woman to move to the Amer­i­can league. Hav­ing achieved her dream of qual­i­fy­ing for a World Cup, she has hinted she may re­tire at the end of the tour­na­ment.

THEMBI KGAT­LANA (22)

Her five goals up to the Aw­con semi­fi­nal were the key to South Africa book­ing its spot at next year’s Women’s World Cup. Fans of the Hous­ton Dash striker aren’t sur­prised by her per­for­mance. “She’s now a holis­tic player and re­al­is­ing the im­por­tance of her im­pact on the team,” foot­ball an­a­lyst Amanda Dlamini says.

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