Slowly but surely the Banyana Banyana squad is taking shape at the Randburg Football Club in Johannesburg with the bulk of the squad now in training in preparation for the international friendly encounter against the Netherlands next month.
The team reported for camp earlier this week and Ellis was pleased with their first training session as she relishes the opportunity of playing against a top-ranked side such as the Dutch in Zwolle on July 3.
“I am excited to finally have everyone in camp and we are looking forward to the match against the Dutch. The players are excited, and we will see how things will go,” said Ellis.
All the players have reported for national team duty, except Scotland-based striker Ode Fulutudilu, who will meet the team when they arrive in the Netherlands next week.
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Captain Janine van Wyk and Fulutudilu, who recently won the league title in Scotland with Glasgow Rangers, are part of the travelling squad to Europe.
They will be joined by the duo from Spanish side SD Eibar’s Thembi Kgatlana and Noko Matlou, who were part of the team that won friendly matches against Botswana and Zambia in April.
Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kaylin Swart (JVW FC), Regirl Ngobeni (University of Western Cape).
Janine van Wyk (Glasgow City, Scotland), Tiisetso Makhubela (Tshwane University), Noko Matlou (SD Eibar, Spain), Bambanani Mbane (Mamelodi Sundowns) Karabo Dhlamini (University of Western Ohio, USA), Bongeka Gamede (Western Cape).
Ntombifikile Ndlovu (Sunflower, KZN), Ongeziwe Ndlangisani (Sunflower), Oratile Mokwena (Sundowns), Mamello Makhabane (JVW), Nomvula Kgoale (University of Pretoria), Robyn Moodaly (JVW), Noxolo Cesane (Western Cape), Gabriela Salgado (JVW).
Thembi Kgatlana (SD Eibar), Jermaine Seoposenwe (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Lelona Daweti (Sundowns), Ode Fulutudilu (Glasgow City, Scotland), Sibulele Holweni (University of Western Cape).
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