Banyana to face Zambia and Botswana in friendly matches

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South Africa women’s national team will play two international friendly matches in preparation for the 2022 Caf Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers set to start later this year.

Banyana Banyana will lock horns with Zambia on the 10th of April and face Botswana three days later.

Desiree Ellis’ side will assemble for camp on Monday, 5 April.

All games will be played at the Bidvest Stadium with the kick-off scheduled for 15:00 in the afternoon.

Coach Ellis has named her 26-woman squad without some of the key overseas-based players due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Thembi Kgatlana, Noko Matlou and Amanda Mthandi will be the only overseas-based players available for the friendly matches.

“We have a program for the year that we need to stick to, to ensure that we are ready for our qualifiers once the draw comes out. The past year has been very difficult for us with no football permitted to play, but we need to look forward and ensure that we reach our goals,” Ellis told SAFA.net.

“We are still faced with challenges due to the pandemic but we cannot let that demoralise us. We had called up some of our playing plying their trade abroad, but they could not be released for these friendly matches due to Covid-19 restrictions. We have to soldier on and perhaps start planning around a few locally based players to stabilise the team.”

The players that could not make it for this camp are: Janine Van Wyk (Glasgow City, Scotland), Refiloe Jane (AC Milan, Italy), Kholosa Biyana (Sporting Gijon, Spain), Hildah Magaia (Moron BK, Sweden), Linda Motlhalo (Djurgardens, Sweden), Jermaine Seoposenwe (SC Braga, Portugal), Karabo Dhlamini (University of Northwestern Ohia, USA), Lebohang Ramalepe and Rhoda Mulaudzi (Dinamo Minsk, Belrus).

BANYANA BANYANA PLAYERS SELECTED FOR APRIL CAMP

GOALKEEPERS

Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)

Kaylin Swart (JVW FC)

Mapaseka Mpuru (University of Pretoria)

Jessica Williams (Spurs WFC)

DEFENDERS

Kaylyn Jordaan (Spurs WFC)

Karabo Makhurubetshi (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Tiisetso Makhubela (Tshwane University of Technology)

Noko Matlou (SD Eibar)

Bambanani Mbane (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Ongeziwe Ndlangisa (Sunflower FC)

Bongeka Gamede (University of Western Cape)

Koketso Tlailane (Tshwane University of Technology)

Xiluva Tshabalala (Ma-Indies FC)

Mamello Makhabane (JVW FC)

Robyn Moodaly (JVW FC)

Nomvula Kgoale (Tshwane University of Technology)

Oratile Mokwena (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Noxolo Cesane (University of Western Cape)

Gabriela Salgado (JWV FC)

Nonhlanhla Mthani (Mamelodi Sundowns)

FORWARDS

Thembi Kgatlana (SD EIBAR)

Amanda Mthandi (CD Badajoz)

Sibulele Holweni (University of Western Cape)

Kgaelebane Mohlakoana (Bloemfontein Celtic)

Ntomibifikile Ndlovu (Sunflower FC)

Lonathemba Mhlongo (Durban Ladies)

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By FARPost Reporter

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