Bantwana, the South African U17 Women’s National Team head coach Simphiwe Dludlu has named a 20-woman squad to tackle Zambia in a crucial FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifiers on Friday.
The first leg qualifier is set to take place in Zambia on Friday at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka. Kickoff at 3 pm.
“This group of players is just amazing, and they really wore their hearts on their sleeves,” said Dludlu.
“We are very impressed with the technical ability they showed, but we still have some work to do especially in areas such as decision making and attentiveness.”
“We have identified what I believe is the future of the Women’s National Team. We have brought in some very talented, ambitious and intelligent players into this camp,” added Dludlu.
After a couple of training sessions and a practice match on Sunday afternoon against JVW Football Club which they won 4-0, Dludlu released 10 players to trim her squad to 20 players.
“We have released 10 players from the camp after analyzing them in the practice match, we played yesterday on Sunday.
“We felt that these players are a little bit behind of the rest of the group, some are not fit enough just yet, but these are issues we will work on because they are part of the bigger plan,” said Dludlu.
The two-time world cup participants, Bantwana will travel to Lusaka on Wednesday and return home for the second leg which will be played on Saturday, 14 March 2020. The winner over two legs between South Africa and Zambia will go through to the second round of qualifiers and face either Botswana or Morocco.
SA U17 Women’s National Team to face Zambia.
Zubenathi LIVI (High Performance Centre (Gauteng), Rosalie JAMES (JVW (Gauteng).
Mihle LUMKO (High-Performance Centre (Gauteng), Ntateko NKHUNA (Mams Ladies FC (Gauteng), Shakira O’Malley (High-Performance Centre (Gauteng), Hlela PHILISANI (Dangerous Heroes (Western Cape), Yolanda Nduli (Sunflower WFC (KwaZulu Natal), Thimna MPEHLE (RV United (Western Cape)
Jessica WADE (JVW (Gauteng), Nthabiseng MAJIYA (Green Lovers FC (Free State), Tiffany KORTJIE (Golden Stars (Eastern Cape), Nelly GAMEDE (Coal City Wizards FC (Mpumalanga), Nabeelah GALANT (University of Cape Town (Western Cape), Sonika MZINGELI (Cape Town Roses FC (Western Cape), Tiyana CAROLLESSEN (Vasco Da Gama FC (Western Cape), Aliyaah ALLIE (JVW (Gauteng), Lithemba SAM SAM (Cape Town Roses FC (Western Cape), Cimone SAULS (JVW (Gauteng).
Oyisa MARHASI (Eluhulwini FC (Eastern Cape), Kananelo TAIWE, Bloemfontein Celtic (Free State)
By FARPost Reporter