Ellis assembles 18-woman squad for training camp

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Banyana Banyana mentor Desiree Ellis has assembled an 18-woman squad for a training camp in order to assess the players’ fitness level since the Cosafa tournament in November 2020.

The training camp will run from 15-19 March 2021 at the SAFA Technical Centre (Fun Valley).

Ellis told Safa.net that the aim of the training camp is to assess the players, with amateur football yet to return to league action.

“We just wanted to have an idea of where the players are at in terms of fitness. This is a big year for us after losing a year of football due to the Coronavirus pandemic,” said the two-time Caf Women’s Coach of the Year.

“The aim is to make sure that at the end of this year we are at a level where we were before the Fifa World Cup and during the World Cup tournament.

“We wanted to make sure local players get to a certain level so that when the two get together, there isn’t a huge gap in terms of conditioning. We also hope to assess new players in the squad but the main purpose is to get a balance when the time for selection comes.

“It is also good for us that players who play their trade abroad have returned to action in different leagues across Europe.”

Banyana Banyana squad in training camp:

GOALKEEPERS

Andile Dlamini ( Mamelodi Sundowns FC )

Kaylin Swart (JVW FC Johannesburg)

Mapaseka Mpuru (University of Pretoria Pretoria)

DEFENDERS

Bongeka Gamede (University of Western Cape)

Karabo Makhurubetshi (Mamelodi Sundowns FC )

Tiisetso Makhubela (Tshwane University of Technology)

Xiluva Tshabalala (Ma-Indies Polokwane)

Ongeziwe Ndlangisa (Sunflower FC)

 MIDFIELDERS

Mamello Makhabane (JVW FC )

Nomvula Kgoale (Tshwane University of Technology)

Nonhlanhla Mthandi (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)

Ntombifikile Ndlovu(Sunflower FC )

Noxolo Cesane (University of Western Cape)

Robyn Moodaly (JVW FC Johannesburg)

FORWARDS

Sibulele Holweni (University of Western Cape)

Gabriela Salgado (JVW FC Johannesburg)

Lonathemba Mhlongo (Durban Ladies FC)

Kgaelebane Mohlakoana (Bloemfontein Celtic FC)

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