Ellis names Banyana squad to face Netherlands


Banyana Banyana mentor Desiree Ellis has announced a 22-member squad to face the Netherlands in an international friendly encounter.

South Africa will take on the ‘Lionesses’ in Zwolle on 3 July.

This friendly serves as a part of Banyana Banyana preparations for the Caf Awcon qualifiers scheduled to start later this year.

“We are very excited to be playing international football again as we haven’t been able to travel for more than a year due to COVID-19,” said Ellis.

“I am looking forward to seeing the progress made by our players who have been out in the United States and across Europe for the past year.

“We have called up senior players and these are the players who should guide the Banyana Banyana to the next Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2023.”

The side will report for camp on 21 June before leaving for Europe on 29 June.

“We will be facing a very tough Dutch side with a third ranking in the world, who are currently preparing for the Tokyo Olympic Games while we continue preparations for our Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers which are scheduled for later this year,” adds the two-time Caf Women’s Coach of the Year.

“I believe this camp will be very exciting because I am spoilt for choice with quality players from overseas-based clubs, the local Hollywoodbets Super League and the Sasol League. I will be working with the crème de la crème of South African Women’s Football, and I am extremely looking forward to this camp.”



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