Banyana Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis, announced a 22-member squad that will face Netherlands in an international friendly on Tuesday, 12 April 2022.
The South Africans will begin their 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) preparations against the Orange Lionesses in the city of Den Haag (The Hague).
Ellis says the friendly match is an ideal test for her players ahead of the upcoming AWCON tournament in Morocco in July: “This is part of our preparations for the AWCON, but also to test players against a higher-level opponent to assess if the players have the necessary mental strength to stay focused despite not having played any league matches this year.”
The Sasol-sponsored national team were scheduled to play Netherlands in July 2021, however the match was subsequently called off due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the team prior to departure.
The team will report for camp on 5 April and depart for Europe on 8 April.
Ellis has called up a strong squad, including Hollywoodbets Super League Young Player of the Season, Nthabiseng Majiya.
Jermaine Seoposenwe has also been recalled to the squad after missing national duty in 2021 due to visa challenges in Portugal.
Nozipho Mbatha, Senior Manager: Group Brand & Sponsorships at Sasol, wished the team well with the preparation for their encounter with the “Orange Lionesses”.
“Sasol is fully behind you. You have given us stellar results since the beginning of your AWCON campaign, and we believe that you will continue to move on the same #Limitless trajectory”, Mbatha concluded.
South Africa National Women’s Squad:
Andile Dlamini – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC
Kaylin Swart – JVW FC
Lebogang Ramalepe – Dinamo Minsk
Karabo Dhlamini – Oakland University Michigan
Koketso Tlailane – Tshwane University of Technology
Janine van Wyk – JVW FC
Tiisetso Makhubela – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC
Bambanani Mbane – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC
Noko Matlou – SD Eibar
Mamello Makhabane – JVW FC
Nomvula Kgoale – Parquesol CD
Linda Motlhalo – Djurgårdens Stockholm
Gabriela Salgado – JVW FC
Noxolo Cesane – University of Western Cape
Thalea Smidt – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC
Kholosa Biyana – Sporting Gijón
Robyn Moodaly – JVW FC
Sibulele Holweni – University of Western Cape
Thembi Kgatlana – Atlético Madrid
Jermaine Seoposenwe – SC Braga
Melinda Kgadiete – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies
Nthabiseng Majiya- Richmond Ladies
Photo 1 Caption: Banyana Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis, announced a 22-member squad that will face Netherlands in an international friendly on Tuesday, 12 April 2022. Photo: SAFA (Instagram)