The South African senior women’s national team will kickstart their year when they return to camp ahead of the third round of the 2024 Olympic qualifiers.
Banyana Banyana have had a goalkeepers’ camp that ran from 9-11 February, before the start of a local preparation gathering, that will run from 12-17 February.
Coach Desiree Ellis has named her squad for both camps.
The Goalkeeper Training camp was held at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria with six goalminders in Andile Dlamini, Kaylin Swart, Katlego Moletsane, Dineo Magagula, Victoria Muroa and Dimakatso Ntsieane, who will get her first taste of senior national team experience.
“We are bringing in six goalkeepers again and ones that were not available last year. Andile was not available, she was recovering from an injury. We have brought in Tshidi from TUT and we have also brought in a new 18-year-old goalkeeper identified at the Sasol Championships. I was very impressed with her.”Banyana Banyana Head Coach, Desiree Ellis
“Goalkeeping is really an important component of the team and sometimes it’s neglected in terms of specialised coaching and that’s why we have this camp. The training camp is for the local-based players, the players abroad are currently playing.
“We are in a similar scenario like we were when we had to play Algeria in the final qualifier for the 2022 WAFCON where we only had two weeks of pre-season. However, this time around it’s different because the clubs are further ahead into pre-season and a big thank you to them.”
The Sasol-sponsored South African senior women’s team ended 2023 on a high after qualifying for the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations following a victory against Burkina Faso. Ellis will be hoping to carry that same spirit as the team goes into the third round of the qualifiers against Tanzania.
A squad of 24 local-based players will assemble for a preparation camp in Johannesburg on 12 February 2024 before Ellis trims it down to the list that will travel to Tanzania where they will be joined by the overseas-based players.
A Media Open day date and the confirmation of the Final squad announcement will be communicated in due time.
Banyana Banyana Squad for 2024 3rd Round Olympic Qualifier and Preparation Camp
Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
Kaylin Swart (JVW FC)
Katlego Moletsane (Royal AM)
Dineo Magagula (TS Galaxy)
Victoria Muroa (TUT FC)
Dimakatso Ntsiene (Ixias FC)
Karabo Dhlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
Noko Matlou (SB Eibar, Spain)
Fikile Magama (The University of the Western Cape)
Asanda Hadebe (Sunflower FC)
Tiisetso Makhubela (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
Lonathemba Mhlongo (The University of the Western Cape)
Lebohang Ramalepe (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
Kholosa Biyana (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
Refiloe Jane (Sassuolo, Italy)
Linda Motlhalo (Racing Louisville, USA)
Nomvula Kgoale (TS Galaxy)
Sphumelele Shamase (University of Johannesburg)
Amogelang Motau (The University of the Western Cape)
Thalea Smidt (University of Pretoria)
Lesego Nkoane (TS Galaxy)
Thubelihle Shamase (University of Johannesburg)
Nicole Michael (TS Galaxy)
Gabriela Salgado (JVW)
Samkelisiwe Selana (TS Galaxy)
Noxolo Cesane (The University of the Western Cape)
Melinda Kgadiete (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
Wendy Shongwe (University of Pretoria)
Nthabiseng Majiya (Richmond Ladies)
Jermaine Seoposenwe (Monterrey, Mexico)
Hildah Magaia (Mazatlan FC, Mexico)
Thembi Kgatlana (Tigres UANL, Mexico)
Photo Caption: Banyana Banyana kickstart their year when they return to camp ahead of the third round of the 2024 Olympic qualifiers. The training camp is for the local-based players, the players abroad are currently playing in their respective leagues. Photo: SAFA