SAFA officials have sprung into action ensuring that SASOL Banyana Banyana does not miss out on vital international experience, following the withdrawal of the Comores from the 2014 African Women’s Championship.
The island nation suffered a 13-0 whipping at the hands of the South Africans during Banyana Banyana’s away leg first-round qualifier, and the local ladies will instead kick off against neighbours Botswana.
“This clash against Botswana is one of those that will assist in getting the team in good condition for the African Women’s Championships later this year.” said South Africa’s head coach, Vera Pauw.
The 2014 African Women’s Championship will be held in Namibia from 11-25 October, and SAFA intends to use the tournament as qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the top three qualifying for the finals in Canada.
“Our goal is to become a force to be reckoned with in international women’s football. Playing against Botswana provides another opportunity for us to sharpen our skills and get closer to our goal of finishing in the top three in the AWC.”
Pauw has kept the bulk of the players who featured in the match against Comoros, but has also invited a few other players to have a look at, including strikers Kgadi Mokoma and Chantelle Esau from Sasol League triple-national champions, Palace Super Falcons from Gauteng.
The international friendly match is scheduled for 15h00 on Saturday, 7 June 2014, at the University of the Vaal, and SASOL Banyana Banyana will be based in the Vaal for the duration of the camp.
SASOL Banyana Banyana squad to face Botswana: Goalkeepers: 1. Andile Dlamini – Mamelodi Sundowns FC 2. Thoko Mndaweni – Croesus FC Defenders: 3. Nothando Vilakazi – Palace Super Falcons FC 4. Amanda Sister – Liverpool Ladies FC 5. Janine van Wyk – JVW FC 6. Letago Madiba – TUT Ladies FC 7. Nomathemba Ntsibande – Springs Home Sweepers FC 8. Lebogang Mabatle – TUKS Ladies FC 9. Simphiwe Dludlu – TUKS Ladies FC 10. Nelisiwe Mchunu – Moroka Swallows FC Midfielders: 11. Amanda Dlamini – University of Johannesburg FC 12. Gloria Thato – TUKS Ladies FC 13. Alocia Thoboka – Mamelodi Sundowns FC 14. Sanah Mollo – Mamelodi Sundowns FC 15. Lebogang Ramalepe – Maindis FC 16. Tina Selepe – Palace Super Falcons FC 17. Leandra Smeda – UWC Ladies FC 18. Refiloe Jane – VUT Ladies FC 19. Mamello Makhabane – Palace Super Falcons FC 20. Mpumi Nyandeni – FC Rossiyanka (Russia) Strikers: 21. Shiwe Nongwanya – Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies FC 22. Silindile Ngubane – Durban Ladies FC 23. Ode Fulutudilu – Lee University FC 24. Chantelle Esau – Palace Super Falcons FC 25. Portia Modise – Creosus FC 26. Noko Matlou – Maindis FC 27. Kgadi Mokoma – Palace Super Falcons FC
Photo Caption: SASOL Banyana Banyana head coach Vera Pauw has retained most of the squad selected for the away leg of the 2014 CAF African Women’s Championship qualifier against the Comores (pictured), that beat the island nation by 13-nil. Since the Comores’ withdrawal ahead of the return leg, SAFA have lined up Botswana for an international friendly at 15h00 on Saturday, 7 June 2014, at the University of the Vaal. Photo: The Banyana Banyana page on Facebook
(With editing by gsport)