Desiree Ellis Announces Squad for International Friendlies against Senegal

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced her squad for WAFCON champs Banyana Banyana’s two away international friendly matches against Senegal during the FIFA break in Senegal, on 31 May and 4 June, 2024. File Photo: SAFA

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced her squad for WAFCON champs Banyana Banyana’s two away international friendly matches against Senegal during the FIFA break in Senegal, on 31 May and 4 June, 2024.

“I think October last year really showed what a core group is all about, when we had so many players missing because of injuries, exams and visa issues. We are always looking at the depth and the versatility within our team, and we have made some changes to the squad for the upcoming fixtures against Senegal.”

Banyana Banyana Head Coach, Desiree Ellis

“I think this selection presents an exciting opportunity for us to assess and explore the potential of other players within our core group.”

“We are not only investing in the future of the team, but we are also providing opportunities now for all players to grow and to contribute to the success of the team.”

“We are really look forward to seeing the players in action on the field and we are excited about what they can bring to the team.”

Ellis said the purpose of the trip is to utilise the FIFA dates and stay active in preparation for the WAFCON, in advance of CAF confirming the dates of the tournament for the Morocco-hosted tournament.

“We would like to congratulate the squad chosen to represent Sasol Banyana Banyana in the upcoming international friendly against Senegal. This team consistently demonstrate strength and determination, to excel at the highest level of the women’s game.”

Dean Somerset, Manager: Group Brand and Sponsorships at Sasol

“We have full confidence that they will approach this upcoming game with the same vigour as they continue to be the epitome of our sponsorship mantra, #LiveTheImpossible,” said Somerset.

Ellis won the Women’s Coach of the Year accolade at the COSAFA Awards a few days ago after seeing off competition from Zambia’s Bruce Mwape and Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies’ Jerry Tshabalala.

To add to a multitude of awards, honours and plaudits, the highly-decorated Banyana Banyana coach was recently conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, in Cape Town on 25 April 2024.

South Africa Squad for International Friendlies Away Against Senegal, on 31 May and 4 June, 2024

Goalkeepers

Kaylin Swart
Katlego Moletsane
Dineo Magagula

Defenders

Karabo Dhlamini
Fikile Magama
Tiisetso Makhubela
Lonathemba Mhlongo
Bambanani Mbane
Asanda Hadebe
Lebohang Ramalepe
Bongeka Gamede

Midfielders

Linda Motlhalo
Sibulele Holweni
Nonhlanhla Mthandi
Mmabatho Mogale
Amogelang Motau
Kholosa Biyana

Forwards

Thubelihle Shamase
Nicole Michael
Noxolo Cesane
Hildah Magaia
Sinoxolo Cesane
Nthabiseng Majiya


Photo Caption: Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced her squad for WAFCON champs Banyana Banyana’s two away international friendly matches against Senegal during the FIFA break in Senegal, on 31 May and 4 June, 2024. File Photo: SAFA

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