Desiree Ellis Names Banyana Banyana Preliminary Squad for Olympic Qualifier vs Nigeria

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced a preliminary 30-member squad for the highly anticipated Fourth Round CAF Women’s Olympic qualifier against Nigeria next month, in Johannesburg on Thursday, 14 March 2024. Photo: SAFA

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced a preliminary 30-member squad for the highly anticipated Fourth Round CAF Women’s Olympic qualifier against Nigeria next month, on Thursday, 14 March 2024.

The Sasol-sponsored South African senior women’s team are two games away from qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games after beating Tanzania 1-0 (aggregate 4-0) in a second leg Third Round CAF Women’s Olympic qualifier at the Mbombela stadium in Mpumalanga last month.

Coach Desiree Ellis’ charges will go into camp on 25 March 2024 in preparation for the showdown against their long-time rivals.

The final 23-player squad will be finalised for the Olympic qualifier when Ellis names the team later this month. The venue for the home leg of the mouthwatering clash will be communicated by the South African Football Association (SAFA) in the coming days.

Wendy Shongwe was withdrawn from the preliminary squad list due to injury. Kholosa Biyana was also not considered as she suffered an injury during the Olympic qualifier against Tanzania last month.

The Preliminary 30-Member Banyana Banyana Squad for the Fourth Round CAF Women’s Olympic Qualifier vs Nigeria

Goalkeepers

Andile Dlamini
Kaylin Swart
Katlego Moletsane
Dineo Magagula

Defenders

Karabo Dhlamini
Fikile Magama
Asanda Hadebe
Tiisetso Makhubela
Boitumelo Rasehlo
Lonathemba Mhlongo
Bambanani Mbane
Noko Matlou
Lebogang Ramalepe
Bongeka Gamede

Midfielders

Linda MotlhaIo
Refiloe Jane
Lesego Nkoane
Sibulele Holweni
Nonhlanhla Mthandi
Samkelisiwe Selane
Amogelang Motau
Nomvula Kgoale
Sinoxolo Cesane

Forwards

Gabriela Salgado
Nicole Michael
Jermaine Seoposenwe
Noxolo Cesane
Hildah Magaia
Thembi Kgatlana
Nthabiseng Majiya


Photo Caption: Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced a preliminary 30-member squad for the highly anticipated Fourth Round CAF Women’s Olympic qualifier against Nigeria next month, in Johannesburg on Thursday, 14 March 2024. Photo: SAFA

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