Desiree Ellis Names Squad for AFCON 2024 Qualifiers vs Burkina Faso

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis named her final squad for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burkina Faso, where her team will take on their opponents in a two legged home-and-away tie. Photo: Banyana Banyana on X

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis named her final squad for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burkina Faso, where her team will take on their opponents in a two-legged home and away tie.

Speaking on safa.net, Ellis said she has faith and confidence in the players she has selected, and believes they will carry out the assignment in the two matches.

“We have to make sure that we do well, especially in the first game, so that we take the pressure off playing at home. We all know the pressure of playing at home and how difficult it can be for players. We will make sure that we have enough information on Burkina Faso.”

Banyana Banyana Head Coach, Desiree Ellis 

South Africa will first travel to Burkina Faso for the opening leg on Thursday, 30 November 2023. They will then host the West Africans in the return match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, on Monday 4 December.

Ellis has gone with her strongest team available, showing that her team means business. 

Unsurprisingly Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies present several players after their recent CAF Women’s Champions League success, Andile Dlamini, Lebogang Ramalepe, Kholoso Biyana, and Karabo Dhlamini were all chosen chosen for the team. 

The experienced trio of Thembi Kgatlana, Noko Matlou, and Janine van Wyk could be crucial for the team as they look to win the two-legged tie. 

Van Wyk, a stalwart of women’s football in South Africa, is also chasing the record to become the most-capped player on the continent. She currently has 183 caps and just needs to play two more matches to reach the record. Egypt men’s footballing icon Ahmed Hassan holds the African record with 184 caps.

The team will come together for camp on Sunday, 26 November 2023, they will then travel in the early hours of the morning on Monday for the game.

The team returns to South Africa on 2 December, and then host Burkina Faso in the return match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, on Monday 4 December, 2023.

Banyana Banyana Squad for the AFCON Qualifiers

Goalkeepers 

Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Kaylin Swart (JVW FC)
Katlego Moletsane (Royal AM)

Defenders

Karabo Dhlamini (Sundowns)
Lebo Ramalepe (Sundowns)
Fikile Magama (UWC FC)
Lonathemba Mhlongo (UWC FC)
Faith Nokuthula (Blackburn Rovers, England)
Janine van Wyk (JVW)
Noko Matlou (SD Eibar, Spain)
Asanda Hadebe (Sunflower WFC)

Midfielders

Linda Motlhalo (Glasgow City, Scotland)
Kholosa Biyana (Sundowns)
Sphumelele Shamase (UJ FC)
Thubelihle Shamase (UJ FC)
Amogelang Motau (UWC)

Forwards 

Nicole Michael (TS Galaxy Queens),
Samkelisiwe Selana (TS Galaxy Queens)
Gabriela Salgado (JVW)
Jermain Seoposenwe (CF Monterray, Mexico)
Noxolo Cesane (UWC)
Wendy Shongwe (University of Pretoria)
Hildah Magaia (Sejong Sportstoto, South Korea)
Thembi Kgatlana (Racing Louisville, USA)


Photo caption: Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis named her final squad for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burkina Faso, where her team will take on their opponents in a two legged home-and-away tie. Photo: Banyana Banyana on X

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