After 15 hours of travel, Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana have safely arrived in Santiago, the capital of Chile.
The senior national women’s football team are in the South American country to play two international friendly matches, as part of the team’s preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, during November in Ghana.
The Africa Women Cup of Nations tournament serves as Africa’s qualifier for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the top three teams going through to contest the international showpiece in France in June next year.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the Chile and South Africa, and Desiree Ellis has selected a formidable squad of 19 top players including internationally-contracted talents flown in from as far away as Australia, Lithuania, Finland and the USA.
The first clash will take place on Saturday, 6 October 2018 at Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar – Chile’s fourth largest city. Kickoff is at 18h30 local time (23h30 South African time).
South Africans will have to stay up until the early hours of the morning for the results of the second match – moved from 22h00 to 03h00 South African time (from 17h00 to 22h00 local time).
It will be played on Tuesday, 9 October at Estadio Santa Laura in Santiago, after which the Banyana returns home on Thursday, 11 October.
Banyana Banyana Squad for Chile:
1. Kaylin Swart (Menlo College, USA)
2. Roxanne Barker (University of Western Cape, Cape Town)
3. Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC, Pretoria)
4. Lebogang Ramalepe (MaIndies FC, Polokwane)
5. Nothando Vilakazi (Super Falcons FC, Johannesburg)
6. Janine van Wyk (Houston Dash, USA)
7. Bambanani Mmane (Bloemfontein Celtic FC, Bloemfontein)
8. Regina Mogolola (University of Pretoria, Pretoria)
9. Noko Matlou (Ma-indies FC, Polokwane)
10. Koketso Tlailane (TUT-PTA, Pretoria)
11. Kgaelebane Mohlakoana (Bloemfontein Celtic, Bloemfontein)
12. Kholosa Biyana (University of KZN, Durban)
13. Refiloe Jane (Canberra United, Australia)
14. Nompumelelo Nyandeni (JVW FC, Johannesburg)
15. Linda Motlhalo (Houston Dash, USA)
16. Leandra Smeda (Gintra Universitetas, Lithuania)
17. Rachel Sebati (TUT-PTA, Pretoria)
18. Jermaine Seoposenwe (JVW FC, Johannesburg)
19. Khanya Xesi (University of Western Cape, Cape Town)
20. Melinda Kgadiete (Bloemfontein Celtic, Bloemfontein)
21. Thembi Kgatlana (Houston Dash, USA)
22. Ode Fulutudilu (Oulu Nice Soccer, Finland)
Photos caption: Members of the Banyana Banyana team pictured departing South Africa ahead of a two-match friendly international tournament which will see the two teams meet for a historic first time. Photos: Twitter
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