Momentous Personal Milestone for Jermaine Seoposenwe at Olympic Qualifier Clash

Accomplished Banyana Banyana scorer Jermaine Seoposenwe needs no introduction to fans far and wide, now the prolific #12 is expected to receive her 100th cap for South Africa, in the return leg of the national women’s football team’s third-round Olympic Qualifier against Tanzania, at the Mbombela, Mpumalanga on Tuesday, 27 February, 2024. Photo: Jermaine Seoposenwe on X

Banyana Banyana are eyeing a satisfying conclusion to their Third Round CAF Women’s Olympic qualifier against Tanzania when the two sides meet at Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday, 27 February 2024. 

The Sasol-sponsored South African senior women’s team won the first leg of this tie 3-0 in Tanzania a few days ago and will come into the return match high in confidence after the comfortable away victory in the East African country. 

The match will also serve as a special tribute to Jermaine Seoposenwe, who will become the 10th Banyana Banyana player to get 100 international caps.

Coach Desiree Ellis spoke highly of a player who has always delivered her absolute best and has an incredible work ethic.

“I am really excited for Jermaine, she has been a true servant for South African football. She has been giving her all, always. She is the 10th player in Banyana Banyana to get 100 caps and it is well deserved,” said Ellis. 

Should Banyana Banyana make it to the Fourth Round of the Olympic qualifiers, they will face Nigeria, who won against Cameroon in their Third Round match. Only two African nations will qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Speaking about the possibilities in the next round, Ellis emphasised that the focus was on winning their two-legged game against Tanzania first and then preparing for their next opponent. 

“Look, it is always about us first. We have to finish the job back home. We don’t want to become complacent. People would say 3-0 is already a score that wins you the tie but the next goal in the match could change things. We have to score that next goal and once that is over we will have to face whoever is in front of us.” 

Banyana Banyana had their final training session on Monday afternoon, and the second leg game will kick off at 19:30 at Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga and will be broadcast live on SuperSport Variety 4.

Tickets for the game can still be purchased at this link

Fixtures and Results for the Third Round Olympic Qualifier

Fri 23 Feb: Tanzania 0 (0) – 3 (1) South Africa (Azam Complex Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Tue 27 Feb: South Africa vs Tanzania (Mbombela Stadium in Mbombela, Mpumalanga)

23-Member Banyana Banyana for the Two-Legged South Africa vs Tanzania Third Round Olympic Qualifier

Goalkeepers
Andile Dlamini
Kaylin Swart
Katlego Moletsane

Defenders
Karabo Dhlamini
Fikile Magama
Asanda Hadebe
Lonathemba Mhlongo
Noko Matlou
Lebohang Ramalepe

Midfielders
Linda Motlhalo
Lesego Nkoane
Kholosa Biyana
Nomvula Kgoale
Sphumelele Shamase
Amogelang Motau
Thalea Smidt

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

Original Copy: SAFA, with editing by gsport


Main Photo Caption: Accomplished Banyana Banyana scorer Jermaine Seoposenwe needs no introduction to fans far and wide, now the prolific #12 is expected to receive her 100th cap for South Africa, in the return leg of the national women’s football team’s third-round Olympic Qualifier against Tanzania, at the Mbombela, Mpumalanga on Tuesday, 27 February, 2024. Photo: Jermaine Seoposenwe on X

Photo 2 Caption: Seoposenwe snapped just after she netted a Hildah Magaia assist to take Banyana Banyana into an early lead in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, on Friday, 23 February. Photo: SAFA  on X

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