Newly appointed SASOL Banyana Banyana head coach, Vera Pauw will lead the Senior Women’s National Team for the first time since her appointment last month.
Banyana Banyana will take on neighbours Zimbabwe in an international friendly match on Saturday, 12 April 2014 at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto. Kickoff is at 12h30.
The encounter will be used to prepare for the CAF African Women’s Championship qualifier against Comoros towards the end of May.
The last time Banyana Banyana faced Zimbabwe in an international friendly was in June last year at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton. The match ended 1-1.
“I am very happy that we have been able to secure an international friendly match against Zimbabwe as this will be the start of our journey to the African Women’s Championship as well as Canada 2015. I look forward to leading the team for the first time infront of the home supporters and I urge everyone in Soweto to come out in numbers to support the team,” said Head Coach Vera Pauw.
Thirty two players were called up for camp which started in Johannesburg on Sunday, 6 April, a day which saw their first training session, at Bedfordview FC fields.
Prolific striker Portia Modise, who has been capped 104 for the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, makes a welcome return to the squad. Also back in the team is former captain Simphiwe Dludlu who will be looking forward to earning her 50th cap against Zimbabwe after a three-year absence from the national squad.
Eight overseas-based players have been called up, with three new faces – Tsepiso Mokabane, who plays with Andisiwe Mgcoyi at FC Union Zamky in Slovakia; US based striker Ode Fulutudilu and Netherlands based goalkeeper Laura Du Ry.
Banyana Banyana players called to camp: Goalkeepers: 1. Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns) Johannesburg 2. Laura Du Ry (Ajax Amsterdam) Netherland 3. Katlego Moletsane (UJ Ladies) Johannesburg 4. Roxanne Barker (Local at present) Iceland / Cape Town Defenders: 5. Nothando Vilakazi (Super Falcons) Johannesburg 6. Amanda Sister (Liverpool Ladies) Port Elizabeth 7. Janine Van Wyk (Winchester Ladies) Johannesburg 8. Zamandosi Cele (Durban Ladies) Pietermaritzburg 9. Leandra Smeda (UWC Ladies) Cape Town 10. Jermaine Seoposenwe (Sanford University) USA 11. Refiloe Jane (VUT Ladies) Johannesburg 12. Lebogang Mabatle (TUKS Ladies) Pretoria 13. Simphiwe Dludlu (TUKS Ladies FC) Pretoria 14. Nelisiwe Mchunu (Moroka Swallows) Johannesburg 15. Mamello Mokhabane (UJ Ladies) Johannesburg 16. Tsepiso Mokabane (Union Nove Zamky FC) Slovakia Midfielders: 17. Amanda Dlamini (Durban Ladies) Durban 18. Gloria Thato (TUKS Ladies) Pretoria 19. Nomathemba Ntsibande (Springs Home Sweepers) Johannesburg 20. Kylie – Ann Louw (AIB College) USA 21. Andisiwe Mgcoyi (Union Nove Zamky FC) Slovakia 22. Mapule Kgoale (UWC Ladies) Cape Town 23. Busisiwe Ndimeni (Mamelodi Sundowns) Johannesburg Strikers: 24. Noko Matlou (MaIndies) Polokwane 25. Sanah Mollo (TUT Ladies) Pretoria 26. Shiwe Nogwanya (Bloemfontein Celtics) Bloemfontein 27. Robyn Moodaly (AIB College) USA 28. Silindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies) Pietermaritzburg 29. Ode Fulutudilu (Lee University) USA 30. Portia Modise (Croesus Ladies) Johannesburg 31. Lebogang Ramalepe (MaIndies) Polokwane 32. Meagan Newman (TUKS Ladies FC) Cape Town
Photo: SASOL Banyana Banyana head coach Vera Pauw has called up a squad of 32 players, including eight international players, ahead of Saturday’s Soweto friendly between Banyana Banyana and Zimbabwe, as the Dutch international prepares for the CAF African Women’s Championship qualifier against Comoros at the end of May. Photo: gsport
(With editing by gsport)