Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw is happy to have a full complement of players in camp as they step up preparations ahead of the international friendly match against Zimbabwe scheduled for Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday, 12 April 2014. The match kicks off at 13h30.
Pauw has called up 31 players following the selection camp that took place two weeks ago as she looks to put together a strong squad for the CAF African Women’s Championships scheduled for Windhoek, Namibia in October.
USA based defender Jermaine Seoposenwe and midfielder Kylie-Ann Louw will however, not be part of the squad. The coach has in their place brought in Letago Madiba who plays for the Tshwane University of Technology Ladies side.
“This is our first official training following the selection camp two weeks ago. These players will form the core base of the squad consisting about 25 players. But for the match against Zimbabwe, I will have to trim the squad to 18 players.
“I am going to give every player a fair chance and am expecting to see stiff competition. A combination of new and old faces should provide a positive vibe in the team set-up,” said Pauw.
The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will play a practice match against the School of Excellence U/16 squad on Tuesday (8 April) at Bedfordview FC Training Grounds.
“The encounter against the boys will provide me with a good assessment on areas which we need to work on. I have seen past footage of games against Zimbabwe; they are a good side and this would also be good preparation for the team that will play against Comoros in the African Women’s Championship qualifiers.
“We want to make huge steps in building the best possible squad for the Championships in October,” said Pauw.
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. Letago Madiba (TUT Ladies) 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. Andisiwe Mgcoyi (Union Nove Zamky FC) Slovakia 21. Mapule Kgoale (UWC Ladies) Cape Town 22. Busisiwe Ndimeni (Mamelodi Sundowns) Johannesburg Strikers: 23. Noko Matlou (MaIndies) Polokwane 24. Sanah Mollo (TUT Ladies) Pretoria 25. Shiwe Nogwanya (Bloemfontein Celtics) Bloemfontein 26. Robyn Moodaly (AIB College) USA 27. Silindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies) Pietermaritzburg 28. Ode Fulutudilu (Lee University) USA 29. Portia Modise (Croesus Ladies) Johannesburg 30. Lebogang Ramalepe (MaIndies) Polokwane 31. Meagan Newman (TUKS Ladies FC) Cape Town
Photo: The SASOL Banyana Banyana squad of 32 are pictured with head coach Vera Pauw (front row, centre), during preparations for Saturday’s Soweto friendly between Banyana Banyana and Zimbabwe, as the incoming coach looks ahead to the CAF African Women’s Championship qualifier against Comoros, at the end of May. Pauw is assisted by former long-time Banyana Banyana captain Desiree Ellis (front row, right) and goalkeeping coach Cameron Cox (front row, left). Photo: SAFA
(With editing by gsport)