Sasol Banyana Banyana’s preparations are in full swing ahead of their friendly international match against Botswana, on Saturday, 7 June 2014, at the Vaal University of Technology Stadium.
Kick-off is at 15h00.
The South Africans are using the match as part of their preparations for the upcoming 2014 African Women’s Championships that will be held in Namibia from 11 – 25 October.
The Senior Women’s National Team started their camp on Sunday, 1 June.
“It is unfortunate that Comoros withdrew from the second leg, but I am grateful that everyone at SAFA and Sasol reacted quickly and worked hard for us to get a match against Botswana.
“We have more friendly matches lined up against stronger opponents, to ensure that we get the team ready for the African Women’s Championships,” said Pauw.
Pauw has invited strikers Kgadi Mokoma and Chantelle Esau from Sasol League triple national champions Palace Super Falcons from Gauteng and Mpumi Nyandeni from Russia to be part of the team for the match.
“We have had a look at a lot of players and with 144 teams participating in the Sasol League, the reality is that we cannot invite everyone.
“The group we have now is the core of the team, and we believe that they are capable of doing a great job, starting with the match against Botswana on Saturday,” added Pauw.
Botswana is expected to arrive in South Africa on Thursday (5 June). They will have a training session at the match venue on Friday.
SASOL Banyana Banyana squad to face Botswana: Goalkeepers: 1. Andile Dlamini – Mamelodi Sundowns FC 2. Thoko Mndaweni – Croesus FC Defenders: 3. Nothando Vilakazi – Palace Super Falcons FC 4. Amanda Sister – Liverpool Ladies FC 5. Janine van Wyk – JVW FC 6. Letago Madiba – TUT Ladies FC 7. Nomathemba Ntsibande – Springs Home Sweepers FC 8. Lebogang Mabatle – TUKS Ladies FC 9. Simphiwe Dludlu – TUKS Ladies FC 10. Nelisiwe Mchunu – Moroka Swallows FC Midfielders: 11. Amanda Dlamini – University of Johannesburg FC 12. Gloria Thato – TUKS Ladies FC 13. Alocia Thoboka – Mamelodi Sundowns FC 14. Sanah Mollo – Mamelodi Sundowns FC 15. Lebogang Ramalepe – Maindis FC 16. Tina Selepe – Palace Super Falcons FC 17. Leandra Smeda – UWC Ladies FC 18. Refiloe Jane – VUT Ladies FC 19. Mamello Makhabane – Palace Super Falcons FC 20. Mpumi Nyandeni – FC Rossiyanka (Russia) Strikers: 21. Shiwe Nongwanya – Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies FC 22. Silindile Ngubane – Durban Ladies FC 23. Ode Fulutudilu – Lee University FC 24. Chantelle Esau – Palace Super Falcons FC 25. Portia Modise – Creosus FC 26. Noko Matlou – Maindis FC 27. Kgadi Mokoma – Palace Super Falcons FC
Main Photo Caption: SASOL Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw (centre) with defender Simphiwe Dludlu (left) and national women’s soccer skipper Janine van Wyk, pictured shortly before their departure for the Comores, where the beat the island national’s team by 13-0, forcing their withdrawal from 2014 African Women’s Championship consideration. Photo: Supplied
(With editing by gsport)