Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza is expected to try out various tactical strategies when the South African senior national women’s football team take on Zimbabwe in an international friendly fixture at the Dobsonville stadium, Soweto on Saturday, 13 October 2012 (19h00 kick-off).
This will be the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana’s first official match since competing at the London Olympics in July, and it is the tag of being Olympians that has made the women’s football world sit up and take notice of the South Africans.
Apart from Saturday’s fixture, the two nations will meet in a second encounter at the Sinaba stadium, Daveyton on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 (15h00 kick-off) before Banyana Banyana leave the following day to train at their 8-day national training camp in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
The preparations form a part of the South African team’s focus on doing SA proud at the eight-nation CAF African Women Championship 2012 in Equatorial Guinea from October 28 to November 11.
“Encounters between Banyana Banyana and Zimbabwe are always tight matches, and after Zimbabwe beat our ladies in the Cosafa Cup final and the Unity Day Match both played in Harare last year, I am sure that our players will be keen to put in a good performance ahead of the CAF African Women Championship 2012,” said Banyana Banyana head coach Mkhonza.
“Now that our ladies are Olympians, all of the women’s football teams are watching our results and progress and it’s up to our players to prove that they belong among the top football nations.”
Mkhonza thanked Safa and Sasol for the support given in allowing the Banyana Banyana players to stay in camp in Johannesburg since the start of October.
“Our goal is to bring pride to SA women’s football and improve on our world ranking of 56th and African ranking of 4th,” said Mkhonza.
“The next FIFA women’s World Cup is in 2015 and with Fifa having allocated a third spot to Africa, we have a long term goal of achieving success at the CAF African Women Championship 2014 in Namibia in order to qualify for the next World Cup to be held in Canada.”
Banyana Banyana Team: Goalkeepers: Thokozile Mndaweni (University of Johannesburg, Gauteng) Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, Gauteng) Katlego Moletsane (High Performance Centre, Tshwane) Defenders: Nothando Vilakazi (Palace Super Falcons, Gauteng) Amanda Sister (Liverpool Ladies, Eastern Cape) Janine van Wyk (v.c) (Palace Super Falcons, Gauteng) Zamandosi Cele (Durban Ladies, KwaZulu Natal) Refiloe Jane (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, Gauteng) Lebogang Mabatle (Hallelujah Zebra Force, Gauteng) Midfielders: Leandra Smeda (Cape Town Roses, Western Cape) Nocawe Skiti (Cape Town Roses, Western Cape) Amanda Dlamini (c) (University of Johannesburg, Gauteng) Gabisile Hlumbane (Kovsies Ladies, Free State) Yola Jafta (University of Johannesburg, Gauteng) Nompumelelo Nyandeni (FC Rossiyanka, Russia) Strikers: Noko Matlou (University of Johannesburg, Gauteng) Portia Modise (Palace Super Falcons, Gauteng) Andiswe Mgcoyi (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, Gauteng) Silindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies, KwaZulu Natal) Sanah Mollo (Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies, Free State) Jermaine Seoposenwe (Spurs WFC, Western Cape)