Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced the final 23-woman squad to represent South Africa at the Africa Women’s Cup of nations in Morocco from 2-23 July.
The coach also announced three players who will be on the standby list.
The side will start their quest for tournament glory with the match against Super Falcons of Nigeria in what many see as toughest match in Group B and speaking at the press conference yesterday afternoon, the coach was full of praise for the Hollywoodbets coaches for the work they have done in keeping the players fit. She further praised the players for the effort they displayed during the local preparation/selection camp.
The Banyana Banyana coach said selecting the final squad for the tournament was a difficult task for the technical team.
“I want to start off by giving a big thank to the coaches out there for the fantastic job that they have done since the leagues have started,” said Ellis.
“We had a good week and a half and with many of the overseas based players joining us, many have stepped up. We had a good mix of youth and experience for the past week and half.”
Nozipho Mbatha, Sasol Senior Manager: Group Brand and Sponsorship Manager, expressed her excitement about Banyana Banyana representing the country in the AWCON.
“I congratulate each player called up for this significant national duty. We have seen how these ladies have worked hard during their campaign to qualify for this important tournament, and each selected player deserves to be part of the squad.
“We are grateful for the team to have made it to this point. I implore them to go out there and play their hearts out because Sasol, and other legions of fans will be watching them closely and cheering them on from home. As a South African, I want them to bring that cup home and secure that place to be a part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.”
Banyana Banyana Final Squad:
Andile Dlamini, Kaylin Swart, Regirl Ngobeni
Karabo Dhlamini, Lebohang Ramalepe, Janine Van Wyk, Bambanani Mbane, Bongeka Gamede, Noko Matlou
Refiloe Jane, Nomvula Kgoale, Linda Motlhalo, Thalea Smidt, Kholosa Biyana, Amogelang Motau, Robyn Moodaly, Sibulele Holweni
Jermaine Seoposenwe, Melinda Kgadiete, Noxolo Cesane, Nthabiseng Majiya, Thembi Kgatlana, Hildah Magaia
Kebotseng Moletsane, Tiisetso Makhubela, Thubelihle Shamase