Banyana raring to go

2010-12-07 12:52

Banyana Banyana will use their international friendly soccer match against Zimbabwe in Harare on December 22, as part of their preparations for a 2011 campaign that will include key London 2012 Olympic qualifying fixtures.

In announcing an 18-strong squad to travel to Harare, Banyana Banyana coach Augustine Makalakalane, said today the term “international friendly” exists on paper only.

“Players try and win every game, and while we will learn many lessons which will stand us in good stead ahead of next year’s Olympic qualifying campaign, a win in our final match of 2010 will be the perfect way to finish off what has been a hectic year of women’s soccer,” said Makalakalane.

The coaching team must have been impressed by the form shown by some of the players during Sasol League Road Show action held on the West Rand last weekend, and have requested all of the Banyana Banyana players to stay in top shape over the Festive season.

“After the trip to Zimbabwe, Banyana Banyana will travel to play Zambia in the away leg of the Olympic qualifiers in mid-January before hosting the Zambians in Durban in the return match on January 29, so there is not a lot of time for conditioning over the next few weeks,” said Makalakalane.

Russian-based attacking midfielder/striker Nompumelelo Nyandeni, has been included in the squad after a superb season for her club Rossiyank.

Her club commitments in Champions League action prevented her from representing Banyana Banyana at the CAF African Women Championship South Africa 2010.

Amanda Dlamini, who plays for the University of Johannesburg club in the Sasol League (Gauteng) competition, will be hoping to continue finding the back of the net, following on from the four goals scored in Banyana Banyana’s bronze medal performance at the CAF African Women Championship held in Ekurhuleni near Johannesburg last month.

Likewise, CAF African Women’s Player of the Year, Noko Matlou, will be looking to return to goal-scoring form, while defender Janine van Wyk – who was named as the Banyana Banyana Player of the Year at the Safa awards held last week – will be out to show the same sort of confidence and skill that made her a crowd favourite during the African showpiece event.

Banyana Banyana squad
Goalkeepers: Thoko Mndaweni (Croesus Ladies FC, Gauteng) Yolula Tsawe (Coastal Ladies FC, Eastern Cape)

Defenders: Simphiwe Dludlu (Tuks Sports, Gauteng) Amanda Sister (Liverpool FC, Eastern Cape) Janine van Wyk (Luso Africa, Gauteng) Simphiwe Masina (Detroit Ladies FC, Mpumalanga) Nthabaleng Modiko (University of Johannesburg FC, Gauteng)

Midfielders: Nocawe Skiti (Cape Town Roses FC, Western Cape) Mary Ntsweng (Mphahlele Ladies FC, Limpopo) Gabisile Hlumbane (Kovsies FC, Free State) Elson Matjila (Detroit Ladies FC, Mpumalanga) Nompumelelo Nyandeni (Rossiyank FC, Russia) Mamello Makhabane (Palace Super Falcons FC, Gauteng)

Strikers: Amanda Dlamini (Durban Ladies, KwaZulu Natal) Noko Matlou (Brazilians FC, Limpopo) Leandra Smeda (Ambassadors FC< Western Cape) Mamphashe Popela (Flamingos FC, Mpumalanga) Jermaine Seopesenwe (Cape Town Roses FC, Western Cape).

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