Banyana geared up for first international trip since Covid

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Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis’ selection comprises young and experienced players. Photo: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images
Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis’ selection comprises young and experienced players. Photo: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

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Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has selected her strongest squad to face the Netherlands in a friendly match in that country’s north-eastern city of Zwolle next month.

The encounter on July 3 is part of the South African senior women’s national team preparations for the CAF Women’s Afcon qualifiers that will get under way later this year.

Banyana will report for camp on Monday and are set to depart for Europe on June 29.

Ellis’ selection comprises young and experienced players.

The Scotland-based duo of Janine van Wyk and Ode Fulutudilu, who recently won the league title in Scotland with Rangers Women, returns to the squad, along with Portuguese championship winner Jermaine Seoposenwe.

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They will be joined by the Spain-based pair of SD Eibar team-mates Thembi Kgatlana and Noko Matlou, who were part of the team that won friendly matches against Botswana and Zambia recently.

“We are very excited to be playing international football again as we haven’t been able to travel for more than a year due to Covid-19,” Ellis told the Safa website.

I am looking forward to seeing the progress made by our players
Desiree Ellis

“I am looking forward to seeing the progress made by our players who have been out in the US and across Europe for the past year. We have called up senior players and these are the players who should guide Banyana to the next Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2023.”

“We will be facing a very tough Dutch side that is ranked third in the world and is currently preparing for the Tokyo Olympic Games, while we continue preparations for our Afcon qualifiers.”

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“I believe this camp will be very exciting because I am spoilt for choice with quality players from overseas-based clubs, the local Hollywoodbets Super League and the Sasol League. I will be working with the crème de la crème of South African women’s football, and I am extremely looking forward to this camp,’’ concluded Ellis.


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