Banyana report for camp after long hiatus

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Banyana Banyana are back in camp. Picture: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images
Banyana Banyana are back in camp. Picture: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

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Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has assembled an 18-member squad for a week-long training camp that will run until Friday at the Safa Technical Centre in the south of Johannesburg.

This is the first time that Banyana have assembled since their Cosafa Cup triumph in November.

Ellis is using the training camp to assess the players’ fitness levels as the National Women’s League awaits its return to action.

“We just wanted to have an idea of where the players are at in terms of fitness. This is a big year for us after losing a year of football due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” explained Ellis.

“The aim is to make sure that at the end of this year we are at a level where we were before and during the Fifa World Cup [in France two years ago].”

“Some of the players who ply their trade abroad have returned to action in different leagues across Europe and this is good for Banyana. We wanted to make sure that local players get to a certain level [of fitness] so that when the two get together there isn’t a huge gap in terms of conditioning. We also hope to assess new players in the squad, but the main purpose is to get a balance when the time for selection comes.”

Banyana squad in training camp

Goalkeepers

Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Kaylin Swart (JVW FC)

Mapaseka Mpuru (University of Pretoria)

Defenders

Bongeka Gamede (University of the Western Cape)

Karabo Makhurubetshi (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Tiisetso Makhubela (Tshwane University of Technology)

Xiluva Tshabalala (Ma-Indies Polokwane)

Ongeziwe Ndlangisa (Sunflower FC)

Midfielders

Mamello Makhabane (JVW FC)

Nomvula Kgoale (Tshwane University of Technology)

Nonhlanhla Mthandi (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Ntombifikile Ndlovu(Sunflower FC)

Noxolo Cesane (University of the Western Cape)

Robyn Moodaly (JVW FC)

Strikers

Sibulele Holweni (University of the Western Cape)

Gabriela Salgado (JVW FC)

Lonathemba Mhlongo (Durban Ladies FC)

Kgaelebane Mohlakoana (Bloemfontein Celtic)


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