The squad to represent Banyana Banyana at the 2016 AFCON in Cameroon has been unveiled.
Desiree Ellis, Banyana Banyana’s interim coach unveiled the squad of 21 players to play in the 10th Women’s Africa Cup of Nation tournament saying they stand a good chance to perform better.
Ellis took over from former head coach Vera Pauw and will lead Banyana Banyana in the tournament scheduled from 19 November to 3 December in Cameroon.
Coach Ellis retained most of the players who represented South Africa at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in August. Below is the Banyana Banyana Squad for 2016 AFCON:
- Andile Dlamini – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies – Johannesburg
- Yolula Tsawe – JVW FC – Johannesburg
- Roxanne Barker – SC Heerenveen – Holland
- Leandra Smeda – UWC Ladies – Cape Town
- Nothando Vilakazi – Palace Super Falcons – Johannesburg
- Janine van Wyk (C) – JVW FC – Johannesburg
- Noko Matlou – MaIndis FC – Polokwane
- Astria Boks – Santos FC – Cape Town
- Bambanani Mbane – Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies – Bloemfontein
- Lebogang Mabatle – TUKS – Pretoria
- Nomathemba Ntsibande – Springs Home Sweepers – Johannesburg
- Mamello Makhabane – JVW FC – Johannesburg
- Amogelang Motau – UWC Ladies – Cape Town
- Refiloe Jane – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies – Johannesburg
- Nompumelelo Nyandeni – JVW FC – Johannesburg
- Silindile Ngubane – Durban Ladies – KZN
- Linda Motlhalo – JVW FC – Johannesburg
- Shiwe Nogwanya – Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies – Bloemfontein
- Andisiwe Mgcoyi – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies – Johannesburg
- Jermaine Seoposenwe – Samford University – USA
- Thembi Kgatlana – UWC Ladies – Cape Town
While Amogelang Motau, Yolula Tsawe, Lebogang Mabatle, Silindile Ngubane and Andisiwe Mgcoyi were recalled, only Astria Boks is newcomer in the team.
Speaking, Coach Ellis said:
“We have come very close in this tournament and we believe we stand a good chance of doing even better. I have kept the bulk of the squad mainly for the experience gathered over the years and at the Olympic Games.
I am more confident than ever that we will do well this time around, and I don’t mean it will be an easy task. But in terms of the selection, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it, and what we can assure all South Africans is that we will do the best we can to emerge victorious.”
Banyana Banyana will leave SA for Cameroon on Monday, 14 November. However, Holland-based Roxanne Barker and Jermaine Seoposenwe based in USA will get to join the squad in Cameroon on the 18th due to club commitments.
Already, Banyana Banyana has been drawn in Group A with hosts Cameroon, Egypt, and Zimbabwe.