Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana start their preparation camp this Sunday (21 October) in Johannesburg to get ready for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations that will take place in Ghana from 17 November to 1 December.
Head coach Desiree Ellis has called up 31 players for the training camp and will trim the squad down to 21 players on Friday, 26 October.
The former Banyana Banyana captain has already had to make two changes to the squad even before the start of camp – Finland-based striker Ode Fulutudilu has had to withdraw due to club commitments, and is now joined by midfielder Amogelang Motau, who plays and studies in the USA (Oral Roberts University). Motau has also declined the national team call up owing to her studies and club commitments.
Their places have been taken by Sduduzo Dlamini (Sunflower FC) and Gabriela Salgado (JVW FC) respectively.
The AFCON tournament will serve as an African qualifier for the 2019 FIFA Women World Cup in France – where the top three nations in Ghana will book their place in the premier women’s football showpiece scheduled to be played in June.
Joining South Africa at the 2018 AFCON are the hosts Ghana, defending champions Nigeria, Cameroon, Algeria, Mali, Kenya and Zambia.
PROVISIONAL Banyana Banyana AFCON SQUAD:
|NAME AND SURNAME||CLUB||CLUB LOCATION|
|1. Andile Dlamini||Mamelodi Sundowns FC||Pretoria|
|2. Kaylin Swart||Menlo College/Awaiting Int Transfer||Port Elizabeth|
|3. Roxanne Barker||University of Western Cape||Cape Town|
|4. Yolula Tsawe||JVW FC||Johannesburg|
|5. Lebogang Ramalepe||Ma-Indies FC||Polokwane|
|6. Nothando Vilakazi||Palace Super Falcons FC||Johannesburg|
|7. Janine Van Wyk||Houston Dash/Awaiting Int Transfer||USA/Johannesburg|
|8. Noko Matlou||Ma-Indies FC||Polokwane|
|9. Bambanani Mbane||Bloemfontein Celtic FC||Bloemfontein|
|10. Regina Mogolola||University of Pretoria||Pretoria|
|11. Tiisetso Makhubela||Mamelodi Sundowns FC||Pretoria|
|12. Thato Letsoso||University of Johannesburg||Johannesburg|
|13. Koketso Tlailane||TUT-PTA||Pretoria|
|14. Kgaelebane Mohlakoana||Bloemfontein Celtic||Bloemfontein|
|15. Refiloe Jane||Canberra United||Australia|
|16. Rachel Sebati||TUT-PTA||Pretoria|
|17. Mamello Makhabane||JVW FC||Johannesburg|
|18. SDUDUZO DLAMINI||SUNFLOWER FC||Durban|
|19. Leandra Smeda||Gintra Universitetas||Lithuania|
|20. Nompumelelo Nyandeni||JVW FC||Johannesburg|
|21. Linda Motlhalo||Houston Dash||USA|
|22. Kholosa Biyana||University of KZN||Durban|
|23. Hildah Magaia||TUT-PTA||Pretoria|
|24. Jabulile Mazibuko||TUT-PTA||Pretoria|
|25. Siyamthanda Skeyi||Thunderbirds FC||East London|
|26. Khanya Xesi||University Western Cape||Cape Town|
|27. GABRIELA SALGADO||JVW FC||Johannesburg|
|28. Jermaine Seoposenwe||JVW FC||Johannesburg|
|29. Thembi Kgatlana||Houston Dash||USA|
|30. Melinda Kgadiete||Bloemfontein Celtic||Bloemfontein|
|31. Amanda Mthandi||University of Johannesburg||Johannesburg|