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Basetsana off to Namibia today

Posted: 30 October 2009 Time: 12:12

The South Africa’s National Under-20 Women’s Team, Basetsana, begin their preparations for the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers with a friendly international match against Namibia this weekend.

The girls fly out to Namibia today with their match scheduled to take place tomorrow (Saturday).

Kick off is at 16h00.   Basetsana have been camping at the High Performance Centre (HPC) in Pretoria undergoing scientific testing.   “We have to ensure that the players are fully fit and prepared for the qualifiers where we will meet either Reunion or Madagascar on December 5. In the first leg Reunion beat Madagascar 3-1 so we have to be at our best,” said team manager Fran Hilton-Smith.   The Women’s U-20 World Cup is scheduled for Germany next year starting on July 13 to August 01.   In the qualifiers, South Africa is in Group A of the qualifiers together with their arch-rivals Nigeria, as well as Reunion, Madagascar, Uganda and Rwanda.    “Namibia is very a strong side. The majority of their women’s senior national team players are in the U-20 squad as they have a very big youth development programme. This will, therefore, be a tough encounter for us, but it should come in handy as it will prepare us well for the qualifiers,” said Hilton-Smith.   Two Banyana Banyana players have been included in the Basetsana squad - Chantelle Esau and Busisiwe Ndimini.   Group B of the qualifiers features Namibia, Botswana, Republic Democratic of Congo, Ghana, Egypt and Tunisia.   Mozambique was part of the group but has since withdrawn their participation in the qualifiers due financial constraints.   The Basetsana squad is:   Goalkeepers - Alular Tsawe (Coastal United), Lebohang Phume (University Of Johannesburg)   Defenders - Valencia Moeng (Crusaders), Thembeka Magxidolo (HPC), Asanele Ngalo (Birmingham Ladies), Yola Jafta (University Of Johannesburg), Elizabeth Cele (Real City), Amanda Sister (Liverpool)   Midfielders - Nomandla Nqothani (Dangerous Heroes), Maite Makola (Mokopane Academy), Chantelle Esau (Super Falcons), Lerato Kgasago (Fabulous), Busisiwe Ndimeni (Swallows FC)   Strikers - Mapule Malatjie (Flamengo Ladies), Melinda Kgadiete (Birmingham City), Kate Nhlapo (HPC/Zamdela), Ntswaki Ramolahlehi, (Mangaung Young Centre)

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