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Pauw names Banyana squad for CAF African Women's Championship

Posted: 30 September 2014 Time: 15:18

Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw has named a strong 21-player squad for the 10th edition of the CAF African Women’s Championship (AWC), to be held in Namibia from 11–25 October.

Banyana have been drawn in the 'Group of Death' with Cameroon, Algeria and Ghana. They face Cameroon in their opening match on 12 October at the Independence Stadium.

Banyana started their preparations for Namibia immediately after beating the Union of Comoros 13–0 in their qualifying match.

Pauw initially had 31 players but had to trim the squad to 21 players as per the CAF rules.

Goalkeeper Roxanne Barker is the only overseas-based player included in the squad, while the rest of the players all play for Sasol league teams in different provinces.

“This is the worst part of my job as head coach, having to release players in such a great group was not an easy task. This was the most difficult moment of my career,” said Pauw.

“The players which have been released from the team have asked to remain and train with the rest of the team, and that for me showed great team spirit. This shows that there is something special about these players, and I hope we will be able to display that in Namibia,” Pauw added.

Pauw and her charges have been holding training camps for the past four months. Since qualifying for the AWC, they have played eight international friendly matches, winning seven and playing to a goalless draw against Zimbabwe.

They beat neighbours Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia and Cote dI’voire.

Banyana squad:

Goalkeepers: Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thokozile Mndaweni (Croesus FC), Roxanne Barker (Por KA).

Defenders: Noko Matlou (Ma-Indies FC), Nothando Vilakazi (Palace Super Falcons), Janine Van Wyk (JVW FC), Nomathemba Ntsibande (Springs Home Sweepers), Simphiwe Dludlu (TUKS Ladies FC), Lebogang Ramalepe (Ma-Indies FC), Gloria Thato (University of Pretoria).

Midfielders: Amanda Dlamini (University of Johannesburg), Sanah Mollo (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Leandra Smeda (UWC Ladies), Refiloe Jane (VUT Ladies), Mamello Makhabane (Palace Super Falcons), Mpumi Nyandeni (JVW FC).

Strikers: Shiwe Nongwanya (Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies), Silindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies FC), Ode Fulutudilu (Spurs FC), Thembi Kgatlana (TUT), Portia Modise (Croesus FC).

Livefyre comments on this story...

masande mzalamba
posted: 2014-09-30 13:31:47

were is nocawe skiti

posted: 2014-09-30 13:32:23

a good team Vera and it can conquer Africa...Noko Matlou is now a defender?

posted: 2014-09-30 13:38:17

zenze  I'm also wondering if Noko is now a defender.

posted: 2014-09-30 13:41:19

Yea i saw noko playn as a centrl defndr along van wyk against ivory coast n zimbabwe

posted: 2014-09-30 13:41:23

I think this was the tough decision to take when you give people a chance to play & they all grab it with both hands must be must be more difficult for VERA PHEWA to announce to the deserving players she has to leave that I didn't select them but am sure most of them will understand that only 25 members can be selected & as SA we thank them so much for all the efforts they put in since the coach took over in APRIL & the team is well balance with more young players in it 

posted: 2014-09-30 13:45:37

Hloni zenze my point exactly

posted: 2014-09-30 13:46:28

yes she has been changed into a defender she played all the friendly matches and she is very good in defence aswell this coach is very good

hellis commet
posted: 2014-09-30 13:50:38

Looking forward to watch Ode Fulutudile a class act of young lady, glad that Mpumi Nyandeni and Leandra Smeda are there.

MR TJ CAF Champ 2nd STAR loading
posted: 2014-09-30 13:56:36

i thought ke typing error,lol

My Lady
posted: 2014-09-30 14:09:39

Good luck guys.

homeless cow
posted: 2014-09-30 14:17:58

Veronica Phewa ?washonapi?is she still alive?

posted: 2014-09-30 16:27:58

Im askng myself tht question bra...I used to like her combination wth Portia Modise.

posted: 2014-09-30 16:43:34

Noko Matlou is a striker not a defender, or is she replacing Amanda Sister at the defence!

posted: 2014-09-30 18:13:01

Veronica Phewa every tym i watched her playing,i thought she's related to Ree Zuma with Ree's hair style and the way she used to raid opponents with her tireless runs

posted: 2014-09-30 19:28:15

Group esikuyo ingishayisa ngovalo, iqinso lihle. However I trust the coach and more so bcos she has given herself and the players time to and have had few games. Good luck mantombazane.

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posted: 2014-10-01 10:12:33

Mpumi nyandeni & Portia Modise bulalani akho bantu la

posted: 2014-10-01 10:39:54

Tsunami wale lekhosi it's a strong team & Mpumi Nyandeni didn't play a lot of games but she is very fit & this lady Sanah Mollo should train to kill a easy team she is a very good striker for Sundowns but she gets nervous on the National team

Zico Z
posted: 2014-10-08 13:37:20

This team used to be dominated by the Palace Super Falcons players

Zico Z
posted: 2014-10-08 13:38:02

Kanti where is Jafta

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