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Banyana coach Desiree Ellis balances youth and experience for COSAFA Women’s Championship training squad

Posted: 25 July 2017 Time: 14:17

The South African women’s national team recently gathered for training under interim coach Desiree Ellis, who has chosen a squad of 34 players to participate in a five-day selection training camp.

The Banyana Banyana coach has selected a good mix of younger and older players to train, with ages ranging from 19 to 31. Ellis does feel that this is vital for the team.

“If you look at the squad we have selected, most are in their 20s and they are almost in their prime, then we have the more experienced ones that are 28 or so. It’s always important to refresh the squad but you can’t throw out the experienced ones or you’ll sit with a team that has no experience just a year away from the crucial qualifiers,” Ellis explained to SAFA.

She also aims to create unity amongst the team, making sure every player has the same mindset.

“The main idea is to have a core group. We are trying to get everybody on the same level of fitness so that if one player withdraws, you can automatically replace them as every player will not be too far behind in terms of fitness and knowledge of what is needed,” she said.

The camp is meant to prepare the team for the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship which takes place in September. Most of the team selected for the camp are also set to take part in the 2017 World Student Games which will be held in Taipei from the 19 until the 30th August.


1 Andile DLAMINI GK 24 Mamelodi Sundowns Johannesburg  
2 Yolula TSAWE GK 25 JVW FC Johannesburg  
3 Roxanne BARKER GK 26 Cape Town Roses Cape Town  
4 Tshidi MUROA GK 27 Blue Birds Ladies Johannesburg  
5 Lebohang RAMALEPE DEF 25 Ma-Indies Polokwane  
6 Koketso TLAILANE DEF 24 TUT-PTA Pretoria  
7 Nothando VILAKAZI DEF 28 Palace Super Falcon Johannesburg  
8 Thato LETSOSO DEF 20 University of Johannesburg Johannesburg  
9 Regina MOGOLOLA DEF 24 University of Pretoria Pretoria  
10 Zanele NHLAPO DEF 26 Mamelodi Sundowns Johannesburg  
11 Noko MATLOU DEF 31 Ma-Indies Polokwane  
12 Bambanani MBANE DEF 27 Bloemfontein Celtic Bloemfontein  
13 Astria BOKS DEF 23 Santos FC Cape Town  
14 Zenhle CHABAKU DEF 25 Bloemfontein Celtic Bloemfontein  
15 Nompumelelo NYANDENI MID 29 JVW FC Johannesburg  
16 Leandra SMEDA MID 28 University of Western Cape Cape Town  
17 Nkoikoi MABINA MID 24 Kanatla Ladies Polokwane  
18 Refiloe JANE MID 24 TUT-PTA Pretoria  
19 Rachel SEBATI MID 24 TUT-PTA Pretoria  
20 Noxolo MAGUDU MID 21 University of Free State Bloemfontein  
21 Kholosa BIYANA MID 22 University of KZN Durban  
22 Thembi KGATLANA MID 21 University of Western Cape Cape Town  
23 Chuene MORIFI MID 26 Mamelodi Sundowns Johannesburg  
24 Amogelang MOTAU MID 20 University of Western Cape Cape Town  
25 Gabriela SALGADO MID 19 JVW FC Johannesburg  
26 Nomvula KGOALE MID 22 Louisiana Tech  University USA  
27 Jabulile MAZIBUKO MID 24 TUT-PTA Pretoria  
28 Bontle MASHILO STR 24 TUT-PTA Pretoria  
29 Rhoda MULAUDZI STR 27 Mamelodi Sundowns Johannesburg  
30 Lucinda CROY STR 28 Santos FC Cape Town  
31 Nwabisa KOLISI STR 24 City Lads Ladies Port Elizabeth  
32 Chantelle ESAU STR 26 Mamelodi Sundowns Johannesburg  
33 Letago MADIBA STR 25 TUT-PTA Pretoria  
34 Molatelo Sara KOBO STR 20 University of Limpopo Polokwane
Article by: Staff Reporter
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