Nothando Vilakazi set for Banyana century of caps against Namibia in COSAFA Women’s Championship
Posted: 15 September 2017 Time: 08:41
Banyana Banyana interim coach Desiree Ellis has made four team changes for today's clash with Namibia at the COSAFA Women’s Championship, with Nothando Vilakazi set to earn her 100th cap.
Kick-off is at 16h30 at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Banyana kicked off their campaign with a 3-0 win over Lesotho on Thursday.
In a strategic move, Ellis has opted for Roxanne Barker in goals ahead of Andile Dlamini, who did not have much to do against Lesotho.
The rearguard remains the same with Bambanani Mbane and Regina Mogolola in central defence, while Lebohang Ramalepe and Vilakazi will operate at right and left-back respectively.
With this match, Vilakazi joins an elite group of players who have made a century of appearances for Banyana. The others are: Portia Modise, Janine van Wyk, Noko Matlou, Nompumelelo Nyandeni and Amanda Dlamini.
Nyandeni and Matlou are part of the current squad and will start from the bench.
The middle of the park has also seen some changes – captain Refiloe Jane retains her place, so does Leandra Smeda, who scored the opening goal against Lesotho.
Kholosa Biyana gets a start in place of Rachel Sebati, while Koketso Tlailane comes in for Nwabisa Kolisi.
Upfront, Thembi Kgatlana takes the place of Rhoda Mulaudzi and will play alongside Chantelle Esau.
Kgatlana and Esau scored Banyana’s two other goals against Lesotho.
Banyana XI: Roxanne Barker (GK), Lebohang Ramalepe, Nothando Vilakazi, Regina Mogolola, Kholosa Biyana, Koketso Tlailane, Bambanani Mbane, Refiloe Jane (C), Leandra Smeda, Thembi Kgatlana, Chantelle Esau.
Subs: Andile Dlamini, (GK), Yolula Tsawe (GK), Noko Matlou, Zanele Nhlapo, Nwabisa Kolisi, Nkoikoi Mabina, Rachel Sebati, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Rhoda Mulaudzi.