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Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis names strong squad for Cyprus Cup

Posted: 4 February 2019 Time: 14:37

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has named a 23-woman squad to take part in the Cyprus Cup this month.

Ellis has left out three players from the squad which took on the Netherlands and Sweden in Cape Town last month. The players are goalkeeper Jessica Williams, midfielder Hildah Magaia and striker Kelso Peskin.

The Cyprus Cup will be played from February 26 to March 6. Banyana’s opening game in Group A will be against Finland on February 27. The other countries in Group A are Czech Republic and Korea DPR.

“The battle for places in the final squad for the World Cup is becoming tighter and tighter as we get closer to the tournament. And I have said before that starting with the Cyprus Cup, we will be travelling with only 23 players, which is the number that we will take to France as per regulations,” Ellis told the Safa website.

“But make no mistake, this is by no means the World Cup squad, even though it is very close to what we will select – the tournament kicks off in June and anything can happen. So this is a wake-up call to whoever is not in the squad because the door is never closed to anyone until the announcement of the final squad, but also bear in mind that you don’t want to make too many changes so close to the competition unless there is still some exceptional talent out there that we haven’t selected.”

GOALKEEPERS
   
     
1. ANDILEDLAMINI Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies (SA) JOHANNESBURG
2. KAYLIN SWART Awaiting International Transfer PORT ELIZABETH
3. VICTORIA MUROA First Touch Academy (SA) POLOKWANE
     
 DEFENDERS:
     
4. LEBOGANG RAMAMALEPE Ma-Indies FC POLOKWANE
5. NOTHANDO VILAKAZI Palace Super Falcons JOHANNESBURG
6. JANINE VAN WYK (C) Awaiting International transfer JOHANNESBURG
7. NOKO MATLOU Ma-Indies FC POLOKWANE
8. BAMBANANI MBANE Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies BLOEMFONTEIN
9. TIISETSO MAKHUBELA Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies JOHANNESBURG
10. KOKETSO TLAILANE TUT-PTA PRETORIA
11. KARABO DHLAMINI Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies JOHANNESBURG
     
MIDFIELDERS:
     
12. MAMELLO MAKHABANE JVW FC JOHANNESBURG
13. LEANDRA SMEDA Vittsjo GIK SWEDEN
14. NOMPUMELELO NYANDENI JVW FC JOHANNESBURG
15. LINDA MOTLHALO Houston Dash USA
16. BUSISIWE NDIMENI TUT-PTA PRETORIA
17. REFILOE JANE (VC) Canberra United AUSTRALIA
18. MOLATELO SEBATA First Touch Academy POLOKWANE
19. KHOLOSA BIYANA University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) DURBAN
     
FORWARDS
     
20. JERMAINE SEOPOSENWE JVW FC JOHANNESBURG
21. THEMBI KGATLANA Houston Dash USA
22. AMANDA MTHANDI University of Johannesburg (UJ) JOHANNESBURG
23. RHODA MULAUDZI Canberra United AUSTRALIA
Article by: Staff Reporter
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