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.”
|1. ANDILEDLAMINI||Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies (SA)||JOHANNESBURG|
|2. KAYLIN SWART||Awaiting International Transfer||PORT ELIZABETH|
|3. VICTORIA MUROA||First Touch Academy (SA)||POLOKWANE|
|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|
|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|
|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|