Banyana squad to face Sweden


Ellis has called up the bulk of the team that played at the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship held in Zimbabwe in September last year, and mixed it up with several overseas-based players who haven’t been in the squad for a while.

These include the USA-based quartet of Kaylin Swart, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Amogelang Motau and Kelso Peskin.

The former Banyana captain has also rewarded players that participated in the end-of-the year 2017 Sasol League National Championship that was staged in Nelspruit early in December – like Yonelo Keto (Thunderbirds), Kgaelebane Mohlakoana and Melinda Kgadiete (both Bloemfontein Celtic), Neliswa Luthuli and Sduduzo Dlamini (both Sunflower FC).

Ellis has also recalled midfielder Amanda Dlamini after a long absence from the national team.

Banyana will assemble for camp on Sunday, 14 January.

The first clash between South Africa and Sweden is a practice match, which will take place on Thursday, 18 January, and will take place behind closed doors at a venue still to be announced.

The second encounter is an international friendly, and this will take place at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday, 21 January. Kick-off is at 14h00.

This will be the third time the two nations meet.

The first clash took place in 2012 at the London Olympic Games – Sweden won the match 4-1.

Their last meeting was also at the Olympic Games – in 2016 in Brazil, where South Africa lost 1-0.

Sweden is currently ranked 10th in the world and fifth in Europe, while South Africa is 54th and fifth in the world and on the African continent respectively.

Banyana squad to face Sweden:

1. Andile DLAMINI     Mamelodi Sundowns FC     Johannesburg
2. Yolula TSAWE     JVW FC     Johannesburg
3. Kaylin SWART     Menlo College     USA
4. Nothando VILAKAZI     Palace Super Falcons FC     Johannesburg
5. Noko MATLOU     Ma –Indies FC     Polokwane
6. Janine VAN WYK     Houston Dash     USA
7. Bambanani MBANE     Bloemfontein Celtic     Bloemfontein
8. Lebohang RAMALEPE     Ma-Indies     Polokwane
9. Regina MOGOLOLA     University Pretoria     Pretoria
10. Zanele NHLAPO     Mamelodi Sundowns     Johannesburg
11. Yonelo KETO     Thunderbirds     Port Elizabeth
12. Leandra SMEDA     UWC Ladies     Cape Town
13. Refiloe JANE     TUT-PTA     Pretoria
14. Amanda DLAMINI     JVW FC     Johannesburg
15. Kholosa BIYANA     UKZN     Durban
16. Kgaelebane MOHLAKOANA     Bloemfontein Celtic     Bloemfontein
17. Amogelang MOTAU     Oral Roberts University / UWC Ladies FC     USA / Cape Town
18. Rachel SEBATI     TUT -PTA     Pretoria
19. Neliswa LUTHULI     Sunflower FC     Durban
20. Nompumelelo NYANDENI     JVW FC     Johannesburg
21. Melinda KGADIETE     Bloemfontein Celtic     Bloemfontein
22. Thembi KGATLANA     UWC Ladies     Cape Town
23. Kelso PESKIN     Lamar University / UWC Ladies FC     USA /Cape Town
24. Jermaine SEOPOSENWE     Samford University     USA
25. Chantelle ESAU     Mamelodi Sundowns     Johannesburg
26. Sduduzo DLAMINI     Sunflower FC     Durban