Pauw trims Banyana squad


Pauw needs 18 players plus four alternates to make a final squad of 22 that will represent South Africa at the Olympics, starting in August.

Goalkeepers Mpho Tefo (Kanatla Ladies) and Yolula Tsawe (JvW FC), defenders Letago Madiba (TUT Ladies) and Jabulile Mazibuko (Tuks) as well as striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies) have been axed.

“The worst job of any coach in the world is to have to trim down the squad to the required official number. Unfortunately it is something that has to be done. If truth be told I hate my job when it comes to having to leave players out of the squad. And, sadly, I am well aware that I am destroying dreams so it is not something we take very lightly – we put very serious thoughts into the process that has been going on for weeks now,” said Pauw.

“But I would like to say to the players that are out of the squad, not all is totally lost because if there is a need for them to be recalled we will certainly do so. Should there be an injury they will be the first to be contacted so they cannot afford to lose hope or take it easy, they need to continue training so that if that call comes, they are ready. So the bottom line is the door is not closed on them.”

Banyana will now have 26 players at the start of their next training camp  - with the addition of USA-based striker Jermaine Seoposenwe and goalkeeper Kaylin Swart.

But only 25 players will travel to the Netherlands for friendlies with the host nation at Mandemakers Stadium in Waalwijk on June 4 and 7. Midfielder Silindile Ngubane will not be part of the squad as she has a family commitment, but she is expected back in camp when Banyana return from Europe.

Pauw has until July 14 to name her final squad for the Olympics in Brazil.


1. Roxanne Barker                 Unattached                                             Cape Town

2. Andile Dlamini                   Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC           Johannesburg

3. Mapaseka Mpuru                HPC                                                       Pretoria


4. Lebohang Ramalepe            Maindis FC                                            Polokwane

5. Nothando Vilakazi               Palace Super Falcons FC                       Johannesburg

6. Janine Van Wyk                    JVW FC                                                Johannesburg

7. Noko Matlou                        Maindis FC                                            Polokwane

8. Lerato Kgasago                    Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies                 Johannesburg

9. Nomathemba Ntsibande      Springs Home Sweepers                        Johannesburg

10. Bambanani Mbane             Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies                   Bloemfontein

11. Lebogang Mabatle              TUKS                                                     Pretoria


12. Mamello Makhabane              JVW FC                                                 Johannesburg

13. Amanda Dlamini                     University of Johannesburg                   Johannesburg

14. Silindile Ngubane                   Durban Ladies FC                                   Pietermaritzburg

15. Refiloe Jane                            VUT Ladies                                             Vaal

16. Leandra Smeda                       UWC Ladies                                            Cape Town

17. Nompumelelo Nyandeni         JVW FC                                                  Johannesburg

18. Bongiwe Thusi                        Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies                   Johannesburg

19. Linda Motlhalo                       HPC                                                          Pretoria

20. Stephanie Malherbe                 Texas A & M University                          USA


21. Sanah Mollo                            Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC               Johannesburg

22. Shiwe Nogwanya                     Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies                      Bloemfontein

23. Thembi Kgatlana                     UWC Ladies                                              Cape Town

24. Chantelle Essau                       Palace Super Falcons FC                            Johannesburg

US-based players

25. Jermaine Seoposenwe             Samford University                                       USA

26. Kaylin Swart                            Des Moines Menace University                    USA