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.
PROVISIONAL BANYANA BANYANA SQUAD
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
25. Jermaine Seoposenwe Samford University USA
26. Kaylin Swart Des Moines Menace University USA