Head coach of Banyana Banyana Desiree Ellis has announced the final 23-woman squad to represent South Africa at the Africa Women’s Cup of nations in Morocco from 2-23 July 2022, Completesports.com reports.
The final squad was announced on South Africa Football Association‘s (SAFA) official website on Monday.Ellis also announced three players who will be on the standby list.
Speaking at the press conference on Monday afternoon, Ellis was full of praise for the Hollywoodbets coaches for the work they have done in keeping the players fit.
She further praised the players for the effort they displayed during the local preparation/selection camp.
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The Banyana Banyana coach said selecting the final squad for the tournament was a difficult task for the technical team.
“I want to start off by giving a big thank to the coaches out there for the fantastic job that they have done since the leagues have started,” said Ellis.
“We had a good week and a half and with many of the overseas based players joining us, many have stepped up. We had a good mix of youth and experience for the past week and half.”
South Africa are in Group C alongside Nigeria, Botswana and Burundi.
They will open their campaign against Nigeria on July 4 inside the Stade Moulay Hassan in Rabat.
The last time both teams clashed at the Women’s Cup of Nations was in the final of the 2018 edition in Cameroon.
The Falcons triumphed 4-3 on penalties against Banyana Banyana to secure their ninth continental.
Banyana Banyana Final Squad:
GOALKEEPERS:Andile DlaminiKaylin SwartRegirl Ngobeni
DEFENDERS:Karabo DhlaminiLebohang RamalepeJanine Van WykBambanani MbaneBongeka GamedeNoko Matlou
MIDFIELDERS:Refiloe JaneNomvula KgoaleLinda MotlhaloThalea SmidtKholosa BiyanaAmogelang MotauRobyn MoodalySibulele Holweni
FORWARDS:Jermaine SeoposenweMelinda KgadieteNoxolo CesaneNthabiseng MajiyaThembi KgatlanaHildah MagaiaStandby players:Kebotseng MoletsaneTiisetso MakhubelaThubelihle Shamase
By James Agberebi
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