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Banyana host Namibia
- Updated: March 9, 2011
Banyana Banyana will be looking to take their preparations for Olympic Games qualifying action to the next level, when they host Namibia in an international friendly match at the Galeshewe stadium, near Kimberley on Saturday, 19 March.
The match is part of the national team’s build up to when they face Tunisia in Olympic qualifying matches in Durban on Saturday, 2 April, with the return leg in Tunisia scheduled for Saturday, 16 April.
ÔÇ£Banyana Banyana is a national and indeed international brand and I am delighted that the national team has been able to take its matches to various parts of SA, with Northern Cape football fans this time getting the opportunity to cheer our players on,ÔÇØ said Banyana Banyana caretaker coach Joseph Mkhonza.
ÔÇ£The players recently underwent an eight-day training camp in Stellenbosch which included scientific testing and physical training, and I am happy that we are on the right track as far as the build up to facing Tunisia is concerned. The outing against Namibia should provide the platform for the players to push for places in the starting XI for the Olympic qualifying matches.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£The players are in good condition having been in action for their clubs in the Sasol League competitions in the various provinces and are looking forward to the three day camp and match in Kimberley.ÔÇØ
Mkhonza was on hand to watch young central defender Amanda Sister in action for her club Liverpool Ladies during the Sasol League Road Show held in Mdantsane, near East London on 26 February, and is confident that her injury woes are a thing of the past. Central defender Yola Jafta (University of Johannesburg FC, Gauteng) and midfielder Gabisile Hlumbane (Kovsies FC, Free State) are also off the injury list and will report for national team duty in Kimberley.
The stadium gates will open at 11am on match day, with entrance free of charge. Official kick-off is 3pm
The day’s programme will include the Northern Cape leg of the Sasol League Road Show with the Banyana Banyana coaches conducting a coaches workshop from 10-11am with the coaches from the Sasol League clubs in the province, before top talent in the Northern Cape takes to the field when the Northern Cape Invitation A stream line-up take on the Northern Cape Invitation B stream opposition at noon as the curtain-raiser for the all important friendly between Banyana Banyana and Namibia.
From this match, the Banyana Banyana coaches will look to identify talent to increase the pool of players available for possible future call-ups to national camps.
Banyana Banyana squad:
Thoko Mndaweni Croesus Ladies (Gauteng)
Yolula Tsawe Coastal Ladies (Eastern Cape)
Mantombi Njungqi University of Western Cape (Western Cape)
Nothando Vilakazi Moroka Swallows (Gauteng)
Janine van Wyk Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)
Simphiwe Masina Detroit ladies (Mpumalanga)
Robyn Moodaly HPC (Tshwane)
Nomathemba Nsibande Springs Home Sweepers (Gauteng)
Nomawethu Nyusani Coastal Ladies FC (Eastern Cape)
Sbongiseni Khamlana Cape Town Roses (Western Cape)
Mamello Makhabane Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)
Martha Mokoma Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)
Amanda Dlamini University of Johannesburg (Gauteng)
Noko Matlou Brazilians FC (Limpopo)
Mputle Ntsisana Royal Queens (North West)
Gabisile Hlumbane Kovsies FC (Free State)
Amanda Sister Liverpool FC (Eastern Cape)
Andisiwe Mgcoyi Cape Town Roses (Western Cape)
Nocawe Skiti Cape Town Roses (Western Cape)
Yola Jafta University of Johannesburg (Gauteng)