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Banyana training camp
- Updated: January 9, 2012
The South African national women’s soccer team, Banyana Banyana is holding a training camp at the High Performance Centre at the University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza has called up 26 players for physical conditioning as they prepare for the Cyprus Cup tournament. The 12-nation event is scheduled to take place from 28 February-6 March 2012.
Three overseas-based players, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Roxanne Barker and Kylie-Anne Louw have had to return to their clubs but only after undergoing tests in Stellenbosch. They are expected to return, however, at the beginning of next month.
The team has been taking part in training sessions daily and these are held at the Stellenbosch sports grounds.
“I am happy with the progress of the camp,” said Mkhonza. “The players are working hard and fortunately we have not incurred any injuries up to this point. I am hopeful that with this camp we will be able to build the momentum leading the Cyprus Cup tournament and all the way to the Olympics. A lot of the teams that have been invited to the Cyprus Cup have qualified for the Olympics, so this will be a good test for us as we will gauge ourselves against the top nations in women’s football,” said Mkhonza.
In Cyprus, South Africa have been drawn in Group C along with South Korea, New Zealand and Northern Ireland. Group A consists of England, Finland, France and Switzerland, while Canada, Holland, Italy and Scotland make up Group B.
Banyana Banyana conclude preparations on 29 January.
The full Banyana Banyana team called up for camp:
Thokozile Mndaweni (UJ), Roxanne Barker (Peperdine University, USA), Amanda Sister (Liverpool Ladies), Nothando Vilakazi (Palace Super Falcons), Simphiwe Masina (Detroit Ladies), Mary Ntsweng (TUT), Gabisile Hlumbane (Kovsies), Cindy Leigh Meyer (TUKS), Zamandosi Cele (Durban Ladies), Nompumelelo Nyandeni (Rossiyanka), Nomathemba Ntsibande (Springs Homesweepers), Memory Makhanya (Durban Ladies), Andisiwe Mgcoyi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Noko Matlou (vice-captain) (UJ), Amanda Dlamini (captain) (UJ), Sanah Mollo (Celtic), Leandra Smeda (Cape Town Roses), Kylie Ann Louw (University of Houston), Nocawe Skiti (Cape Town Roses), Mamello Makhabane (Palace Super Falcons), Yola Jafta (UJ), Nondyebo Mgudu (Durban Ladies), Tshoene Morifi (Detroit), Mputle Ntsetsana (Royal Queens), Zanele Sukazi (UJ), Refiloe Jane (Mamelodi Sundowns)