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Banyana Banyana’s London Olympic preparations will be taken to the next level when they face Ghana in an international soccer friendly at Orlando Stadium, Soweto, on Wednesday.

The match (3pm kick-off) is a Sport and Recreation SA initiative, supported by SAFA and Sasol. Ghana will travel to South Africa as the All-Africa Games silver medallists, having lost the final 1-0 to Cameroon at the African sports showpiece event held in Mozambique in September last year.
Experienced Palace Super Falcons midfielder Mamello Makhabane and University of Johannesburg midfield anchor Yola Jafta, as well as University of Pretoria central defender Cindy-Leigh Meyer, have been added to the Banyana Banyana team that did duty at the Cyprus Women’s Cup earlier this month.

ÔÇ£Banyana Banyana will be ready for this match especially with Ghana ranked No 2 in Africa,ÔÇØ said Banyana Banyana national head coach Joseph Mkhonza, adding that the national players will report for camp on Saturday afternoon.

ÔÇ£Jafta and Makhabane are both recovering from injuries but have been called up for camp so that our biokinetics specialist can monitor their progress. Meyer, who attended the three-week national training camp held in Stellenbosch in January, is a regular member of our team camps.ÔÇØ

The door for selection for the Banyana Banyana team to compete at the London Olympics in July is still open and Mkhonza and his technical team are closely assessing talent at the Sasol League Road Shows being held over the next few weeks.

Tickets for Wednesday’s match are free of charge to the public and will be available from Monday at Computicket, Shoprite and Shoprite Checkers outlets

Tickets will not be available at the stadium, and the event organisers have advised that persons not in possession of match tickets will not be allowed to enter Orlando Stadium on match day. Stadium gates will open at noon and the day’s programme will include music and other forms of entertainment as a part of the big match day build up.