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Sister back to strengthen Banyana Banyana

Banyana Banyana central defender Amanda Sister has recovered from the quadriceps injury that side-lined her for the past week and is back in training at the national camp in Yaound├®, Cameroon.

Prior to the Sasol sponsored-South African national senior women team’s departure to Cameroon, the Port Elizabeth-based player sat out of the two international friendly fixtures played against Zimbabwe as a precautionary measure.

The 22-year-old Sister, who plays her club football for Liverpool Ladies (Sasol League Eastern Cape) has formed a solid partnership with Janine van Wyk in the centre of defence over the past two seasons, creating solidity in front of goalkeeper Thoko Mndaweni.

ÔÇ£I am just glad to be back training as it was not nice to be left in the stands watching while my team-mates played in the matches against Zimbabwe,ÔÇØ said Sister.

ÔÇ£We will want to be at our best when we play at the CAF African Women Championship 2012 as we look to improve on our world ranking of 56th place. Our opening match on October 28 against Equatorial Guinea is so key as many of our players who were in the team in at the CAF African Women Championship 2010 in Ekurhuleni, will want to set the record straight.ÔÇØ

Equatorial Guinea beat the South Africans in the semi-finals of the tournament two years back and in so doing, booked themselves a place along with eventual champions Nigeria, at the FIFA women’s World Cup held in Germany last year.

ÔÇ£Losing to Equatorial Guinea left us shattered in having missed out on FIFA women’s World Cup qualification, but we picked ourselves up and qualified for the 2012 London Olympics along with Cameroon,ÔÇØ added Sister, who has been capped 36 times for her country.

Apart from midfielder Yola Jafta who is nursing a hamstring strain but is expected to be fit in time for selection for the opening fixture against Equatorial Guinea, all the players are hard at training in Yaound├®.

Following the Group A match against 3 November.

A good run of form will see the South Africans play in the semi-finals in either Malabo or Bata on 7 November, with the third/fourth place play-off and the title decider both scheduled for Malabo on 11 November.