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Mkhonza bloods new Banyana players for Botswana match
- Updated: December 7, 2012
Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza will use Monday’s international friendly match against Botswana at the Moruleng Stadium near Rustenburg to try out a range of new combinations.
The clash (3pm kick-off) takes place in Rustenburg because of the partnership with the North West Government’s Department of Sport and Recreation, and the encounter will be used to highlight the provincial government’s focus on 16 days of Activism against Women and Child Abuse which ends on match day.
Following the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana’s silver medal-winning feat at the CAF African Women Championship held in Equatorial Guinea last month, Mkhonza has called up left-footed midfielder Maite Makola of Kanatla Ladies (Sasol League Free State) and goalkeeper Nthabiseng Masunte from Cape Town Roses (Sasol League Western Cape).
ÔÇ£Both players have been called up to the Banyana Banyana team after being identified at the Sasol League National Championships held in Durban in July this year,ÔÇØ said Mkhonza.
ÔÇ£Makola is a fine passer of the ball and extremely skilful, while Masunte was part of the South African team that competed at the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup 2010 in the Caribbean.ÔÇØ
Banyana Banyana will travel to Rustenburg without the services of captain Amanda Dlamini who is being rested and Amanda Sister, who has family commitments.
In the absence of Dlamini, vice captain and central defender Janine van Wyk will lead the side, while Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies (Sasol League Gauteng) exciting goalkeeper Andile Dlamini seems set to earn her third cap between the posts for the home side.
TUT Ladies (Sasol League Gauteng) midfielder Mary Ntsweng returns to the national team after missing the African showpiece event due to study commitments and her 43 caps will add a wealth of experience to the side.
Banyana Banyana squad to face Botswana:ÔÇ¿
Goalkeepers:┬áÔÇ¿Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, Sasol League Gauteng)ÔÇ¿, Nthabiseng Masunte (Cape Town Roses, Sasol League Western Cape)
Defenders:ÔÇ¿ Lebogang Mabatle (Hallelujah Zebra Force, Sasol League Gauteng)ÔÇ¿, Nothando Vilakazi (Palace Super Falcons, Sasol League Gauteng)ÔÇ¿, Janine van Wyk (C) (Palace Super Falcons, Sasol League Gauteng)ÔÇ¿, Zamandosi Cele (Durban Ladies, Sasol League KwaZulu Natal)ÔÇ¿, Refiloe Jane (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, Sasol League Gauteng)
Midfielders: ÔÇ¿Leandra Smeda (Cape Town Roses, Sasol League Western Cape)ÔÇ¿, Mary Ntsweng (TUT Ladies, Sasol League Gauteng)ÔÇ¿, Maite Makola (Kanatla Ladies, Sasol League Free State)ÔÇ¿, Nocawe Skiti (Cape Town Roses, Sasol League Western Cape)ÔÇ¿, Gabisile Hlumbane (Kovsies Ladies, Sasol League Free State)
Strikers: ÔÇ¿Jermaine Seoposenwe (Spurs WFC, Sasol League Western Cape)ÔÇ¿, Portia Modise (Palace Super Falcons, Sasol League Gauteng)ÔÇ¿, Noko Matlou (University of Johannesburg, Sasol League Gauteng)ÔÇ¿, Sanah Mollo (Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies, Sasol League Free State)ÔÇ¿, Andisiwe Mgcoyi (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, Sasol League Gauteng), ÔÇ¿Silindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies, Sasol League KwaZulu Natal)