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Banyana Banyana and Mali set for psychological warfare showdown

2010-10-08
 

MakalakalaneBanyana Banyana and Mali are set to be involved in 90 minutes of psychological warfare when the nations meet in an international friendly at the Makhulong Stadium in Ekurhuleni on Saturday 09 October 2010 (15h00 kickoff). Both teams have been drawn in the same group for the CAF African Women Championship 2010 to be held in Ekurhuleni from October 31 to November 14 and with the top two teams at the African showpiece event set to represent Africa at the 2011 FIFA women’s World Cup in Germany, both coaches are set to play their cards close to their chests in tomorrow’s match.

“SAFA invited Mali to play against Banyana Banyana long before the draw for the CAF African Women Championship 2010 was made so at that stage we didn’t know that they would end up in the same group as us, but Mali were determined that this friendly match should go ahead,” said Banyana Banyana coach Augustine Makalakalane.

“I am sure that the Mali coaching staff will be taking notes on the playing style of Banyana Banyana and while we would like to get the victory, I am cautious regarding giving away too much with regard to our playing pattern. Banyana Banyana cannot convincingly outplay Mali in the friendly match and then lose the group game at the CAF African Women Championship 2010. We have to be cautious in our approach over the next few weeks.”

Makalakalane added: “The 20 players selected for the match against Mali were chosen from the 30 players that were in training in this week’s training camp held at the University of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Our team sponsor Sasol, as well as Sport & Recreation SA who funded this week’s training camp, have all played major roles in allowing the national squad to prepare adequately for the CAF African Women Championship 2010.”

Banyana Banyana are currently in 3rd spot on the CAF African table and occupy 57th spot on the FIFA world rankings. Mali are rated as the 12th best side in Africa and are 113th on the world list.

Banyana Banyana captain Simphiwe Dludlu remarked: “Banyana Banyana are looking forward to tomorrow’s match following a week of hard training in Stellenbosch. The players know that the squad selected for this weekend’s match is not the final group that will be in action at the CAF African Women Championship 2010, so the players will be out to prove to the coaches that they deserve a place in the final squad.”

The stadium gates will open at 12h00 and the first 300 supporters to enter the venue will receive complimentary Sasol merchandise such as t-shirts, caps and flags.

 

Banyana Banyana squad for the international friendly against Mali:

 

GOALKEEPERS

Thoko Mndaweni

Croesus FC     (Gauteng Province)

13 caps

Wendy Bellora

Luso FC          (Gauteng Province)

4 caps

DEFENDERS

Simphiwe Dludlu (Captain)

Tuks Sport FC             (Gauteng Province)

40 caps

Emily Mogotlhe

University of Jhb          (Gauteng Province)

16 caps

Nothando Vilakazi

Swallows FC                (Gauteng Province)

10 caps

Simphiwe Masina

Detroit Ladies FC         (Mpumalanga)

2 caps

Amanda Sister

Liverpool FC                (Eastern Cape)

2 caps

Yola Jafta

University of Jhb          (Gauteng Province)

3 caps

Janine van Wyk

Luso FC                      (Gauteng Province)

53 caps

MIDFIELDERS

Sana Mollo

Bloem Celtics FC   (Free State)

11 caps

Nocawe Sikiti

Cape Town Roses FC  (Western Cape)

               2 caps

Nthabeleng Modiko

University of Jhb    (Gauteng Province)

9 caps

Mary Ntsweng

Mphalelele Ladies  (Limpopo)

23 caps

Gabisile Hlumbane

Kovsies FC  (Free State)

1 caps

Elson Matjila

Detroit Ladies FC   (Mpumalanga)

2 caps

STRIKERS

Noko Matlou

Brazilian Ladies    (Limpopo)

39 caps

Mamphasha Popela

Flamingo FC        (Limpopo)

6 caps

Leandra Smeda

Ambassadors FC (Western Cape)

6 caps

Andiswe Mcgoyi

Cape Town Roses  (Western Cape)

3 caps

Mamello Makhabane

Palace Super Falcon (Gauteng Province)

19 caps

 
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