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Banyana Banyana Football Fever Set To Take The North West By Storm

2010-08-24
 

The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will take their preparations for the CAF African Women’s Championships to the next level, when they take on Cameroon in a friendly international at the Moruleng Stadium in the village of Lesetlheng, in the North West Province. The match will be played on Sunday, 05 September 2010. Kick off is 15h00.

With the showpiece of African women’s football set to take place in Gauteng at the end of October this year, Banyana Banyana coach Augustine Makalakalane will be using the outing against Cameroon to try out various combinations that will stand the national team in good stead. The hosts are currently ranked third in Africa and 57 th on the world rankings, compared to the Cameroonians who occupy ninth spot in Africa and 77 th in the world.

Banyana Banyana will train at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Centre from 30 August 2010 to 04 September 2010. This will be at the same training facility used by the England national team during the recent 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Among the 20-members in the national squad named by Banyana Banyana national coach Augustine Makalakalane on Tuesday, 24 August 2010 in Johannesburg, are two uncapped players in Kovsies midfielder Gabisile Hlumbane and striker Betty Maseko from Hallelujah Zebra Force which is in the North West stream of the Sasol League.

Banyana Banyana will be led by experienced defender Simphiwe ‘Shorty’ Dludlu, with goalkeeper Simphiwe Mnguni (Local United FC in KwaZulu Natal), midfielder Sana Mollo (Bloemfontein Celtic) and Cape Town-based striker Leandra Smeda (Ambassadors) also part of the squad.

Banyana Banyana’s last match was a six nil (6-0) victory over Tanzania, in a friendly international played in Tembisa last month.

“The outing against Cameroon will give a good indication of the shape and form of our players as we work towards the ultimate aim of finishing among the top two sides at the CAF African Women’s Championships in Gauteng in October,” said Makalakalane, adding that the finalists at the continental women’s event will represent Africa at the FIFA women’s World Cup in Germany next year.

SAFA Acting President Mandla Mazibuko has congratulated the players on their selection to the Banyana Banyana squad for the fixture against Cameroon.

“A South Africa vs Cameroon clash usually brings out the best in both sides, irrespective of gender or age group, and I have no doubt that this much-anticipated fixture will have all the makings of a classic football showdown that will be remembered long after the match. It will also give our girls a chance to prepare well for the African Women’s Championship to be held in October in our country,” said Mazibuko.

Executive Mayor of the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality Councillor RL Motsepe, welcomed the opportunity for the international fixture to be played in his area.

“The Bojanala Platinum District Municipality is delighted to bring international calibre sports action for our sports-loving fans to enjoy. I trust both Banyana Banyana and Cameroon will enjoy the warm hospitality of our people and take home with them fond memories of our area and its diversified cultures,” said Councillor Motsepe.

Women’s Football chairperson, Nomsa Mahlangu said it was great to see such a match taking place on Women’s Month.

“Following on from the much-proclaimed women’s month of August, SAFA is pleased to once again offer our football-loving people the chance to witness the Banyana Banyana in action and make the nation proud. We are confident that Cameroon will prove to be worthy opponents,” said Mahlangu.

The Moruleng stadium gates will open at 12h00 on match day with the first 500 spectators to enter the venue each set to receive fabulous Sasol football merchandise. Entrance to the match is free of charge.

Player

Club

 Goalkeepers

Thoko Mdaweni

Croesus ( Gauteng)

Simphiwe Mnguni

Local United (KZN)

Defenders

Simphiwe Dludlu

TUKS FC ( Gauteng)

Amanda Sister

Liverpool ( Eastern Cape)

Hlengiwe Ngwane

Super Palace Falcon ( Gauteng)

Yola Jafta

University of Johannesburg ( Gauteng)

Emily Mogotlhe

University of Johannesburg ( Gauteng)

Simphiwe Masina

Detroit FC ( Mpumalanga)

Nothando Vilakazi

Swallows ( Gauteng)

Midfielders

Elson Matjila

Detroit ( Mpumalanga)

Mary Ntsweng

Mphahlele Ladies ( Limpopo)

Mpho Rammala

Ma-Indies ( Limpopo)

Nthabeleng Modiko

University of Johannesburg ( Gauteng)

Sana Mollo

Bloem Celtics ( Free State)

Nocawe Skiti

Cape Town Roses ( Western Cape)

Gabisile Hlumbane

Kovsies ( Free State)

Strikers

Leandra Smeda

Ambassadors ( Western Cape)

Andisiwe Mgcoyi

Cape Town Roses ( Western Cape)

Betty Maseko

H. Zebra Force ( North West)

Chantelle Esau

Luso Africa ( Gauteng)

 

 

 
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