Banyana Banyana head coach Vera Pauw has announced a squad of 22 players for the upcoming 2015 All Africa Games which will take place in Brazzaville, Congo from 3 – 18 September.

Banyana Banyana head coach Vera Pauw has announced a squad of 22 players for the upcoming 2015 All Africa Games which will take place in Brazzaville, Congo from 3 – 18 September.

Pauw has kept the bulk of the squad that has done duty for South Africa in the last few matches.

Two players will not travel to Congo as Banyana Banyana is only allowed 20 players for the tournament.

Pauw was not able to get some of the players she wanted – all the overseas-based players have been left out because the tournament comes outside the FIFA Calendar.

Jermaine Seoposenwe, Robyn Moodaly, Kelso Peskin, Kaylin Swart were not released by their clubs as well as Thembi Kgatlana. Goalkeeper Roxanne Barker from Iceland is also a doubtful starter.

She will not be available for the first two matches.

“Unfortunately it is the way it is. As long as these matches or tournaments do not fall under the FIFA Calendar dates we will always have these challenges. But I have confidence in the players that we have in the team. I believe we will do well,” said Pauw.

The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana have been draw in Group B alongside Cameroon, Ghana and Egypt while hosts Congo are in Group A with Nigeria, Tanzania and Ivory Coast.

The South Africans open their encounter against Cameroon on Monday, 7 September at the Stade de l’unite 3.

Kickoff is at 17h00 local time in Brazzaville (18h00 SA Time).

The second match will played three days later (Thursday, 10 September) against Ghana at the same venue with the same kickoff time.

The last group stages encounter will also be held at the same venue on Sunday, 13 September against Egypt. Kickoff is also at 18h00 South African time.

The semi-finals are scheduled for Tuesday, 15 September while the final is penciled in for Sunday, 18 September.

“The challenge is that the matches come in thick and fast, more so should we proceed to the semi-finals, with not much time to rest – so we will be forced to make as many changes as possible to always have fresh legs,” added Pauw.

“But the exciting thing is that this tournament could not have come at a better time as it is ideal preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic qualifier against Equatorial Guinea in October. We could not have asked for better preparations. I have always been saying that with the calibre of opposition at the All Africa Games – Cameroon, Ghana and Egypt – we will no doubt be better prepared for the Olympic qualifiers. On that score I am very happy.”

Banyana Banyana are currently in camp and will join SASCOC as part of Team South Africa squad on Saturday, 29 August.

They are expected to leave for Brazzaville, Congo on Wednesday, 2 September.

“As an Association, we would like to wish the team all the best in the upcoming All Africa Games. Banyana Banyana has done well over the years in the tournament getting to the final on two occasions – 2003 and 2007- while finishing fourth in the last edition in 2011. We are confident with the recent positive results, the team will do well and come back victorious from Brazzaville. We urge all the South Africans to be behind the team,” said SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble.

His sentiments were echoed by the team sponsors, Sasol.

“We are delighted to continue our association with SAFA. As a proudly South African company we remain committed to the development of women through sport and are particularly proud of Banyana Banyana’s participation in the All Africa Games. We want to congratulate all the players who have been selected to represent the country and we wish them all the best. As Sasol, we are behind the team and believe it will make South Africa proud,” said Maurice Radebe, Sasol Group Executive Committee member.

NB: Equatorial Guinea beat Nigeria 2-1 in the second leg in Malabo – the first leg in Abuja ended 1-all. Banyana Banyana will host the first leg of the final round on the weekend of 2, 3, 4 October 2015 with the return leg scheduled for the weekend of 16, 17, 18 October in Equatorial Guinea. The winner will qualify for the Olympic Games, which will take, place from 5 – 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

All Africa Games Fixtures

 

Date Group Home Team Away Team
Sun, 6th September 2015 A Congo Nigeria
    Tanzania Cote d’Ivoire
       

Mon, 7th September 2015

(Stade de l’unite 3)

B

18h00

Cameroon South Africa
    Ghana Egypt
       
Wed, 9th September 2015 A Nigeria Tanzania
    Cote d’Ivoire Congo
       

Thurs, 10th September 2015

(Stade de l’unite 3)

B

18h00

South Africa Ghana
    Egypt Cameroon
       
Sat, 12th September 2015 A Congo Tanzania
    Nigeria Cote d’Ivoire
       
Sun, 13th September 2015 B Cameroon Ghana
(Stade de l’unite 3) 18h00 South Africa Egypt
       

Top 2 teams per group at the end of the Group Stage of the tournament qualify for the knock out stages.

Banyana Banyana Squad for 2015 All Africa Games

Goalkeepers

1. Roxanne Barker THOR/KA Iceland
2. Andile Dlamini Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Johannesburg
3. Yolula Tsawe Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Joahnnesburg

Defenders

4. Nothando  Vilakazi Palace Super Falcons Johannesburg
5. Janine Van Wyk JVW FC Johannesburg
6. Noko Matlou Maindis FC Polokwane
7. Lerato Kgasago Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Johannesburg
8. Lebogang Ramalepe Maindis FC Polokwane
9. Nomathemba Ntsibande Springs Home Sweepers Johannesburg
10. Zamandosi Cele Durban Ladies FC Durban

Midfielders

11. Amanda Dlamini University of Johannesburg  Johannesburg
12. Leandra Smeda UWC Ladies Cape Town
13. Alocia Thoboka Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Johannesburg
14. Refiloe Jane VUT Ladies Johannesburg
15. Nompumelelo Nyandeni JVW FC Johannesburg
16. Silindile Ngubane Durban Ladies Durban
17. Busisiwe Ndimeni Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Johannesburg
18. Bongiwe Thusi Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Johannesburg
19. Mamello Makhabane JVW FC Johannesburg

Strikers

20. Shiwe Nongwanya Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies Bloemfontein
21. Sanah Mollo Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Johannesburg
22. Rhoda Mulaudzi Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Johannesburg

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