31 August 2018– Midfielder Khanya Xesi, of the University of the Western Cape FC, has been called up to the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana squad that will take part in the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship.

The tournament will be played in Port Elizabeth from 12 – 22 September.

Xesi, who was part one of four players that was on the standby list, takes the place of the injured Hilda Magaia of TUT-PTA, while her space filled by Siyamthanda Skeyi of Thunderbirds in the Eastern Cape.

There are 12 teams in the competition and South Africa has been drawn in Group A alongside Botswana, Madagascar and Malawi.

Zambia, Cameroon, Lesotho and Mozambique are in Group B, while Group C has 2017 runners up Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia and Uganda.

Banyana Banyana are the defending champions.

The 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship will be the SIXTH EDITION of the tournament.

South Africa has won this tournament on four occassions – 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2017.

The squad assembles for camp on Monday, 3 September and departs for Port Elizabeth on the same day to start preparations for the tournament.

Updated Banyana Banyana squad for COSAFA

Goalkeepers:

1. KAYLIN SWART Menlo College (USA) Johannesburg
2. ROXANNE BARKER UWC Ladies Cape Town
3. ANDILE DLAMINI Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Johannesburg

 

Defenders:

4. LEBOHANG RAMALEPE Ma-Indies FC Polokwane
5. NOTHANDO VILAKAZI Palace Super Falcons FC Johannesburg
6. JANINE VAN WYK (c) Houston Dash (USA) USA
7. BAMBANANI MBANE Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies Bloemfontein
8. REGINA MOGOLOLA TUKS Pretoria

 

Midfielders:

9. KGAELEBANE MOHLAKOANA Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies Bloemfontein
10. KHOLOSA BIYANA University of KZN KZN
11. REFILOE JANE TUT-PTA Pretoria
12. THATO LETSOSO University of Johannesburg Johannesburg
13. NOMPUMELELO NYANDENI JVW FC Johannesburg
14. KHANYA XESI                                           UWC FC Cape Town
15. LINDA MOTLHALO Houston Dash (USA) USA
16. THEMBI KGATLANA Houston Dash (USA) USA

 

Forwards:

17. JERMAINE SEOPOSENWE JVW FC Johannesburg
18. MELINDA KGADIETE Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies Bloemfontein
19. CHANTELLE ESAU Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Johannesburg
20. NOKO MATLOU Ma-Indies Limpopo

 

STAND-BY PLAYERS: 

  1. Zanele Nhlapo                                Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies
  2. Tiisetso Makhubela                         Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies
  3. Salome Kekana                              TUT-PTA
  4. Siyamthanda Skeyi                        Thunderbirds Ladies

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