20 February 2024 – Banyana Banyana arrived in Tanzania on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the crunch Third Round Olympic qualifier against the East African country on Friday (23 February 2024).

With all eyes set on the Paris Olympic Games later this year, there will be a lot at stake and the away leg against Tanzania will be crucial to amplify the South African senior women’s team’s confidence ahead of return leg at home. Midfielder Thalea Smidt, who makes her return to the Sasol-sponsored team after having last featured in the 2023 COSAFA Cup, said the players want to play in the Olympic Games.

“I would say the Olympics are on every player’s list and it’s important to focus on this first leg game against Tanzania,” said Smidt.

“Everyone has been working hard, the intensity has been high and we know what is expected from us.”

The overseas-based Jermaine Seoposenwe, Linda Motlhalo and Noko Matlou joined up with the team on Tuesday, while Hildah Magaia is expected to join the Banyana Banyana camp on Wednesday. 

Coach Desiree Ellis’ charges had a light gym session soon after arrival and will have the first official training session in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday morning.