Banyana Banyana attend training camp in Stellenbosch

By FOCUS REPORTER

Banyana Banyana caretaker coach Joseph Mkhonza has called up thirty three (33) players to be put through an intensified training and testing programme at the national training camp to be held in Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape which started yesterday through to February 25.

The training camp, made possible through the support of Sport and Recreation South Africa and national team sponsor Sasol, is an important phase of the national squad’s preparations ahead of their next Olympic qualifying fixture, at home to Tunisia on Saturday,  April 2.

With a 100 percent winning streak in the three matches that he has been in charge of Banyana Banyana since December last year, Mkhonza has even more reason to smile after receiving the news that key players in midfielder Gabisile Hlumbane and Yola Jafta are off the injury list and ready to challenge for inclusion in the national team for the fixture against the Tunisians.

Hlumbane, who plays for Kovsies FC in the Free State Sasol League, added a new dimension to the Banyana Banyana midfield when introduced to international football in the second half of last year, while the University of Johannesburg FC’s Jafta is equally at home in the centre of defence or in a holding midfield role.

Another player who is set to push for a return to the centre of defence is Port Elizabeth-based Amanda Sister. One of the ‘finds of 2010’, Sister formed a consistent rearguard partnership with Janine van Wyk during the Banyana Banyana’s bronze medal-winning performance at the CAF African Women Championship 2010 held in Ekurhuleni near Johannesburg last November.

Right wing midfielder Nocawe Skiti, aptly nicknamed ‘Speedy’, also makes a return to the squad after a lengthily injury lay-off but of late has been in fine form for her club Cape Town Roses who are serious title contenders in the Western Cape Sasol League.

“The 33-person squad includes several players that have been indentified during the Player Trials at the Sasol League Road Shows which are held in each of the nine provinces during the season and this provides a wider range of quality to analyse for international competitions in what is a busy 2011 campaign,” said Mkhonza.

 Apart from the encounter against the Tunisians on April 2, Banyana Banyana will also take on the Tunisians in the return fixture on the weekend of April 23-24, before being involved in All-Africa Games qualifying matches on a home and away basis against Botswana on April 30 and May 14

 Banyana Banyana squad for training camp in Stellenbosch:

 NAME

CLUB

Thoko Mndaweni

Croesus Ladies (Gauteng)

Yolula Tsawe

Coastal Ladies (Eastern Cape)

Mandy d’Araujo

Tuks Sport (Gauteng)

Mantombi Njungqi

University of Western Cape (Western Cape)

SImphiwe Dludlu

Tuks Sport (Gauteng)

Nothando Vilakazi

Moroka Swallows (Gauteng)

Janine van Wyk

Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)

Simphiwe Masina

Detroit ladies (Mpumalanga)

Robyn Moodaly

HPC (Tshwane)

Mantombi Radebe

Croesus Ladies (Gauteng)

Mary Ntsweng

Mphahlele Ladies (Limpopo)

Nomawethu Nyusani

Coastal Ladies FC (Eastern Cape)

Sbongiseni Khamlana

Cape Town Roses (Western Cape)

Elson Matjila

Detroit Ladies FC (Mpumalanga)

Keneilwe Mathibela

Tuks FC (Gauteng)

Zama Cele

Real City (KwaZulu Natal)

Mamello Makhabane

Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)

Martha Mokoma

Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)

Amanda Dlamini

University of Johannesburg (Gauteng)

Noko Matlou

Brazilians FC (Limpopo)

Leandra Smeda

Ambassadors FC (Western Cape)

Mamphashe Popela

Flamingos C (Mpumalanga)

Ntsisana Mputle

Royal Queens (North West)

Gabisile Hlumbane

Kovsies FC (Free State)

Lerato Maleka

Letseti FC (Free State)

Amanda Sister

Liverpool FC (Eastern Cape)

Andisiwe Mgcoyi

Cape Town Roses (Western Cape)

Nocawe Skiti

Cape Town Roses (Western Cape)

Memory Makhanya

Durban Ladies (KwaZulu Natal)

Sanelisiwe Mavundla

Durban Ladies (KwaZulu Natal)

Rachel Sebati

Stepping Stones (Gauteng)

Yola Jafta

University of Johannesburg (Gauteng)

Lerato Kgasago

Iceland

 

 

 

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