By FOCUS REPORTER
BANYANA BANYANA who are still fresh from a 3-0 victory over Zimbabwe in a friendly international match will be looking to start their 2011 Olympic qualifying campaign off on a winning note when take on Zambia away.
The two countries clash in the Zambian capital, Lusaka on Saturday, January 15 at the Nkoloma Stadium.
This qualifying matches comes almost two months after the SA team’s poor performance during the recent CAF’s African Women Championships held in the country that saw them win a bronze.
Prolific striker Amanda Dlamini, who plays for the University of Johannesburg in the Sasol League (Gauteng) competition scored against Zimbabwe to follow on from her four goals netted at the CAF African Women Championship 2010. Other goal-scorers in the match in Harare were Noko Matlou and Mamello Makhabane
Banyana’s caretaker coach, Joseph “Skechekeche” Mkhonza said he was looking forward for nothing else but victory in this match.
“It’s important for us to get a win in our opening Olympic qualifier in Lusaka, because we will play the Zambians in the return fixture in Durban at the end of the month,” said Joseph Mkhonza who was assistant to the team’s beleaguered coach, Augustine “Mthakathi” Makalakalane.
Mkhonza will be looking for a solid display from tough tackling central defender Janine van Wyk, who proved to be the pillar of strength for the Banyana defence during the African showpiece event.
Banyana squad for the match against Zambia:
Thoko Mndaweni (Croesus Ladies), Yolula Tsawe (Coastal Ladies)
Defenders: Simphiwe Dludlu (Tuks Sport), Janine van Wyk (Palace Super Falcons, Gauteng), Simphiwe Masina ( Detroit Ladies), Nothando Vilakazi (Moroka Swallows), Sibongiseni Khamlana (Cape Town Roses)
Midfielders: Mantombi Hadebe (Croesus FC), Mary Ntsweng (Mphahlele Ladies), Elson Matjila (Detroit Ladies), Nompumelelo Nyandeni (Rossiyank ), Mamello Makhabane (Palace Super Falcons), Robyn Moodley (HPC)
Strikers: Amanda Dlamini (University of Johannesburg), Noko Matlou (Brazilians), Leandra Smeda (Ambassadors), Mamphashe Popela (Flamingos) and Jermaine Seopesenwe (Santos)