Van Wyk, Hlumbane back at Banyana for Olympic qualifier

By FOCUS REPORTER

Inspirational central defender Janine van Wyk and midfield star Gabisile Hlumbane are off the injury list and back in the 25-strong Banyana Banyana squad, along with 7 new call-ups, to prepare for next Saturday’s Olympic qualifier return leg fixture against Zambia in Durban.

The Olympic qualifier is expected to be played in a carnival atmosphere at the 18 000 capacity King Zwelithini stadium in Umlazi as Banyana Banyana look to advance to the next round  taking a  step closer to being one of two African teams that will participate at the 2012 London Olympics.

Van Wyk, who plays her club football for Sasol League National Champions Palace Super Falcons, and Kovsies FC’s Hlumbane, will report to the national training camp in KwaZulu Natal on Saturday,  a boost to the Banyana Banyana who will be looking to enhance on their 2-1 win over the Zambians in the first leg encounter played in Lusaka last weekend.

Additions to the national squad are goalkeeper Mandy d’Aurujo (Tuks Sport, Gauteng), striker Martha Mahlangu (Brazilians, Limpopo), central midfielder Nomawethu Nyusani (Coastal Ladies, Eastern Cape), Zama Cele (Real City, KwaZulu Natal), defender Mantombi Jinqi (University of the Western Cape) and midfielder Nomathemba Nsibande (Springs Homesweepers, Gauteng).

Nsibande’s call up follows a good showing during player trials at the Sasol League Road Show held in Randfontein last December while Nsibande has previously represented the Banyana Banyana.

Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza said that the squad will be trimmed to 18 players for the Zambian match, with the names to be announced next Thursday.

“The Banyana Banyana players showed great character to get the win while playing on heavy underfoot conditions in Lusaka last weekend,” said Mkhonza.

“Taking on the Zambians without six of our regular players was not easy but those who played in Lusaka performed admirably which now increases the depth and experience of the Banyana Banyana squad. Having Van Wyk and Hlumbane back in training is great news as they both add immense value in key positions in the team.”

 

Banyana Banyana national squad for the training camp in Durban:

Goalkeepers:

Thoko Mndaweni                                Croesus Ladies FC (Gauteng)

Yolula Tsawe                                      Coastal Ladies FC (Eastern Cape)

Mandy D’Aurujo                                  Tuks Sport FC (Gauteng)

Defenders:

Simphiwe Dludlu                                 Tuks Sport FC (Gauteng)

Nothando Vilakazi                               Moroka Swallows Ladies (Gauteng)

Simphiwe Masina                               Detroit Ladies (Mpumalanga)

Sibongoniseni Khamlala                     Cape Town Roses FC (Western Cape)

Janine van Wyk                                  Palace Super Falcons FC (Gauteng)

Martha Mahlangu                                Brazilians FC (Limpopo)

Zama Cele                                          Real City FC (KwaZulu Natal)

Mantombi Jingqi                                 University of the Western Cape (Western Cape)

Midfielders:

Elson Matjila                                        Detroit Ladies FC (Mpumalanga)

Robyn Moodaly                                  High Performance Centre (Tshwane)

Mantombi Hadebe                              Croesus Ladies FC (Gauteng)

Mamello Makhabane                          Palace Super Falcons FC (Gauteng)

Nompumelelo Nyandeni                     Rossivank FC (Russia)

Gabisile Hlumbane                             Kovsies FC (Free State)

Nomawethu Nyusani                          Coastal Ladies FC (Eastern Cape)

Nomathemba Nsibande                      Springs Homesweepers (Gauteng)

Forwards:

Amanda Dlamini                                 University of Johannesburg FC (Gauteng)

Noko Matlou                                       Brazilian Ladies FC (Limpopo)

Leandra Smeda                                  Ambassadors FC (Western Cape)

Mamphashe Popela                            Flamingo FC (Mpumalanga)

Jermaine Seopesenwe                       Santos FC (Western Cape)

Martha Mokoma                                 Palace Super Falcons FC (Gauteng)

 

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