16 May 2012

South Africa/Tanzania: Mkhonza Names an 18-Member Squad to Face Tanzania

Photo: Confederation of African Football.
South Africa national women soccer team Banyana Banyana Striker celebrating.

The South African Senior Women's National Team (Banyana Banyana) will travel to Tanzania on Friday, 18 May 2012 to face their East African counterparts in an international friendly match to be played in Dar Es Salaam.

The match will take place on Sunday, 20 May 2012.

Kickoff is at 16h00.

The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will use the clash as preparation for the upcoming African Women's Championship (AWC) qualifier against Zambia, while at the same time building the momentum for the 2012 London Olympic Games scheduled for July.

The AWC qualifier will be played in Zambia on Saturday, 26 May 2012.

The Banyana Banyana squad is currently in camp at the North West University High Performance Institute in Potchefstroom.

Head Coach, Joseph Mkhonza has selected 18 players to represent South Africa in Tanzania.

"This friendly match against Tanzania is very crucial for us as we prepare for the AWC qualifiers. It is important for the team to take on strong international competition on the road to the Olympics as we will be playing away. We haven't played a match since March and the Sasol League is in recess, so these training camps and the friendly matches are helping to keep the players in good physical condition," said Mkhonza.

The Banyana Banyana technical team has taken a different approach to training the squad by dividing them into their different positions on the field.

"Dividing the players into their various on-field departments has helped us greatly in focusing on these departments individually. It enables us to tackle the different field movements as well as positions and also allows us to work on set-pieces. We've had a serious lack in the goal scoring department but within the two days we've implemented this programme we've seen plenty improvement," said Mkhonza.

Banyana Banyana midfielder, Kylie Ann Louw will join her team mates on Thursday, 17 May.

The South Africans will arrive back in the country on Monday, 21 May 2012.


Banyana Banyana squad to take on Tanzania

No. Name & Surname Club

1 Thokozile Mndaweni UJ Ladies FC

2 Roxanne Barker Pepperdine University

3 Nothando Vilakazi Palace Super Falcon

4 Amanda Sister Liverpool Ladies FC

5 Janine van Wyk Palace Super Falcon

6 Zamandosi Cele Durban Ladies FC

7 Gabisile Hlumbane Kovsies

8 Lebogang Mabatle Halleluyah Zebra Force

9 Refiloe Jane Sundowns Ladies

10 Kylie-Ann Louw Stephen F Austin (USA)

11 Mary Ntsweng TUT Ladies FC

12 Robyn Moodaly High Performance Centre

15 Leandra Smeda Cape Town Roses

13 Amanda Dlamini (c) UJ Ladies FC

14 Noko Matlou UJ Ladies FC

16 Sanah Mollo Bloemfontein Celtics

17 Andisiwe Mgcoyi Sundowns Ladies

18 Portia Modise Palace Super Falcon

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