THE South African Women's Under-20 side, commonly known as Basetsana, has named their squad for the 2012 Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games to be staged in Zambia from December 7-16.
Basetsana, who went into camp on Sunday ahead of their opening fixture against hosts Zambia five days later, are coached by former Banyana Banyana star Sheryl Botes, who will be hoping to quickly brush off some rust after a lengthy period of inactivity for the team.
"It has been a while since this team has played, so I am happy we got this opportunity to play on a competitive stage and we are looking forward to this event. It is important that the players get as much international experience as possible. This outing will help us prepare well for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers which will begin in October next year.
"We want to do well in this tournament and we will be drawing some inspiration from Banyana Banyana, who went to the London Olympics, and also finished second in the CAF African Women's Championship recently. Our aim is to reach the final, but if we don't, we should not look at it as failure but an ideal work out," Botes said.
According to a statement from COSAFA, Botes has been boosted by the return of Banyana international Robyn Moodaly to the squad, along with Nomvula Kgoale.
Four nations have entered and will compete in a round-robin competition to determine their placing, before the semi-finals and finals are played.
After Zambia, Basetsana will face Namibia on December 9 and Zimbabwe on December 11.
The semi-finals feature the team that finishes first in the pool, take on the bottom side in the semi-finals, while second meets third. The final will be played on December 16.
The majority of the South African players come from the highly successful High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria, which has helped to change the fortunes of women's football in South Africa over the past five or so years.
Goalkeepers: Kaylin Swart (High Performance Centre), Katlego Moletsane (High Performance Centre), Tarryn-Lee Davids (High Performance Centre).
Vuyo Mkhabela (Western University FC), Regina Mogololo (High Performance Centre), Alice Khosa (High Performance Centre), Meagan Newman (High Performance Centre), Nomonde Nomtsheke (Bloemfrontein Celtic Ladies), Chamelle Wiltshire (High Performance Centre)Midfielders: Jabulile Mazibuko (Alexandra Ladies FC), Maphuti Manamela (University of Johannesburg), Nomvula Kgoale (High Performance Centre), Rachel Sebati (Mphahlele FC), Christelene Jantjies (Cape Town Spurs FC), Tshegofatse Makinta (Home Sweepers FC), Kelso Peskin (High Performance Centre).
Shiwe Nogwanya (Royal Ladies FC), Robyn Moodaly (High Performance Centre), Mosili Makhoali (High Performance Centre), Thembi Kgatlane (High Performance Centre)
On standby: Koketso Mamabolo (High Performance Centre), Portia Mthethwa (Newcastle Ladies FC).