20 February 2013

South Africa: Banyana Banyana Gear Up for Cyprus Cup

The South African Senior Women's National team (Banyana Banyana) has settled down well as the squad prepares for the annual 12-Nation Cyprus Women's Cup that takes place at the Tasos Marajou Stadium in Paralimi from Wednesday 6 - 13 March 2013 in Cyprus.

Head coach of the Sasol sponsored senior Women's National team, Joseph Mkhonza is impressed by the showing of all of his players who have reported for camp and is the first to admit selecting the final 22 players will not be an easy task.

Mkhonza will be without the services of all three international based players in Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Kylie-Ann Louw and Roxanne Barker for the coming assignment.

Nyandeni has pulled out of the Banyana squad due to club commitments as her Russian club, Rossiyanka is preparing to take part in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League. Kylie and Roxanne who play their club football in the United States will not be joining the national squad due to study commitments.

Banyana Banyana will continue with their preparations at the North West University High Performance Centre in Potchefstroom before their departure for Cyprus on Monday 25 February 2013.

While coach Mkhonza will have a tough time selecting his 22-player squad to compete in the Cyprus Cup, he will also be using this camp to look at younger players and groom the squad that will compete for the FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

Banyana Banyana will open their Group C campaign at the Cyprus Women's Cup against South Korea on Wednesday, 6 March at the Tasos Marko Stadium, Kick-off is at 14:30. The next group stage encounter to be played at the same match venue will be against the Republic of Ireland on Friday 8 March (Kick-off: 1430), while the final group stage encounter against Northern Ireland will be played on Monday 11 February in Paralimi. 14:30 Kick-off.

England, Italy, New Zealand and Scotland will play in the Group A while Group B will contested by Canada, Finland, the Netherlands and Switzerland .

"I want to use the Cyprus Women's Cup to bring in new players and prepare the country for future tournaments. The 22 players I will select will form the core of Banyana Banyana squad that will take part in the World Cup, the Olympics as well as the African Women's Championship next year.

"Those that will not form part of the trip to Cyprus must not lose hope as my bigger aim is to create a bigger pool of this Banyana squad. That will put the team in good steady in case of injuries and suspensions," said the Banyana mentor, Joseph Mkhonza.

The 25 Banyana Banyana players in camp:

No. Name Club

1 Andile Dlamini Sundowns Ladies FC

2 Lebogang Mabatle Halleluyah Zebra Force

3 Nothando Vilakazi Palace Super Falcons FC

4 Jermaine Seoposenwe UWC Ladies FC

5 Janine van Wyk Palace Super Falcons FC

6 Zamandosi Cele Durban Ladies FC

7 Nomathemba Ntsibande Springs Home Sweepers

8 Silindile Ngubane Durban Ladies

9 Amanda Dlamini UJ Ladies FC

10 Mary Ntsweng TUT Ladies FC

11 Noko Matlou UJ Ladies FC

12 Robyn Moodaly Alexandra Ladies FC

13 Gabisile Hlumbane Kovsies Ladies FC

14 Maite Makola Kanatla Ladies FC

15 Refiloe Jane Sundowns Ladies FC

16 Kaylin Swart UWC Ladies FC

17 Andisiwe Mgcoyi Sundowns Ladies FC

18 Nocawe Skiti Cape Town Roses FC

19 Memory Makhanya Durban Ladies FC

20 Zanele Chiya TUT Ladies FC

21 Mahlatsi Mogola TUT Ladies FC

22 Regina Mogolola High Performance Centre

23 Vuyo Mkhabela UWC Ladies FC

24 Gloria Thato Tuks Ladies FC

25 Shiwe Nongwanya Bloemfontein Celtics

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