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Banyana coach Desiree Ellis to blend youth with experience at Cosafa Women’s Championship

Banyana coach Desiree Ellis to blend youth with experience at Cosafa Women’s Championship

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced a provisional 27-woman squad for the COSAFA Cup selection camp as the Senior Women’s Football team prepares to return to action since the Coronavirus outbreak.

The 2020 COSAFA Cup tournament was scheduled to take place in August but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak that affected all events in the football calendar.

The new date came after the South African Government announced Level 1 regulations in which all sporting activities are permitted on condition that all safety measures are adhered to, to prevent the spread of the virus.

Coach Ellis did not hold back her excitement as she spoke about what it means to finally resume preparations for this event.

“In the past, the COSAFA Cup has really helped us to prepare for games and for tournaments and the selection camp is just that; to select a squad for the COSAFA Cup.

“We last got together in March, so we will get an opportunity to look at players and give others an opportunity as well. The camp will also allow us to analyse which players raise their hands for the final selection,’’ said Ellis said.

The Banyana Banyana coach said for her team to be the number one on the African continent, regional tournaments were the starting point.

As a result, Ellis has brought in a number of players comprising experience and a number of young and promising stars.

The team is scheduled to assemble in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 20 October and the camp will run until 26 October. The final squad will then depart for Port Elizabeth on 27 October to begin preparations for the COSAFA Cup tournament which Banyana Banyana have won the past three editions.

FULL SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kaylin Swart (Unattached), Jessica Williams (Spurs WFC), Kaydee Windvogel (University of Western Cape)

Defenders: Bongeka Gamede (University of Western Cape), Tiisetsto Makhubela (TUT-Pretoria), Karabo Makhurubetshi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Xiluva Tshabalala (Ma Indies FC), Koketso Tlailane (TUT-Pretoria), Ongeziwe Ndlangisa (Sunflower FC)

Midfielders: Mamello Makhabane (JVW FC), Karabo Dhlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns), Nomvula Kgoale (TUT-Pretoria), Robyn Moodaly (JVW FC), Nonhlanhla Mthandi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Neliswa Luthuli (Sunflower FC), Sibuele Holweni (University of Western Cape), Oratile Mokwena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Gabriela Salgado (JVW FC), Kgaelebane Mohlakoane (Bloemfontein Celtic)

Forwards/Strikers: Hilda Magala (TUT-Pretoria), Nthite Pride (TUT-Pretoria), Nomsa Mathonsi (University of Free State), Mosili Mokhoali (Golden Ladies), Chantelle Esau (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ntombifikile Ndlovu (Sunflower FC)

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