JOHANNESBURG, October 13 – Banyana Banyana will take on Burkina Faso in an international friendly match on Sunday, October 22, at the Dobsonville Stadium (start 3pm).
This will be Banyana’s first match since lifting the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship played in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on September 24.
Said Banyana interim coach Desiree Ellis: “We are more than happy that we have a match so we can keep the momentum going.
“We would like to thank SAFA and Sasol for the making sure that the players are active, not just at their clubs but also at international level.
“It is vitally important that, where possible, we utilise FIFA dates because the more games we play the better we become and when the qualifiers come, we are ready,” she added.
“We have never faced Burkina Faso before and it will be an opportunity to play them so we can learn what they are about. We have played several West African countries before so we have an idea of what style they could play, but any game to help us improve is always welcome.”
Ellis has selected a squad of 25 for the Burkina Faso clash.
She has kept the bulk of the team that won the COSAFA Cup, leaving out only two players – Nkoikoi Mabina and Nwabisa Kolisi.
The squad welcomes the return of captain Janine van Wyk who has been plying her trade in the USA, and striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi who was playing her club football in Germany.
Also back in the team are Thato Letsoso (UJ University), Chuene Morifi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Letago Madiba and Bontle Mashilo (both TUT-PTA) as well as Lucinda Croy from Santos in Cape Town.
Banyana assemble for camp on Monday in Johannesburg.
The Banyana squad:
Goalkeepers: Andile Dlamini, Yolula Tsawe, Roxanne Barker
Defenders: Nothando Vilakazi, That Letsoso, Noko Matlou, Janine van Wyk, Bambanani Mbane, Lebohang Ramalefe, Regina Mogolola, Zanele Nhlapo
Midfielders: Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Leandra Smeda, Refiloe Jane, Rachel Sebati, Kholosa Biyana, Chuene Morifi, Thembi Kgatlana, Koketso Tlailane
Forwards: Rhoda Mulaudzi, Chantelle Esau, Andisiwe Mgcoyi, Letago Madiba, Bontle Mashilo, Lucinda Croy.