SoccerEllis names squad for AWCON in Morocco
─── MORGAN PIEK 07:13 Tue, 21 Jun 2022
The Banyana Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis, has announced her 23-play strong squad for the Africa Women's Cup of Nations (AWCON).
The 2022 Women's AFCON will be played in Morocco from 2 to 23 July.
South Africa has been fortunate that the majority of the overseas-based players have already reported for duty as the start with their finishing touches.
Ellis said that the end goal is to lift the trophy in Morocco and also by doing to so earn qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.
“I want to start off by giving a big thanks to the coaches out there for the fantastic job that they have done since the leagues have started,” said Ellis.
“We had a good week and a half and with many of the overseas based players joining us, many have stepped up. We had a good mix of youth and experience for the past week and half.”
“I congratulate each player called up for this significant national duty. We have seen how these ladies have worked hard during their campaign to qualify for this important tournament, and each selected player deserves to be part of the squad.
“We are grateful for the team to have made it to this point. I implore them to go out there and play their hearts out because Sasol, and other legions of fans, will be watching them closely and cheering them on from home. As a South African, I want them to bring that cup home and secure that place to be a part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.”
Banyana will have an exceptionally tough opening match when they go head-to-head with the Super Falcons on Nigeria on 4 July.
Banyana will also face neighbours Botswana and Burundi in Group C.
Banyana Banyana squad:
Goalkeepers - Andile Dlamini, Kaylin Swart, Regirl Ngobeni
Defenderes - Karabo Dhlamini, Lebohang Ramalepe, Janine Van Wyk, Bambanani Mbane, Bongeka Gamede, Noko Matlou
Midfielders - Refiloe Jane, Nomvula Kgoale, Linda Motlhalo, Thalea Smidt, Kholosa Biyana, Amogelang Motau, Robyn Moodaly, Sibulele Holweni
Forwards - Jermaine Seoposenwe, Melinda Kgadiete, Noxolo Cesane, Nthabiseng Majiya, Thembi Kgatlana, Hildah Magaia
Reserve players - Kebotseng Moletsane, Tiisetso Makhubela, Thubelihle Shamase.
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