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Banyana prepares for the Olympics

HEAD coach of the Senior Women’s National team, Joseph Mkhonza, has called up thirty eight (38) players for camp in an aim to conduct  fitness tests and work on general training techniques. This is part of the plans to prepare the team for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Since the formation of Banyana Banyana in 1993, this is the first time they qualified for the Olympic Games. This is a great achievement for women’s football in general, and a proud moment for the South African Football Association (SAFA).

During this camp, the players will go for scientific testing and training at the High Performance Centre based at the University of Potchefstroom from October 19-23. The team will be separated into two squads which will enable them to play a practice match on October 22 in Sasolburg.

Mkhonza says that early preparations augur well for international competition.

“Since this will be the first time Banyana Banyana participates in the Olympic Games, I want to ensure that the team’s fitness levels are up to where they should be when we get to London because it will be a competitive tournament for the girls next year. I want to ensure that we play to our best potential in London without worrying about the players fitness levels. I have seen some of the nations that have been taking part in international competitions, the first thing you notice is that they are extremely fit and we need to work towards that,” said Mkhonza.

Most of  the players called up for this camp took part in the final Olympic qualifiers, while some are from the squad that was at the All Africa Games in August. Mkhonza has also called up players he identified during the Sasol National Championships who have never been given an opportunity to participate in National team activity.

“It is important to get a good mix of players and build a strong squad leading up to the tournament. I have players coming from last season’s Sasol League National Championship, as well as some players coming from the international clubs who would like to represent South Africa in the Olympics. I believe this is the best time to give them a chance,” said Mkhonza.

Team List:

 

Name

Club

1

Thokozile Mndaweni

Crousers FC

2

Andile Dlamini

Sundowns ladies FC

3

Andisiwe Mgcoyi

Sundowns

4

Lebohang Mabatle

Zebra Force

5

Nondyebo Mgudu

Durban Ladies

6

Sizakele Thwala

Newcastle Ladies

7

Cindy Meyer

TUKS

8

Nothando Vilakazi

Palace super Falcons

9

Simphiwe Masina

Detroit Ladies

10

Nomthandazo Kubheka

Richardsbay Vultures

11

Nomathemba Ntsibande

Springs homesweepers

12

Yola Jafta

University of JHB

13

Sanah Mollo

Celtics FC

14

Tina Selepe

Palace Super Falcons

15

Amanda Sister

Liverpool Ladies

16

Mamello Makhabane

Palace Super Falcons

17

Zama Cele

Durban ladies

18

Gabisile Hlumbane

Kovsies

19

Nkosingiphile Zungu

Barcelonia Ladies

20

Memory Makhanya

Durban Ladies

21

Nocawe Skiti

Cape Town Roses

22

Noko Matlou

UJ

23

Amanda Dlamini

UJ

24

Mary Ntsweng

TUT

25

Zanele Sukazi

UJ

26

Leandra Smeda

Cape town Roses

27

Sebata Molatelo

MaIndies

28

Janine Van Wyk

Super Falcons

29

Jermaine Seopesenwe

Santos

30

Lebogang Ramalepe

Brazillians FC

31

Karabo

Maestro

32

Janice Jafta

Milano

33

Ntsetshana Mputle

Royal Queens

34

Leah Sethunya

Maluti FET

35

Amanda Tati

UWC

36

Robin Suskin

Between clubs

37

Lerato Mokoena

Maluti FET

38

Tshoene Morifi

Detriot Ladies

 

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