Banyana Banyana head coach Vera Pauw has been forced to depend largely on home-based players for the forthcoming All-Africa Games to be staged in Brazzaville, Congo from 4 – 18 September, however in her 22-player squad announced on Tuesday, she has kept faith with a large chunk of the squad that featured for South Africa in the last few matches.
Overseas-based players, including Jermaine Seoposenwe, Robyn Moodaly, Kelso Peskin, Kaylin Swart and Thembi Kgatlana were not released by their clubs considering the tournament is not in the FIFA Calendar.
Goalkeeper Roxanne Barker from Iceland is still doubtful, although it is certain she will not be available for the first two matches.
“Unfortunately it is the way it is. As long as these matches or tournaments do not fall under the FIFA Calendar dates we will always have these challenges. But I have confidence in the players that we have in the team. I believe we will do well,” said Pauw.
Two players will eventually be dropped from the trip to Congo as only 20 are allowed for the tournament.
Banyana Banyana are currently in camp and will join SASCOC as part of Team South Africa squad on Saturday, 29 August.
They are expected to leave for Brazzaville, Congo on Wednesday, 2 September.
The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana have been draw in Group B alongside Cameroon, Ghana and Egypt while hosts Congo are in Group A with Nigeria, Tanzania and Ivory Coast.
The South Africans open their encounter against Cameroon on Monday, 7 September at the Stade de l’unite 3. Following three days later is a date with Ghana at the same venue. Then Egypt on September 16.
The semi-finals are scheduled for Tuesday, 15 September while the final is billed for Sunday, 18 September.
“The challenge is that the matches come in thick and fast, more so should we proceed to the semi-finals, with not much time to rest – so we will be forced to make as many changes as possible to always have fresh legs,” Pauw told SAFA.com.
“But the exciting thing is that this tournament could not have come at a better time as it is ideal preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic qualifier against Equatorial Guinea in October. We could not have asked for better preparations. I have always been saying that with the calibre of opposition at the All Africa Games – Cameroon, Ghana and Egypt – we will no doubt be better prepared for the Olympic qualifiers. On that score I am very happy.”
Banyana Banyana Squad for 2015 All Africa Games
|1. Roxanne Barker||THOR/KA||Iceland|
|2. Andile Dlamini||Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies||Johannesburg|
|3. Yolula Tsawe||Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies||Joahnnesburg|
|4. Nothando Vilakazi||Palace Super Falcons||Johannesburg|
|5. Janine Van Wyk||JVW FC||Johannesburg|
|6. Noko Matlou||Maindis FC||Polokwane|
|7. Lerato Kgasago||Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies||Johannesburg|
|8. Lebogang Ramalepe||Maindis FC||Polokwane|
|9. Nomathemba Ntsibande||Springs Home Sweepers||Johannesburg|
|10. Zamandosi Cele||Durban Ladies FC||Durban|
|11. Amanda Dlamini||University of Johannesburg||Johannesburg|
|12. Leandra Smeda||UWC Ladies||Cape Town|
|13. Alocia Thoboka||Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies||Johannesburg|
|14. Refiloe Jane||VUT Ladies||Johannesburg|
|15. Nompumelelo Nyandeni||JVW FC||Johannesburg|
|16. Silindile Ngubane||Durban Ladies||Durban|
|17. Busisiwe Ndimeni||Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies||Johannesburg|
|18. Bongiwe Thusi||Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies||Johannesburg|
|19. Mamello Makhabane||JVW FC||Johannesburg|
|20. Shiwe Nongwanya||Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies||Bloemfontein|
|21. Sanah Mollo||Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies||Johannesburg|
|22. Rhoda Mulaudzi||Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies||Johannesburg|