“We have fallen behind in terms of fitness if you compare to when we played against Equatorial Guinea in October last year. Our main priority is to keep the fitness levels up. I am glad we are back early in the year so we can get those levels to the highest intensity and to grow even further so we can be fitter and stronger and be able to compete,” said Pauw.
On the 25th January, the players underwent tests conducted by the University of Pretoria.
Pauw added “We are conducting these tests, which will be regular so we can ensure that we keep track and monitor the recovery rate of the players so that we know how much work load we need to put. When you don’t recover well, it affects your performance. So it is crucial that we get it right”
Banyana shot-stopper Roxanne Barker, has left her Iceland club mainly to concentrate on Olympics preparation. Coach Pauw praises the commitment and sacrifices from Barker and her teammates have shown.
“It’s nice to see such commitment and players willing to sacrifice so much to be part of the final squad. We have others who have taken leave at work and school and it gives one pleasure to see so much enthusiasm from the players. Many know that this is a once-in-a-life time opportunity.”
Experienced midfielder Amanda Dlamini with 92 caps, has missed the two camps in the new year due to family commitments.
“We would have loved her to be here with us but in this case, family comes first. We have given her a training programme that she is following so she can be active and is not left behind too much. But obviously, we would love her to be with us so that she is on par with the other players. She can only do that once she is ready, and we understand her situation,”concluded Pauw.
Banyana Banyana will break from camp on Friday, 29 January and return on Monday, 1 February.
NB: Only 18 players will be registered to play for the tournament. An additional 4 (four) will be accredited but will only feature in the competition if there is an injury to any of the 18. The four will travel, stay and train with the team during the tournament.
|2||Andile Dlamini||Mamelodi Sundowns FC||Johannesburg|
|4||Mpho Teffo||Kanatla Ladies||Polokwane|
|5||Lebohang Ramalepe||Palace Super Falcons FC||Johannesburg|
|7||Janine Van Wyk||JVW FC||Johannesburg|
|8||Noko Matlou||Maindis FC||Polokwane|
|9||Lerato Kgasago||Mamelodi Sundowns FC||Johannesburg|
|10||Nomathemba Ntsibande||Springs Home Sweepers||Johannesburg|
|12||Bambanani Mbane||Bloemfontein Celtic||Bloemfontein|
|13||Letago Madiba||TUT Ladies||Pretoria|
|15||Mamello Makhabane||JVW FC||Johannesburg|
|16||Amanda Dlamini||University of Johannesburg||Johannesburg|
|17||Silindile Ngubane||Durban Ladies FC||Pietermaritzburg|
|18||Refiloe Jane||VUT Ladies||Vaal|
|19||Leandra Smeda||UWC Ladies||Cape Town|
|20||Nompumelelo Nyandeni||JVW FC||Johannesburg|
|21||Bongiwe Thusi||Mamelodi Sundowns||Johannesburg|
|23||Stephanie Malherbe||Texas A & M University||USA|
|Forwards / Strikers|
|24||Sanah Mollo||Mamelodi Sundowns FC||Johannesburg|
|25||Shiwe Nogwanya||Bloemfontein Celtic||Bloemfontein|
|26||Thembi Kgatlana||UWC Ladies||Cape Town|
|27||Busisiwe Ndimeni||Mamelodi Sundowns FC||Johannesburg|
|28||Chantelle Essau||Palace Super Falcons FC||Johannesburg|
|29||Andisiwe Mgcoyi||Mamelodi Sundowns FC||Johannesburg|
|US based players not in camp|
|1||Kelso Peskin||Tyler Junior College||USA|
|2||Robyn Moodaly||University of Northwestern Ohio||USA|
|3||Jermaine Seoposenwe||Samford University||USA|