Banyana Banyana prepare for the Olympics

Vera Pauw

The Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto, is were the Sasol sponsored Banyana Banyana team are hard at work, in preparation for their second consecutive participation at the Olympic games in Rio 2016.
The former Dutch international and South African Women’s Senior National team head coach Vera Pauw, wants her team to give a good account of themselves at the games, hence regular training camps to keep the players fitness level up.

 

“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.

Banyana Banyana Squad – January 2016 Camp
Goalkeepers
1 Roxanne Barker UNATTACHED UNATTACHED
2 Andile Dlamini Mamelodi Sundowns FC Johannesburg
3 Mapaseka Mpuru HPC Pretoria
4 Mpho Teffo Kanatla Ladies Polokwane
Defenders
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
11 Jabulile Mazibuko TUKS Pretoria
12 Bambanani Mbane Bloemfontein Celtic Bloemfontein
13 Letago Madiba TUT Ladies Pretoria
14 Lebogang Mabatle TUKS Pretoria
Midfielders
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
22 Linda Motlhalo HPC Pretoria
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

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