Rio 2016: Vera to trim squad

Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw and her charges are working hard to give a good account of themselves when competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Banyana beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 through Jermaine Seoposenwe’s solitary goal in Bata who took over the South African team in 2014 has overseen a lot of squad changes and explains the worst part of her job ahead of the Olympic Games.
“I must admit, this is the part I hate about my job – having to leave out players out of the team because in a way you are cutting off the dreams of an individual of representing their country at a high level. It is an unfortunate process that has been to be done.”


“Only 18 will be registered to play with an additional four getting accredited for the tournament but will only feature in the competition if there is an injury to any of the 18. According to the rules, the four will travel, stay and train with us during the tournament. However, at the end of this month, we will register a big number of players to be on the system for the tournament, and we can only select from that number.”


The Sasol sponsored Banyana has had a number of training camps in November and December thus, the team has been subject to subsequent trimmings as the former Netherlands international explains:
“It is still a long way to go but in the past camps we had 35 players which we trimmed down to 29 yesterday (Wednesday, 20 January). As we edge closer to the time, we want to start focussing on the final team. For those left out it is not the end of the world. We have told them to continue training because they still have as much a chance like anyone to go to the Olympics should a need arise.
Speaking via the South African Football Association website, Vera stressed that players not called up still have a glimmer of hope as to being part of the final squad.
”The same goes for those who did not even get a chance to attend our training camps. If they raise their hands and we believe they are better than what we have, we will certainly consider them because it is not about individuals but about the national team.”
Banyana Banyana Squad – January 2016 camp


1. Roxanne Barker Thor/KA Iceland

2. Andile Dlamini Mamelodi Sundowns FC Johannesburg

3. Mapaseka Mpuru HPC Pretoria

4. Mpho Teffo Kanatla Ladies Polokwane


5. Lebohang Ramalepe Maindis FC Polokwane

6. Nothando Vilakazi 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


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 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


Players not in the 29

1. Meagan Newman Lee University USA

2. Zamandosi Cele Durban Ladies FC KZN

3. Caryn Van Reyneveldt Spurs WFC Cape Town

4. Alochia Thobokela Mamelodi Sundowns Johannesburg

5. Amogelang Motau HPC Pretoria

6. Rhoda Mulaudzi (injury) Mamelodi Sundowns FC Johannesburg

7. Yolula Tsawe Mamelodi Sundowns FC Johannesburg

US based players

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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