Houston Dash defender out of South Africa COSAFA squad

Rebecca Magoma

Banyana Banyana captain Janine Van Wyk, who plies her trade in the US National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) with Houston Dash, will miss out the 2017 edition of COSAFA Women’s Championship scheduled for September 13-24 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

The 30-year old defender misses out following Desiree Ellis’ announcement of a 20-member squad that will be seeking a fourth title in Africa’s Southern Region Championship.

Wyk, who has 148 caps for the SASOL-sponsored side, is instrumental to her team’s push for an NWSL play-off spot with Houston Dash affected by Hurricane Harvey as they relocate home games from the BBVA Compass stadium in Houston, to North Texas.


Banyana Banyana kicked off preparations on Tuesday in Johannesburg, and are expected to jet out for Zimbabwe on September 11.

Speaking to SAFA official, Banyana interim coach Ellis, underlined the importance of winning and ensuring the team stays competitive.

“This is a very important tournament, one which we have won on three occasions.

”We lost the 2011 final to Zimbabwe and we would very much like to win it again. We haven’t played a competitive match since January this year, and this showpiece will help bring us back to our shape,” she concluded.

Ellis has also listed four players on stand by.

South Africa have been pooled in Group C alongside Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana.

Meanwhile, SASOL, the world’s first oil-from-coal energy and chemical group based in Sasolburg, announced its sponsorship extension with the women’s national team. It also caters to the 144-team league setup nationwide.




  1. Andile DLAMINI                    Mamelodi Sundowns
  2. Yolula TSAWE                         JVW FC
  3. Roxanne BARKER                  Cape Town Roses


  1. Nothando VILAKAZI              Palace Super Falcons
  2. Koketso TLAILANE                  TUT-PTA
  3. Noko MATLOU                          Ma-Indies FC
  4. Bambanani NOLUFEFE          Bloemfontein Celtic
  5. Lebo RAMALEPE                    Ma-Indies FC
  6. Regina MOGOLOLA                University of Pretoria
  7. Zanele NHLAPO                      Mamelodi Sundowns


  1. Nompumelelo NYANDENI      JVW FC
  2. Leandra SMEDA                        UWC LADIES
  3. Refiloe JANE                         TUT-PTA
  4. Rachel SEBATI                        TUT-PTA
  5. Kholosa BIYANA                      UKZN
  6. Nkoikoi MABINA                      Kanatla Ladies
  7. Thembi KGATLANA                UWC Ladies


  1. Rhoda MULAUDZI                    Mamelodi Sundowns
  2. Chantelle ESAU                        Mamelodi Sundowns
  3. Nwabisa KOLISI                        City Lads


  1. Thato LETSOSO                         University of Johannesburg
  2. Lucinda CROY                          Santos FC
  3. Letago MADIBA                         TUT-PTA
  4. Bontle MASHILO                        TUT-PTA

Watch here SASOL’s journey with women’s football in South Africa.

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