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.
— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 3, 2017
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.
— Official SasolLeague (@SasolLeague) September 7, 2017
BANYANA BANYANA SQUAD FOR 2017 COSAFA:
- Andile DLAMINI Mamelodi Sundowns
- Yolula TSAWE JVW FC
- Roxanne BARKER Cape Town Roses
- Nothando VILAKAZI Palace Super Falcons
- Koketso TLAILANE TUT-PTA
- Noko MATLOU Ma-Indies FC
- Bambanani NOLUFEFE Bloemfontein Celtic
- Lebo RAMALEPE Ma-Indies FC
- Regina MOGOLOLA University of Pretoria
- Zanele NHLAPO Mamelodi Sundowns
- Nompumelelo NYANDENI JVW FC
- Leandra SMEDA UWC LADIES
- Refiloe JANE TUT-PTA
- Rachel SEBATI TUT-PTA
- Kholosa BIYANA UKZN
- Nkoikoi MABINA Kanatla Ladies
- Thembi KGATLANA UWC Ladies
- Rhoda MULAUDZI Mamelodi Sundowns
- Chantelle ESAU Mamelodi Sundowns
- Nwabisa KOLISI City Lads
- Thato LETSOSO University of Johannesburg
- Lucinda CROY Santos FC
- Letago MADIBA TUT-PTA
- Bontle MASHILO TUT-PTA
Watch here SASOL’s journey with women’s football in South Africa.
This is why we’re proud to sponsor the South African Senior National Women’s Football Team pic.twitter.com/ivruolomuc
— Sasol (@SasolSA) September 7, 2017