Pauw trims down Banyana Banyana squad

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Head coach of the South African Senior Women’s National Team, Vera Pauw, has trimmed down her squad of 29.

Pauw needs only eighteen plus four (18 – official players + 4 alternate players) to make a final squad of 22 that will represent South Africa at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games which start in August.

Goalkeepers Mpho Tefo (Kanatla Ladies) and Yolula Tsawe (JvW FC), defenders Letago Madiba (TUT Ladies) and Jabulile Mazibuko (Tuks) as well as striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies) have been left out of the squad.

Pauw says this was the toughest decision she had to make.

“The worst job of any coach in the world is to have to trim down the squad to the required official number. Unfortunately it is something that has to be done. If truth be told I hate my job when it comes to having to leave players out of the squad. And, sadly, I am well aware that I am destroying dreams so it is not something we take very lightly – we put very serious thoughts into the process that has been going on for weeks now,” said Pauw.

“But I would like to say to the players that are out of the squad, not all is totally lost because if there is a need for them to be recalled we will certainly do so. Should there be an injury they will be the first to be contacted so they cannot afford to lose hope or take it easy, they need to continue training so that if that call comes, they are ready. So the bottom line is the door is not closed on them.”

With the five players out of the squad from the initial 29, the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will now have 26 players at the start of the next training camp – with the addition of USA-based striker Jermaine Seoposenwe and goalkeeper Kaylin Swart.

But only 25 players will travel to The Netherlands.

Midfielder Silindile Ngubane will not be part of the squad as she has a family commitment, but she is expected back in camp when Banyana Banyana returns from Europe.

Pauw has until 14 July 2016 to hand in the final squad of 22 players to FIFA.

PROVISIONAL BANYANA BANYANA SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS

1. Roxanne Barker

Unattached

Cape Town

2. Andile Dlamini

Mamelodi Sundowns FC

Johannesburg

3. Mapaseka Mpuru

HPC

Pretoria

 

 

 

 

DEFENDERS

1. Lebohang Ramalepe

Maindis FC

Polokwane

2. Nothando Vilakazi

Palace Super Falcons FC

Johannesburg

3. Janine Van Wyk

JVW FC

Johannesburg

4. Noko Matlou

Maindis FC

Polokwane

5. Lerato Kgasago

Mamelodi Sundowns FC

Johannesburg

6. Nomathemba Ntsibande

Springs Home Sweepers

Johannesburg

7. Bambanani Mbane

Bloemfontein Celtic

Bloemfontein

8. Lebogang Mabatle

TUKS

Pretoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIDFIELDERS

1. Mamello Makhabane

JVW FC

Johannesburg

2. Amanda Dlamini

University of Johannesburg 

Johannesburg

3. Silindile Ngubane

Durban Ladies FC

Pietermaritzburg

4. Refiloe Jane

VUT Ladies

Vaal

5. Leandra Smeda

UWC Ladies

Cape Town

6. Nompumelelo Nyandeni

JVW FC

Johannesburg

7. Bongiwe Thusi

Mamelodi Sundowns

Johannesburg

8. Linda Motlhalo

HPC

Pretoria

9. Stephanie Malherbe

 

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORWARDS/ STRIKERS

1. Sanah Mollo

Mamelodi Sundowns FC

Johannesburg

2. Shiwe Nogwanya

Bloemfontein Celtic

Bloemfontein

3. Thembi Kgatlana

UWC Ladies

Cape Town

4. Chantelle Essau

Palace Super Falcons FC

Johannesburg

 

 

 

 

 

US-based player

1. Jermaine Seoposenwe

Samford University

USA

2. Kaylin Swart

Des Moines Menace University

USA

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