Banyana prepare for Kenya clash

FILE PICTURE: Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw with players during the Banyana Banyana training session at Nike Training Centre on August 07, 2014 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

The South African Senior Women’s National Team (Banyana Banyana) is back in camp to prepare for the second leg third round 2016 Rio Olympic qualifiers against Kenya.

The South Africans take a 1-0 advantage to Kenya with a Lebohang Ramalepe goal from the first leg played at the Dobsonville Stadium two weeks ago (Saturday, 18 July).

The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana travel to Nairobi on Thursday, departing at 3.25pm. They are expected to land at 7.30pm, South African time.

South Africa and the Harambe Starlets of Kenya face off on Sunday, 2 August at the Machakos Stadium.

Kickoff is at 3.30pm local time in Machakos (2.30pm SA Time).

Banyana Banyana head coach Vera Pauw has made two changes to the squad that defeated Kenya in the first leg.

Iceland-based Roxanne Barker makes her return after being released by her club, together with Busisiwe Ndimeni of Mamelodi Sundowns who has recovered from her injury.

The South Africans assembled in Johannesburg on Monday and immediately got down to business.

“We have no time to waste, this is a very crucial match and we know that it is going to be more difficult than the first leg considering how the two teams played in Dobsonville. But we are confident we will return home victorious,” said Pauw.

“We also welcome back Roxanne who was unable to be with us in the past couple of matches as well Busisiwe who was out injured. We have a very strong team and I am positive things will go our way. We know they their strengths and weakness but for now the focus is on our play, so the next few days before the match will be very important.”

The winner between South Africa and Kenya will take on (in the third and final round) the winner between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea who played to a 1-all draw in Abuja, Nigeria in the first leg.

In the other group, Cameroon takes on Ghana with the winner locking horns with the winner between Cote d’Ivoire and Zimbabwe.

Two teams will emerge to represent Africa at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazil from 3-20 August.

Machakos Stadium is situation 63 kilometres southeast of the capital Nairobi. The venue is a 10-thousand-seater stadium with a grass surface. It was officially opened in November 2013. Previously, it was known as the Jomo Kenyatta Stadium.

Banyana Banyana squad:

Goalkeepers: Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns) Yolula Tsawe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Roxanne Barker (Thor/KA, Iceland)

Defenders: Lebogang Ramalepe (Maindis FC), Nothando Vilakazi (Palace Super Falcons FC), Janine Van Wyk (JVW FC), Noko Matlou (Maindis FC), Lerato Kgasago (Mamelodi Sundowns), Nomathemba Ntsibande (Springs Home Sweepers), Zamandosi Cele (Durban Ladies), Kelso Peskin (Tyler Junior College, USA)

Midfielders: Alochia Thobokela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Amanda Dlamini (University of Johannesburg), Silindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies), Refiloe Jane ( VUT Ladies), Leandra Smeda (UWC Ladies), Nompumelelo Nyandeni (JVW FC), Busisiwe Ndimeni (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Strikers: Bongiwe Thusi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sanah Mollo (Mamelodi Sundowns), Shiwe Nogwanya (Bloemfontein Celtic), Thembi Kgatlana (UWC Ladies), Rhoda Mulaudzi (Mamelodi Sundowns)





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