Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis names strong squad for Cyprus Cup

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Ellis has left out three players from the squad which took on the Netherlands and Sweden in Cape Town last month. The players are goalkeeper Jessica Williams, midfielder Hildah Magaia and striker Kelso Peskin.

The Cyprus Cup will be played from February 26 to March 6. Banyana’s opening game in Group A will be against Finland on February 27. The other countries in Group A are Czech Republic and Korea DPR.

“The battle for places in the final squad for the World Cup is becoming tighter and tighter as we get closer to the tournament. And I have said before that starting with the Cyprus Cup, we will be travelling with only 23 players, which is the number that we will take to France as per regulations,” Ellis told the Safa website.

“But make no mistake, this is by no means the World Cup squad, even though it is very close to what we will select – the tournament kicks off in June and anything can happen. So this is a wake-up call to whoever is not in the squad because the door is never closed to anyone until the announcement of the final squad, but also bear in mind that you don’t want to make too many changes so close to the competition unless there is still some exceptional talent out there that we haven’t selected.”

GOALKEEPERS
  
   
1. ANDILEDLAMINIMamelodi Sundowns Ladies (SA)JOHANNESBURG
2. KAYLIN SWARTAwaiting International TransferPORT ELIZABETH
3. VICTORIA MUROAFirst Touch Academy (SA)POLOKWANE
   
 DEFENDERS:
   
4. LEBOGANG RAMAMALEPEMa-Indies FCPOLOKWANE
5. NOTHANDO VILAKAZIPalace Super FalconsJOHANNESBURG
6. JANINE VAN WYK (C)Awaiting International transferJOHANNESBURG
7. NOKO MATLOUMa-Indies FCPOLOKWANE
8. BAMBANANI MBANEBloemfontein Celtic LadiesBLOEMFONTEIN
9. TIISETSO MAKHUBELAMamelodi Sundowns LadiesJOHANNESBURG
10. KOKETSO TLAILANETUT-PTAPRETORIA
11. KARABO DHLAMINIMamelodi Sundowns LadiesJOHANNESBURG
   
MIDFIELDERS:
   
12. MAMELLO MAKHABANEJVW FCJOHANNESBURG
13. LEANDRA SMEDAVittsjo GIKSWEDEN
14. NOMPUMELELO NYANDENIJVW FCJOHANNESBURG
15. LINDA MOTLHALOHouston DashUSA
16. BUSISIWE NDIMENITUT-PTAPRETORIA
17. REFILOE JANE (VC)Canberra UnitedAUSTRALIA
18. MOLATELO SEBATAFirst Touch AcademyPOLOKWANE
19. KHOLOSA BIYANAUniversity of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN)DURBAN
   
FORWARDS
   
20. JERMAINE SEOPOSENWEJVW FCJOHANNESBURG
21. THEMBI KGATLANAHouston DashUSA
22. AMANDA MTHANDIUniversity of Johannesburg (UJ)JOHANNESBURG
23. RHODA MULAUDZICanberra UnitedAUSTRALIA