Vera Pauw announces squad to face world champions USA

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Pauw has kept the bulk of the team that has done duty for her side since the Olympic qualifiers.

The Banyana Banyana mentor needs only 18 squad member with four additional players for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games – and this means from the 25 that is travelling to the USA, three will not be going to Brazil.

She will make her final decision when the squad returns from the USA, but the identity of the players will only be known on Thursday, 14 July when Sascoc makes the announcement at a press conference to reveal Team South Africa.

For the clash against the USA, Pauw has recalled midfielder Robyn Moodaly who has been out injured and the Banyana Banyana coach says this was done after careful consideration.

“Robyn had a knee operation and she has been undergoing rehabilitation in the US,” she said. “During the process she developed bacterial infection on the same knee, which held back her healing process but we are grateful for the rehabilitation she received abroad. Up to this point she had looked doubtful that she will be fit on time, but this past week at training we saw a different perspective.

"It is now up to her to see if she will be ready to play any part in the Olympics."

Three players have been placed on standby from the 28 that was in camp - Bongiwe Thusi, Mapaseka Mpuru and Rhoda Mulaudzi.

They will be called up only if there is an injury or a serious reason why a player already on the list to the Olympics can’t go.

The game against the US Women’s National Team will be a great test for Banyana Banyana to gauge their level against the top-ranked team in the world. As three-time Olympic gold medal winners, the US team holds the top spot on the Fifa Women’s World ranking table, making them one of the most successful women’s soccer nations in history.

“To prepare for the Olympics, we have to play the best in the world and who better than the reigning world and Olympic champions,” Pauw said.

“Thanks to Sasol and Safa once again that we have been able to play against top nations. This upcoming match will give us a better indication of our readiness to take on the best at the Rio Olympics in Brazil this August.”

The South Africans wrap up their preparations on Tuesday morning (5 July) before departing for Chicago, Illinois where the match will take place on Saturday, 9 July at Soldier Field.

Kick-off is at 19h00 South African time.

GOALKEEPERS:
 
1. Roxanne Barker (SC Heerenveen)
2. Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies)
 3. Kaylin Swart (Menlo College)
 
DEFENDERS:
 4. Lebohang Ramalepe (Maindis FC)
 5. Nothando Vilakazi (Palace Super Falcons)
 6. Janine van Wyk (C) (JvW FC)
 7. Noko Matlou (Maindis FC)
 8. Lerato Kgasago (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies)
 9. Nomathemba Ntsibande (Springs Home Sweepers)
10. Bambanani Mbane (Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies)
11. Lebogang Mabatle (Tuks)
 
MIDFIELDERS:
 
12. Mamello Makhabane (JvW FC)
13. Amanda Dlamini (JvW FC)
14. Silindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies FC)
15. Refiloe Jane (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies)
16. Leandra Smeda (UWC Ladies)
17. Nompumelelo Nyandeni (JvW FC)
18. Linda Motlhalo (JvW FC)
19. Stephanie Malherbe (Texas A & M University)
20. Robyn Moodaly (University of Northwestern Ohio)
 
FORWARDS:
21. Sanah Mollo (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies)
22. Shiwe Nogwanya (Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies)
23. Thembi Kgatlana (UWC Ladies)
24. Chantelle Essau (Palace Super Falcons FC)
25. Jermaine Seoposenwe (Samford University)
 
STAND-BY
 
1. Mapaseka Mpuru (HPC)
2. Rhoda Mulaudzi (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies)
3. Bongiwe Thusi (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies)