Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
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14 Oct 2016
12:26 pm

Ellis calls her first Banyana squad

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Desiree Ellis has named her first Banyana Banyana squad in her new role as the team’s interim coach following the departure of Vera Pauw.

Desiree Ellis with Banyana SA players during the 2016 FIFA U/20 Womens World Cup Qualifier match between South Africa and Zambia at Makhulong Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

The team has lined up a friendly match with Egypt on October 22 as part of their preparations for the Women Africa Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon between November and December.

The former Banyana skipper says she is excited about her new role on the team and is looking forward to it.

“I am excited about this project. I am looking forward to this coming week and thereafter,” said Ellis on her appointment.

“It is a good and well-balanced squad, and I am confident we’ll pick up from where we left off during the Olympics,” Ellis told Safa.net

There are a couple of new names in the senior team, which has seen Under-20 skipper Amogelang Motau making the squad, while Ellis kept most of the team that did duty at the Rio Olympic Games.

Banyana squad:

Goalkeepers

Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Yolula Tsawe (JVW FC), Mapaseka Mpuru (HPC)

Defenders

Letago Madiba (TUT), Nothando Vilakazi (Palace Super Falcons FC), Janine Van Wyk (JVW FC), Noko Matlou (Maindis FC), Astria Boks (Santos FC), Bambanani Mbane (Bloemfontein Celtic), Lebogang Mabatle (TUKS)

Midfielders

Mamello Makhabane (JVW FC), Amogelang Motau (UWC), Silindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies FC), Refiloe Jane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Nompumelelo Nyandeni (JVW FC), Bongiwe Thusi  (Mamelodi Sundowns), Linda Motlhalo (JVW FC), Lebogang Rakhuduwe (TUT), Thembi Kgatlana (UWC)

Forwards

Rhoda Mulaudzi (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Shiwe Nogwanya (Bloemfontein Celtic), Andisiwe Mcgoyi (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), Bontle Mashilo (TUT)