Banyana Banyana squad to face Australia named

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Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced the 23-strong squad to face Australia in a friendly match in London on 8 October 2022.

The match forms part of the preparation for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Banyana Banyana lost both their friendlies against Brazil in the previous international window and Ellis has called on the team to find their identity against Australia.

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“We need to trust ourselves more on the ball because we are a ball playing team, and we are a team that plays from the back. We need to consistently play against higher level teams to make sure that when we get to the World Cup if an opponent is lesser ranked than what we have played then we are able to cope and match them,” said Ellis during the squad announcement at SABC Sport studios on Thursday.

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“It doesn’t make sense just to sit and play because you are not going to go forward. On the ball, we have to make better decisions because there were times when we didn’t make better decisions. And in the final third, there were times when I felt that we could have played forward early, we did not and we just played safe.”

Australia are co-hosts of next year’s Women’s World Cup, and will battle it out with Banyana on 8 October in London.

Refiloe Jane of South Africa during the 2022 International Womens Friendly match between South Africa and Brazil at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on the 05 September 2022 Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Banyana Banyana squad

Goalkeepers: Andile Dlamini, Regirl Ngobeni, Dineo Magagula

Defenders: Thato Letsoso, Fikile Magama, Tiiesetso Makhubela, Lonathemba Mhlongo, Cynthia Makete, Bambanani Mbane, Bongeka Gamede

Midfielders: Cimone Sauls, Refiloe Jane, Sibulele Holweni, Linda Motlhalo, Thalea Smidt, Robyn Moodaly, Amogelang Motau

Strikers: Nthabiseng Majiya, Thubelihle Shamase, Gabriela Salgado, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Melinda Kgadiete, Hilda Magaia.

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