Ellis selects strong Banyana squad to face Netherlands

Coach Desiree Ellis, a former Banyana Banyana player, selected a team that is a mixture of rising stars and experienced players.

 Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis takes her squad through a training session. Picture: @Banyana_Banyana/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has selected her strongest squad to face the Netherlands in a friendly match in Zwolle on 3 July 2021.

The match is part of the South African Senior Women’s National Team campaign as they prepare for the CAF AWCON qualifiers that will kick off later this year.

The national team will report for camp on 21 June 2021 before leaving for Europe on 29 June 2021.

Coach Ellis, a former Banyana Banyana player, selected a team that is a mixture of rising stars and experienced players.

Captain Janine Van Wyk and Ode Fulutudilu who recently won the league title in Scotland with Glasgow Rangers, return to the squad, along with Portuguese championship winner Jermaine Seoposenwe. They will be joined by the duo from SD Eibar Thembi Kgatlana and Noko Matlou who were part of the team that won friendly matches against Botswana and Zambia recently.

“We are very excited to be playing international football again as we haven’t been able to travel for more than a year due to COVID-19,” said Ellis.

“I am looking forward to seeing the progress made by our players who have been out in the United States and across Europe for the past year. We have called up senior players and these are the players who should guide the Banyana Banyana to the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023,” added Ellis.

The former Banyana Banyana captain said that the Netherlands will be a tough side to face but she's looking forward to picking the crème de la crème at the upcoming camp to battle it out with the Dutch side.

“We will be facing a very tough Dutch side third ranking in the world, who are currently preparing for the Tokyo Olympic Games while we continue preparations for our Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers which are scheduled for later this year.

‘’I believe this camp will be very exciting because I am spoilt for choice with quality players from overseas-based clubs, the local Hollywoodbets Super League and the Sasol League. I will be working with the crème de la crème of South African Women’s Football, and I am extremely looking forward to this camp,’’ concluded Ellis.

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