With just four weeks left before the South African Women’s National team, Banyana Banyana take on Cameroon in their opening group match of the African Women’s Championship (AWC) in Windhoek, preparations for the AWC have now entered home stretch. Having massacred neighbours Botswana 10-0 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng at the weekend, Vera Pauw’s charges now take on Ivory Coast in another international friendly match on 24 September at the Moruleng stadium in Rustenburg. The match kicks-off at 15:00.
Banyana Banyana players were given two days rest after the match and assembled again on Tuesday to begin preparations for the Cote d’Ivoire encounter. As she continues to streamline her final squad, coach Pauw has dropped midfielders Chantelle Esau and Tina Selepe. She however, encouraged the two to keep working hard as there were huge prospects for them in the future.
“These are great players with wonderful skills, however I have to cut the squad down to 21 players, but these players will be considered as backup should we encounter injuries in the final weeks of preparation for the Championships,” said Pauw.