Previewing South Africa WNT

by Saby

South Africa
Banyana Banyana  

FIFA Ranking: 61
Coach : Joseph Mkhonza
Number of Olympics Appearances: 1st appearance
Group: F (Canada, Japan, Sweden)
First match: Against Sweden on July 25th

South Africa Team roster:
Goalkeeper
Roxanne Barker        Pepperdine University (USA)
Thokozile Mndaweni      University of Johannesburg

Defenders
Refiloe Jane           Sundowns Ladies FC
Nothando Vilakazi          Palace Super Falcons
Amanda Sister               Liverpool Ladies FC
Janine van Wyk           Palace Super Falcons
Zamandosi Cele             Durban Ladies FC

Midfielders
Leandra Smeda         Cape Town Roses FC
Kylie-Ann Louw             Stephen F Austin (USA)
Amanda Dlamini                  University of Johannesburg
Mary Ntsweng                     TUT Ladies FC
Noko Matlou                           University of Johannesburg
Portia Modise                               Palace Super Falcons
Gabisile Hlumbane Kovsies        Ladies FC

Forward
Sanah Mollo Bloemfontein                 Celtics
Robyn Moodaly                    High Performance Centre
Nompumelelo Nyandeni                    FC Rossiyanka (Russia)
Andisiwe Mgcoyi                                Sundowns Ladies FC

Alternates
Lebogang Mabatle Halleluyah                     Zebra Force
Jermaine Seoposenwe                                Santos Ladies FC
Andile Dlamini                                Sundowns Ladies FC
Nocawe Skiti                                      Cape Town Roses FC

Preparation
South Africa WNT played the Cyprus Cup and the team ended up in 10th place. During the tournament, they defeated North Ireland (53) and tied against Nigeria (27) and New Zealand (23). South Africa were one of two finalists in the 2012 CAF Women’s Pre-Olympics Tournament, thus qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.
The team spent several weeks camp in Brazil to prepare for the Olympics and ended their preparation in Germany with 2 friendlies.

Prediction
South African players are known to be physical players. There is no professional soccer league in South Africa so players come from various places such as the United States. The team will have to face three of the best women national soccer team in the world. South Africa WNT probably has the most difficult run into the Olympics, facing top ten teams in their group. Nevertheless, Coach Joseph Mkhonza says his team has no fear facing those teams and they will proudly wear the jersey for their 1st Olympics appearance.

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