Banyana coach Desiree Ellis on Thursday announced the team. Photo: @Safa_net on Twitter
JOHANNESBURG – In order to avoid the same fate of the 2014 and 2016 groups, they suffered from the African Women's Cup (Awcon), Banyan Banyan coach Desiree Ellis is convinced that the flexibility of the different groups in her co-operative will be the driving force, the first three.
In the last two continental shows, Banyan finished fourth, destroying her World Cup qualifying requirements.
"We have scenarios where we can play in different formations, and that's the beauty of this group," Ellis said after announcing her team yesterday. "We can change into four different formations and practically also change the game.
It's versatility and different understanding of the positioning roles that will be key when it comes to getting where we want to be. "
At the 12th annual Awcon in Ghana, from November 17 to December 1, Banyana will be in Group B along with champions Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya. Banyana, the fourth in the continental ranking, will open their account against Champion champions on November 18 at Cape Coast Stadium.
Banyana Banyana 21-Female Afcon Squad is:
Goalie: Roxanne Barker, Kaylin Swart, Andile Dlamini
Defenders: Janine van Wyk (c), Noko Matlou, Lebohang Ramalepe, Nothando Vilakazi, Koketso Tlailane, Tiisetso Makhubela and Bambanani Mbane
Central players: Refiloe Jane, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Mamello Makhabane, Busisiwe Ndimeni, Linda Motlhalo, Kgaelebane Mohlakoane and Leandra Smeda.
Strih: Jermaine Seoposenwe, Melinda Kgadiete, Thembi Kgatlana and Amanda Mthanda
Four players on standby: Thato Letsoso, Kholosa Biyana, Hilda Magaia, Rachel Sebati