In preparation for their upcoming friendly matches against the formidable USA women’s national team, South Africa’s Banyana Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis, has unveiled an impressive squad.
These two international friendly encounters will take place in Cincinnati and Chicago later this month.
Notably, the team will face this challenge without key players Refiloe Jane and Bambanani Mbane, who are currently sidelined due to injuries.
In their absence, Lonathemba Mhlongo and Sinoxolo Cesane have been called up as replacements.
Ellis Emphasizes Motivation and Confidence
Coach Desiree Ellis expressed her confidence in the team’s motivation and readiness to face the highly experienced American squad on their home turf.
She highlighted the grounded nature of her Banyana Banyana players, emphasizing their ability to rise to the occasion whenever required.
Ellis believes that their mentality alone is sufficient motivation when playing against a team of the USA’s caliber.
For her, these friendly matches offer another invaluable opportunity for her team to test their mettle.
Showcasing South Africa’s Talent on the Global Stage
Coach Ellis sees these upcoming friendlies as a platform for her players to once again demonstrate their capabilities on the international stage.
Having recently reached the last 16 of the World Cup, Banyana Banyana earned significant recognition for their performance in Australia and New Zealand.
Now, they have the chance to further showcase their talents and potential against one of the world’s strongest teams.
Contrasting World Cup Journeys
Both South Africa and the USA come into these matches fresh from their participation in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
During the tournament, which took place from July 20th to August 20th, 2023, the USA made their ninth appearance, underlining their status as a global powerhouse in women’s football.
In contrast, the South African team was making their second appearance, marking their continuous growth and development on the international scene.
Mark Your Calendar
Banyana Banyana is set to face the USA in these exciting friendlies on September 22nd and 24th.
It promises to be a challenging and thrilling test for the South African squad, offering them an opportunity to measure their progress and build upon their recent successes on the world stage.