Nothando Vilakazi

Nothando "Vivo" Vilakazi (born 28 October 1988) is a South African association footballer who plays as a defender. At a club level, she plays for Palace Super Falcons. She represented the South Africa women's national football team, including playing at both the at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Nothando Vilakazi
Nothando Vilakazi Rio2016
Vilakazi at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Date of birth 28 October 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Middelburg, South Africa
Height 160 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Palace Super Falcons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Moroka Swallows
Palace Super Falcons
National team
2007– South Africa 131 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2016

Early life

Nothando Vilakazi was born in Middelburg, South Africa, on 28 October 1988.[1]


Vilakazi plays for Palace Super Falcons, having previously played for Moroka Swallows. In footballing circles, she is nicknamed "Vivo".[2]


She made her international debut for the South Africa women's national football team against Ghana in 2007.[2] Vilakazi has been a regular feature of the team as they were managed by Vera Pauw.[3] Vilakazi was part of the team which were runners up in the 2012 African Women's Championship.[2]

As part of the South African team, she has played at both the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[4][5] She played in all six of South Africa's games at the 2016 tournament.[2] Vilakazi has continued to feature in the squads for the nation following the transition to the management of Desiree Ellis after the Olympics.[6]


Vilakazi was targeted by internet trolls following the match against Brazil in the 2016 Summer Olympics. When she lined in a defensive wall against a direct free kick, she cupped her hands over groin; this was suggested as being "suspicious" as it was a move more typically conducted by male players. Claims made against Vilakazi were subsequently picked up by tabloid media.[4][7]


  1. ^ "Nothando Vilakazi". Sports Reference. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Nothando "Vivo" Vilakazi". Sasol in Sport. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  3. ^ Ngid, Njabuto (28 July 2016). "She dreamt it, she's living it". IOL. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b Blott, Unity (12 August 2016). "'That ain't no woman!': South African female footballer is targeted by cruel trolls on social media after appearing to cup her crotch in the Olympics". Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  5. ^ Isaacson, David (5 August 2016). "Banyana Banyana keep hope alive after Games opener loss". Herald Live. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Desire Ellis opens up after first training session as Banyana Banyana head coach". KickOff. 18 October 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  7. ^ Nathan, Fred (11 August 2016). "IS THAT NECESSARY? Rio Olympics 2016: Why is this FEMALE South African footballer protecting her private parts at the Olympics?". The Sun. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
2012 African Women's Championship squads

This article describes the squads for the 2012 African Women's Championship.

2014 African Women's Championship squads

This article describes about the squads for the 2014 African Women's Championship.

2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations

The 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations was the 12th edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations, the biennial international football championship organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the women's national teams of Africa. The tournament was held in Cameroon between 19 November and 3 December 2016. The initial dates were 8–22 October 2016, but were changed due to weather considerations. A total of eight teams played in the tournament.On 6 August 2015, the CAF Executive Committee decided to change the name of the tournament from the African Women's Championship to the Africa Women Cup of Nations, similar to the men's version, Africa Cup of Nations.

2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations squads

The squad listings were announced on 16 November 2016.

2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations squads

The squad listings were announced on 16 November 2018.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship contested by 24 women's national teams representing member associations of FIFA. It took place between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with 52 matches staged in nine cities in France, which was awarded the right to host the event in March 2015, the first time the country hosted the tournament. The tournament was the first Women's World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

The United States entered the competition as defending champions after winning the 2015 edition in Canada and successfully defended their title with a 2–0 victory over the Netherlands in the final. In doing so, they secured their record fourth title and became the second nation, after Germany, to have successfully retained the title.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group B

Group B of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 8 to 17 June 2019. The group consisted of China PR, Germany, South Africa and Spain. The top two teams, Germany and Spain, along with the third-placed team, China PR (as one of the four best third-placed teams), advanced to the round of 16.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup squads

This is a list of squads of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, an international women's association football tournament being held in France from 7 June until 7 July 2019. Each of the 24 national teams involved in the tournament had to provide to FIFA a preliminary squad of between 23 and 50 players by 26 April 2019, which FIFA did not publish. From the preliminary squad, each team named a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by 24 May 2019. FIFA published the 23-player final lists, with the squad numbers, on their website on 27 May 2019. Players in the final squad could be replaced by a player from the preliminary squad due to serious injury or illness up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match.The age listed for each player is on 7 June 2019, the first day of the tournament. The numbers of caps and goals listed for each player do not include any matches played after the start of the tournament. The club listed is the club for which the player last played a competitive match prior to the tournament. A flag is included for coaches that are of a different nationality than their own national team.

Football at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's team squads

The following is a list of squads for each nation competing in women's football at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Each nation must submit a squad of 18 players. A minimum of two goalkeepers (plus one optional dispensation goalkeeper) must be included in the squad.

Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's team squads

The following is a list of squads for each nation competing in women's football at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Each nation must submit a squad of 18 players. A minimum of two goalkeepers (plus one optional dispensation goalkeeper) must be included in the squad.Age, caps and goals as of the start of the tournament, 3 August 2016.

Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament – Group E

Group E of the women's football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was played from 3 to 9 August 2016, and included hosts Brazil, China, South Africa and Sweden. The top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, while the third-placed team also advanced if they were among the two best third-placed teams among all three groups.All times are BRT (UTC−3). For matches in Manaus, which is in AMT (UTC−4), local times are listed in parentheses.

Gintra Universitetas

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List of women's footballers with 100 or more caps

This list summarizes women's association football players with 100 or more international appearances.

As of 7 July 2019, a total of 324 females have played 100 or more international matches for their respective nations. The all-time leader in senior caps, Kristine Lilly of the United States, had 352 caps and retired from international football on 6 January 2011. Lilly is also fourth highest goal scorer in international football with 130 goals. The current active most capped women international football player is Christine Sinclair of Canada with 286 caps. Sinclair is also the leading active goal scorer in women international football with 182 goals. Twenty women — ten of them American, two from Canada, China and Sweden, and one each from Denmark, Germany, Japan and Scotland — have 200 or more caps.

South Africa at the 2012 Summer Olympics

South Africa competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's eighteenth participation overall and sixth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics in the post-apartheid era. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) sent a total of 125 athletes to the Games, 67 men and 58 women, to compete in 17 sports. Field hockey and women's football were the only team-based sports in which South Africa were representation at these Olympic games. There was only a single competitor in archery, BMX cycling, judo, shooting and weightlifting.

Notable South African athletes included track stars Oscar Pistorius and Caster Semenya. Pistorius, a four-time Paralympic champion, set South Africa's historical record as the first double-leg amputee to compete at the Olympics. Semenya, a middle-distance runner and a world champion who had been subjected to gender testing in 2009, became the nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremony. The South African team also featured past Olympic medalists, including swimmer Roland Mark Schoeman, who won a full set of medals in Athens, and long jumper Godfrey Khotso Mokoena, who took silver in Beijing.

After suffering a major setback in Beijing, South Africa recaptured its previous successes in London with a total of six Olympic medals (four gold, one silver, and one bronze). Among the nation's medalists were swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos, who each won gold in their events, with Le Clos also winning a silver. Van der Burgh broke both an Olympic record and a world record in men's breaststroke swimming. Meanwhile, le Clos surpassed the defending champion Michael Phelps to claim the title in one of the men's butterfly events. For the first time in its history, South Africa won Olympic medals in rowing and in sprint canoeing.

South Africa at the 2016 Summer Olympics

South Africa competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's seventh consecutive appearance at the Games in the post-apartheid era, and nineteenth overall in Summer Olympic history. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) sent the nation's largest ever delegation to the Olympics, with a total of 138 athletes, 93 men and 45 women, competing across 15 sports.

South Africa left Rio de Janeiro with a total of 10 medals (2 gold, 6 silver, and 2 bronze), marking the nation's most successful Olympics since its readmission in 1992. Moreover, it attained the potential medal target set by SASCOC for the Games. Four of these medals were awarded to the track and field athletes, including two golds won respectively by runners Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk, who broke the 16-year-old world record in the men's 400 metres. South Africa also proved particularly successful in team sports, as the rugby sevens squad, popularly known by locals as Blitzboks, scored a historic bronze over Japan in the men's tournament.Among the medalists were Luvo Manyonga, who overcame drug addiction to achieve a runner-up finish in the men's long jump, cancer survivor Lawrence Brittain, who picked up a silver alongside his veteran partner Shaun Keeling in the men's rowing pair, and Henri Schoeman, who surprised the field by securing South Africa's first ever triathlon medal with a bronze in the men's race. Swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos contributed three of the country's silver medals in the pool, with le Clos emerging as South Africa's most decorated Olympian of all-time at four medals (one gold and three silver) over two Games. Meanwhile, Sunette Viljoen rebounded from a disappointing 2012 result to ascend the Olympic podium at her fourth Games, earning a silver in the women's javelin throw.

South Africa women's national football team

The South Africa national women's football team, nicknamed Banyana Banyana (The Girls), is the national team of South Africa and is controlled by the South African Football Association.

Their first official match was held on 30 May 1993 against Swaziland.They qualified for Olympic football for the first time in 2012, and for a FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, in Group B with Germany, Spain and China. However, they didn't win any match, and their only goal was against Spain when they went to a 1–0 lead only to lose 3–1.

South Africa Squads


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