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.[2]

They qualified for Olympic football for the first time in 2012,[3] 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
Nickname(s)Banyana Banyana
AssociationSouth African Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachDesiree Ellis
CaptainJanine Van Wyk
Most capsJanine Van Wyk (165)
Top scorerPortia Modise (101)
FIFA codeRSA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 49 Steady (12 July 2019)[1]
Highest48 (August 2016)
Lowest74 (June 2005)
First international
 South Africa 14–0 Swaziland 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 30 May 1993)
Biggest win
 South Africa 14–0 Swaziland 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 30 May 1993)
 South Africa 14–0 Botswana 
(Harare, Zimbabwe; 19 April 2002)
Biggest defeat
 China PR 13–0 South Africa 
(Dalian, China; 7 September 2003)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage (2019)
Africa Women Cup of Nations
Appearances12 (first in 1995)
Best resultRunners-up (1995, 2000, 2008, 2012, 2018)
Summer Olympics
Appearances2 (first in 2012)
Best result10th (2012)

Tournament record

World Cup

World Cup Finals
Year Result Pld W D* L GS GA GD
China 1991 Did not enter
Sweden 1995 Did not qualify
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011
Canada 2015
France 2019 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 8 –7
Total 1/8 3 0 0 3 1 8 –7
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympic Games

Olympic Games Finals
Year Result Pld W D* L GS GA GD
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6
Brazil 2016 Group stage 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3
Total 2/6 6 0 2 4 1 10 −9
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Performance in Africa Women's Championship

CAF Women's Championship
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA GD
1991 Banned
1995 Runners up 6 3 1 2 19 20 −1
Nigeria 1998 Group stage 2 0 0 2 2 7 −5
South Africa 2000 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 9 3 +6
Nigeria 2002 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 6 11 −5
South Africa 2004 Group stage 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5
Nigeria 2006 Third place 5 2 1 2 8 5 +3
Equatorial Guinea 2008 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 7 4 +3
South Africa 2010 Third place 5 3 1 1 10 6 +4
Equatorial Guinea 2012 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 6 6 0
Namibia 2014 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 7 6 +1
Cameroon 2016 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 5 3 +2
Ghana 2018 Runners-up 5 3 2 0 11 2 +9
Total Runners-up: 5 times 56 25 8 23 92 80 +12
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Results and fixtures

2019

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Head coach: Desiree Ellis

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 GK Mapaseka Mpuru 9 April 1998 (age 21) South Africa University of Pretoria
16 GK Andile Dlamini 2 September 1992 (age 26) South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
20 GK Kaylin Swart 30 September 1994 (age 24) South Africa Golden Stars

2 DF Lebogang Ramalepe 3 December 1991 (age 27) South Africa Ma-Indies
3 DF Nothando Vilakazi 28 October 1988 (age 30) Lithuania Gintra Universitetas
4 DF Noko Matlou 30 September 1985 (age 33) South Africa Ma-Indies
5 DF Janine van Wyk (captain) 17 April 1987 (age 32) South Africa JVW
7 DF Karabo Dhlamini 18 September 2001 (age 17) South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
13 DF Bambanani Mbane 12 March 1990 (age 29) South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic F.C.
14 DF Tiisetso Makhubela 24 April 1997 (age 22) South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
18 DF Bongeka Gamede 22 May 1999 (age 20) South Africa UWC Ladies

6 MF Mamello Makhabane 24 February 1988 (age 31) South Africa JVW
10 MF Linda Motlhalo 1 July 1998 (age 21) China Beijing Phoenix
15 MF Refiloe Jane 4 August 1992 (age 26) no club affiliation
17 MF Leandra Smeda 22 July 1989 (age 29) Sweden Vittsjö GIK
19 MF Kholosa Biyana 16 April 1994 (age 25) South Africa University of KwaZulu-Natal
21 MF Busisiwe Ndimeni 25 June 1991 (age 28) South Africa TUT-PTA
23 MF Sibulele Holweni 28 April 2001 (age 18) South Africa Sophakama Ladies

8 FW Ode Fulutudilu 6 February 1990 (age 29) Spain Málaga
9 FW Amanda Mthandi 23 May 1996 (age 23) South Africa University of Johannesburg
11 FW Thembi Kgatlana 2 May 1996 (age 23) China Beijing Phoenix
12 FW Jermaine Seoposenwe 12 October 1993 (age 25) Lithuania Gintra Universitetas
22 FW Rhoda Mulaudzi 2 December 1989 (age 29) no club affiliation

Recent call-ups

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jessica Williams South Africa Spurs Ladies v.  Jamaica, 7 April 2019
GK Victoria Muroa 4 July 1990 (age 29) South Africa First Touch Academy 2019 Cyprus Women's Cup
GK Roxanne Barker 6 May 1991 (age 28) South Africa UWC Ladies v.  Netherlands on 19 January 2019 WTD
GK Yolula Tsawe 23 June 1992 (age 27) South Africa JVW 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

DF Yonela Keto South Africa Thunderbirds v.  Jamaica, 7 April 2019
DF Koketso Tlailane 7 December 1992 (age 26) South Africa TUT-PTA 2019 Cyprus Women's Cup
DF Regina Mogolola 11 April 1993 (age 26) South Africa University of Pretoria 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Thato Letsoso 24 August 1996 (age 22) South Africa University of Johannesburg 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

MF Ongeziwe Dlangisa South Africa Durban University of Technology v.  United States, 12 May 2019
MF Nompumelelo Nyandeni 19 August 1987 (age 31) - - South Africa JVW v.  United States, 12 May 2019
MF Nomvula Kgoale 20 November 1995 (age 23) - - Unattached v.  United States, 12 May 2019
MF Rachel Sebati 3 February 1993 (age 26) South Africa TUT Ladies v.  Jamaica, 7 April 2019
MF Molatelo Sebata 24 August 1988 (age 30) South Africa First Touch Academy 2019 Cyprus Women's Cup
MF Hildah Magaia 16 December 1994 (age 24) South Africa TUT Ladies v.  Sweden on 22 January 2019
MF Kgalebane Mohlakoana 10 December 1993 (age 25) South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations
MF Jabulile Mazibuko 26 January 1993 (age 26) South Africa TUT Ladies 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Khanya Xesi 11 March 1999 (age 20) South Africa University of the Western Cape 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

FW Kelso Peskin 23 July 1995 (age 23) United States AHFC Royals v.  Sweden on 22 January 2019
FW Melinda Kgadiete 21 July 1992 (age 26) South Africa Bloemfontein Celtic F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations
FW Sduduzo Dlamini South Africa Sunflower 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Siyamthanda Skeyi South Africa Thunderbirds 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

See also

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Senior National Women's Team". South African Football Association. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Banyana secure historic passage to London". FIFA. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.

External links

Andile Dlamini

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Desiree Ellis

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Gloria Thato

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Koketso Tlailane

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Mamello Makhabane

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Noko Matlou

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Nothando Vilakazi

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Shiwe Nogwanya

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Thokozile Mndaweni

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Vera Pauw

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FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
France 2019 Group stage 8 June  Spain L 1–3 Stade Océane, Le Havre
13 June  China PR L 0–1 Parc des Princes, Paris
17 June  Germany L 0–4 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
19 January 2019 FriendlySouth Africa 1–2 NetherlandsCape Town, South Africa
19:00
Report
Stadium: Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia)
22 January 2019 FriendlySouth Africa 0–0 SwedenCape Town, South Africa
Report Stadium: Cape Town Stadium
Attendance: 5 057
27 February 2019 2019 Cyprus Women's CupSouth Africa 2–2 FinlandLarnaca, Cyprus
13:00
Report
Stadium: GSZ Stadium
1 March 2019 2019 Cyprus Women's CupSouth Africa 1–4 North KoreaLarnaca, Cyprus
18:00
Report
  • Kim Goal 7'23'
  • Ri Goal 13'35'
Stadium: AEK Arena
4 March 2019 2019 Cyprus Women's CupCzech Republic 2–1 South AfricaLarnaca, Cyprus
13:00
  • Dubcová Goal 81'89'
Report
Stadium: Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium
6 March 2019 2019 Cyprus Women's CupFinland 3–0 South AfricaParalimni, Cyprus
11:00
  • Naumanen Goal 31'
  • Salmi Goal 51'
  • Ahtinen Goal 88'
Report Stadium: Tasos Markos Stadium
7 April 2019 FriendlySouth Africa 1–1 JamaicaDurban, South Africa
19:30
Report
Stadium: Moses Mabhida Stadium
12 May 2019 FriendlyUnited States 3–0 South AfricaSanta Clara, California
16:30 ET
Report Stadium: Levi's Stadium
Attendance: 22,788
Referee: Odette Hamilton (Jamaica)
2 June 2019 FriendlyNorway 7–2 South AfricaAmiens, France
18:00
Report
Stadium: Stadium Moulonguet
8 June 2019 2019 FIFA Women's World CupSpain 3–1 South AfricaLe Havre, France
18:00
Report
Stadium: Stade Océane
Attendance: 12,044
Referee: María Carvajal (Chile)
13 June 2019 2019 FIFA Women's World CupSouth Africa 0–1 China PRParis, France
21:00 Report
Stadium: Parc des Princes
Attendance: 20,011
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
17 June 2019 2019 FIFA Women's World CupSouth Africa 0–4 GermanyMontpellier, France
18:00 Report
Stadium: Stade de la Mosson
Attendance: 15,502
Referee: Sandra Braz (Portugal)
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