The South African Women’s senior national football team, Banyana Banyana is set to compete in the annual 12-nation Cyprus Women’s Cup which runs from 4-11 March 2015.
Banyana have been drawn in Group C together with Belgium, Czech Republic and Mexico and will be based in in Ayia Napa.
Group A is made up of Canada, Italy, Korea Republic and Scotland while Group B comprises Australia, England, Finland and Netherlands. The two groups will be based in Larnaca.
“This is an exciting tournament and gives us good preparations ahead of the All-Africa Games and Olympic qualifiers,” said Banyana coach Vera Pauw.
“These are the type of opponents (tough opposition) we should have played ahead of the African Women Championships which took place in Namibia last year where Banyana Banyana missed the World Cup spot by a whisker.”
Pawu and her charges will assemble for camp on Sunday, February 22 with a group of 30 players who will then be trimmed to 23 at the final squad announcement at SAFA House on Tuesday, February 24.
The Dutch-born mentor has emphasised that the team has not been together since November last year and noted that results will not be the focus, but the overall performance of the side.
Banyana leave for Cyprus on Wednesday, 25 February and return home on Friday, 13 March.
Wednesday 4 March
Mexico vs South Africa in Tasos Marko Paralimni
Friday 6 March
Belgium vs South Africa in Tasos Marko, Paralimni
Monday 9 March
South Africa vs Czech Republic in Tasos Marko, Paralimni