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Pauw Names Banyana Squad For AWC

Banyana Banyana head coach, Vera Pauw, has named her 21 women squad that is due to travel to Namibia for the 2014 CAF African Women’s Championships (AWC).

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Pauw's charges have been drawn alongside West African giants, Cameroon and Ghana with North Africans Algeria completing the Group in what has been dubbed as the 'Group of Death'.

Banyana will square-off against Cameroon in their opening match of Group A on Sunday, October 12, at Windhoek's Independence Stadium.

The South African squad is mainly comprised of players who are all plying their trade for Sasol league teams in the different provinces, with goalkeeper Roxanne Barker being the only overseas-based player.

Vera Pauw started preparations with 31 players and had to trim the squad to 21 players as per the CAF rules.

The Dutch coach alluded that cutting her squad ahead of the tournament was the hardest part of her job as all the players had shown great commitment.

“This is the worst part of my job as head coach; having to release players in such a great group was not an easy task. This was the most difficult moment of my career,” said Pauw in an official release from the South African Football Association.

“The players which have been released from the team have asked to remain and train with the rest of the team, and that for me showed great team spirit. This shows that there is something special about these players, and I hope we will be able to display that in Namibia,” she concluded.

Banyana Banyana have been holding training camps for the past four months. Since qualifying for the AWC, they have played eight international friendly matches, winning seven and playing to a goalless draw against Zimbabwe.

They beat neighbours Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia and Cote d I’voire.

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Pauw’s Squad:

Goalkeepers

Andile Dlamini                     Mamelodi Sundowns                     Sasol League - Gauteng

Thokozile Mndaweni           Croesus FC                                   Sasol League - Gauteng

Roxanne Barker                  Por KA                                           Iceland

Defenders

Noko Matlou                         Ma-Indies FC                                  Sasol League - Limpopo

Nothando  Vilakazi               Palace Super Falcons                    Sasol League - Gauteng

Janine Van Wyk                  JVW FC                                           Sasol League - Gauteng

Nomathemba Ntsibande     Springs Home Sweepers                 Sasol League - Gauteng

Simphiwe Dludlu                TUKS Ladies FC                                Sasol League - Gauteng

Lebogang Ramalepe         Ma-Indies FC                                     Sasol League - Limpopo

Gloria Thato                       University of Pretoria                         Sasol League - Gauteng

Midfielders

Amanda Dlamini                      Unv of Johannesburg                         Sasol League – Gauteng

Sanah Mollo                            Mamelodi Sundowns FC                    Sasol League – Gauteng

Leandra Smeda                       UWC Ladies                                      Sasol League – W Cape

Refiloe Jane                            VUT Ladies                                         Sasol League – Gauteng

Mamello Makhabane               Palace Super Falcons                        Sasol League – Gauteng

Mpumi Nyandeni                     JVW FC                                              Sasol League - Gauteng

Strikers:

Shiwe Nongwanya                      Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies         Sasol League - Free State

Silindile Ngubane                        Durban Ladies FC                         Sasol League – KZN

Ode Fulutudilu                            Spurs FC                                       Sasol League – W Cape

Thembi Kgatlana                        TUT                                               Sasol League - Gauteng

Portia Modise                             Croesus FC                                   Sasol League – Gauteng

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