Desiree Ellis names Banyana’s team to play USA. Image: @Banyanabanyana

Ellis names Banyana squad to face USA

Banyana made history at the 2023 World Cup becoming the first ever South African senior national team to make it out of the group stages.


Desiree Ellis names Banyana’s team to play USA. Image: @Banyanabanyana

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has named a strong squad to face USA in two friendlies.

Having reached the last 16 of the World Cup last month, Banyana will again test themselves against the U.S. women’s national team in two international friendly matches to be played in Cincinnati and Chicago this month.

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The team will be without injured Refiloe Jane and Bambanani Mbane and have been replaced by Lonathemba Mhlongo and Sinoxolo Cesane.

Banyana to play USA twice

Ellis said Banyana will be highly motivated when they play against the pedigreed Americans in their own backyard.

“This group of Banyana Banyana players is very grounded and they have shown that they can step up at any time. They have shown that they have the mentality, and I think you do not need any motivation when you are playing against the USA. They won’t need any motivation and this is another opportunity to test themselves,” Ellis said.

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The South African women’s team coach said her players have an opportunity to once again show the world what they can do after impressing in Australia and New Zealand.

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The two sides are coming from participating in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, with both registering contrasting fortunes during the tournament held from 20 July – 20 August 2023. The USA made their ninth appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup while the South Africans were making their second.

Banyana will play USA on the 22 and 24 September.


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