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STADIUMS &           AEK ARENA, LARNACA
HOST CITIES          GSZ STADIUM, LARNACA
                     ANTONIS PAPADOPOULOS STADIUM, LARNACA

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SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN'S SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM
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MESSAGE FROM DR DANNY JORDAAN

                                              President of the South African Football Association

                                   This year’s Cyprus Cup has some added impetus in the sense
                                   that it will be used mostly to fine tune the squad that will play
                                   at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ in June.

                                   All the players know that this is an excellent opportunity to
                                   impress the coach before the kick-off of the biggest global
                                   showpiece for women’s football. The Cyprus Cup affords
                                   Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis and her technical team
                                   an opportune time to finetune the squad ahead of the World

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                                   Cup.

                                   The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana have been on a high

          SHOW                     since they finished runners-up to Nigeria at the CAF Women’s
                                   Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana last December.

          YOUR                     Banyana Banyana’s strong showing against European power-

          L VE                     houses the Netherlands and Sweden last month in Cape Town
                                   is a clear testimony that going forward, any team that meets
                                   our women, regardless of its ranking or reputation, will be in
                                   for a showdown.

FOR                    FOR         Never has Banyana Banyana arrived at the Cyprus Cup in such
                                   high spirits. Last year was our best showing ever at this

NELSON           ALBERTINA         invitational tournament and this year the new format means
                                   that each and every country can challenge for the trophy –

MANDELA             SISULU
                                   previously, only select groups in the tournament could fight
                                   for the gold medal. And what makes this assignment even
                                   more interesting is the fact that most of the players are
                                   playing at their highest level and are on top of their game.

2018 - 2019: CENTENARY of MADIBA   It is no coincidence that everything seems to be coming
                                   together for this team that has been a cohesive unit for such

& MAMA ALBERTINA'S BIRTHDAYS       a long time now. Banyana Banyana won back-to-back
                                   COSAFA Championship titles (Southern Africa region) before
                                   going to the Women’s AFCON where they did not lose a
                                   match in regulation time (the final was lost on penalties).

                                   South Africans are very excited about this team and have the
                                   right to believe that something big and special is in the
                                   offing. Good luck to each and everyone of you!
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Czech Rep.              Finland              Korea DPR      South Africa
                                                                                                                                                                             MESSAGE FROM MS DESIREE ELLIS
                              GROUP      A:
                                                                                                                                               Head Coach of Banyana Banyana, the Women's Senior National Team
                              World Ranking                         31                   28                        11              48
                            27/02/2019    13:00              South Africa vs Finland                  __ – __ GSZ Stadium, Larnaca
TOURNAMENT MATCH SCHEDULE

                                                                                                                                                                                      Another year, another Cyprus Women’s Cup tournament!
                            27/02/2019    18:00              Korea DPR vs Czech Republic              __ – __ GSZ Stadium, Larnaca
                            01/03/2019    13:00              Finland vs Czech Republic                __ – __ AEK Arena, Larnaca                                                      We are really honoured to be taking part in this event once again

                            01/03/2019    18:00              South Africa vs Korea DPR                __ – __ AEK Arena, Larnaca                                                      – our 7th appearance.

                            04/03/2019    13:00              Czech Republic vs South Africa           __ – __ Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca
                                                                                                                                                                                      But what is even more exciting is that it comes just a few months
                            04/03/2019    18:00              Finland vs Korea DPR                     __ – __ Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca                                           before our maiden appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup.

                                                                Hungary                 Italy                Mexico          Thailand                                                 We are truly blessed and privileged to be taking our

                              GROUP      B:                                                                                                                                           preparations to a higher level through such a renowned event,
                                                                                                                                                                                      and we could not have asked for more. Just recently we faced
                              World Ranking                         43                   16                        27              29                                                 the Netherlands and Sweden in South Africa, two quality teams
                                                                                                                                                                                      that are also going to the World Cup, and now we are able to
                            27/02/2019    13:00              Mexico vs Italy                          __ – __ Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca           SA International:
                                                                                                                                                                                      take on more good opposition in the form of Finland, Korea DPR
                            27/02/2019    18:00              Thailand vs Hungary                      __ – __ Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca          Midfielder 1993 – 2002
                                                                                                                                                                                      and Czech Republic – all necessary to help us maintain a high
                                                                                                                                                        (32 caps – won 23,
                            01/03/2019    13:00              Thailand vs Mexico                       __ – __ GSZ Stadium, Larnaca                                                    level of competition as we get ready for France in June.
                                                                                                                                                         lost 7 & drew 2);
                            01/03/2019    18:00              Hungary vs Italy                         __ – __ GSZ Stadium, Larnaca                 captain from 1994 – 2002;
                                                                                                                                                 featured in South Africa's first
                            04/03/2019    13:00              Italy vs Thailand                        __ – __ AEK Arena, Larnaca                                                      This is a very special year for Banyana Banyana, all the more
                                                                                                                                                ever international match, scoring
                                                                                                                                                  a hat trick against Swaziland       so after our qualification, and we greatly appreciate the
                            04/03/2019    18:00              Mexico vs Hungary                        __ – __ AEK Arena, Larnaca
                                                                                                                                                    in 1993 at the age of 30;         support we continue to receive from so many people. We
                                                                                                                                                  nominated for 2000 African
                                                                                                                                                                                      finished in position six last year, our best ever showing here in
                                                                 Austria            Belgium                      Nigeria     Slovakia            Woman Footballer of the Year.

                              GROUP      C:                                                                                                               Coaching:
                                                                                                                                                                                      Cyprus, and we are confident that this time around we will
                                                                                                                                                                                      improve on that as we test our readiness for the World Cup.
                                                                                                                                                     Coached Spurs Ladies FC          Moreover, we have several players on the verge of achieving
                              World Ranking                         23                   21                        39              45                       2006 – 2016;
                                                                                                                                                   appointed Banyana Banyana
                                                                                                                                                                                      significant milestones who will be aiming to impress in the
                            27/02/2019    13:00              Belgium vs Slovakia                      __ – __ AEK Arena, Larnaca                     interim coach in 2016 and        coming days.
                                                                                                                                                     permanent coach in 2018;
                            27/02/2019    18:00              Nigeria vs Austria                       __ – __ AEK Arena, Larnaca
                                                                                                                                               won 2017 & 2018 COSAFA Women's
                                                                                                                                                                                      Defender Noko Matlou is just one match shy of the magical 150
                            01/03/2019    13:00              Slovakia vs Nigeria                      __ – __ Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca   Championship, the first South African
                                                                                                                                                       to win the title as both       caps, while midfielder Nompumelelo Nyandeni is three games
                            01/03/2019    18:00              Austria vs Belgium                       __ – __ Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca      player (2002) and coach (2017);      away from that figure. Also set to celebrate a great achievement
                            04/03/2019    13:00              Slovakia vs Austria                      __ – __ GSZ Stadium, Larnaca             silver medal at AFCON Ghana 2018
                                                                                                                                                 to qualify for the FIFA Women's      is vice captain Refiloe Jane who will in all likelihood clock up 100
                            04/03/2019    18:00              Nigeria vs Belgium                       __ – __ GSZ Stadium, Larnaca                   World Cup France 2019™;          games for her country. Striker Thembi Kgatlana, the reigning
                                                                                                                                                   won the 2018 CAF Women's
                                                                                                                                                                                      2018 CAF Women’s Player of the Year, could also reach her 50 by
                                                                                                                                                      Coach of the Year Award
                                         PLACEMENT MATCHES, FINAL'S DAY - 06 March 2019                                                                   (the only woman             the time the Cyprus Women’s Cup is over – she is just three
                                                                                                                                                    nominated alongside men).         matches away. She recently returned from a stint with the
                                          11th/12th Place: 3rd Best 4th Placed Team vs 2nd Best 4th Placed Team                                                                       Houston Dash in the United States, and was crowned the Most
                                                                                                                                                            Record:
                                              th        th                 th
                                          9 /10 Place: Best 4 Placed Team vs 3 Best 3 Placed Team    rd     rd                                                                        Valuable Player in Cyprus last year.
                                                                                                                                                     P: 35, W: 17, D: 8, L: 10

                                          7th/8th Place:            2nd Best 3rd Placed Team vs Best 3rd Placed Team                                                                  Thank you to the organisers of the 12th edition of the Cyprus
                                          5th/6th Place:            3rd Best 2nd Placed Team vs 2nd Best 2nd Placed Team                                                              Women’s Cup for once again extending an invitation to South
                                                                                                                                                                                      Africa to take part in your prestigious tournament. Gratitude also
                                          3rd/4th Place:            3rd Best Group Winner vs Best 2nd Placed Team                                                                     goes to SAFA and our proud sponsor Sasol for your tremendous
                                          1 /2st   nd
                                                        Place:      Best Group Winner vs 2      nd
                                                                                                     Best Group Winner                                                                support which makes all this happen for us.
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MESSAGE FROM MR ELTON FORTUIN
                                 Vice President: Sasol Group Communication and Brand Management

                          The 12th edition of the Cyprus Women’s Cup is finally here. This prestigious
                          annual tournament will see Banyana Banyana play among eleven of the
                          world’s top footballing teams. The tournament will also provide a great
                          opportunity for the team to prepare for their first ever performance at the
                          2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place in France.

                          This is the seventh year that Banyana Banyana will be participating at the
                          Cyprus Women’s Cup. We hope that this year brings even better results
                          as we fix our eyes on the ultimate prize, the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

                          We thank our partner SAFA for providing the team with opportunities to
                          participate in such tournaments. We are very excited to continue this
                          wonderful journey with the team.

                          As a sponsor of Banyana Banyana, we are proud of what the team has
                          achieved over the past 10 years as they have continued to persevere and
                          demonstrate their Limitless potential. They have not only inspired female
                          football players but have awoken the South African nation.

                          As the foremost developer of women’s football in South Africa, Sasol’s
                          aim is to make sure that women’s football continues to grow and that
                          young and upcoming female footballers are given opportunities to
                          participate in the sport. This is what our #Limitless initiative is all about,
                          empowering women in football and inspiring them to realise their potential.

                          We would like to wish Banyana Banyana the best of luck and the rest of
                          the teams participating at the 2019 Cyprus Women’s Cup. To Banyana
                          Banyana we say, we are proud of you and may you keep flying the South
                          African flag high.

                                    BANYANA BANYANA'S PAST RECORD IN THE CYPRUS WOMEN’S CUP
                       2009                                          2012                                         2015
                       Group A                                       Group C                                      Group C

                       South Africa 0 – 6 England                    South Korea 2 – 1 South Africa               Mexico 2 – 0 South Africa
                       South Africa 2 – 0 Scotland                   (Amanda Dlamini 9')                          Belgium 0 – 1 South Africa
                       (Noko Matlou 75’,                             South Africa 0 – 0 New Zealand               (Jermaine Seoposenwe 21')
                       Hlengiwe Ngwane 86’ penalty)                  Northern Ireland 0 – 2 South Africa          South Africa 0 – 1 Czech Republic
                       France 3 – 2 South Africa                     (Nomathemba Ntsibande 48', 78')              9th Place Play-off: Finland 2 – 1 South Africa

WE ARE POWERFUL,,
                       (Noko Matlou 86’, Chantelle Esau 90+1’)       9th Place Play-off:                          (Jermaine Seoposenwe 63')
                       5th Place Play-off:                           Scotland 2 – 0 South Africa
                       Netherlands 5 – 0 South Africa                                                             2017
                                                                     2013                                         Group C

BEAUTIFUL, LIMITLE
                 ESS   2010
                       Group B
                                                                     Group C
                                                                                                                  Slovakia 0 – 0 South Africa
                                                                     South Korea 2 – 0 South Africa               South Africa 1 – 0 Hungary

AND WE GOT THIS        England 1 – 0 South Africa
                       Switzerland 3 – 1 South Africa
                       (Mamphashe Popela 20’)
                                                                     Republic of Ireland 1 – 0 South Africa
                                                                     South Africa 2 – 1 Northern Ireland (Robyn
                                                                     Moodaly 65', Jermaine Seoposenwe 68')
                                                                                                                  (Thembi Kgatlana 21')
                                                                                                                  South Africa 0 – 0 Korea DPR
                                                                                                                  5th Place Play-off: Belgium 2 – 1 South Africa
                       South Africa 1 – 2 Canada (Noko Matlou 45’)   11th Place Play-off:                         This was South Africa’s best showing at the
                       7th Place Play-off:                           South Africa 1 – 1 Northern Ireland aet,     global invitation tournament and Thembi
                       South Africa 1 – 2 Scotland                   (Nocane Skiti 89’)                           Kgatlana won the Most Valuable Player of
                       (Noko Matlou 27’)                             SA won 5 – 4 on penalties                    the Tournament Award.
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DOB: 30 September 1994                          Match in the Final, 2018 AFCON 2nd place &        KAYLIN SWART
                                                                                                                                                                            POB: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape               named to the CAF Best XI Substitutes.
                                                                                                                                                                            Nickname: Kay                                   US College Honours (Menlo College):
                                                                                                                                                                            Club: Awaiting International Transfer           • First goalkeeper to lead team to three
                                                                                                                                                                            League:                                         consecutive Golden State Athletic Conference
                                                                                                                                                                            Caps: 15             Goals: 0                   Playoff appearances (2015-2017)
                                                                                                                                                                            Banyana Debut: vs Sweden on 21 January          • Program’s all-time leader in saves (258),
2018 CAF AWARDS & 2019 MATCH RESULTS

                                                                                                                                                                            2018 (International Friendly)                   shutouts (19), goals against average (0.840)
                                                                                                                                                                            Honours: 2010 FIFA U-17 WC in Trinidad &        and save percentage (85.1%)
                                                                                                                                                                            Tobago, 2013 Universiade Kazan (Russia) 4th     • First Menlo College athlete to make the
                                                                                                                                                                            place, alternate goalkeeper at the 2016 Rio     All-GSAC team in three consecutive seasons
                                                                                                                                                                            Olympics, 2018 Cyprus Cup 6th place, 2018       • 2016 NAIA All-American honorable mention
                                                                                                                                                                            COSAFA Cup Champions & Player of the            • 2017 NAIA Third-Team All-American               GOALKEEPER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           DOB: 02 September 1992                            ANDILE DLAMINI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           POB: Tembisa, Gauteng
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Nickname: Stick, Teaspoon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Club: Mamelodi Sundowns (Tshwane, Gauteng)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           League: Sasol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Caps: 35            Goals: 0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Banyana Debut: vs Botswana in 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Honours: 2012 AFCON 2nd place, 2013 Sasol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           National Champions & Goalkeeper of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tournment, 2014 AFCON 4th place, 2015 Sasol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               PLAYER PROFILES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           National Champions, 2016 Rio Olympics, 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           AFCON 4th place, 2017 COSAFA Cup Champi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ons, 2018 Cyprus Cup 6th place, 2018 COSAFA
                                       2019 WINNIE MANDELA INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE - FRIENDLY                                                                                                                              Cup Champions, 2018 AFCON 2nd place.               GOALKEEPER

                                       1.           Date and Venue: 19 January 2019 – Cape Town Stadium, Green Point, SOUTH AFRICA                                                                                         DOB: 04 July 1990                                VICTORIA MUROA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           POB: Seleteng, Ga-Mphahlele, Limpopo
                                       SOUTH AFRICA 1 – 2 NETHERLANDS (1 – 2)                                                                                                                                              Club: First Touch Academy
                                       Scorers: Thembi Kgatlana 33'; Sherida Spitse 2', Vivianne Miedema 19'                                                                                                               (Polokwane, Limpopo)
                                       Referees: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia), 1stAss: Diana Chikotesha (Zambia), 2ndAss: Bernadettar Kwimbira (Malawi),                                                                         League: Sasol
                                                 4th Official: Letticia Viana (eSwatini), Match Commissioner: Adam Mthetwa (eSwatini).                                                                                     Caps: 0
                                       Cautions: Dominique Bloodworth 20', Lineth Beerensteyn 60'                                                                                                                          Goals: 0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Honours: 2015 & 2016 Sasol League National
                                       RSA:         Kaylin Swart (GK), Lebohang Ramalepe, Nothando Vilakazi, Janine van Wyk (C) (Noko Matlou 50'), Bambanani Mbane,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Championship 3rd place, 2018 Sasol Limpopo
                                                    Mamello Makhabane (Karabo Dhlamini 63'), Refiloe Jane (VC), Leandra Smeda (Nompumeleo Nyandeni 88'),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Champions, 2018 Sasol National Championship
                                                    Linda Motlhalo (Koketso Tlailane 77'), Jermaine Seoposenwe, Thembi Kgatlana (Rhoda Mulaudzi 77').
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Goalkeeper of the Tournament, first National
                                                    Coach: Desiree Ellis (RSA).
                                                                                                                                                                             Andile Dlamini                                Team call-up in January 2019.                      GOALKEEPER
                                       NED:         Sari van Venendaal (GK), Merel van Dongen, Dominique Bloodworth, Danique Kerkdijk (Desiree van Lunteren 64'),
                                                    Kika van Es, Inessa Kaagman (Victoria Pelova 46'), Sherida Spitse (Jackie Groenen 65'), Jill Roord, Lieke Martens       DOB: 28 October 1988                            Honours: 2008 COSAFA Cup Champions,            NOTHANDO VILAKAZI
                                                    (Shanice van de Sanden 28'), Vivianne Miedema (Ellen Jansen 46'), Lineth Beerensteyn. Coach: Sarina Wiegman (NED).      POB: Middelburg, Mpumalanga                     2012 AFCON 2nd place,
                                                                                                                                                                            Nickname: Vivo                                  2012 London Olympics,
                                            This was the inaugural edition of this match which will be played every year in honour of the late Winnie Madikizela-
                                                                                                                                                                            Club: Palace Super Falcons                      2016 Rio Olympics, 2016 AFCON 4th place
                                                   Mandela who died on 01 April 2018. Karabo Dhlamini made her Banyana Banyana debut in this match.
                                                                                                                                                                            (Johannesburg, Gauteng)                         and named in CAF Best XI Substitutes,
                                                                                                                                                                            League: Sasol                                   2017 COSAFA Cup Champions,
                                                                                                                                                                            Caps: 124                                       2018 Cyprus Cup 6th place,
                                       2019 ALBERTINA SISULU CENTENARY CHALLENGE - FRIENDLY                                                                                 Goals: 7                                        2018 COSAFA Cup Champions,
                                                                                                                                                                            Banyana Debut:                                  2018 AFCON 2nd place.
                                       2.           Date and Venue: 22 January 2019 – Cape Town Stadium, Green Point, SOUTH AFRICA                                          vs Ghana in December 2007
                                                                                                                                                                            First International Goal:
                                       SOUTH AFRICA 0 – 0 SWEDEN (0 – 0)                                                                                                    vs Botswana in 2008 (COSAFA Cup)                                                                   DEFENDER
                                       Referees: Letticia Viana (eSwatini), 1stAss: Diana Chikotesha (Zambia), 2ndAss: Bernadettar Kwimbira (Malawi),
                                                 4th Official: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia), Match Commissioner: Adam Mthetwa (eSwatini).                                         DOB: 03 December 1991                           Honours: 2013 Sasol League Championship        LEBOGANG RAMALEPE
                                       Cautions: Linda Sembtant 89'
                                                                                                                                                                            POB: Ga-Kgapane, Duiwelskloof, Limpopo          Runners-up, 2014 AFCON 4th place,
                                                                                                                                                                            Nickname: Jumaima                               2016 Rio Olympics, 2017 COSAFA Cup
                                       RSA:         Andile Dlamini (GK), Lebohang Ramalepe, Nothando Vilakazi, Noko Matlou, Bambanani Mbane, Mamello Makhabane,
                                                                                                                                                                            Club: Ma-Indies FC (Polokwane, Limpopo)         Champions, 2018 Cyprus Cup 6th place,
                                                    Refiloe Jane (C) (Hildah Magaia 80'), Linda Motlhalo, Koketso Tlailane (Leandra Smeda 46'), Thembi Kgatlana (Jermaine
                                                    Seoposenwe 64'), Rhoda Mulaudzi (Amanda Mthandi 73').                                                                   League: Sasol                                   2018 COSAFA Cup Champions, 2018 AFCON
                                                    Coach: Desiree Ellis (RSA).                                                                                             Caps: 56                                        2nd place and named in CAF Best XI.
                                                                                                                                                                            Goals: 2
                                       SWE:         Cajsa Andersson (GK), Joanna Andersson, Magdalena Eriksson, Amanda Ilestedt (Linda Sembrant 61'), Hanna Glas,           Banyana Debut:
                                                    Caroline Seger (Julia Karlernäs 46'), Julia Zigiotti-Olme (Julia Roddar 61') , Sofia Jakobsson (Madelen Janogy 61'),    vs Zimbabwe on 12 April 2014
                                                    Kosovare Asllani (Anna Anvegård 78'), Olivia Schough, Stina Blackstenius (Mimmi Larsson 78').                           First International Goal:
                                                    Coach: Peter Gerhardsson (SWE).                                                                                         vs Kenya on 18 July 2015 (Olympic Qualifier)

                                               This one-off match was played to mark the centenary anniversary of the year of the birth of Albertina Sisulu.                                                                                                                   DEFENDER
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JANINE VAN WYK (C)   DOB: 17 April 1987                           2016 Rio Olympics captain, 2016 AFCON 4th                  KOKETSO TLAILANE                   DOB: 24 February 1988                            MAMELLO MAKHABANE
                                       POB: Alberton, Gauteng                       place and named in CAF Best XI, 2016 CAF                                                      POB: Welkom, Free State
                                       Nickname: Thandeka                           Nominee as African Player of the Year, 2017                                                   Nickname: Jabu
                                       Club: Awaiting International Transfer        contracted to NWSL, 2018 Cyprus Cup 6th                                                       Club: JVW FC (Johannesburg, Gauteng)
                                       League:                                      place, 2018 COSAFA Cup Champions, 2018                                                        League: Sasol
                                       Caps: 161                                    AFCON 2nd place and named in CAF Best XI,                                                     Caps: 91
                                       Goals: 11                                    2018 CAF Nominee as African Player of the                                                     Goals: 19
                                       Banyana Debut: vs Nigeria in 2005            Year, currently the highest capped player                                                     Banyana Debut: vs Zimbabwe in 2005
                                       (International Friendly)                     in South Africa (male or female) and the                                                      Honours: 2006 AFCON 3rd Place, 2006 All Africa
                                       Honours: 2006 AFCON 3rd Place, 2008          highest capped female player on the African                                                   Games Champions, 2007/08 Vodacom National
                                       AFCON 2nd Place, 2010 AFCON 3rd Place,       continent, beat Nigeria with the National                                                     Champions, 2008 COSAFA U-20 Champions,
                                       2010 SAFA Player of the Year, 2011 COSAFA    Team for the first time in history in 2012 and                                                2009 Sasol National Championship Runners-up,
                                       Cup Player of the Tournament, 2012 London    scored the only goal of the match, current                                                    2010/2011/ 2012 Sasol National Champions,
                                       Olympics, 2012 AFCON 2nd place, 2016         Banyana Banyana captain.                                        DEFENDER                      2011 COSAFA Runners-up, 2010 AFCON 3rd Place,
                      DEFENDER         Gauteng Sports Personality of the Year,                                                       DOB: 07 December 1992                        2016 Rio Olympics, 2018 AFCON 2nd place.             MIDFIELDER
                                                                                                                                     POB: Tshwane, Gauteng
                  NOKO ALICE MATLOU    DOB: 30 September 1985                        2010 AFCON 3rd place, 2011 Sasol League         Club: TUT-PTA (Tshwane, Gauteng)
                                       POB: Moletjie Gaphaudi, Limpopo
                                       Nickname: Beep-beep
                                                                                     Runner-ups, 2011 USSA Club Champions (UJ),
                                                                                     2011 COSAFA Runners-up, 2011 Universiade
                                                                                                                                     League: Sasol     Caps: 6
                                                                                                                                     Banyana Debut: vs Lesotho on
                                                                                                                                                                   Goals: 0              #BANYANABANYANA
                                       Club: Ma-Indies (Polokwane, Limpopo)          Shenzhen (China), 2012 London Olympics,         14 September 2017 (COSAFA)
                                                                                                                                                                                  DOB: 25 June 1991                                 BUSISIWE NDIMENI
                                       League: Sasol                                 2012 AFCON 2nd place, 2012 SA Sportswoman       Honours: 2017 Universiade Taipei 4th, 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                  POB: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
                                       Caps: 149                                     of the Year, 2013 Sasol League Runners-up       COSAFA Cup Champs, 2018 AFCON 2nd,
                                                                                                                                                                                  Nickname: Ndimza
                                       Goals: 64                                     & Top Goalscorer, 2013 Universiade Kazan        2018 Sasol League National Champs.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Club: Tshwane University of

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       PLAYER PROFILES
PLAYER PROFILES

                                       Banyana Debut: vs Nigeria in November 2007    (Russia) 4th place, 2014 Minister's Award for
                                                                                                                                               KARABO DHLAMINI                    Technology TUT-PTA (Tshwane, Gauteng)
                                       First Goal: vs Zimbabwe in March 2008         Excellence, 2014 & 2016 AFCON 4th place,
                                                                                                                                                                                  League: Sasol
                                       Honours: 2008 COSAFA Champions & Player       2016 Rio Olympics, 2017 COSAFA Cup
                                                                                                                                                                                  Caps: 23             Goals: 3
                                       of the Tournament & joint Top Goalscorer,     Champions, 2018 Cyprus Cup 6th place, 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                  Banyana Debut: vs Tunisia on 16 November 2008
                                       2008 AFCON 2nd place, 2008 SAFA Player of     COSAFA Cup Champions, 2018 AFCON 2nd
                                                                                                                                                                                  (Women’s AFCON Qualifier)
                                       the Year & CAF Women's Player of the Year,    place, second highest capped player in SA.
                      DEFENDER                                                                                                                                                    Honours: 2008 AFCON 2nd Place, 2010 UEFA
                                                                                                                                                                                  Champions League 4th place (Russia's Zvezda),
                  BAMBANANI MBANE      DOB: 12 March 1990                           Honours: 2010-2017 Sasol League Free State                                                    2013 and 2015 Sasol National Champions and
                                       DOB: Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape               Provincial Champions with Bloemfontein                                                        2013 Player of the Tournament, 2018 Gauteng
                                       Nickname: Juice                              Celtic, 2016 Rio Olympics, 2016 AFCON 4th                                                     Sasol League Champions, 2018 AFCON 2nd place,
                                                                                                                                                                                  2018 Sasol League National Champions.                MIDFIELDER
                                       Club: Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies             place, 2016 & 2017 Sasol League National
                                       (Bloemfontein, Free State)                   Champions, 2017 Sasol League National
                                                                                                                                                                                  DOB: 06 September 1994                            KHOLOSA BIYANA
                                       League: Sasol                                Championship Diski Queen and Queen of                           DEFENDER
                                       Caps: 38                                     Queens Awards of the Tournament, 2017            DOB: 18 September 2001                       POB: Ngcobo, Eastern Cape
                                       Goals: 0                                     COSAFA Cup Champions & Player of the             POB: Tshwane, Gauteng                        Club: University of KwaZulu Natal
                                       Banyana Debut:                               Match Award in the Final, 2017 Eric Nomvethe     Club: Mamelodi Sundowns FC (Tshwane)         (Durban, KwaZulu Natal)
                                       vs Botswana on 12 April 2016                 Award, 2018 Cyprus Cup 6th place, 2018           League: Sasol      Caps: 1     Goals: 0      League: Sasol
                                       (Women’s AFCON Qualifier)                    COSAFA Cup Champions, 2018 AFCON 2nd             Banyana Debut: vs the Netherlands on         Caps: 12
                                                                                    place.                                           19 January 2019 (International Friendly)     Goals: 0
                      DEFENDER                                                                                                       Honours: 2016 & 2018 AUSC Region 5           Banyana Debut:
                                                                                                                                     U-20 Youth Games Champions, 2016             vs Lesotho on 14 September 2017 (COSAFA)
                                                                                                                                     AUSC Youth Games Top Goalscorer,             Honours: 2015 Universiade Gwangju (South
                                                                                                                                     2018 FIFA U-17 World Cup Uruguay.            Korea), 2017 Universiade Taipei (Taiwan) 4th
                                                                                                                                              TIISETSO MAKHUBELA                  place, 2017 COSAFA Cup Champions, 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                  COSAFA Cup Champions, UKZN Team captain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       MIDFIELDER

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MOLATELO SEBATA
                                                                                                                                                                                  DOB: 24 August 1988
                                                                                                                                                                                  POB: Bochum, Limpopo
                                                                                                                                                                                  Nickname: Modric
                                                                                                                                                                                  Club: First Touch Academy
                                                                                                                                                    DEFENDER                      (Polokwane, Limpopo)
                                                                                                                                     DOB: 24 April 1997                           League: Sasol
                                                                                                                                     POB: Pretoria, Gauteng                       Caps: 0
                                                                                                                                     Club: Mamelodi Sundowns FC (Tshwane)         Goals: 0
                                                                                                                                     League: Sasol       Caps: 1   Goals: 0       Honours: Limpopo Sasol League Champions
                                                                                                                                     Banyana Debut: vs Ghana on                   2009/10/13 (Ma-Indies FC) and 2014/15/16/17
                                                                                                                                     11 November 2018 (International Friendly)    (Kanatla Ladies), 2015 & 2016 Sasol League
                                                                                                                                     Honours: 2014 & 2016 AUSC Region 5           Championships 3rd place, 2018 Limpopo Sasol
                                                                                                                                     U-20 Youth Games Champions, former
                                                                                                                                                                                  League Champions.
                  Bambanani Mbane                                                                                  Noko Matlou       U-17 International, 2018 AFCON 2nd place.                                                         MIDFIELDER
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REFILOE JANE (VC)    DOB: 04 August 1992                              in Congo, 2015 Universiade Gwangju (South         DOB: 02 May 1996                                of the Tournament for Club Champs, 2017              THEMBI KGATLANA
                                         POB: Kliptown, Soweto, Gauteng                   Korea), 2016 Rio Olympics, 2016 AFCON 4th         POB: Leratong, Gauteng                          Universiade Taipei (Taiwan) 4th place, 2017
                                         Nickname: Fifinho                                place, 2017 University Sport South Africa         Nickname: Pikinini                              COSAFA Cup Champions & Player of the Tour-
                                         Club: Canberra United (Canberra, Australia)      (USSA) Football Champions (TUT Ladies),           Club: Awaiting International Transfer           nament, 2017 UWC Sportswoman of the Year,
                                         League: W-League                                 2017 Universiade Taipei (Taiwan) 4th place        Caps: 47             Goals: 16                  2017 Female Overall Achiever of UWC SDS
                                         Caps: 99                                         (captained the team), 2017 COSAFA Cup             Banyana Debut: vs Namibia on 05 July 2014       Awards, 2017 Honours Award for UWC, 2017
                                         Goals: 12                                        Champions, 2017 TUT-PTA Sportswoman of            Honours: 2013-2014 Vice Captain of the SAFA     Senior Female Top Goalscorer for UWC Ladies
                                         Banyana Debut: vs Northern Ireland on            the Year, 2017 TUT Prestige Sportswoman of        High Performance Centre, 2014 Ballon D'Or       FC, 2017 SAFA Cape Town Woman of the Year,
                                         04 March 2012 (Cyprus Cup)                       the Year, 2017 TUT Sports Director’s Award,       Award Winner HPC, 2014 & 2016 AFCON 4th         2017 Nominee for African Player of the Year,
                                         First International Goal:                        2018 Cyprus Cup 6th place, 2018 Gauteng           place, 2015 UWC Sportswoman of the Year,        2018 Cyprus Cup 6th place & named Most
                                         vs Botswana in 2012 (International Friendly)     Sportswoman of the Year Award, 2018               2016 Rio Olympics, 2016 Sasol Western Cape      Valuable Player of Tournament, 2018 COSAFA
                                         Honours: 2013 Vaal University Sportswoman        COSAFA Cup Champions, 2018 AFCON 2nd              Champions (UWC), 2016 Coke Cup Champi-          Cup Champions, 2018 AFCON 2nd place &
                                         of the Year, 2013 Universiade Kazan (Russia)     place, signed a year-long professional con-       ons (UWC), 2016 Varsity Cup Runners-up          Player & Top Goalscorer of the Tournament &
                                         4th place, 2014 Cyprus Women’s Cup, 2015         tract with Canberra United FC in Australia,       (UWC), 2016 Special Recognition Award from      three consecutive Player of the Match Awards
                       MIDFIELDER        Cyprus Women’s Cup, 2015 All Africa Games        current Banyana Banyana Vice Captain.             UWC Sports, 2017 Club Champs Runners-up         in group stages, 2018 CAF Women’s Player of
                                                                                                                                            with UWC, 2017 Top Goalscorer and Player        the Year & Goal of the Year.                            FORWARD

                                                      #LIMITLESS                                                                            DOB: 12 October 1993
                                                                                                                                            POB: Cape Town, Western Cape
                                                                                                                                                                                            US College Honours (Samford University):
                                                                                                                                                                                            • National Collegiate Athlete Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               JERMAINE SEOPOSENWE

                                                                                                                                            Nickname: Jay, Microphone                         (NCAA) Rankings for the 2016 Season:
                    LINDA MOTLHALO       DOB: 01 July 1998                                Qualifiers as a forward and in the 2018
                                                                                                                                            Club: JVW FC (Johannesburg, Gauteng)             - 3rd Best player for Game-Winning Goals (8).
                                         POB: Gauteng                                     African WC Qualifiers as a midfielder, in
                                                                                                                                            League: Sasol                                    - 9th Best player at Total Amount of Goals
                                         Nickname: Mimi                                   early 2018 at the age of 19 she signed a
                                                                                                                                            Caps: 70             Goals: 16                     scored (16).
                                         Club: Awaiting International Transfer            professional contract with Houston Dash of
                                                                                                                                            Banyana Debut: vs Zimbabwe in 2010              - 9th Best player in amount of Goals scored

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PLAYER PROFILES
PLAYER PROFILES

                                         Caps: 37             Goals: 9                    the American National Women's Soccer
                                                                                                                                            First International Goal: vs Zimbabwe in 2010      per game.
                                         Banyana Debut: vs Cameroon on 25 March           League (NWSL), in August 2018 she scored
                                                                                                                                            Honours: 2010 FIFA U-17 WC Trinidad &           • SoCon all time: leader in points (82), leader
                                         2016 at the age of 17 (International Friendly)   her first goal for the club becoming at 20
                                                                                                                                            Tobago (become first SA female to ever             in goals (26), leader in assists (30), leader
                                         First International Goal: on debut               the fourth youngest player to have ever
                                                                                                                                            score at a WC), 2010 SAFA Young Player of          game-winning goals (11)
                                         vs Cameroon on 25 March 2016                     scored in the history of the NWSL, 2018
                                                                                                                                            the Year, 2010 AFCON 3rd place, 2012 AFCON      • Samford All-Time Goal Scorer Record
                                         Honours: 2012 Junior Player of the Year at       COSAFA Cup Champions and Diski Queen
                                                                                                                                            2nd place, 2016 AFCON 4th place & named in         Holder
                                         High Performance Centre, 2012, 2013 & 2014       of the Match vs Malawi in 2018 COSAFA
                                                                                                                                            CAF Best XI, 2016 Rio Olympics, 2018 Cyprus     • Samford All-Time Assists Record Holder
                                         Best Player Award at the High Performance        Cup Group Match and Top Goalscorer of
                                                                                                                                            Cup 6th place, 2018 COSAFA Cup Champions,       • 2016 & 2017 SoCon's Women’s Player of
                                         Centre, 2016 Rio Olympics, 2018 Cyprus Cup       the Tournament, 2018 AFCON 2nd place &
                                                                                                                                            2018 AFCON 2nd place.                             the Year                                              FORWARD
                                         6th place, current Under 20 Captain with 25      Player of the Match Award in the Semi-final
                       MIDFIELDER        U20 caps who played in the 2016 African WC       vs Mali & named to CAF Best XI Substitutes.                                                       DOB: 02 December 1989                                RHODA MULAUDZI
                                                                                                                                                                                            POB: Tshimbupfe Malonga, Limpopo
                  NOMPUMELELO NYANDENI   DOB: 19 August 1987                              League Runners-up and Player of the                                                               Nickname: Mambush
                                         POB: Natalspruit, Gauteng                        Tournament and Top Goalscorer, 2010                                                               Club: Canberra United (Canberra, Australia)
                                         Nickname: Mbuzi, Skito                           selected to participate in “The 11 for Health”                                                    League: W-League
                                         Club: JVW FC (Johannesburg, Gauteng)             FIFA Project aimed at improving health                                                            Caps: 18            Goals: 2
                                         League: Sasol                                    through football with 10 other players                                                            Banyana Debut:
                                         Caps: 147                                        including Ronaldo, Messi and Drogba, 2012                                                         vs Gabon on 23 May 2015
                                         Goals: 39                                        London Olympics, 2009/10/12 CAF African                                                           Honours: 2010 USSA Champions, 2012
                                         Banyana Debut:                                   Player of the Year Nominee, 2013 UEFA                                                             Engen Tournament Champions (Mamelodi
                                         vs Zambia in 2002                                Champions League quarter-finals with FC                                                           Sundowns), 2015 Sasol League National
                                         First International Goal: vs Namibia in 2002     Rossiyanka, 2016 Sasol League Gauteng                                                             Champions (Mamelodi Sundowns), 2015 All
                                         (All Africa Games Qualifier)                     Champions (JVW FC), 2016 Rio Olympics,                                                            Africa Games in Brazzaville (Congo), 2015
                                         Honours: 2007 All Africa Games Runners-up,       2017 COSAFA Cup Champions, 2018 Cyprus                                                            Cyprus Women’s Cup, 3x Top Goalscorer
                                         2008 AFCON 2nd place, 2009 Sasol League          Cup 6th place, 2018 COSAFA Cup Champions,                                                         for Mamelodi Sundowns FC Ladies, 2017
                                         Champions and Player of the Tournament,          2018 AFCON 2nd place, third highest capped                                                        COSAFA Cup Champions.                                   FORWARD
                       MIDFIELDER        2009 SAFA Player of the Year, 2010 Sasol         player in South Africa.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            DOB: 23 May 1996                                     AMANDA MTHANDI
                     LEANDRA SMEDA       DOB: 22 July 1989                                Merit Award at the UWC, 2013 SAFA Cape                                                            POB: Soweto, Gauteng
                                         POB: Velddrif, Western Cape                      Town Coke Cup Winners & Player of the                                                             Nickname: Speedy
                                         Nickname: Andie aka Chomi                        Tournament (UWC Ladies), 2014 AFCON                                                               Club: University of Johannesburg
                                         Club: Vittsjö GIK (Vittsjö, Sweden)              4th place, 2014 Top Goalscorer at the USSA                                                        (Johannesburg, Gauteng)
                                         League: Damallsvenskan                           National Champs, 2014 UWC Sportswoman                                                             League: Sasol
                                         Caps: 91 Goals: 21                               of the Year, 2014 Player of the Match Award                                                       Caps: 4               Goals: 1
                                         Banyana Debut: vs Switzerland                    (International Friendly vs Botswana), 2015                                                        Banyana Debut:
                                         on 26 February 2010 (2010 Cyprus Cup)            SAFA Cape Town Player of the Year, 2016                                                           vs Ghana on 11 November 2018
                                         First International Goal: vs Namibia in 2010     Rio Olympics, X4 Sasol League WC Champion                                                         First Goal: vs Equatorial Guinea on 28/11/18
                                         Honours: 2012 AWCON 2nd place, 2012              (UWC Ladies – 2016 & CPT Roses in 2012,                                                           Honours: 2014 U-20 Zone 6 Games Champi-
                                         London Olympics, 2013 Merit Award at the         2011 & 2010), 2017 COSAFA Cup Champions                                                           ons, 2 x Janine Van Wyk Schools’ League
                                         West Coast Annual Sport Awards, 2013             & Player of the Match Award in Semi-final vs                                                      Player of the Year, 2018 University Sport
                                         Universiade Kazan (Russia) 4th place, 2013       Zambia, 2017 UWC Ladies Player of the Year,                                                       SA (USSA) Champions & Top Goal-scorer
                                         Cape Peninsula University of Technology          2016 & 2017 Special Recognition Award                   Linda Motlhalo and Thembi Kgatlana        & Player of the Tournament, 2018 COSAFA
                       MIDFIELDER        Sportswoman of the Year Award, 2013 Sports       (UWC), 2018 AFCON 2nd place.                                                                      Cup Champions, 2018 AFCON 2nd place.                    FORWARD

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