South Africa to field team in U-19 Women’s tourney in China
The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed that they will field a team in the U-19 International Tournament slated for May 3-11 in Xiamen City, Fujian, China.
South Africa’s U-20 side (Basetsana), who are currently region five champions, will participate alongside hosts China, Thailand and Korea DPR.
Head Coach Sheryl Botes believes that this tournament will be good for the players, as it will give them international experience as they look towards preparations for bigger tournaments, while also teaching the players about different styles of play.
“We are honoured to be participating in this tournament because we rarely get international friendlies at junior level outside of qualifiers and regional tournaments,” added the coach.
Botes said she believes this experience will encourage the players to bring out the best in themselves and aspire to move overseas like many of the Banyana Banyana players who are currently doing well overseas.
Goalkeepers: Windvogel Kaydee, Ramaisa Nthabiseng, Leigh Brophy
Defenders: Manamela Morongwa, Shakira O’malley, Cesane Noxolo, Cesane Sinoxolo, Lonathemba Mhlongo
Midfielders: Jessica Wade, Tyler- Bree Ross, Jordaan Kaylyn, Shannon Macomo, Zethembiso Vilakazi, Sphumelele Shamase, Thubelihle Shamase, Oratile Mokwena
Strikers: Christy Noble, Surprise Mphigalale, Tiffany Kortjie, Chelsea Daniels