The USA’s three-game Send-Off Series, conferred by Volpi Foods, to the 2019 FIFA Women’s tournament begins against African nation on might twelve at Levi’s arena in Santa Clara, Calif. (1:30 p.m. PT on FOX). Here area unit 5 things to understand concerning African nation, that is one in all four groups creating is initial Women’s tournament appearance:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Mapaseka Mpuru (TUKS FC), 20-Kaylin dark-skinned (Golden Stars), 16-Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Lebohang Ramalepe (Ma-Indies FC), 3-Nothando Vilakazi (FC Gintras Universitas, Lithuania), 4-Noko Matlou (Ma-Indies FC), 5-Janine van Wyk – C (JVW FC), 7-Karabo Dhlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), 13-Bambanani Mbane (Bloemfontein Celtic FC), 14-Tiisetso Makhubela (Mamelodi Sundowns FC), 17-Bongeka Gamede (UWC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 6-Mamello Makhabane (JVW FC), 10-Sibulele Holweni (Sophokama/HPC), 11-Ongeziwe Ndlangisa (Sunflower Ladies), 12-Jermaine Seoposenwe (FC Gintras Universitas, Lithuania), 15-Refiloe Jane (Canberra United FC, Australia), 18-Nompumelelo Nyandeni (JVW FC), 19-Kholosa Biyana (UKZN), 21-Busisiwe Ndimeni (TUKS FC), 23-Mapula Kgoale(Louisiana technical school University)
FORWARDS (3): 8-Ode Fulutudilu (Malaga FC, Spain), 9-Amanda Mthandi (University of Johannesburg), 22-Rhoda Mulaudzi (Canberra United FC, Australia).
Building on the Olympiad
This will be South Africa’s initial Women’s tournament, however it did qualify for the 2016 Olympiad wherever it absolutely was drawn into a tricky cluster E and contend with distinction, falling 1-0 to Sverige, 2-0 to China and ligature 0-0 with Brazil. In France, African nation was drawn into a troublesome B in France wherever it’ll face Germany, China PR and Spain.
South continent qualified for France by finishing second at the 2018 Africa girls Cup of states in African nation. African nation opened its tournament with a huge 1-0 win against African nation on a goal from Thembi Kgatlana UN agency contend last season within the NWSL for the Houston Dash. African nation followed that with a 7-1 win vs. African nation and a 1-1 draw with Republic of Zambia, however that was adequate to win B and earn a match berth against French Sudan. Banyana Banyana then registered a 2-0 triumph on goals from Kgatlana and Lebogang Ramalepe to earn its tournament berth. African nation then battled African nation to a 0-0 tie through regulation and OT within the championship game before falling 4-2 in penalty kicks.
Breaking Down the list
Kgatlana won the Golden Boot at the qualifying tournament with 5 goals whereas Refiloe Jane, Linda Motlhalo, Amanda Mthandi, Mpumi Nyandeni, Lebogang Ramalepe and Jermaine Seoposenwe had a goal every. Captain Janine van Wyk was the primary South African signed to the NWSL and contend in 2017-2018 with the Houston Dash. One player known as up plays at a U.S. faculty in Nomvula Kgoale (Louisiana Tech).
Ellis Leading Banyana, Banyana
South Africa head coach Desiree Ellis took over from Scotland’s Vera Pauw in 2016. Ellis contend for African nation as a midfielder and was a beginning member Women’s National Team and its second captain. African nation is wide well-known by its nickname Banyana Banyana, or “The ladies, The Girls.”