SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN’S TESAM ARRIVES FOR CYPRUS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

LARNACA, CYPRUS– Banyana Banyana, the South African women’s national football team, has arrived here to participate in the Cyprus Women’s Cup tournament beginning Monday.

The team, which landed here over the weekend, has wasted no time fine-tuning their preparations as they literally stepped off the airplane and on to the training field on this eastern Mediterranean island late Saturday afternoon.

The South African squad is the only African team invited to participate in the annual 12-team tournament which has attracted participants from around the world, mainly Europe.

Newly-appointed Banyana coach Desiree Ellis worked out with her squad of 19 players instead of the 21 who were called up. Midfielder Kholosa Biyana from the University of KwaZulu-Natal has withdrawn because of an injury, and Zanele Nhlapho has taken her place.

Goalkeeper Kaylin Swart is flying in from the United States, and like Nhlapho were expected to arrive later Sunday.

Also joining the team in Cyprus will be Under- 20 men’s National Team coach Thabo Senong, who was in the Netherlands for a coaching course. He and Under-17 men’s National Team coach Molefi Ntseki will work as technical advisers to Ellis during the Cyprus Cup.

Banyana Banyana have been drawn in Group C alongside Hungary, Slovakia as well as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). South Africa will be making their sixth appearance at the tournament, which runs from Feb 26 to March 7.

Banyana Banyana will face Slovakia in their opening match on Wednesday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK