South Africa women's national soccer team

The South Africa women's national soccer team, nicknamed Banyana Banyana (The Girls), is the national team of South Africa and is controlled by the South African Football Association.

South Africa
Nickname(s)Banyana Banyana
AssociationSouth African Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachDesiree Ellis
CaptainJanine van Wyk
Most capsJanine van Wyk (170)
Top scorerPortia Modise (101)
FIFA codeRSA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 54 Increase 4 (5 August 2022)[1]
Highest48 (August 2016)
Lowest74 (June 2005)
First international
 South Africa 14–0 Swaziland 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 30 May 1993)
Biggest win
 South Africa 17–0 Comoros 
(Port Elizabeth, South Africa; 31 July 2019)
Biggest defeat
 China 13–0 South Africa 
(Dalian, China; 7 September 2003)
World Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage (2019)
Africa Women Cup of Nations
Appearances13 (first in 1995)
Best resultChampions (2022)
Summer Olympics
Appearances2 (first in 2012)
Best result10th (2012)

Their first official match was held on 30 May 1993 against Swaziland.[2]

They qualified for Olympic football for the first time in 2012,[3] and for a FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, in Group B with Germany, Spain and China. However, they lost all matches, and their only goal was against Spain when they went to a 1–0 lead only to lose 3–1. South Africa won their first Women's Africa Cup of Nations in 2022, beating Morocco 2–1 in the final.

HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

The South Africa women's national team played its first international match...

Historically, South Africa has never had a professional women's football league until 2020. This coincided perfectly with the country's annual celebration of Women's Month — a celebration of women in society.While South Africa may not have had a professional women's league, the country's national setup has flourished. The national team competes at Under-17 and Under-20 levels. But the senior team — nicknamed “Banyana Banyana” — has represented South Africa in multiple tournaments.These include the COSAFA Women's Championship Cup, African Women's Cup of Nations and, more recently, a debut at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. Despite unfair gender disparities, South Africa's female footballers have attracted interest from professional leagues all over the world.In South Africa, the playing field is not level for young female footballers to rise up through development.But a new semi-professional league, established in 2009, gave women an opportunity to pursue a future in football.The Sasol league consists of 2800 footballers playing in 144 teams across the nine provinces in South Africa.It has made it easy for scouts and the national coaches to assess players. The league has been steadfast in making sure that women's football thrives in South Africa, despite very little corporate sponsorship.It was therefore humbling to witness the launch of the South African Football Association (SAFA) National Women's League, which signaled a new era.The fully-professional league aims at the development and growth of the game for South Africa. There is still so much more that still needs to be done. But with 27 players now playing professionally in Europe and the United States, opportunities are aplenty.

Team imageEdit

NicknamesEdit

The South Africa women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Banyana Banyana", which literally means "Girls Girls". This name is derived from the Senior Men's National team being "Bafana Bafana".

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Legend

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2021Edit

17 September Aisha Buhari Cup South Africa   3–0   Ghana
21 September Aisha Buhari Cup Nigeria   2–4   South Africa Lagos, Nigeria
16:00 (GMT+1)
  • Ikechukwu   47', 53'
Stadium: Onikan Stadium
9 October COSAFA Women's Championship 3rd Zambia   1–1
(4–3 p)
  South Africa Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Stadium: Wolfson Stadium
20 October 2022 AFWCON qualification First round 1st leg Mozambique   0–7   South Africa Maputo, Mozambique
<!- – 20:00 CEST (UTC+2) --> Report Stadium: Estádio do Zimpeto
26 October 2022 AFWCON qualification First round 2nd leg South Africa   6–0
(13–0 agg.)
  Mozambique Johannesburg, South Africa
<!- – 20:00 CEST (UTC+2) -->
Report Stadium: Orlando Stadium
Note: South Africa won 13–0 on aggregate.

2022Edit

11 February Friendly Zambia   3–0   South Africa Lusaka
Report Stadium: Nkoloma Stadium
18 February 2022 AFWCON qualification Second round 1st leg South Africa   2–0   Algeria Johannesburg
16:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Orlando Stadium
Referee: Mercy Kayira (Malawi)
23 February 2022 AFWCON qualification Second round 2nd leg Algeria   1–1
(1–3 agg.)
  South Africa Algiers
18:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stade Omar Hamadi
Referee: Dorsaf Ganouati (Tunisia)
Note: South Africa won 3–1 on aggregate.
12 April Friendly Netherlands   5–1   South Africa 's-Gravenhage
Report
Stadium: Cars Jeans Stadion
Referee: María Dolores Martínez
4 July 2022 (2022-07-04) 2022 AFWCON GS Nigeria   1–2   South Africa Rabat, Maroc
18:00
Stadium: Stade Moulay Hassan
Referee: Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco)
7 July 2022 (2022-07-07) 2022 AFWCON GS South Africa   3–1   Burundi Rabat, Maroc
18:00
Stadium: Stade Moulay Hassan
Referee: Shahenda El-Maghrabi (Egypt)
10 July 2022 (2022-07-10) 2022 AFWCON GS South Africa   1–0   Botswana Rabat, Maroc
21:00 Stadium: Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
14 July 2022 (2022-07-14) 2022 AFWCON QF South Africa   1–0   Tunisia Rabat, Morocco
21:00
Report (FIFA) Stadium: Stade Moulay Hassan
Referee: Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)
18 July 2022 (2022-07-18) 2022 AFWCON SF Zambia   0–1   South Africa Casablanca, Morocco
Stadium: Stade Mohammed V
Referee: Lidya Tafesse (Ethiopia)
22 July 2022 (2022-07-22) 2022 AFWCON F Morocco   1–2   South Africa Rabat, Morocco
21:00
Stadium: Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
2 September Friendly South Africa   0–3   Brazil Soweto, South Africa
18:00
Stadium: Orlando Stadium
Referee: Maria Rivet (Mauritania)
3 September 2022 COSAFA Women's Championship Group A South Africa   4–0   Mauritius Port Elizabeth
15:30
Stadium: Madibaz Stadium
5 September Friendly South Africa   0–6   Brazil South Africa

Source: Global Sports Archive

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

Position Name Ref.
Head coach   Desiree Ellis
Assistant coach   Thinasonke Mbuli
Goalkeeper Coach   Cameron Cox
Performance Analyst   Shilene Booysen
Physical Trainer   Ridhaa Allie

Technical staff

Role Name Start date
General Manager   Lauren Duncan January 2016

Manager historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Kebotseng Moletsane   Boemfontinl Celtic
1GK Dineo MAGAGULA   University of Johannesburg FC
1GK Tshidi MURUOA   =TUT

7 2DF Fikile MAGAMA   UWC FC Cape
7 2DF Cimone SAULS   JVW FC
7 2DF Koketso TLAILANE   TUT
7 2DF Nothando VILAKAZI   TUT
2DF Tiisetso Makhubela (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 25)   Mamelodi Sundowns
7 2DF Lonathemba   MHLONGO UWC FC
7 2DF Thato LETSOSO   TUT
7 2DF Sharol RAMAOKA   TUT

15 3MF Jamie Leigh WITBOOI   CR Vasco Da Gama Ladies
15 3MF Mmabatho MOGALE   TUKS
15 3MF Sphumelele SHAMASE   University of Johannesburg FC
3MF Oratile Mokwena (2001-03-21) 21 March 2001 (age 21)   Mamelodi Sundowns
15 3MF Nonhlanhla MTHANDI   Mamelodi University Ladies
15 3MF Sinazo NTSHOTA   City Lads Ladies
15 3MF Busisiwe NDIMENI   TUT

4FW Lelona Daweti   Mamelodi Sundowns
4FW Zethembiso VILAKAZI   Lindelani FC
4FW Michelle SAMPSON   Richmond United Ladies
4FW Amanda MKHIZE   Durban Ladies
4FW Lithemba SAM   Cape Town Roses

Recent call upsEdit

  • The following players have been called up to a South Africa squad in the past 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kaylin Swart (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 27)   JVW
GK Andile Dlamini (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 30)   Mamelodi Sundowns
GK Regirl Ngobeni (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 26)   UWC

DF Karabo Makhurubetshi 2022 AFWCON qualification Second round
DF Antonia Maponya 2022 AFWCON qualification Second round
DF Ongeziwe Ndlangisa (1994-04-06) 6 April 1994 (age 28)   Sunflower v.   Zambia, 9 October 2021
DF Cimone Sauls   JVW
DF Koketso Tlailane (1992-12-07) 7 December 1992 (age 29)   TUT
DF Lonathemba Mhlongo   UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
DF Karabo Dhlamini (2001-09-18) 18 September 2001 (age 21)   Mamelodi Sundowns
DF Lebohang Ramalepe (1991-12-03) 3 December 1991 (age 30)   Dinamo Minsk
DF Janine van Wyk (captain) (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 35)   JVW
DF Bambanani Mbane (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 32)   Mamelodi Sundowns
DF Bongeka Gamede (1999-05-22) 22 May 1999 (age 23)   UWC
DF Noko Matlou (1985-09-30) 30 September 1985 (age 36)   Eibar

MF Gabriela Salgado (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 (age 24)   JVW WAFCON2022 INJ
MF Noxolo Cesane (2000-10-11) 11 October 2000 (age 21)   Reims v.   Netherlands, 12 April 2022
MF Mamello Makhabane (1988-02-24) 24 February 1988 (age 34)   JVW
MF Thubelihle Shamase   UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
MF Refiloe Jane (1992-08-04) 4 August 1992 (age 30)   Sassuolo
MF Nomvula Kgoale (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 26)   TUT
MF Linda Motlhalo (1998-07-01) 1 July 1998 (age 24)   Djurgårdens
MF Thalea Smidt (1997-12-27) 27 December 1997 (age 24)   Mamelodi Sundowns
MF Kholosa Biyana (1994-09-06) 6 September 1994 (age 28) Unattached
MF Amogelang Motau (1997-02-27) 27 February 1997 (age 25)   UWC
MF Robyn Moodaly (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 28)   JVW
MF Sibulele Holweni (2001-04-28) 28 April 2001 (age 21)   Sophakama/HPC

FW Asanda Hadebe 2022 AFWCON qualification Second round
FW Rhoda Mulaudzi (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989 (age 32)   Mamelodi Sundowns
FW Reitumetse Chabana   TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY -PTA
FW Jermaine Seoposenwe (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 28)   Juárez
FW Melinda Kgadiete (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 30)   Mamelodi Sundowns
FW Nthabiseng Majiya (2004-06-10) 10 June 2004 (age 18)   Richmond Ladies
FW Thembi Kgatlana (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 26)   Racing Louisville
FW Hildah Magaia (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 27)   Sejong Sportstoto

Previous squadsEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup
Summer Olympics
Africa Women Cup of Nations
COSAFA Women's Championship

RecordsEdit

  • Active players in bold, statistics correct as of 2020.

HonoursEdit

ContinentalEdit

  Champions: 2022
  Runners-up: 1995, 2000, 2008, 2012, 2018
  Third place: 2006, 2010
  Runners-up: 2003, 2007

RegionalEdit

  Champions: 2002, 2006, 2008, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  Runners-up: 2011


Competitive recordEdit

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Year Result Pld W D* L GS GA GD
  1991 Did not enter
  1995 Did not qualify
  1999
  2003
  2007
  2011
  2015
  2019 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7
   2023 Qualified
Total 2/9 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
  2019 Group stage 8 June   Spain L 1–3 Stade Océane, Le Havre
13 June   China L 0–1 Parc des Princes, Paris
17 June   Germany L 0–4 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier

Olympic GamesEdit

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Pld W D* L GS GA GD
  1996 Did not qualify
  2000
  2004
  2008
  2012 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6
  2016 Group stage 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3
  2020 Did not qualify
Total 2/7 6 0 2 4 1 10 −9
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Africa Women Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Women Cup of Nations record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA GD
1991 Banned
1995 Runners up 6 3 1 2 19 20 −1
  1998 Group stage 2 0 0 2 2 7 −5
  2000 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 9 3 +6
  2002 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 6 11 −5
  2004 Group stage 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5
  2006 Third place 5 2 1 2 8 5 +3
  2008 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 7 4 +3
  2010 Third place 5 3 1 1 10 6 +4
  2012 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 6 6 0
  2014 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 7 6 +1
  2016 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 5 3 +2
  2018 Runners-up 5 3 2 0 11 2 +9
  2020 Cancelled due to covid
  2022 Champions 6 6 0 0 10 3 +7
Total Champions: 1 time 62 31 8 23 102 83 +19
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

African GamesEdit

African Games record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
  2003 Runner- up 5 4 0 1 12 3
  2007 Runner- up 4 2 1 1 7 7
  2011 Fourth 4th 5 1 2 2 8 10
  2015 5th 2 0 2 0 1 1
  2019 7th 2 0 0 2 0 4
  2023 TBD
Total 5/5 18 7 5 6 28 25

COSAFA Women's ChampionshipEdit

COSAFA Women's Championship record
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA GD
  2002 Winner 5 5 0 0 36 2 +34
  2006 Winner 4 4 0 0 19 2 +17
  2008
  2011 Runner-up 5 4 0 1 14 3 +11
  2017 Winner 5 3 2 0 12 3 +9
  2018 Winner 5 5 0 0 13 2 +11
  2019 Winner 5 5 0 0 27 2 +25
  2020 Winner 5 5 0 0 22 3 +19
  2021 4th 5 2 2 1 8 6 +2
Total Winner 39 33 3 3 151 23 +128
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

All−time record against FIFA recognized nationsEdit

The list shown below shows the women's South Africa national soccer team's all−time international record against opposing nations.
*As of xxxxxx after match against xxxx.

Key
  Positive balance (more wins than losses)
  Neutral balance (as many wins as losses)
  Negative balance (more losses than wins)
Against Pld W D L GF GA GD Confederation

Record per opponentEdit

*As ofxxxxx after match against xxxxx.

Key
  Positive balance (more wins than losses)
  Neutral balance (as many wins as losses)
  Negative balance (more losses than wins)

The following table shows South Africa's all-time official international record per opponent:

Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD W% Confederation
Total

See alsoEdit

National teams

ReferencesEdit

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