Hildah Tholakele Magaia; Koketso Tlailane; Mapule Nomvula Kgoale; and Pride Itebogeleng Nthite were chosen during a selection camp at the SAFA Technical Centre, South of Johannesburg from 20 to 27 October.
Banyana Banyana are the defending champions of this annual tournament and have won the trophy three consecutive times. They will aim for an unprecedented fourth successive title, something no other national team has yet managed to achieve.
National Team Couch, Desiree Ellis says she is encouraged by the physical condition of most of the players despite the coronavirus induced long lay-off. “This is mainly because the players received personalised training programmes to ensure they kept fit during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. However, thorough safety measures were taken before getting to camp, with all players and officials undergoing mandatory COVID-19 tests before being allowed to the camp,” she adds.
Dr Shadrack Ntangeni, Director of Sport at TUT, commended the team on their performance. “The Directorate is very excited about the achievements of the women’s team. They play such an important role in conveying a positive image of the University and in showcasing the university and the nation at large.”