Banyana Banyana visited Emsengeni Primary School in Port Elizabeth. It's fair to say that they have inspired many young players to play the game and to support them during the Women's Cosafa Cup.
Meanwhile, coach Desiree Ellis has released Bloemfontein Celtic’s Melinda Kgadiete from the SA squad because she isn't fit to participate.
Kgadiete is replaced by Tiisetso Makhubela of Mamelodi Sundowns, and Ellis explains the squad change to Safa Media.
“It is unfortunate that we had to send her back home because we found that she was not in the correct physical state for a tournament of this magnitude. It is a good thing we were able to detect this very early before the start of competition so we could effect changes,” said Ellis to Safa.
“At the end of the day it is all about the team, and we are hopeful this decision will push players to stay in perfect physical condition to be able to represent their nation as the demands of international games are much higher.”
Banyana Banyana will play against Madagascar on Wednesday, 12 September at the Wolfson Stadium.
We've witnessed so much love and inspiration for @Banyana_Banyana today. Port Elizabeth #ComeShowYourLove for the national team at the #COSAFAWomensChamps @SasolSA @SAFA_net pic.twitter.com/ci2HZVAQcE— Official SasolLeague (@SasolLeague) September 10, 2018
Banyana Banyana vice captain @fifinhojane calling on Emsengeni Primary School learners to come and support them in their first match of the COSAFA Women's Championship. They take on Madagascar on 12 September 2018 at Wolfson Stadium. (Kick-off 3.30pm).@Banyana_Banyana pic.twitter.com/RYbbIJAY3a— SAFA.net (@SAFA_net) September 10, 2018
Had the privilege of experiencing @Banyana_Banyana’s warm reception at Emsengeni Primary School in Port Elizabeth, ahead of the start of Women’s COSAFA Cup.— Nqobile Gama (@nqobilegama_) September 10, 2018
Side-note: @Siya_Kolisi attended Emsengeni.@SasolSA @SasolLeague @SAFA_net pic.twitter.com/5t5LhFMDNx
GKs unite 👐🏼🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/ePpXEI0por— Kaylin Swart (@Kaylin194) September 10, 2018
Banyana Banyana arriving at Emsengeni Primary School in Port Elizabeth to encourage the learners and also call on their support leading this year's Cosafa Women's Championship tournament. pic.twitter.com/JOhbfHxYEo— SAFA.net (@SAFA_net) September 10, 2018