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Ellis places three players on standby ahead of South Africa's Women's World Cup trip

3:45 PM GMT+8 23/05/2019
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Three 'standby players' have been included in Banyana Banyana's squad for the friendly against the 1995 Women's World Cup winners

The South Africa national women's team head coach Desiree Ellis has included three more players in her squad.

Banyana Banyana will face Norway in next week's Fifa World Cup preparation match in Amiens on June 2.

The midfield duo of Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Ongeziwe Ndlangisa and goalkeeper Jessica Williams will join the group on standby for France 2019. 

The trio is expected to return to South Africa after the game. Meanwhile, the coach has explained her reasoning behind her decision to call-up the three additional players ahead of the global showpiece event.

“For a tournament like the World Cup, you need to have players on standby in the event of an injury to anyone in the squad that has been selected," Ellis told the media. 

"The three players have been part of the Banyana Banyana set-up in recent times and know how the team plays.

“The reason we are going with them to France is that we still have a match to play and don’t want to have to call someone from back home. 

"They will be at the same level of fitness as the other players so it will not be a challenge to introduce them back into the team – so in other words, we always have to be ready with our planning,” she explained.

Ellis will fly to France on Thursday with a squad which includes Beijing Phoenix duo of Linda Motlhalo and Thembi Kgatlana.

They will be joined by the quartet of Swedish-based Leandra Smeda, Gintra duo of Nothando Vilakazi and Jermaine Seoposenwe; as well as Spain-based Ode Fulutudilu.

Sunday's clash with Norway, who are Nigeria's Group A opponents, will be the last warm-up game for Banyana.

Six days later, South Africa will launch their maiden Women's World Cup outing in Group B against Spain in Le Harve.