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EXTRA TIME: Banyana step up preparations for World Cup

13:41 GMT+3 23/02/2019
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The South African ladies team is going to participate in the Cyprus Womens Cup again, which is excellent preparation for France 2019

Banyana Banyana fans can follow photographs and a video of their national team training for the Cyprus Womens Cup while still in South Africa.

Finally the South African ladies national team congratulates their top player Thembi Kgatlana for joining Chinese club Phoenix from Beijing. She will also be with the Banyana camp in Cyprus from 27 February to 6 March. South Africa is in Group A with Finland, the Czech Republic and Korea DPR.

Head coach Desiree Ellis spoke to Safa Media about the preparations.

“We are back in camp to continue with preparations for the World Cup, and as we approach the start of the Cyprus Cup, this indicates we are edging closer and closer to our maiden World Cup tournament. We will be playing four top quality matches in Cyprus and at the end of the tournament we will not only know how far we are in terms of preparations but also which players will be ready for the World Cup,” said Ellis.

“Only 23 players will go to the World Cup, so right now it is a serious battle for places in the final squad. The Cyprus Cup is an opportunity for players to further raise their hands, and this does not mean that those not in the current squad don’t stand a chance – until the final squad is announced, everyone still has an opportunity to play in the World Cup, even though we can’t have too many changes.”

The Fifa Women’s World Cup competition will be held between 7 June and 7 July.

During this week Banyana players and followers were also getting behind South African athletics star Caster Semenya and you can also find Tweets about their support.