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Desiree Ellis names strong Banyana Banyana squad for Sweden

12:42 AM SGT 4/1/18
Desiree Ellis
Ellis has called up the big guns for an international friendly against Sweden later this month

Interim Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has named a strong squad to face Sweden later this month.

Ellis has called up the majority of the players that won the 2017 Cosafa Women's Championship in Zimbabwe in September last year.

The squad includes the USA-based quartet of Kaylin Swart, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Amogelang Motau and Kelso Peskin.

Former captain Amanda Dlamini has also been recalled following a long spell on the sidelines.

The team will assemble for camp on Sunday, January 14.

The first clash with Sweden will be a practice match on Thursday, January 18 and will be played behind closed doors at a venue yet to be announced.

The second encounter will be an international friendly scheduled for January 21 at the Cape Town Stadium.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Andile Dlamini, Yolula Tsawe, Kaylin Swart.

Defenders: Nothando Vilakazi, Noko Matlou, Janine Van Wyk, Bambanani Mbane, Lebohang Ramalepe, Regina Mogolola, Zanele Nhlapo, Yonelo Keto.

Midfielders: Leandra Smeda, Refiloe Jane, Amanda Dlamini, Kholosa Biyana, Kgaelebane Mohlakoana, Amogelang Motau, Rachel Sebati, Neliswa Luthuli, Nompumelelo Nyandeni. 

Strikers: Melinda Kgadiete, Thembi Kgatlana, Kelso Peskin, Jermain Seoposenwe, Chantelle Esau, Sduduzo Dlamini.

Meanwhile, Noko Matlou and Thembi Kgatlana are off to Accra, Ghana for the prestigious Aiteo CAF Awards 2017.

Matlou has been invited as the 2008 CAF African Women Football of the Year Award winner, while Kgatlana is a nominee in the same category for 2017.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 4 January 2018 at Accra Convention Centre.