South Africa women's national football team

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South Africa
Nickname(s)Banyana Banyana
AssociationSouth African Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachDesiree Ellis
CaptainJanine van Wyk
Most capsJanine van Wyk (169)
Top scorerPortia Modise (101)
FIFA codeRSA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 53 Increase 2 (26 June 2020)[1]
Highest48 (August 2016)
Lowest74 (June 2005)
First international
 South Africa 14–0 Swaziland 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 30 May 1993)
Biggest win
 South Africa 17–0 Comoros 
(Port Elizabeth, South Africa; 31 July 2019)
Biggest defeat
 China PR 13–0 South Africa 
(Dalian, China; 7 September 2003)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage (2019)
Africa Women Cup of Nations
Appearances12 (first in 1995)
Best resultRunners-up (1995, 2000, 2008, 2012, 2018)
Summer Olympics
Appearances2 (first in 2012)
Best result10th (2012)

The South Africa national women's football team, nicknamed Banyana Banyana (The Girls), is the national team of South Africa and is controlled by the South African Football Association.

Their first official match was held on 30 May 1993 against Swaziland.[2]

They qualified for Olympic football for the first time in 2012,[3] and for a FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, in Group B with Germany, Spain and China. However, they lost all matches, and their only goal was against Spain when they went to a 1–0 lead only to lose 3–1.

History[edit]

Home stadium[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Ref.
Head coach South Africa Desiree Ellis

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named for a friendly match against Japan on 10 November 2019.[4]

Caps and goals accurate up to and including date month year.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Kaylin Swart (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 26) South Africa Golden Stars
16 1GK Andile Dlamini (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 28) South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
20 1GK Jessica Williams South Africa Spurs Ladies

2 2DF Lebogang Ramalepe (1991-12-03) 3 December 1991 (age 28) South Africa Ma-Indies
3 2DF Nothando Vilakazi (1988-10-28) 28 October 1988 (age 31) Spain Logroño
4 2DF Noko Matlou (1985-09-30) 30 September 1985 (age 35) South Africa Ma-Indies
5 2DF Noxolo Cesane (2000-10-11) 11 October 2000 (age 20) South Africa UWC Ladies
13 2DF Bambanani Mbane (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 30) Belarus Dinamo Minsk
14 2DF Tiisetso Makhubela (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 23) South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.

6 3MF Mamello Makhabane (1988-02-24) 24 February 1988 (age 32) South Africa JVW
7 3MF Nomvula Kgoale (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 24) Unattached
9 3MF Robyn Moodaly (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 26) South Africa JVW
10 3MF Linda Motlhalo (1998-07-01) 1 July 1998 (age 22) Sweden Djurgårdens IF
15 3MF Refiloe Jane (1992-08-04) 4 August 1992 (age 28) Italy Milan
17 3MF Leandra Smeda (1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 31) Sweden Vittsjö GIK
18 3MF Ongeziwe Ndlangisa South Africa Durban University of Technology
19 3MF Kholosa Biyana (1994-04-16) 16 April 1994 (age 26) South Africa University of KwaZulu-Natal
21 3MF Busisiwe Ndimeni (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 29) South Africa TUT-PTA

8 4FW Rhoda Mulaudzi (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989 (age 30) Cyprus Apollon Ladies
11 4FW Thembi Kgatlana (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 24) Spain Eibar
12 4FW Jermaine Seoposenwe (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 27) Portugal Braga
22 4FW Lelona Daweti

Recent call ups[edit]

The following players have been called up to the South Africa squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up



Previous squads[edit]

Individual records[edit]

*Active players in bold, statistics correct as of 2020.

Managers[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Lose

2019[edit]

2020[edit]

Honours[edit]

Continental[edit]

Med 2.png Runners-up: 1995, 2000, 2008, 2012, 2018
Med 3.png Third place: 2006, 2010
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2003, 2007


Achievements[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup Finals
Year Result Pld W D* L GS GA GD
China 1991 Did not enter
Sweden 1995 Did not qualify
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011
Canada 2015
France 2019 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 8 –7
AustraliaNew Zealand 2023 To be determined
Total 1/9 3 0 0 3 1 8 –7
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
France 2019 Group stage 8 June  Spain L 1–3 Stade Océane, Le Havre
13 June  China PR L 0–1 Parc des Princes, Paris
17 June  Germany L 0–4 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier

Olympic Games record[edit]

Olympic Games Finals
Year Result Pld W D* L GS GA GD
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6
Brazil 2016 Group stage 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3
Total 2/6 6 0 2 4 1 10 −9
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Africa Women Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Women Cup of Nations
Year Round Pld W D* L GS GA GD
1991 Banned
1995 Runners up 6 3 1 2 19 20 −1
Nigeria 1998 Group stage 2 0 0 2 2 7 −5
South Africa 2000 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 9 3 +6
Nigeria 2002 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 6 11 −5
South Africa 2004 Group stage 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5
Nigeria 2006 Third place 5 2 1 2 8 5 +3
Equatorial Guinea 2008 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 7 4 +3
South Africa 2010 Third place 5 3 1 1 10 6 +4
Equatorial Guinea 2012 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 6 6 0
Namibia 2014 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 7 6 +1
Cameroon 2016 Fourth place 5 1 1 3 5 3 +2
Ghana 2018 Runners-up 5 3 2 0 11 2 +9
Total Runners-up: 5 times 56 25 8 23 92 80 +12
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

African Games record[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Senior National Women's Team". South African Football Association. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Banyana secure historic passage to London". FIFA. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  4. ^ [1]

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