Women Football Banyana arrive in Ivory Coast ahead of away WAFCON qualifier

Banyana Banyana arrived in Ivory Coast ahead of the away leg of the final round of the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier (WAFCON) against Burkina Faso.

Coach Desiree Ellis’ charges face Burkina Faso on 30 November 2023 and the team travelled with 20 players, with youngster Ayesha Moose of the University of Johannesburg replacing Wendy Shongwe, who could not travel due to illness in the family. Forward Jermaine Seoposenwe will join the Sasol-sponsored South African senior women’s team for the second leg in South Africa.

Linda Motlhalo, Noko Matlou, and Faith Nokuthula are the last three players expected to join up with the team in Côte d’Ivoire. The team is currently based in Abidjan and will have their first official training session on Tuesday (November 28) before traveling by bus to the capital city of Ivory Coast, Yamoussoukro, where they will face off against Burkina Faso on Thursday at the Stade Charles Konan Banny. (Kickoff 18:00pm CAT).

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This will be the last fixture for Banyana Banyana in 2023, and the team will return to action in February 2024 to continue with their 2024 Olympic qualifiers. The team had a successful year as they made history at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup by becoming the first-ever South African senior national team to make it to the knockout stages of a FIFA tournament.

Their efforts have been rewarded as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday shortlisted Banyana Banyana in the National Team of the Year (women) category in the continental awards to be hosted next month in Morocco.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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