Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) champions Banyana Banyana will play two away international friendly matches against Senegal during the FIFA break in the coming weeks. This was confirmed by football motherbody SAFA on Wednesday. Bafana will face the West Africans in their backyard on 31 May and on 4 June 2024.

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“We have always said that we are going to utilize the FIFA dates going forward and we now have these two international friendlies against Senegal,” said coach Dr Desiree Ellis. 

“We need to stay active to be ready and prepare for the WAFCON. “There are players coming back from injury, and we also want to see other players during these friendlies against Senegal,” she added. 

Banyana Banyana will play two away international friendly matches against Senegal
Banyana Banyana

“We need to prepare and be ready for WAFCON. We haven’t received any communication on when it is going to happen. But we will utilize these FIFA dates to make sure that we start preparing.”

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCHES FOR BANYANA BANYANA CONFIRMED 

The next WAFCON will be held in Morocco. But the dates of the start of their defence of their continental title are yet to be announced.

The final 23-player squad for the away international friendlies against Senegal will be announced in the coming days.

World-renowned football federation, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) in partnership with VFS Global, concluded extensive coaching courses held in Stellenbosch and in Durban in March this year. The initiative is in line with VFS Global’s community outreach initiatives across the globe with a focus on youth empowerment and skill development.

The KNVB-accredited course conducted under its WorldCoaches Programme in partnership with SAFA eThekwini, saw a total of 56 coaches from across Durban and Cape Town, with almost 50 percent of the participants being women. The coaches were accredited with a globally recognised certificate, as part of KNVB’s WorldCoaches global drive of using football to drive social development.

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The five-day workshop saw the coaches being exposed to the latest global trends of youth coaching and equipped with the necessary tools and information to be role models in their respective communities. In addition to tactical knowledge empowerment, key societal topics such as child protection, leadership, and social change formed part of the learning process for the coaches. The course hosted over 265 participating players throughout the two weeks, allowing the coaches to put together sessions they had learnt from the instructors into practice.

VFS Global and KNVB support SAFA regions
VFS Global’s community outreach

VFS GLOBAL AND KNVB HOST COACHING COURSES FOR SAFA REGIONS 

“This was truly an eye-opening experience for our coaches. Most of them are keen to learn and empower themselves, and thanks to such a programme, our region is not only producing future coaches. but key role models for our communities, thanks to KNVB”, said SAFA eThekwini Technical Director, Maxwell Ndlovu.

Speaking on behalf of the KNVB, instructor Bert Zuurman said the reception and eagerness shown by the coaches were encouraging and indicative of a bright youth football future for the region.

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“We are honoured to share our knowledge and experience with these coaches, who are not just coaches but are now role models. Our programmes are uniquely designed to make use of football as a driver for social change, and it is important that our coaches are receptive to both the tactical and social development divisions of the programme. We wish all the coaches the best of luck, and sincerely thank SAFA eThekwini for providing us with the platform”, said Johan van Geijn, Founder of KNVB WorldCoaches.

“Through this programme, we are not only equipping coaches with the latest in football tactics but also instilling in them a sense of social responsibility. Through such initiatives that also empower young people to stay in school, we’re shaping not just athletes, but future leaders by providing coaches with the tools to be role models. Our investment in South Africa underscores our dedication to youth empowerment worldwide, harnessing sports to pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future”, added Hariprasad Vishwanathan, Head – Sub Saharan Africa, VFS Global.

The goal of the WorldCoaches program is to give participants critical thinking skills and resources required to make critical decisions both on and off the field.

The CAF Coaching Convention has re-admitted the South African Football Association (SAFA), paving the way for South Africa to host the CAF A License Coaching diploma from 13-20 November 2023.

This prestigious course will be divided into four phases and requires a total of 200 hours of study. Among the selected batch of coaches from 65 applications, a total of 25 participants can now look forward to earning their coveted CAF A badges by June 2024.

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SAFA Technical Director Walter Steenbok expressed his satisfaction about this turn of events, saying:

“We are extremely excited about the upcoming course and believe that the Association has taken a big step forward by being back in the convention.

“CAF regulations stipulate that Head Coaches must possess either a Pro or CAF A license before sitting on benches during continental competitions like the Champions League and the Confederations Cup, leading us towards empowering our local talented coaches.”

Earlier this year SAFA the Technical Director expressed his goal to ensure that coaches are fully equipped for their duties.

A significant achievement towards this objective is the reintroduction of the CAF A License, which is considered as a major accomplishment to SAFA’s Coach Education department. He anticipates that more courses will be available for both male and female coaches by 2024.

“It has been six years since we conducted CAF B and A course in South Africa, however, we have managed to get accreditation and satisfied the new manuals’ requirements of the Confederation of African Football (CAF),” concluded Steenbok”

COACHES TO GO FOR CAF A LICENSE DIPLOMAS 

Alliance Kubayi

Alex Zondi

Bilton Musonda

Boebie Solomons

Bongani Manzini

Carol Kanyemba

Dennis Makinka

Eric Tinkler

Gavin Hunt

Godfrey Sapula

Grand de Smidt

Jabulani Mendu

Kabelo Malapane

Lunga Ngwane

Marcus Mashilo

Monde Hlatshwayo

Nkosana Mabhena

Pogiso Makhoye

Sailor Tshabalala

Steve Barker

Tiro Van Rooyen

Tlisane Motaung

Thulani Mthimkulu

Wesley Segel

Zane Ryklief

South Africa Football Association Chairperson of Referees Victor Gomes has provided an update about Video Assistant Referee, VAR. This comes after some questionable decisions that have been taken by some referees in matches.

The call for PSL to have VAR in the league is continuing after some poor officiating in the DStv Premiership.

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The recent match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 semi-finals second league have been under scrutiny after Amakhosi were not awarded a penalty.

But Gomes has insisted that VAR will be available in South Africa before the end of the current season and will be used in the Nedbank Cup final for the first time.

VICTOR GOMES ISSUE UPDATE ON VAR

“VAR will arrive before the close of the season and might be used in the Nedbank Cup final,” says Gomes.

“What I’m aiming for is to do our cup final with VAR this year – the Nedbank Cup. When we have evidence that an error in judgment took place, we need to take responsibility and we need to try and understand why this error in judgment took place,” Gomes told Marawa Sports Worldwide.

“So, there’s always a lot of emotion that goes into the game and stuff, and this is why we have a review committee that sits on a Tuesday night and on a Thursday night.

“I think it’s a five to seven committee that analyses the clip, and they also go through it with the official. VAR technology in football is very young compared to Rugby. I think the leadership at FIFA and CAF is guiding us in the right direction. I think we’re moving very fast and moving towards this type of thinking,” Gomes said.

“There are constant changes all the time, I think we’re getting closer. We’re working on it.

Two weeks ago, SAFA suspended referee of the season Luxolo Badi after poor officiating. Another referee who is likely to be suspended could be Abongile Tom. He officiated in the MTN8 final between Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns.

By Katleho Hlalele 

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has named a strong squad to face the U.S. women’s national team in two international friendly matches. The matches will be played in Cincinnati and Chicago this month.

Ellis has kept faith with the majority of the players who blazed a historic trail in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The injured Refiloe Jane and Bambanani Mbane will miss the trip to the USA. They have been replaced by Lonathemba Mhlongo and Sinoxolo Cesane.

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The former FIFA Women’s World Cup champions will host the Sasol-sponsored South African senior women’s team in Cincinnati at TQL Stadium on 21 September 2023, and in Chicago at Soldier Field on 24 September 2023.

Ellis said the African champions will be highly motivated when they play against the pedigreed Americans in their own backyard.

“This group of Banyana Banyana players is very grounded and they have shown that they can step up at any time. They have shown that they have the mentality, and I think you do not need any motivation when you are playing against the USA. They won’t need any motivation and this is another opportunity to test themselves,” Ellis said.

The Banyana Banyana coach said the players have an opportunity to once again show the world what they can do after impressing in Australia and New Zealand. She said the Americans are still one of the best teams in the world and will be tough opposition for the African champions.

BANYANA BANYANA SQUAD TO FACE USA

Banyana Banyana squad for USA friendly matches revealed
Banyana Banyana squad to face USA

“Congratulations to all the players who received the nod from the technical team and were called up by the coach for this assignment,” said Nozipho Mbatha, Sasol Senior Manager: Group Brand and Sponsorship.

“Being entrusted with such a responsibility to represent South Africa after Banyana Banyana’s sterling performance in Australia and New Zealand, will bolster each player’s commitment to continue on the trajectory of high performance, inspiring those that follow in their footsteps to dream big, knowing nothing is impossible that which they put their mind to. Banyana Banyana has proven to all of us that consistent handwork contributes towards success. On behalf of Sasol, we wish them all the best.”

The two sides are coming from participating in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, with both registering contrasting fortunes during the tournament held from 20 July – 20 August 2023. The USA made their ninth appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup while the South Africans were making their second.

HISTORY MAKING NATIONAL TEAM

Banyana Banyana made history at the 2023 global tournament by becoming the first ever South African senior national team (men or women) to make it out of the group stages of a FIFA event. They qualified for the Round of 16 after beating Italy 3-2 in their final group match. The USA, on the other hand, arrived as defending champions but exited the tournament on penalties after a scoreless draw with Sweden in the Round of 16, the first time they have not made the semi-finals at the tournament. It was the earliest exit ever for the now third-ranked four-time World Cup champions.

Coach Ellis’ charges climbed up from 54 to 45 in the latest FIFA rankings, achieving their highest placing on the global list ever. The South African senior women’s team remained second on the continental list behind the top-ranked Super Falcons of Nigeria.

The SAFA Limpopo leadership led by its President Jack Maluleka is set to visit the troubled Capricorn Region on Friday. The Capricorn Region has been embroiled in infighting with calls for its President Jacky Mogashoa.

Just last month, clubs and LFA’s organised a March to the region’s office in Polokwane to demand that Mogashoa steps down.

It is yet not clear what the meeting is about but the provincial leadership have reportedly raised their concerns about the state of the region.

This also includes the embarrassing situation during the Limpopo promotion playoffs where two clubs from the region pitched in Nkowa-Nkowa. The region ended up being barred from participating in the playoffs for the same reason.

LIMPOPO SAFA LEADERSHIP TO VISIT TROUBLED REGION

In a circular seen by LimSportsZone, the meeting is scheduled for 16:00 on Friday. There is also not an agenda sent to those expected to attend but this publication will keep you updated on the outcomes of the meeting.

SAFA leaders in Limpopo to visit the troubled Capricorn Region
SAFA Capricorn Region 1st deputy president Tomas Mulaudzi and Provincial secretary Refiloe Khoza 

CURRENT CAPRICORN LEADERS:

President: Jacky Mogashoa
1st Vice President: Tomas Mulaudzi
2nd Vice President: Isiah Maesela
3rd Vice President: Mrs Mashilela M Treasurer: Maoto MG
General Secretary: Mosotho Malesela Additional Members: Mr
Mahlahare NL, Mr Mabotja M, Mr Semenya J, Mr Mashapu G, Mr Manaso D, Mr Manyekwane I, Mr Kekana C.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has made known of his final 23-man for the upcoming friendly matches against Namibia and DR Congo.

Broos announced a 36-member preliminary squad last week, including some new faces. But On Wednesday, he confirmed his final squad.

One of the most notable in Broos’ troops is Ligue 1 club, Strasbourg’s striker Lebo Mothiba and Kobamelo Kodisang who plies his trade at Moreirense in Portugal.

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The South African national team is set to host the two countries on the 9th and 12th of September 2023. This is regarded as preparations for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cote D’Ivoire next year and the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers games.

HUGO BROOS ANNOUNCES BAFANA BAFANA FINAL SQUAD

The Belgian mentor, Broos has now trimmed his squad that will face the two teams at the Orlando Stadium this coming month.

Goalkeepers:

Ronwen Williams [Mamelodi Sundowns], Veli Mothwa [AmaZulu], Ricardo Goss [SuperSport United],

Defenders:

Nyiko Mobbie [Sekhukhune United], Grant Kekana [Mamelodi Sundowns], Nkosinathi Sibisi [Orlando Pirates], Aubrey Modiba [Mamelodi Sundowns], Thabiso Monyane [Orlando Pirates], Mothobi Mvala [Mamelodi Sundowns], Siyanda Xulu [SuperSport United], Innocent Maela [Orlando Pirates].

Midfielders:
Luke Le Roux [Varbergs Bois], Teboho Mokoena [Mamelodi Sundowns], Grant Margeman [SuperSport United], Bathusi Aubaas [Mamelodi Sundowns].

Forwards:

Mihlali Mayambela [Aris Limassol], Themba Zwane [Mamelodi Sundowns], Kobamelo Kodisang [Moreirense], Percy Tau [Al Ahly], Zakhele Lepasa [Orlando Pirates], Lyle Foster [Burnley], Lebo Mothiba [Strasbourg], Monnapule Saleng [Orlando Pirates].

The Hollywoodbets Super League is back after a long FIFA Break as we are coming from the Women’s World Cup 2023. The recent Women’s World Cup saw Banyana Banyana doing well and managing to make it to the round of 16.

On Wednesday, 23 August we saw the battle of the students and it was a Pretoria Derby. The University of Pretoria Ladies FC defeated TUT Ladies FC 2-1 at the University of Pretoria Stadium.

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On Saturday, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC managed to come back home with three points as they defeated Copperbelt Ladies FC 1-0 in Polokwane. UWC Ladies FC on the other side, won 1-0 beating UJ Ladies FC.

JVW Girls FC defeated Ma-Indies Ladies FC 3-0 and the last game was between TS Galaxy Queens FC against Royal AM Ladies FC. The full-time score was 4-1 in favour of the Rockets. On Sunday, University of Pretoria were visited by an Eastern Cape-based side, City Lads Ladies FC. They didn’t disappoint as they managed to win 5-0.

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Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC are still on top of the log with 50 points, followed by UWC Ladies FC with 48 points. UWC Ladies FC still has one game in hand. The Brazilians Ladies played 19 games while UWC Ladies FC played 18 games in the league.

By Banele Hlakanyana

The Province of Limpopo has rejected an offer to host Bafana Bafana’s upcoming international friendly games against Namibia and DR Congo, respectively, next month. LimSportsZone understands.

Preparing for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cote D’Ivoire next year and the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers games, Bafana are set to host the two countries on the 9th and 12th of September 2023.

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Coach Hugo Broos has already announced his 36-man preliminary squad, which he will trim to 23 players next week. Meanwhile, SAFA are yet to confirm the venues for these friendly encounters.

Limpopo Province rejects offer to host Bafana Bafana matches
Peter Mokaba Stadium

However, LimSportsZone has it on good authority that the South African Football Association (SAFA), had approached the Limpopo Department of Sport, bidding to take the two matches to Peter Mokaba Stadium.

However, the Province has reportedly turned down the proposal, invoking financial restraints on their budget and time. This means that the 2010 FIFA World Cup venue will not be available for the two fixtures next month.

LIMPOPO REJECTS BAFANA BAFANA OFFER

The unfortunate decision taken by Limpopo province led the football mother body to find another venue.

Reports stated that Gauteng, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal are understood to be keen on hosting the games. With Broos expected to announce his final squad, SAFA are also anticipated to confirm where the matches will take place.

By Clifton Mabasa

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has announced a 36-member preliminary squad for the upcoming friendly games against Namibia and DR Congo next month.

The South African men’s national team will face Namibia on the 9th of September, before locking horns with DR Congo three days later. SAFA are yet to announce the venues of these two meetings.

For Broos and his troops, the two matches will serve as preparation for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations. Also the qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in November.

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In his squad, the Belgian mentor has included the in-form striker, Lebo Mothiba who plies his trade at Ligue 1 club, Strasbourg, in France. A notable newcomer in the squad is SuperSport United’s young defender, Ime Okon. He was promoted from the club’s reserve side this season.

Broos has kept most members from the squad that qualified for the Afcon. Broos will trim his preliminary squad from 36 to 23 players next week when he announces his final squad.

Hugo Broos names Bafana preliminary Squad for friendly games
Bafana Bafana Squad

HUGO BROOS’ PRELIMINARY SQUAD:

Goalkeepers:
Ronwen Williams [Mamelodi Sundowns], Veli Mothwa [AmaZulu], Ricardo Goss [SuperSport United], Sipho Chaine [Orlando Pirates].

Defenders:
Nyiko Mobbie [Sekhukhune United], Grant Kekana [Mamelodi Sundowns], Nkosinathi Sibisi [Orlando Pirates], Aubrey Modiba [Mamelodi Sundowns], Thabiso Monyane [Orlando Pirates], Mothobi Mvala [Mamelodi Sundowns], Siyanda Xulu [SuperSport United], Given Msimango [Kaizer Chiefs], Innocent Maela [Orlando Pirates], Keegan Allan [Moroka Swallows], Ime Okon [SuperSport United], Sfiso Hlanti [Kaizer Chiefs], Zuko Mdunyelwa [Chippa United].

Midfielders:
Luke Le Roux [Varbergs Bois], Njabulo Blom [Saint Louis], Teboho Mokoena [Mamelodi Sundowns], Grant Margeman [SuperSport United], Bathusi Aubaas [Mamelodi Sundowns], Sphephelo Sithole [Tondela], Mlungisi Mbanjana [TS Galaxy].

Forwards:
Mihlali Mayambela [Aris Limassol], Themba Zwane [Mamelodi Sundowns], Kobamelo Kodisang [Moreirense], Khanyiso Mayo [Cape Town City], Iqraam Rayners [Stellenbosch], Pule Mmodi [Kaizer Chiefs], Bongokuhle Hlongwane [Minnesota], Percy Tau [Al Ahly], Zakhele Lepasa [Orlando Pirates], Lyle Foster [Burnley], Lebo Mothiba [Strasbourg], Monnapule Saleng [Orlando Pirates].