Four current and former UWC Ladies Football Club players have been named in the Banyana Banyana squad this week for the upcoming 10th Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) tournament that will be held in Cameroon.
UWC captain Amogelang Motau’s brilliant performance this season was repaid with a promotion from the national Under-20 team to her first call-up to the senior national women’s team. She is joined teammates Leandra Smeda and Thembi Kgatlana, as well as former UWC striker Jermaine Seoposenwe, who plies her trade for Stamford University in the United States. The three have cemented their place in the Banyana Banyana set-up and were part of the team that travelled to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games a few months ago.
The UWC contingent in the Banyana team made an immediate impact when they scored all three goals when Banyana beat Zimbabwe 3-0 in a warm-up friendly game in Harare on Thursday, 10 November. Kgatlana netted a brace and Smeda added one as Banyana walked over their opponents.
The selection of the UWC players further confirms Udubs’ football stature amongst the best women’s football teams in South Africa, having won almost every competition they have participated in this year.
The AWCON tournament will take place from 19 November to 3 December, and Banyana have been drawn in a tough group that includes hosts Cameroon, Egypt as well as Zimbabwe, who also took part in this year’s Olympic Games in Brazil.
Meanwhile, the sterling performance of individual UWC Ladies players was recognised when eight members of the team were honoured at the SAFA Cape Town Awards last weekend. Zelda Fransman took home the SAFA Cape Town Women’s Player of the Year award, Miche Oosthuizen received the SAFA Cape Town Provincial Certificate for Participation, while Puleng Moremi, Thalea Smidt and Amogelang Motau all got the Under-19 National Certificate for Participation. Fransman, together with Chelsea Daniels, Aaqilah Alfreds and Lauren Johnathan also received the Under-19 SAFA Cape Town Regional Certificate for Participation.
After winning the Western Cape Sasol League for the first time this year, UWC Ladies will represent the province in the Sasol League national play-offs that are scheduled to take place from 6 to 12 December in Mossel Bay. UWC will play Durban Ladies from KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng-based JVW (Janine van Wyk Girls Football Development Programme) in the group stages.