Strong Banyana for Ghana

Sowetan Reporter

Sowetan Reporter

Banyana Banyana coach Augustine "Mthakathi" Makalakalane yesterday announced a formidable team to face Ghana in a 2008 Beijing Olympic Games qualifier billed for the Caledonian stadium in Pretoria tomorrow.

Kickoff is at 3pm.

Banyana Banyana started camp on Sunday and wrap up preparations at the Edenvale Sports Ground today at 10am.

Makalakalane has urged football lovers to come in numbers to support the team.

"We need supporters to fill the stadium and be our 12th player, we may have beaten Ghana at the All Africa Games, but this fixture is a new ball game. They also walloped Nigeria 1-0 recently which means we go into this match as underdogs."

South African Football Association chief executive Raymond Hack says he is optimistic of a good result tomorrow.

"We can only urge our loyal Banyana fan base to pack Caledonian Stadium to capacity as they did on previous occasions. They were inspirational in our 2-1 win against Zimbabwe at the Caledonian," said Hack.

Ghana arrived in the country yesterday morning and will start their first training session at the University of Pretoria Groenkloof Campus this afternoon at 4pm.

Goalkeepers: Phindile Nkosi (Croesus Ladies), Bridgette Molale (Tuks FC);

Defenders: Simphiwe Dludlu (Tuks HPC), Nthabeleng Mosebo (Tuks HPC), Keneilwe Mathibela (Tuks HPC), Gloria Thato (Bopelong Ladies/HPC), Refilwe Koloba (Palace Super Falcons), Hlengiwe Ngwane (Durban Ladies);

Midfielders: Phumzile Mogomane (Swallows FC), Kylie-Ann Louw (Sundowns Ladies), Mamello Makhabane (Palace Super Falcons), Teresa Biggs (Panorama Ladies), Veronica Phewa (Durban Ladies), Nompumelelo Nyandeni (Detroit FC/HPC);

Strikers: Portia Modise (Fortuna Hjorring - Denmark), Noko Matlou (Brazilian Ladies FC) and Lucinda Bowers (Everton Ladies NC (HPC).