Olympics: South Africa’s Semi-Official Roster

Canada group opponent South Africa announced their preliminary Olympic roster last week (www.safa.net). Of the eighteen players on the list, two currently play for American universities: goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Pepperdine University) and Kylie-Ann Louw  (Stephen F. Austin State University). SAFA’s new item notes that an official roster will be announced on July 4th.

South Africa is in Group F, along with Japan, Canada, and Sweden. For more information about this team, including the two NCAA players, see this earlier post.

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SOUTH AFRICA’S ROSTER
(As of 8-Jun-2012)

SAFA’s news item is somewhat confusing as the roster list includes 26 player, but the text accompanying the list has a quote from the head coach, Joseph Mkhonza:

“We should quickly indicate that we have the top 18 players but this does not make it the final squad. Players placed on the list from 19 to 35 are reserves in the event of injury or illness.”

The top eighteen players are listed in order of field position, except that the second goalkeeper is listed as #18.

Goalkeepers (2):
Roxanne Barker  (Pepperdine University, USA)
Thokozile Mndaweni  (University of Johannesburg)

Defenders (5):
Refiloe Jane  (Sundowns Ladies FC)
Nothando Vilakazi  (Palace Super Falcons)
Amanda Sister  (Liverpool Ladies FC)
Janine van Wyk  (Palace Super Falcons)
Zamandosi Cele  (Durban Ladies FC)

Midfielders (7):
Leandra Smeda  (Cape Town Roses FC)
Kylie-Ann Louw  (Stephen F. Austin State University, USA)
Amanda Dlamini  (University of Johannesburg)
Mary Ntsweng  (TUT Ladies FC)
Noko Matlou  (University of Johannesburg)
Portia Modise  (Palace Super Falcons)
Gabisile Hlumbane  (Kovsies Ladies FC)

Forwards (4):
Sanah Mollo  (Bloemfontein Celtics)
Robyn Moodaly  (High Performance Centre)
Nompumelelo Nyandeni  (FC Rossiyanka, Russia)
Andisiwe Mgcoyi  (Sundowns Ladies FC)

Eight reserve players were also listed. The news item did not mention whether any of these players would be alternates.

Reserve Players:
Lebogang Mabatle  (defender; Halleluyah Zebra Force)
Jermaine Seoposenwe  (forward; Santos Ladies FC)
Andile Dlamini  (goalkeeper; Sundowns Ladies FC)
Nocawe Skiti  (midfielder; Cape Town Roses FC)
Rachel Sebati  (midfielder; High Performance Centre)
Nomvula Kgoale  (defender; High Performance Centre)
Leah Sethunya  (midfielder; Maluti Ladies FC)
Yola Jafta  (midfielder; University of Johannesburg)