South Africa women's national football team

South Africa
Nickname(s) Banyana Banyana
Association South African Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coach Desiree Ellis (Interim)
Captain Janine Van Wyk
Most caps Janine Van Wyk (130)
Top scorer Portia Modise (98)
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 48 Increase 4 (26 August 2016)
Highest 48 (August 2016)
Lowest 74 (June 2005)
First international
South Africa South Africa 14–0 Swaziland 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 30 May 1993)
Biggest win
South Africa South Africa 14–0 Swaziland 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 30 May 1993)
 South Africa 14–0 Botswana 
(Harare, Zimbabwe; 19 April 2002)
Biggest defeat
 China PR 13–0 South Africa South Africa
(Dalian, China; 7 September 2003)
Africa Women Cup of Nations
Appearances 10 (first in 1995)
Best result Runners-up (1995, 2000, 2008, 2012)
Summer Olympics
Appearances 2 (first in 2016)
Best result 10th (2016)

The South Africa national women's football team, nicknamed Banyana Banyana (The Girls), is the national team of South Africa and is controlled by the South African Football Association.

Their first official match was held on 30 May 1993 against Swaziland.[1]

They qualified for the Olympic football for the first time in 2012 tournament,[2] while at that time they have not yet qualified for FIFA Women's World Cup.

Tournament record

World Cup

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991Banned
Sweden 1995Did not qualify-------
United States 1999Did not qualify-------
United States 2003Did not qualify-------
China 2007Did not qualify-------
Germany 2011Did not qualify-------
Canada 2015Did not qualify-------
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympic Games

Olympic Games Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
United States 1996Did not qualify-------
Australia 2000Did not qualify-------
Greece 2004Did not qualify-------
China 2008Did not qualify-------
United Kingdom 2012Group Stage301217−6
Brazil 2016Group Stage301203−3
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Performance in Africa Women's Championship

CAF Women's Championship
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA GD
1995Runners up63121920−1
Nigeria 1998Group stage200227−5
South Africa 2000Runners up540193+6
Nigeria 2002Fourth place5212611−5
South Africa 2004Group stage300327−5
Nigeria 2006Third place521285+3
Equatorial Guinea 2008Runners up530274+3
South Africa 2010Third place5311106+4
Equatorial Guinea 2012Runners up5302660
Namibia 2014Fourth place511376+1
Cameroon 2016Qualified
TotalRunners up 4 times46215207675+1
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Current squad

As of October 22, 2014:[3]

Head coach: Vera Pauw

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Andile Dlamini (1992-09-02)2 September 1992 (aged 22) 15 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
2 2DF Simphiwe Dludlu (1987-09-21)21 September 1987 (aged 27) 58 South Africa TUKS Ladies FC
3 2DF Nothando Vilakazi (1988-10-28)28 October 1988 (aged 25) 60 South Africa Palace Super Falcons
4 2DF Noko Matlou (1985-09-30)30 September 1985 (aged 29) 95 South Africa Ma-Indies FC
5 2DF Janine Van Wyk (c) (1987-04-17)17 April 1987 (aged 27) 130 South Africa JVW FC
6 3MF Mamello Makhabane (1988-02-24)24 February 1988 (aged 26) 56 South Africa JVW FC
7 2DF Lebogang Mabatle (1992-03-03)3 March 1992 (aged 22) 13[4] South Africa University of Pretoria F.C.
8 2DF Lebogang Ramalepe (1991-12-03)3 December 1991 (aged 22) 5 South Africa Ma-Indies FC
9 3MF Amanda Dlamini (1988-07-22)22 July 1988 (aged 26) 99 South Africa JVW FC
10 4FW Silindile Ngubane (1987-03-25)25 March 1987 (aged 27) 21 South Africa Durban Ladies FC
11 4FW Thembi Kgatlana (1996-05-02)2 May 1996 (aged 18) 3 South Africa TUT
12 4FW Portia Modise (1983-06-20)20 June 1983 (aged 31) 114 South Africa Croesus FC
13 2DF Gloria Thato (1989-01-11)11 January 1989 (aged 25) 35 South Africa University of Pretoria F.C.
14 3MF Sanah Mollo (1987-01-30)30 January 1987 (aged 27) 45 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
15 3MF Refiloe Jane (1992-08-04)4 August 1992 (aged 22) 32 South Africa VUT Ladies
16 1GK Roxanne Barker (1991-05-06)6 May 1991 (aged 23) 9 Iceland Þór/KA
17 3MF Leandra Smeda (1989-07-22)22 July 1989 (aged 25) 34 South Africa UWC Ladies
18 3MF Mpumi Nyandeni (1987-08-19)19 August 1987 (aged 27) 125 South Africa JVW FC
19 4FW Ode Fulutudilu (1990-06-02)2 June 1990 (aged 24) 10 South Africa Spurs Ladies FC
20 4FW Shiwe Nongwanya (1994-03-07)7 March 1994 (aged 20) 11 South Africa Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies

See also


  1. "Senior National Women's Team". South African Football Association. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  2. "Banyana secure historic passage to London". FIFA. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  3. "Sasol Banyana Banyana Player Profiles" (PDF). Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  4. "Lebogang Mabatle". Sasol. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
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