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Paris 2024 Qualifier: Banyana Coach Happy To Have Key Trio For Super Falcons Clash

Paris 2024 Qualifier: Banyana Coach Happy To Have Key Trio For Super Falcons Clash

Banyana Banyana of South Africa head coach Desiree Ellis says having experienced trio Bambanani Mbane, Refiloe Jane and Sibulele Holweni back in the squad is a timely boost ahead of their 2024 Olympic Games qualifier against Nigeria.

Mbane, Jane and Holweni were included in Banyana’s 24-player squad for the qualifier last Saturday.

Ellis said the big match temperament of Mbane, Jane and Holweni will boost the side’s confidence.

“There is one thing that you can never buy and that is experience,” he said, adding that the team also has a few talented young players,” Ellis said after naming her squad.

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“Experience helps a lot when it adds value to the team. They have been there in tough situations and when things were not OK where they stood up to be counted. We also have the enthusiasm of the youth and we needed to get that mix right.

“We have young players like Karabo Dhlamini, Nthabiseng Majiya, Fikile Magama, Sinoxolo and Noxolo Cesane, those players are coming through and for us it is important to get that mix of youth and experience right.

“You can have the experience but you also need youthful freshness of youth who are enthusiastic. You need that injection of freshness but at the same time the experience of Refiloe Jane, Mbane and Holweni is important.”

Banyana take on traditional rivals Nigeria in Abuja on April 5 and host the return leg at the Loftus Stadium on April 9.

The winner of this tie will join Brazil, Japan and Spain in Group C in the Olympic Games in Paris in July and August.


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  • Emecco 3 weeks ago

    Is there even any need of going to this Olympics, knowing that Japan , Spain and Brazil are awaiting us in Paris ???

    • Bobo Colorado Springs 3 weeks ago

      Emecco, i quite understand your concern, i know those teams you mentioned are quality teams but the Super falcons are not pushovers either; remember the last female world cup?, the rest is history now.

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