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Sasol has been involved in the development of football in South Africa for 21 years, working in partnership with the South African Football Association (SAFA).
From 1994 – 2008, Sasol sponsored the South African National U/23 team, nicknamed Amaglug-glug,  and Sasol has been and  remains the sole sponsor of Sasol Banyana Banyana and the Sasol League.

Below are a few notable achievements by Sasol Banyana Banyana throughout the years.

FOUNDED

  • In 1993 Banyana Banyana was officially recognised as the South African Senior National Women’s Football Team.
  • The nickname “Banyana Banyana” (The Girls) was adopted in 1996

FIRST GAME

  • Banyana Banyana’s first fixture played against international side, Swaziland. TA game which the South African National Women’s Team won 14 – 0.

WOMEN’S AFRICA CUP OF NATION (PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS AFRICAN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP)

  • Banyana Banyana hosted the African Women’s Championship in 2000, 2004 and 2010.
  • Banyana Banyana finished as Runners-Up of the tournament in 1995, 2000, 2008 and 2012.
  • Sasol Banyana Banyana participated in their first international competition at the 1995 African Women Championships, losing to Nigeria in the finals. The team has subsequently played in nine African Women Championship tournaments, reaching the finals four times.

OLYMPIC GAMES

  • In September of 2011, Sasol Banyana Banyana qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games after a 1-1 draw, defeating Ethiopia 4 – 1 on aggregate
  • In doing so, they became the first Banyana Banyana team to qualify for a major international tournament.
  • 2012 was the year Sasol Banyana Banyana made their debut at the Olympic Games on 25 July
  • The first match was played against Sweden in Coventry, which they lost 4 – 1
  • The second match was against Canada also in Coventry, which they lost 3 – 0
  • Their final match at the tournament was against Japan, which ended in a 0 -0 draw
  • On 18 October, Sasol Banyana Banyana qualified for their second consecutive Olympic Games, this time in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, after defeating Equatorial 1 – 0 on aggregate in the final match of the Olympic qualifiers

CAPTAINS

This is a list of Sasol Banyana Banyana captains over the years from 1993:

  • Anthea Childs: 1993 – 1994
  • Desiree Ellis: 1994 – 2002
  • Delisiwe Mbatha: 2002 – 2004
  • Portia Modise: 2004 – 2006
  • Keneilwe Matshibela: 2006 – 2008
  • Kylie-Ann Louw: 2008 – 2010
  • Simphiwe Dludlu: 2010 (leading up to the African Women Championship)
  • Nthabeleng Modiko: 2010 (African Women’s Championship)
  • Amanda Dlamini: 2010 to 2012
  • Janine Van Wyk: (2013 to date)

COACHES

This is a list of Sasol Banyana Banyana captains over the years from 1993:

  • Terry Paine: 1993
  • Sandile Bali: 1993 – 1995
  • Fran Hilton Smith: 1995 – 1998
  • Danny Oudendaal: 1998 (1 match)
  • Nomalungelo Mooi: 1998 – 1999
  • Fran Hilton-Smith: 1999 – 2000
  • Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba: 2000 – 2002
  • Greg Mashilo: 2002 – 2004
  • April “Syles” Phumo: 2004 (3 games)
  • Augustine “Mthakathi” Makakalane: 2004 – 2010
  • Joseph “Skheshekheshe” Mkhonza: 2010 to 2013
  • Vera Pauw: 2014 to date

LEGENDS

ANTHEA CHILDS

  • Sasol Banyana Banayna’s  first Captain (1993 – 1994)
  • Led Banyana Banyana  in their first ever international match against Swaziland

DESIREE ELLIS

  • Longest serving Sasol Banyana Banyana captain (1994 – 2002)
  • She is currently the team’s assistant coach

PORTIA MODISE

  • The current leading goal scorer with 101 goals
  • Captained the team from 2004 - 2006
  • Nicknamed “Bashin” after prolific former Orlando Pirates striker Bashin Mahlangu
  •  Scored the only goal for South Africa at the 2012 London Olympic Games
  •  Won rumerous awards at the 2007 GSport Awards. Then in 2014, Potia Moise won the Special Recognition Award and the Sports Star of the Year at the 2014 South African Sports Awards
  • Retired from international football in May 2015

NOMPUMELELO NYANDENI

  • Youngest player to have represented Sasol Banyana Banyana
  • Was 15-years-old when she played her first match
  • Currently has 122 caps and 38 Goals
  • Plays professional football for JWV in the Gauteng Sasol League

NOKO MATLOU

  • Nickname “Beep Beep”,  given to her by her team mates because of her speed
  • Has represented South Africa 120 times, scoring  63 goals
  • Plays for Sasol League club, Ma-Indies Ladies
  • Is the recipient of the 2009 CAF African Women Footballer of the Year
  • Scored a hat trick in the first leg of the London Olympic qualifiers played at Orlando Stadium in Soweto in August 2011
  • Winner of the Sports Woman of the Year at the 2011 South African Sports Awards

JANINE VAN WYK

  • Current Captain of Sasol Banyana Banyana
  • Nickname “Booth”,  after former Bafana Bafana central defender  Matthew Booth
  • Plays for Sasol League club JVW (which she also owns)
  • Has represented the nation 127 times and has scored 10 goals

JERMAINE SEOPOSENWE

  • Currently plays for Samford University in the USA
  • Joint top goal scorer with Jade Boho Sayo from Equatorial Guinea at the 2015 CAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where she scored 5 goals
    • 2 goals away versus Gabon
    • 2 goals at home versus Gabon
    • 1 goal away versus Equatorial Guinea
  • Scored the only goal in the final round of the Olympic qualifiers to secure South Africa a place in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

RANKING

  • Sasol Banyana Banyana is currently ranked 54th in the world according to FIFA.
  • Sasol Banyana Banyana’s Highest FIFA Raking in June 2013 was at 50.
  • 73rd was Sasol Banyana Banyana’s lowest FIFA Ranking in June 2004

Countries where Banyana Banyana have participated and have represented South Africa successfully.

INTERNATIONAL APPEARANCES

  • Sasol Banyana Banyana’s first international tournament outside Africa.
  • Ranked 58th in the world at the time, the team played against:
    • England (ranked 10th) lost 6 – 0
    • France (ranked 8th) lost 3 – 2
    • Scotland (ranked 25th) won 2 – 0
  • Took 6th position out of 8 teams ahead of Scotland (ranked 25th) and Russia (ranked 15th)

NETHERLANDS

  • First non-African team to play against Banyana Banyana
  • Match was played in February 2000
  • Netherlands won 2 – 0

PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

  • Sasol Banyana Banyana’s first international friendly  outside  Africa
  • Played two matches in Dalian in October 2003
  • Sasol Banyana Banyana lost the first match 8 – 0 and the second one 13 – 0 the heaviest defeat the team has ever endured.

SCOTLAND

  • First international team outside of Africa to be defeated by Banyana Banyana
  • This was at the Cyprus Women’s Cup in 2009 where South Africa defeated Scotland 2– 0

VICTORIES FOR BANYANA BANYANA

  • May 1993 vs Swaziland (won 14 – 0)
  • April 2002 vs Botswana (won 14 – 0)

 

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