Banyana Banyana

About Banyana Banyana

Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana are South Africa’s senior national women’s football team and the country’s most successful national football team of recent times. Following South Africa’s readmission to international football in 1992, the women’s football team was first assembled in 1993 with a match against Swaziland.

In 2009, Sasol went into partnership with the South African Football Association (SAFA), officially launching its sponsorship of the national team and breaking the mould as one of few companies that have energised the women’s game in the country.


Player Profiles

  • Name
    Rhoda ‘Mambush’ Mulaudzi
  • Birthplace And Age
    2 December 1989, Tshimbupfe Malonga, Limpopo
  • Club
    Canberra United (Australia)
  • Position
    FORWARD (22)
  • Name
    Amanda ‘Speedy’ Mthandi
  • Birthplace And Age
    23 May 1996, Soweto, Gauteng
  • Club
    University of Johannesburg (Johannesburg)
  • Position
    FORWARD (9)
  • Name
    Jermaine ‘Jay’ Seoposenwe
  • Birthplace And Age
    12 October 1993, Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Club
    JVW FC (Johannesburg)
  • Position
    FORWARD (12)

Banyana Banyana visit the Copper Queens for an International Friendly

Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana is in Zambia preparing for the international friendly match they will be playing against Zambia, at the Nkoloma Stadium on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The match against Zambia comes ahead of the Senior Women’s Team’s face-off against Algeria in a bid to secure their spot in the 2022 Africa Women Cup of


Banyana Banyana emerged victorious at Tuesday’s match when they beat Mozambique 6 – 0, in the second leg AWCON qualifier game, bringing the aggregate to an incredible 13 – 0. Going into the clash, the South African’s enjoyed a commanding 7-0 score line advantage courtesy of their first leg triumph in Mozambique. The second leg


Banyana Banyana will face Mozambique in the AWCON qualifier return leg on Tuesday, 26 October at the FNB stadium to air on SABC 3 (SABC Sports) at 3 pm. This follows after Banyana Banyana was unstoppable in the AWCON qualifier first leg encounter against Mozambique in Maputo on 20 October 2021 when they thrashed the

Banyana Banyana welcomed in Mozambique

The South African Senior Women’s team have landed in Mozambique where they will take on the hosts for the first round of the African Women Cup of Nations Qualifiers on Wednesday, 20 October 2021. Banyana Banyana players and staff members were welcome by the Commissioner General Siphiwe Nyanda who affirmed his support for the team

We will not undermine Angola – Mamello Makhabane

One of Banyana Banyana’s seasoned players, Mamello Makhabane believes Angola should not be undermined when the two sides meet at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium later this afternoon (Friday , 1 October 2021) for their second pool game in the COSAFA Cup (kick-off, 15h30).  Angola kicked off their campaign with a solid 2-2 draw against

Banyana Banyana win opening COSAFA Cup match

South Africa….(2)2 ( Melinda Kgadiete 2′, Noxolo Cesane 37′) Malawi.…………(0)1 (Wezzie Mvula 89′) Banyana Banyana started their COSAFA Cup title defence on a positive note by beating Malawi 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Fresh from winning the inaugural Aisha Buhari Invitational tournament last week, a new look and youthful Banyana

Banyana Banyana arrive in Gqeberha ahead of COSAFA Cup title defence

The South African Senior Women’s national football team has assembled in Gqeberha ahead of the COSAFA Women’s tournament scheduled to take place from 28 September – 9 October 2021. Banyana Banyana who are the COSAFA Cup defending champions having won the competition for the past four Editions. They come into this COSAFA tournament in buoyant

Banyana Banyana dominate Ghana in Buhari Cup

South Africa….. (1) 3 (Hildah Magaia 17′, Thembi Kgatlana 53′, Sibulele Holweni 83′) Ghana…………….(0) 0 Banyana Banyana were unstoppable in their first match of the Buhari Cup as they slotted three past the Black Queens of Ghana at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria on Friday afternoon. Desiree Ellis’s soldiers came into the Buhari Cup

Neliswa Luthuli takes on her first COSAFA Women’s Championship

Neliswa Luthuli, captain of the Sunflower Sasol League team, has been selected as one of the new players representing South Africa at the 2020 COSAFA Women’s Championship. The tournament which is taking place in Nelson Mandela Bay will see Banyana Banyana fight to defend their championship title from 3 to 14 November 2020. “This is

Kaylyn Jordaan thrilled to finally join Banyana Banyana

Kaylyn Jordaan’s dream recently came true when she joined Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana for her first tournament at the 2020 COSAFA Women’s Championship. At nineteen-years old, Jordaan is regarded as one of the most promising players of her generation, currently playing for the Spurs WFC Sasol League team in the Western Cape. The tournament which is

Leandra Smeda on her rise to 100 caps

Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana’s Leandra Smeda has joined a top and well experienced group of national team players who have obtained 100 caps. The midfielder received her 100th cap and was honoured by Sasol and SAFA during Banyana Banyana’s recent friendly match in Japan. The match took place at the Kitakyushu stadium on Sunday, 10 November

Desiree Ellis happy with performance despite defeat

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis said she was satisfied with her team’s performance in their 2-0 defeat to hosts Japan on Sunday, 10 November in Fukuoka. Having travelled for two days and with only two days to prepare for the tough friendly match, Ellis said she took a lot of positives from this encounter. “I

Two errors cost Banyana Banyana against Japan

A gallant Banyana Banyana put up a great performance but were made to pay for two unforced mistakes as they lost 2-0 to hosts Japan in a friendly international match in Fukuoka on Sunday, 10 November 2019. Coming on the back of a heavy travelling schedule, Banyana Banyana could have salved this game in the

Sasol and Banyana Banyana inspire young female footballers

Port Elizabeth. Banyana Banyana in collaboration with their sponsor Sasol, held a coaching clinic for young female footballers on Saturday, 3 August 2019. The event took place at the Wesbourne Oval in Nelson Mandela Bay, as part of Sasol and the South African Football Association (SAFA)’s skills transfer initiative. Eighty young female footballers between the

Banyana Banyana knocked out of 2019 France WC

Banyana Banyana’s participation in their maiden FIFA Women’s World Cup in France has come to and end. This comes after they were knocked out of this year’s edition following a 4-0 loss to Germany in the final match of Group B, which was played on Monday, 17 June at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier.

Banyana Banyana fall down to the USA

Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana got a taste of what the upcoming 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be like when they went down 3-0 to a strong USA Women’s National Soccer Team. The clash took place on Sunday, 12 May 2019 at the Levi’s Stadium – the home of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara,

Amanda Mthandi thrives on her new journey with Banyana Banyana

Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana has brought new players into the team, who were scouted and selected from the Sasol League. This is Amanda Mthandi’s #Limitless story. She shares her experience and journey as a football player, coming from the Sasol League to Banyana Banyana.      Originally from Soweto, 22-year-old Amanda Mthandi was selected as part

Banyana Banyana, Jamaica play to 1-1 draw

SASOL-sponsored Banyana Banyana played to a 1-1 draw with visiting Jamaica side in an exciting friendly encounter at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It was fitting farewell match for the hosts who are headed to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in June. The draw however is not a true reflection of the

Banyana Banyana conduct coaching clinics in KwaMashu

Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana have had perhaps their busiest week during their training camp in Durban. Shortly after their arrival in the city, they took part in a fun walk with their fans on a 5km route around the Moses Mabhida Stadium – the venue for their clash against the Reggae Girlz of Jamaica on Sunday,

Banyana Banyana in Durban to officially launch historic Jamaica clash

Head coach of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, Desiree Ellis was today in Durban to officially launch the historic clash against Jamaica in an international friendly match set for Sunday, 7 April 2019 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Kickoff is at 15h00. Accompanied by, amongst others, the President of the South African Football Association

Banyana Banyana to face Jamaica in Durban next month

Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will face Jamaica in an internatinal friendly match scheduled for the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The historic clash, which will serve as a part of preparations for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in June in France, will take place on Sunday, 7 April 2019. Kickoff is at 15h00. Both countries

Banyana Banyana trio brings newly acquired international flavour

Last year, three Sasol League and Banyana Banyana players Rhoda Mulaudzi, Refiloe Jane and Leandra Smeda signed their first international contracts. Smeda joined Lithuanian giants Gintra, while Jane and Mulaudzi journeyed together to Canberra United in Australia. The players’ experience in playing women’s football abroad has helped them bring in a new perspective to the

“Hardwork, dedication and respect helped me to 150 caps” – Matlou

Banyana Banyana defender Noko Matlou says it has been a long and hard journey to reach 150 appearances for South Africa, but worth it. Matlou made her debut in 2007 and celebrated a century and a half of matches when Banyana Banyana faced Finland in the final fixture of the 2019 Cyprus Womens’s Cup where

“We have a lot of work to do ahead of the WC” – Van Wyk

Captain of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana team, Janine van Wyk, says the 2019 Cyprus Women’s Cup was a perfect barometer of how much work they still needed to do to be ready for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup starting in June in France. South Africa played four matches in Cyprus – managing only one

Banyana Banyana fall to Korea DPR in the Cyprus Cup

Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana lost 4-1 to Korea DPR in the second match of the 2019 Cyprus Women’s Cup currently underway in Cyprus. The Asians scored four goals in the first half with no reply from South Africa, whose solitary goal came early in the second stanza. The clash took place at the AEK Arena in

We are looking for improved performances – Ellis

Head coach of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana Desiree Ellis, says she is looking for improved performances from her charges as the national team will be making their 7th appearance in the Cyprus Women’s Cup, which kicks off on Wednesday, 27 February 2019. South Africa takes on Finland in only the second meeting against the European nation.

Ellis drops three, retains same squad for Cyprus Cup

Head coach of the SASOL-sponsored Banyana Banyana, Desiree Ellis, has announced a squad of 23 players to take part in the 2019 Cyprus Women’s Cup, which runs from 27 February to 6 March. Ellis has left out three players from the squad of 26 that featured in the two international friendly matches between the Netherlands