Coach Ellis names final Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana squad

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced her final 23-member squad to represent South Africa at the global showpiece to be co-hosted in Australia and New Zealand from 20 July – 20 August 2023. 

The SASOL-sponsored Women’s Africa Cup of Nations champions are amongst the four African nations that will represent the continent alongside Zambia, Morocco and Nigeria. 

Ellis announced the squad at a glittering ceremony held at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest house in Tshwane on Friday (23 June 2023) in an event attended by Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa, South African Football Association President Dr Danny Jordaan, CEO Lydia Monyepao, Sasol Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Stakeholder Relations Charlotte Mokoena and several other ministers and dignitaries. 

The Banyana Banyana coach thanked her staff and players for the enormous amount of work they have delivered in the last few days during the selection and preparation camp. Ellis said the process has not been easy and taking the final decisions on the final team and the three standby players was tough. “It has been a tough week,” she said. “It might have not been easy for you as players, but it was also not easy for me as the coach. If I could, I would have taken everyone but unfortunately, I can only take 23 players.

“Thank you for the hard work that each one of you has put in, and this is not the end of it. It still needs to continue, and it will get more challenging from here because the World Cup stage is a different ball game.

“I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the whole group of 36 players (in the preliminary squad) for their enthusiasm, commitment, and competitiveness during this time. I would also like to thank the staff for always giving their best.”

“We would like to congratulate all the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana players who have been selected to represent South Africa in the 2023 Women’s World Cup. We want to thank you for your dedication and resilience you demonstrated throughout the selection camp. We worked hard in the past few months, and everyone has put their best foot forward showcasing their strength, skill, and steadfast spirit. I would want to appeal to my fellow 60 million South Africans to continue sending messages of support, since these give the players encouragement to do their best at the Women’s World Cup,” said Mokoena.

Banyana Banyana 2023 World Cup squad


  1. Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
  2. Kaylin Swart (JVW FC)
  3. Kebotseng Moletsane (Royal AM)


  1. Karabo Dhlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
  2. Fikile Magama (UWC)
  3. Lebohang Ramalepe (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
  4. Tiisetso Makhubela (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
  5. Noko Matlou (SD Eibar)
  6. Bambanani Mbane (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
  7. Bongeka Gamede (UWC)


  1. Kholosa Biyana (UWC)
  2. Refiloe Jane (Sassoulo FC)
  3. Sibulele Holweni (UWC)
  4. Linda Mothalo (Glasgow City)
  5. Nomvula Kgoale (TS Galaxy)
  6. Robyn Moodaly (JVW FC)


  1. Gabriela Salgado (JVW FC)
  2. Jermaine Seoposenwe (C.F. Monterrey)
  3. Noxolo Cesane (Unattached)
  4. Melinda Kgadiete (Mamelodi Sundowns FC)
  5. Wendy Shongwe (University of Pretoria)
  6. Hildah Magaia (Sejong Sportsoso)
  7. Thembi Kgatlana (Racing Louisville)

Standby Players

  1. Nthabiseng Majiya (Richmond Ladies)
  2. Amogelang Motau (UWC)
  3. Regirl Ngobeni (UWC)

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