Wits are coming into the 2023 Women’s Varsity Football competition with a squad featuring exciting new additions looking to help the team improve on their previous performances.
Head coach Siphesihle Ngalmane says they have very specific expectations of this year’s tournament.
“We are going into the tournament to win it. We do however understand that in such competitions, things do not always go your way but an appearance in the semi-finals would certainly mean progress for us.
“We tried to do our best with the limited time we had with the ladies, but the team is looking good ahead of the tournament and we are ready to give off our best to achieve our goals.”
Ngalmane is excited about a handful of players who will turn out for Wits this year.
“Ayanda Mnyembane is one player from our squad that stands out, with the contributions she brings to the team on and off the pitch. She will also wear the armband, hopefully leading our charge to success. Sakhi Mnomiya is another, who has been scoring goals in the league and is currently the top goal scorer. Nthabiseng Ramaisa will also add great value to the team, with the experience she carries in the tournament.
“This year we bring a squad filled with quite a few new players but I’m very excited to see Thalente Ntamane, Thalente Ntshiza and Bridgette Moekwa. Those are some who have stood out for me, without forgetting the rest who will be looking to prove themselves.”
According to Ngalmane the importance of Women’s Varsity Football for the growth and development of women’s football in South Africa cannot be overstated.
“The Women’s Varsity Football tournament is of great importance to the women’s game. Banyana Bayana’s recent display at the FIFA World Cup is a testament to this, where quite a
few players representing our national team are products of this tournament. The competition provides a great platform for not only players to get scouted but for us coaches to also get better at our crafts.”
Defenders: Lisenathi Cetywayo, Thalente Ntamane, Thalente Ntshiza, Mahlauli Pitso, Primrose Kopeka, Nokubonga Khumalo, Megan Wade, Magogodi Litlhakanyane, Lusanda Nyathi,
Midfielders: Itumeleng Maphala, Thato Machweu, Sizakele Ndlovu, Francesca Dobrovolsky.
Forwards: Sakhi Mnomiya, Ayanda Mnyembane, Luphumlo Mashego, Lechia Olivier.
Goalkeepers: Nthabiseng Ramaisa, Bridgette Matsie Moekwa, Sihle Tshabalala.
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by S’fiso Nyawo