CALIFORNIA – Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana arrived in Santa Clara, California, USA, on Wednesday after a 31-hour flight that included a 10-hour stopover in New York.
Banyana Banyana face the host nation USA in an international friendly match scheduled for Sunday at the Levi Stadium.
Both sides are using this encounter to prepare for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be played in France from 7 June and 7 July.
SA coach Desiree Ellis has selected a squad of 23 players that includes Spain-based Ode Fuludutilu, Nomvula Kgoale who is based in the USA as well as Nothando Vilakazi who plies her trade in Lithuania – the trio met up with the squad in the USA.
“It was indeed a long journey, and after a good night’s rest we are getting down to business because we know the task at hand. We are playing a well-polished team in the form of the USA and we need to be at our best as this is our penultimate match before we start the World Cup tournament,” said Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk.