Thembi Kgatlana in action for Banyana Banyana. Photo: safa.net

CAPE TOWN  – The Swedish women’s team returns to South Africa to play Banyana Banyana at Cape Town Stadium in January 2019, exactly a year after the two teams clashed at the same venue in 2018.

Banyana Banyana met Sweden on January 21 this year in coach Desiree Ellis’ first assignment as women’s coach. 

The European visitors walked away 3-0 winners but Ellis then said she was impressed with her squad’s potential.

“South Africa is technically astute and a quick team. It was a good challenge this year and it will even be a greater challenge in 2019," said Swedish coach Peter Gerhardsson. 

"South Africa is playing at the Women's Afcon tournament right now and is competing for one of the three World Cup slots. And from the look of things they are likely to be one of the African teams that will qualify for the 2019 Fifa World Cup. 

Gerhardsson said she will announce the squad for South Africa on Tuesday, November 27.

High flying Banyana Banyana head coach Ellis said while her attention at the moment was qualifying for the World Cup, she is excited at the prospect of meeting Sweden for the second time in Cape Town.

Banyana Banyana has set  Afcon alight with some dazzling football which has caught the attention of the world. 

Apart from the Sweden game, there are other high profile internationals lined up for the SA senior women’s team. 

African News Agency (ANA)