The South African Senior Women’s National Team (Banyana Banyana) has been drawn against hosts Equatorial Guinea in the 8th edition of the African Women’s Championships set to take place in Equatorial Guinea from the 28 th October – 11 November 2012.

The draw was released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday, 17 July 2012.

South Africa is in Group A along with Equatorial Guinea, Senegal and DR Congo. Group B consists of Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire and Ethiopia.

Banyana Banyana will open their campaign against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, 28 October at the Nouveau Stadium in Malabo.

Kickoff is 14h30.

The second match will see South Africa take on Senegal three days later (Wednesday, 31 October) at the Nkoantoma Stadium in Bata, also kicking off at 14h30.the

The final group stage fixture against DR Congo will take place at the Nkoantoma Stadium on Saturday, 03 November.

The top four countries will contest the semi-finals on Wednesday, 07 November. The first one will be played at the Nouveau Stadium at 14h30 with the second taking place at the Nkoantoma Stadium two hours later.

The final will be played on Sunday, 11 November at 17h30, but will be preceded by a third-place play-off which kicks off at 14h30.

Meanwhile, Banyana Banyana is back in the country following their pre-Olympic preparation tour of Germany and England.

Banyana Banyana is now based at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria to conclude the preparations ahead of their departure for London on Thursday, 19 July.

The Olympic Games kick off on Wednesday, 25 July and runs through to Thursday, 9 August 2012.

Head coach of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana squad is happy with the way things have gone abroad, despite the 3-1 loss to Great Britain. South Africa defeated German club Bayer 04 Leverkusen by the same score line in a practice match.

Before their departure for London, Banyana Banyana, as part of Team SA, will be hosted to a dinner by Sascoc on Wednesday, 18 July

3 Comments
  1. Ken Suzuki 7 years ago

    No news in my sight. Actually, the news of Kumagai leaving Frankfurt was reported here only after the official announcement on Sunday, May 12.

    I am personally against the idea she joins Lyon. If her purpose of playing in Europe is to grow further as a DF, then she must test herself in match-ups against Thomis, Le Sommer, Necib and Dickenmann. (For some reason, Schelin is not so effective against Japanese, NT or club.) Besides, even Kumagai would have only slim chance to be a starting DF in a team with Renard, Franco, Bompastor and Georges. She will fall into the same situation of Ohno.

    I also wonder when she returns to Urawa. Funny that Saki is a junior of Tsukuba University as she was when she moved to Frankfurt. Now, Hikaru Naomoto who is 3 years younger is already a sophomore. When Saki is eventually back, she may find Naomoto is her “senior” at school, maybe do some research under Naomoto’s instruction. 😀

    So, in Urawa Reds Ladies:

    Kumagai “Hikaru! How many times I have to hammer into your head such simplest idea? Our team has no luxury to live with your stupidity!”

    Naomoto “Yes, ma’am…..”

    And, in Tsukuba University:

    Naomoto “Saki! I’m getting tired of working with a dope like you! Our lab is a place to make result, not a heap of rejected papers!”

    Kumagai “Yes, ma’am…”

    Of course, I’m joking. They both are too gentle to utter such words.

  2. Women's Soccer United 7 years ago

    Great information, thank you Lutendo

  3. Asa 7 years ago

    Thank you Lutendo for the update 🙂

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