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SOUTH AFRICA Women's Soccer TEAM NICKNAME: BANYANA BANYANA

APPEARANCES: 1995, 1998, 2000 (Runners-UP), 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 (Runners-UP) QUALIFICATION: SOUTH AFRICA QUALIFY AS HOSTS

TEAM PROFILE: For the past few years, hosts, South Africa, have always played the role of pretenders to the crown in Africa’s women championships. They have flattered, but only in patches. However, with silverware and a berth at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, the hosts will be highly motivated to gallantly march to their maiden triumph in Africa’s biggest women’s competition.

Despite finishing as runners-ups in several tournaments, they are yet to ascend to the highest summit on African football. Now at home and seemingly rejuvenated, they have yet another opportunity to right the wrongs and claim that elusive continental top prize. On paper, together with countries like Nigeria, they are favourites for this tournament, but there are many ghosts that need to be exorcised and put to rest before they can lay claim to the first prize.

There can be no doubts about their potential. Two years ago, they finished as runners-up to Equatorial Guinea. Banyana Banyana, as the team is affectionately referred to by its supporters, has retained the spine of the team that played in Malabo thus ensuring continuity for the Augustine Makalakalane-coached outfit. The South Africans will be hoping that this would be third time lucky for them as they had featured in two finals before, going down to Nigeria on home soil in 2000 and Equatorial Guinea in 2008.

Should they qualify for the World Cup next year, this would be Banyana’s first ever qualification for the big spectacle since readmission to international football in 1991. The increase in overseas based players like Kylie-Ann Louw, Nompumelelo Nyandeni and Roxanne Barker with the required international experience to conquer at this level is an added advantage. The team has had intensive preparations coming to this eight team strong tournament including international friendlies against Tanzania, Cameroon and Mali.

With seven-time African champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria also in Group A, Banyana have their work cut out and, together with Nigeria, they will be fighting with top honours in this group but emerging countries like Tanzania and Mali cannot be underestimated. A success story is the national u/17 team Bantwana Bantwana which became the first SA women’s football selection team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup tournament in Trinidad and Tobago recently. Buoyed by this achievement and a strong support like Bafana Bafana had during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, now it’s time for Banyana Banyana to live their dream conquer at home and go on to make their debut in the World Cup next year.

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Noko Matlou (Striker) By far one of the most potent players in this side, she will be shouldering South Africa’s goalscoring responsibilities in this tournament. In Equatorial Guinea two years ago, it was Matlou who had single-handedly took Banyana to the final against Equatorial Guinea only to fall in the last hurdle. Her total of six goals in that tournament and her influence in the team saw her being crowned the Confederations of African Football (CAF) women’s players of the year for 2009 beating off competition from Genevova Anonma (Equatorial Guinea) and Ngo Ndoumbouk Marlyse (Cameroon).

This was for the first time a South African footballer at any level had won a CAF individual award. The 25-year-old continues to be the reliable goal-getter and after 40 caps at international level, she’s ready to take the shine away from previous heroes Portia Modise and Veronica Phewa.

Siphiwe Dludlu (defender and captain) - It has been said, even if by innuendo, in the past that this Banyana Banyana side might have lacked to fill this role but the current captain Siphiwe Dludlu has brought not only stability in this ship, but a sense of direction and purpose. She now has a task to lead her nation to a continental victory on home soil.

Leadership qualities are not derived from a textbook neither there’s a formula that one should follow if you want to be successful in this field, this has to be inherited. Off the field, Dludlu has been a breath of fresh air for women’s football in the country, intelligent, articulate and a good ambassador for the game. On the field of play the 22year-old is a versatile modern right back whose 41caps will come in handy during the tournament that will be played in her hometown of Tembisa in Ekurhuleni.

Kylie-Ann Louw (Midfielder) - She has been the life and soul of the Banyana Banyana engine room for the past few years, even in this 9th edition of the African Women’s championship Kylie-Ann Louw would be expected to fill that role with aplomb. A former Banyana and national u/20 captain, this key central midfielder has 52 national caps under her belt, and has scored six goals for the national women's team.

Going to this tournament international experience would be key for the Banyana squad made up mainly of locally based players and Louw’s short stay in the US would be an added boost. She was awarded a top scholarship to study in Texas in the USA in 2009. A key playmaker in the mould of Barcelona and Spain’s World Cup winning midfield general Xavi, Louw’s exquisite passing and well established link up in the middle of the park with Nyandeni could be vital for

Banyana’s hopes of reigning supreme on home soil.

Coach, Augustine Makalakalane - With more than five years in the job, Makalakalane has reached a stage where results should be the team’s primary focus. Under the former FC Zurich player, Banyana’s talent pool has swelled and expectations are high that he should at least lead the team to qualify for the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance in Germany.

In his past two outings in the women’s continental championships, Makalakalane finished second and third respectively. And, this being his third AWC he can go one better with the current crop of talented and skillful mix of young and experienced players. With the Nigerian Super Falcons in the same group as Banyana, Makalakalane and his girls have their work cut out for them and a possible semi-final against Cameroon and Ghana is on the cards. He missed out on making the Bafana team for the 1998 World Cup in France and will be banking on his charges to justify on his behalf why he’s been retained in this job since 2005 by qualifying for their first ever FIFA WWC next year. At his peak as a football player, Augustine Makalakalane was part of that triumphant team that brought not only joy, but euphoria in South Africa when they betrayed expectations to lift the 1996 African Cup of Nations on first attempt. He gained 14 caps for South Africa, making his debut against Cameroon in July 1992.

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South Africa (also known as RSA) Flag of South Africa will bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games having pulled out of the race to stage the 2020 Olympics, the country's Olympic federation chief Gideon Sam said in June 2011.

"Immediately after the announcement of where the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held, we will go in for 2022. It has never been to Africa and so we want to put in a bid," he told reporters.

The host city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be announced in November 2011 in Template:St Kitts & Nevis.

South Africa was widely expected to bid for the 2020 Olympics but the government decided not to back a bid, saying it wanted to focus on delivering basic services such as water and electricity to all its citizens.

But Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASOC), said there was nothing to stop the country bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

He told reporters at the 30-day countdown to the 123rd International Olympic Committee Session to be held in Durban in July 2011 that South Africa had previously stepped back to allow other countries to bid for the Commonwealth Games.

"In the past we stood back for Nigeria but they lost out to Glasgow (for the right to host the 2014 games). This time we have said there will be no horse-trading, we will put up our hand and see how we go," he said.

Sam added that a bid for the Commonwealth Games would not be hampered by the same issues that affected a possible Olympics bid.

"The scale of the Commonwealth Games is a lot smaller than the Olympics. We will have to have buy-in from a host city and from government, because of security issues, but we are not talking about the expense of an Olympics," he said.

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Boks asked to help other sportsEdit

Boks must help other sports 2011-04-01 16:28 Email | Print Fikile Mbalula (Gallo Images) The Minister of Sport and Recreation of South Africa (also known as RSA) Flag of South Africa, Mr Fikile Mbalula, opened the eleventh annual general council meeting of the South African Rugby Union at Newlands in April 2011.

In his brief address to the general council members of SARU, the minster appealed to rugby administrations and the Rugby World Cup winning Springbok team to share their expertise with other local sports federations.

The Springboks have won two World Cups in four attempts and will be defending their crown later this year in New Zealand while the Springbok Sevens won the HSBC Sevens World Series title in 2009.

According to the Minister, his department plans to convene a Workshop or a User Group Meeting where he wants the SARU leadership, management and players of “the Mighty Springboks” to share their recipe for success with the broader South African sports fraternity.

“To this end we challenge you to come forward to support this initiative which we believe can only go one way and that is to put all federations on a growth and development path underpinned by excellence, quality and commitment,” said Mr. Mbalula.

SARU President, Regan Hoskins, and SARU CEO Jurie Roux presented the Minister with a specially decorated chocolate cake and a gift to celebrate his birthday.

“We were really honoured to have the Minister of Sport present at our AGM and his speech was well received by all council members. SARU appreciate his time, his effort and his interest despite his very busy schedule,” said Mr Roux.

The meeting elected Patrick Kuhn of Western Province as the additional union representative on the SARU executive council until the Annual General meeting in 2012 as per clause 15.5 and 16.4 of the SARU Constitution.

Mr Kuhn, who is the current Chairman of WP Rugby, was elected in place of Dr Jan Marais.

The meeting also adopted an amendment to the SARU constitution which now makes provision for the SARU President to also serve as the Chairman of the SARU Executive Council.

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