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Kgatlana headlines Banyana squad for Women's World Cup

South Africa coach Desiree Ellis named a 23-player squad headlined by African Women's Footballer of the Year Thembi Kgatlana for the women's World Cup in France next month.

The pacey Kgatlana is the chief attacking threat for the side and plays in China with Beijing BG Phoenix, along with national team-mate, midfielder Linda Motlhalo.

Both were at Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League last year, and it will be their, and indeed the country's, first World Cup.

As was veteran Janine van...

Nigeria victory is a stepping stone to World Cup - Refiloe Jane

South Africa's opening Africa Women Cup of Nations victory over Nigeria should set the tone for Banyana Banyana to qualify for the World Cup, according to Refiloe Jane.

The 2018 COSAFA champions defeated the Super Falcons for the first time at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday, courtesy of Chrestina Kgatlana's 84th-minute stunner.

Jane, who was instrumental in the build-up to the goal, believes that the opening victory should set Banyana on their way to a top-three finish.

"Beating Nigeria is not...

South Africa internationals Rhoda Mulaudzi, Refiloe Jane shine for Canberra in W-League opener

While much of the focus centred on the numerous American imports in the W-League, a pair of unheralded South Africans stole the show during the competition's opening weekend as Canberra United knocked over three-time champions Melbourne City.

Rhoda Mulaudzi scored one and set up another as Canberra sent ambitious Melbourne City packing with a 2-0 scoreline in the nation's capital on Sunday.

Compatriot Refiloe Jane impressed throughout in the heart of midfield and provided a perfect pass for Mulaudzi...