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Banyana Banyana's road to the World Cup in France starts now

South Africa's road to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will start on Wednesday when they play their opening match of the COSAFA Women's Championship, against Madagascar in Port Elizabeth.

Coach Desiree Ellis has assembled a full-strength squad as she uses the regional tournament as preparation for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations [women's Afcon] in Ghana, which will get under way in November. The three best sides there will qualify for the global event in France next year.

Banyana Banyana have...

SA's Van Wyk announces Houston Dash departure

South Africa national team captain Janine van Wyk said on Twitter Monday that "her time has come to an end" with National Women's Soccer League side Houston Dash.

Van Wyk made 37 appearances in two NWSL seasons at Dash, and this campaign, under the leadership of former South Africa coach Vera Pauw, featured alongside compatriots Linda Motlhalo and Thembi Kgatlana.

"And so, my journey with the Houston Dash has come to an end. It's been a year that has taught me many lessons," Van Wyk said via her...

Thembi Kgatlana scores maiden goal as Dash beat Pride

Thembi Kgatlana will hope that her first goal for Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League is the first of many, as the South Africa international looks to fulfill her potential in the toughest league in women's football.

Kgatlana netted a late third for the Dash as they beat a star-studded Orlando Pride, who feature the likes of Marta and Alex Morgan, 3-1 on Wednesday night. The win keeps the Dash's playoff hopes alive, as they're five points adrift from the critical fourth spot.

As she...