Women's World Cup - Group G

Women’s World Cup 2023: Everything you need to know about South Africa


South Africa′s World Cup 2023 fixtures, betting odd and statistics

You can read all about Sweden, Argentina and Italy by clicking on their names here.

How did South Africa qualify?

South Africa qualified by winning the Africa Cup of Nations last year. They topped their group with maximum points, beating Tunisia in the quarter-finals and Zambia in the semi-finals, both 1-0, before a 2-1 victory over hosts Morocco in the WAFCON Final.

South Africa’s major tournament record:

World Cup

Best World Cup result: Group Stage - 2019

Africa Cup of Nations

Best WAFCON result: Winners- 2022.

Olympic Games

Best Olympics result: Group Stage- 2012 & 2016.

South Africa at World Cup 2023

Will South Africa claim their first-ever World Cup win?

Four summers ago, Banyana Banyana made their debut at this competition, but left France without a point to their name, beaten 3-1 by Spain and 1-0 by China PR before being smashed 4-0 at the hands of Germany.

This time though, South Africa come into the World Cup as African Champions, winning their very first Africa Cup of Nations title last year.

Desiree Ellis’ side won all six WAFCON matches last summer, ousting Tunisia and Zambia, both 1-0, before Hildah Magaia’s brace downed hosts Morocco in the final.

In the subsequent 12 months, South Africa have suffered emphatic friendly defeats at the hands of Brazil and Australia, beaten 6-0 and 4-1 respectively, showing they still have a long way to go.

Banyana Banyana’s World Cup campaign kicks off on 23 July, when they’ll take on European juggernauts Sweden at Wellington Regional Stadium.

After that, they’ll travel south to Dunedin for a clash with Argentina, before returning to Wellington, concluding the group stages against Italy.

Group G is probably one of the most competitive sections at the entire tournament, with South Africa, once again, favourites to finish rock bottom.

South Africa team news

Nthabiseng Majiya, Amogelang Motau, and Regirl Ngobeni were all included in the provisional roster, but were cut from the 23-player squad by Desiree Ellis on 23 June.

South Africa′s key players: Noko Matlou

Veteran centre-back Noko Matlou started all three games at the World Cup four years ago, and will remain a rock at the back for South Africa.

To date, the 37 year old has won a whopping 166 caps for Banyana Banyana, four short of Janine van Wyk’s national record.

At club level, Matlou joined Spanish side Eibar in 2020, making appearances across three seasons, with los Armagiñak relegated in 2022, before being promoted back to Liga F this season.

South Africa′s key players: Linda Motlhalo

Winger Linda Motlhalo struggled to make an impact at the World Cup four summers ago, starting the opener against Spain, coming off the bench for eight minutes against China before not featuring in the hammering by Germany.

Now 24 years old, she’s a much more established member of this team, having accumulated 52 caps and scored 16 goals, starting last June’s WAFCON Final win at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.

At club level, Motlahlo is a bit of a globetrotter, spending time with Houston Dash, Běijīng Phoenix and Djurgården before moving to Glasgow City in January.

She made 16 appearances for City, scoring three goals, providing the all-important assist, in the 92nd minute no less, that snatched the SWPL title for her team on the final day of the season at Ibrox.

South Africa′s key players: Thembi Kgatlana

To date, Thembi Kgatlana is the only South African women to have scored at a World Cup, breaking the deadlock against Spain four years ago, a game they’d ultimately lose 3-1 at Stade Océane.

This is one of 22 goals she has scored for her country, five of which came at the 2018 WAFCON, winning the golden boot, with Banyana Banyana beaten on penalties in the final by Nigeria back then.

Last summer, she netted once in the WAFCON group stages, but missed the rest of the tournament after tearing her Achilles tendon against Botswana.

At club level, Kgatlana plied her trade in America, China and Portugal before moving to Spain, first with Eibar and then at Atlético Madrid.

During one season with las Colchoneras, she scored six times, helping Atlei finish fourth in Liga F and reach the Supercopa de España Final.

Last year, the striker moved back the the U.S. with Racing Louisville, scoring once in ten NWSL appearances to date, this coming in a 2-0 victory over Gotham FC in mid-June.

South Africa′s possible starting line-up for World Cup 2023

South Africa′s full squad for World Cup 2023

Goalkeepers

NameCapsGoalsClub
Andile Dlamini300Mamelodi Sundowns
Kaylin Swart200Janine Van Wyk FC
Kebotseng Moletsane00Bloemfontein Celtic

Defenders

Noko Matlou16666Eibar
Lebohang Ramalepe302Mamelodi Sundowns
Bambanani Mbane381Mamelodi Sundowns
Karabo Dhlamini181Oakland Golden Grizzlies
Tiisetso Makhubela110Mamelodi Sundowns
Bongeka Gamede110University of the Western Cape
Fikile Magama00University of the Western Cape

Midfielders

Linda Motlhalo3610Glasgow City
Refiloe Jane11612Sassuolo
Sibulele Holweni2114University of the Western Cape
Kholosa Biyana161University of the Western Cape
Nomvula Kgoale155Tim Sukazi Galaxy
Robyn Moodaly160Janine Van Wyk FC

Forwards

Jermaine Seoposenwe284FC Juárez
Noxolo Cesane132Tigres UNAL
Thembi Kgatlana6322Racing Louisville
Melinda Kgadiete132Mamelodi Sundowns
Gabriela Salgado176Janine Van Wyk FC
Hildah Magaia128Sejong Sportstoto
Wendy Shongwe00University of Pretoria

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Group G table

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Ben Gray

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