South Africa’s Banyana Banyana might be new to the peak of global competition — this summer marks their maiden trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup — but the team is no stranger to the hard work and preparation required to make it.
“Every player dreams of playing at a pinnacle tournament at least once in their lives, and we’re on our way to making that dream a reality,” says striker Thembi Kgatlana, the CAF female footballer of the year. “We’re looking forward to making South Africa proud.”
A second-place finish in last year’s Africa’s Women’s Championship, including going unbeaten in group stages, solidified the team’s qualification and proves its quality.
“Our biggest motivation is playing in France, and we thank our team, support staff, sponsors and SAFA for all the support,” adds Banyana Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis.
This summer, the team will wear a FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Nikew collection highlighted by a dazzling yellow home kit embellished with a powerful green print on the sleeves. The away kit is a bold green with a cascading horizontal pattern.
The Nike designs used for the Bayana Bayana 2019 kits made their debut via the South Africa 2018/19 men’s national team shirts last year.