Cape Town - The South African Football Association (SAFA) has released its latest fixtures for the next few months.
Kicking off what appears to be a hectic period for the national teams will be Banyana Banyana’s FIFA World Cup preparation matches taking place in Cape Town.
Fresh from an impressive showing at the recent Women's AFCON, Banyana Banyana take on Sweden in a closed session on Thursday morning (January 17) at Athlone Stadium before facing the Netherlands in the inaugural Winnie Mandela International Challenge on Saturday, January 19 at 15:00.
Banyana Banyana will then face Sweden again on January 22 for the Albertina Sisulu Centenary Challenge at 19:00. Both matches will take place at the Cape Town Stadium.
The FIFA World Cup-bound Banyana Banyana will then head to Cyprus for the annual Cyprus Cup taking place between February 25 and March 6 2019.
Banyana Banyana will have another important friendly before they head to France when they face USA on May 12 in California where coach Desiree Ellis will be looking at fine-tuning her squad for the world showpiece.
After successfully defending their COSAFA Cup title in Zambia, the U20 Men’s national team will be aiming for a top four finish at the U20 Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Niger between 2 and 17 February.
Amajita are drawn in group A with hosts, Niger, Nigeria and Burundi. The top two finishers in each group in Niger will represent Africa at the FIFA U20 Men’s World Cup in Poland between May 23 and June 15.
Amajita have already reported for camp and will soon be heading to Mpumalanga to finalize their preparations.
Bafana Bafana resume their AFCON 2019 qualifier in a crucial encounter against Libya away from home in March. Stuart Baxter’s men just need a point to secure a place in the continental showpiece set to take place in Egypt later this year.
SA National teams fixtures:
17 Banyana Banyana vs Sweden (closed training match) 11:00, Athlone Stadium (No TV / No Media / No public)
19 Banyana Banyana vs Netherlands, Winnie Mandela International Challenge, 15:00, Cape Town Stadium
22 Banyana Banyana vs Sweden, Albertina Sisulu Centenary Challenge, 19:00, Cape Town Stadium
2-17 u20 Men's AFCON, NIGER 2019
2 Niger vs South Africa
5 South Africa vs Burundi
8 South Africa vs Nigeria
X Semi Final
17 3rd Place play off / Final
25-28 Banyana Banyana – Cyprus Cup
27 South Africa vs Finland, 13:00, Stadium TBC
1-7 Banyana Banyana - Cyprus Cup
1 South Africa vs Korea DPR, 18:00, Stadium TBC
4 Czech Republic vs South Africa, 13:00, Stadium TBC
6 Finals and place matches
18-26 Angola vs South Africa Men's qualifier U-23 AFCON, 2nd Round, Egypt 2019, Venue/time TBC
22/23 Libya vs Bafana Bafana , AFCON 2019 Qualifiers, 15:00 venue TBC
26 Bafana Bafana International Friendly 19:00 away opponent/venue TBC
1-9 Women's International Friendly - FIFA dates (2 matches)
12 USA vs Banyana Banyana, International friendly, Levi Stadium, California, USA Time TBC
15 Opponent vs Banyana Banyana, International friendly, away opponent/venue TBC
3-11 Men's International Friendly - FIFA dates (2 match dates)
Men's Qualifier Total U-23 AFCON, 3rd Round, Egypt 2019, Venue/time TBC
7-30 FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019
8 Spain vs Banyana Banyana, 18:00 (19:00 SA Time) Le Havre, Stade Océane
13 Banyana Banyana vs China, 21:00 (22:00 SA Time) Paris, Parc des Princes
17 Banyana Banyana vs Germany, 18:00 (19:00 SA Time), Montpellier, Stade de la Mosson
22-25 Round of 16
27-29 Quarter Finals
15-30 AFCON 2019, Egypt
1-13 AFCON 2019, EGYPT
1-7 FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019
2-3 Semi Finals
6 3rd Place
7 Finals Preliminary Draw for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar
30/31 Women's International Friendly - FIFA dates
2/3 Women’s International Friendly - FIFA dates
6/7 Men's International Friendly
10 Men's International Friendly October 2019
4/5 Women’s International Friendly - FIFA dates
7/8 Women's International Friendly - FIFA dates
11/12 Men's International Friendly
15 Men's International Friendly
8/9 Women's International Friendly - FIFA dates
11/12 Women’s International Friendly - FIFA dates
8-22 Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt 2019
15/16 Men's International Friendly
19 Men's International Friendly