Desiree Ellis coach of South Africa during the Women Africa Cup of Nations
Tuesday Nov 29, 2016. 11:32
South African Women's national team caoch Desire Ellis says facing the Nigerians is a daunting task, but they are confident of victory.
Speaking from Cameroon ahead of their semi-final clash against the Super Falcons, Ellis believes the 2016 CAF Women's Championships is very crucial.
Banyana Banyana are fresh from a 5-0 win against Egypt as they booked their spot in the knockout stages, and says her charges are excited for the semifinal.
“Playing against Nigeria brings back many memories and emotions, and this encounter will be no different," said Ellis.
“When we look back to the day when I started playing international football, I am honoured to lead Banyana Banyana into this much-anticipated clash.
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“We have a worthy opponent, the defending champions who have a better history than us in the tournament and in our meetings – we have to respect that, no two ways about it.
“But when we get onto the pitch it’s 11 versus 11 and if we get the tactics right we could just come out victorious.”
The ex-Banyana international adds that her players are motivated for this encounter, emphasising that their mission is to reach the final and bag the continental crown.
“Everybody is excited, everybody is raring to go. A lot of the players know this is an opportunity to make history by getting to the final and winning it – but first we have to go past our nemesis,” adds Ellis.
“The lovely thing is that every player is raising their hands in terms of selection for this match because this is a kind of encounter where players do not need motivation – any clash against Nigeria is like a cup final.”
The tie will be staged at State Limbe Omnisport in Limbe, Cameroon getting underway at 20:00 SA Time.