Friday Sep 24, 2021. 11:00
South Africa national women’s team coach Desiree Ellis has expressed her pride at Banyana Banyana winning the Aisha Buhari Cup earlier this week.
SA were crowned champions after a 4-2 win over hosts Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday, capping off an impressive showing at the tournament after they also crushed Ghana 3-0 last Friday.
“We were in control most of the time, we played at the tempo that we wanted,” Ellis said, as quoted by Times Live.
“We controlled a lot of aspects of the game though we gave a lot of free-kicks away, which was dangerous, but we handled it very well.”
The Banyana coach added that she would have liked to see more defensive discipline, after the team shipped two goals when in control of the game in the second half.
“Going into the second half we discussed that they were going to come at us and that we needed to stay concentrated, we needed to make sure that we put the foot on the ball. But we did not do that and the two goals came quickly from our errors,” she explained.
“I think the players showed a lot of confidence and character to take control back. We took control and we managed the game very well.”
Ellis dedicated the Cup triumph to South Africa’s football community, commending the women’s soccer league for its enormous contribution to the women’s game in the country.
“The victory is not just for us here in Nigeria but it is everyone back home who is involved and has contributed to women’s football, from Sasol to the Hollywoodbets Super League,” she said.
The next challenge for Ellis and Banayana will be the regional COSAFA Cup, set to be held in the Eastern Cape from September 28 to October 9.