Ellis blames poor defend­ing for Banyana Cosafa Cup exit


Banyana Banyana mentor Desiree Ellis has spoken out fol­low­ing her side’s 3-2 Cosafa Women’s Championship semi-final defeat against Malawi on Thursday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

This will be for the first time South Africa won’t be taking part in the Cosafa Cup final since the establishment of the annual regional showpiece competition.

It was disappointing from Banyana and Ellis, speaking after the game, gave her verdict on her team’s failure to emerge victorious.

The two-time Caf Women’s Coach of the Year insists that the defence was where things went wrong for the Senior National Women’s team.

“Unfortunately our biggest part of the game is not conceding but defensively we were poor today,” said the 58-year-old coach.

“We got back into the game and we conceded with a couple of defensive errors at the back. We had opportunities to clear the ball and we did not and we got punished for that.

“We did not have a great first half and we made a couple of tactical changes and we were better second half but the way we conceded was unlike us.”

Coach Ellis continued: “Normally we talk about managing the game and unfortunately we did not manage the game well and today Malawi was clinical in front of goal.

“We had a lot of opportunities to score and I always say, if we don’t concede, we will create and we will win but unfortunately today we conceded more than what we scored and I am disappointed with the result but we have to go back and look at ourselves and what we could have done better.”

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By FARPost Reporter