Banyana Banyana took their preparation for the COSAFA Women’s Championship to the next level as they beat Bantwana, the SA Under-17 women’s team 1-0 in a practice match on Tuesday.
Both Banyana and Bantwana were camping at the SAFA National Technical Centre, South of Johannesburg as they prepare for their respective COSAFA tournaments set be staged concurrently from 3 -14 November in the Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth.
Coach Ellis was impressed with the efforts put in by her players. “I think the game went well,” she said.
“It was a test because we had a lot of questions with regards to the fitness, technical preparedness, tactical understanding of the game and understanding of each other as a team.
“However, the most important part was the execution of the game plan as well as the mental state to be able to handle the pressure and push for 45 minutes and more,” added Ellis.
Ellis went on to state that her charges managed to succeed in analysing how to build up from the back.
“Do we panic or keep calm; I saw players build up from the back and find solutions for themselves. It looked better, but we can still do more fitness-wise.
“It is not where we want it to be for the tournament, but it is better because they have an understanding as compared to when they first reported for camp,” concluded the Banyana mentor.
Meanwhile, her SA Women’s U17 counterpart, Simphiwe Dludlu said the technical team made efforts to try and push the players as much as possible and managed to get what they wanted out of this exercise.
“We also had no injuries now; just muscle strains because the players have been out of action for a while,’’ said Dludlu.
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By FARPost Reporter