Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has brushed aside suggestions that she would be on a revenge mission when her side take on Cosafa rivals Botswana in an international friendly on Tuesday afternoon (15:00) at the Bidvest Stadium in Braamfontein.
In their first game after being inactive for over five months since winning the Cosafa Championship title in Port Elizabeth, Banyana returned to action this past Saturday – beating Zambia (3-1), who’ll be playing in the Tokyo Olympic Games from July.
The 2020 Cosafa Women’s Championship runners up, Botswana were responsible for Banyana’s failure to qualify for the Olympics after a penalty shootout victory in Soweto in the qualifiers back in September 2019.
However, Ellis says her players will not be out to settle the score, instead they will be looking to improve on their last performance.
“It’s never about revenge because you’ll be going there for the wrong reasons and you are not setting up for what it is that you want to do,” said Ellis.
“We are going there to play a game, improve on this performance and hope to give others a chance.
“The game was very tight and we wanted to make more changes. But we didn’t want changes for the sake of changes but we wanted to give players a transition into the team.
“And not put them under pressure. Botswana are slightly ahead of us in terms of preparations,” added the Banyana mentor.
“With Thembi (Kgatlana) up-front, I think you have a chance. Not just with her pace but she’s shown her maturity, professionalism. We always pride ourselves with our defensive shape.”
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