Banyana Banyana mentor Desiree Ellis was straight back on the training ground after her side’s comfortable 3-0 win over Ghana in the Aisha Buhari Cup last Friday, as she prepares for a big game against the hosts, Nigeria.
South Africa will take on the Super Falcons on Tuesday, 21 September in their second game of Group A at the Moboloji Johnson Stadium.
Victory in the latter would truly increase their chances to cruise their way into the semi-finals of the tournament.
However, the 58-year-old two-time Caf Women’s Coach of the Year insists that drawing the best from her existing squad will be her most pressing concern as they are gunning for fruitful results.
“Our team is very versatile and we are always looking forward to giving other players a chance, but doing so we also want to win the game,” Ellis told the media.
“Despite watching them play at home, we have more footage of Nigeria playing other matches and we have to look at that obviously to analyze because it is a different opposition and we have to make sure that we get the plan right.”
Coach Ellis went on to state that it won’t be an easy clash especially when they are playing against Nigeria on the latter’s home soil.
“It is always difficult to play in front of the home side supporters at times because it comes with a lot of pressure. They got two goals very late in their first game and we know what Nigeria is capable of. They are not the number one team in Africa for nothing,” she added.
“We really have to be on top of our game and make sure we stay concentrated. So, we have a rough idea of how to plan, hence we don’t have lots of days.”
Ellis continued: “I believe the game we had played against Ghana has helped the team to settle a little bit more.
“We are very happy with the results from our previous game but the performance still leaves a room for improvement”
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By FARPost Reporter