Ellis reflects on Aisha Buhari Cup triumph


Desiree Ellis has credited players for the role they played in Banyana Banyana’s Aisha Buhari Cup triumph.

This comes after the SA senior women’s national team crashed Nigeria 4-2 in the 2021 Buhari Cup final at the Moboloji Johnson Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The mouthwatering showpiece was deemed as the remake of the 2018 TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final which was held in Ghana back in December 2018.

Banyana started the tournament with a solid 3-0 win over the Black Queens of Ghana last Friday.

Speaking about her team’s clinical display in their final day win of the competition, coach Ellis said: “If I look back at the game, I think we dominated the match most of the times. I thought we played at the tempo we wanted as we controlled all the aspects of the game. However, I felt like we gave away lots of free kicks which at times looked dangerous, but we handled that very well.”

Meanwhile, the two-time Caf Women’s Coach of the Year was not impressed with how her troops played in the second stanza, as the hosts managed to get two early goals right after the break.

“Going into the second half, we discussed that they were gonna come at us and we needed to stay concentrated to make sure that we put our foot on the ball, but we didn’t do that. Then the two goals came in quickly as we made errors,” added the 58-year-old mentor.

“However, I think the players showed lot of character and confidence, and managed to take the control back.”

Ellis went on to dedicate the Buhari Cup triumph to everyone back in Mzansi and expressed her gratitude for the support they received during their visit in Nigeria.

“The victory is not for us here in Nigeria. The victory is for everyone back home, everyone who is involved in women’s football,” she says in conclusion.

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By FARPost Reporter