Banyana Banyana head coach has warned her charges to guard against complacency when they tackle Eswatini in a Cosafa Women’s Championship Group A encounter at the Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay on Friday.
The Cosafa Cup defending champions will be looking to record their second consecutive win following the comfortable 2-0 victory over Angola on Tuesday in the opening match while Eswatini walloped Comoros 4-2 on the same day.
Ellis said any thoughts that the players might have about being back on course must be dispelled as she believes that there is still much to improve on especially since the ladies have been out of action for seven months.
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“Our next game is against unpredictable Eswatini who got a good result in their opening match against Comoros after they were two goals down,” said Ellis.
“It will be up to the players to raise their hands so that we get maximum points and make it a lot easier going into the last game against Comoros. We are not going to take the game lightly‚ we must make sure that we put our best performance against Eswatini.
“We have to give a performance that is better than the one we gave against Angola because as the tournament continues we want to improve on a number of aspects of our game, like finishing and rotating the ball quicker,” she added.
Banyana might be the team to beat in the tournament as they have clinched the Cosafa Women’s Championship a record three times in a row, but Ellis stated that her troops must approach the Eswatini encounter with caution.
“They scored a come-from-behind win in great fashion against Comoros. This tells you that these players have staying power,” said the Banyana mentor as Comoros surrendered a 2-0 lead with Eswatini scoring four goals in the final 26 minutes of the match.
“What also stood out was their ability to fire shots on goal from far out and this will be a threat,” said the Banyana mentor.
“We just need to stay on top of our game and make sure we execute our plans. It’s another opportunity to improve as a team after the long lay-off. Hopefully, we can produce a big improvement on our opening performance and come away with a positive result,” concluded Ellis.
The match is scheduled to start at 15:30 and the winner will move to the top of the group.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ellis has won 14 of the 16 games she has taken charge of at the Cosafa Women’s Championship since her first in 2017, with the other two matches drawn!
Bantwana (SA Under-17 women’s team) will also be in action against Zimbabwe this afternoon at 15:30 in what will be their second match following the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Zambia on Wednesday.
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Cosafa Women’s Championship matches will be broadcast LIVE on SuperSport channel 209 (Variety 4 & Variety 4 Africa) across the continent, as well as GOtv Select 2.
Matches at both competitions will be streamed online via COSAFA.TV.
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