Ellis

South Africa coach Desiree Ellis responds to haters. Image: SAFA

Banyana coach Ellis confident that they can finish the job

The first leg between Banyana and Burkina face ended in a 1-1 draw but Ellis hopes the away goal will give them something to hold on to.

Ellis

South Africa coach Desiree Ellis responds to haters. Image: SAFA

Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis is confident that her side will overcome Burkina Faso in the second leg of their Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) qualifier.

The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw but Ellis hopes the away goal will give them something to hold on to.

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The two teams face each other on Monday afternoon at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

“I think we’re very disappointed with the results because we feel we could have gotten a better result,” Ellis told media.

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“But it’s all to play for back at home. An away goal was always going to be the crucial goal. The next one becomes the important goal or whoever takes the lead (in the second leg) because the away goal means nothing if we concede first.”

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Banyana will welcome Jermaine Seoposenwe, who missed the first leg

“I think we all know what Jermaine brings to the team. She brings energy and she brings that mentality, so that lifts everybody and that’s really important. But we’ve got to be better (as a team). We’ve made mistakes and we have to minimise those mistakes,” Ellis added.

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Banyana are the defending Wafcon champions.

They won the 2022 edition in Morocco and are set to defend their trophy in the same country should Ellis’ side qualify.

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