Bnayana take on USA. Image: @Banyana_Banyana

Banyana looking to bounce back after heavy defeat

Banyana conceded three goals in nine minutes last week and coach Desiree Ellis said the team should be more organised defensively.


Bnayana take on USA. Image: @Banyana_Banyana

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis want her charges can bounce back from their 3-0 defeat to the United States of America.

The African champions were well beaten on Thursday in Cincinnati against a very strong US side that had a disappointing World Cup.

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Banyana play USA again and this time in Chicago at the Soldier Field stadium.

Ellis had emphasised that the two games were important for giving different players a chance as the team prepares for a hectic schedule ahead.

Banyana take on US again

“It is a quick turnaround for game two but we will recover in time, I hope the fans saw what we were trying to do. We also tried to give others an opportunity to test them and see what they can do and more players will get more game time in the second game,” said Ellis.

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Banyana conceded three goals in nine minutes last week and Ellis has stressed about the team’s organisation, especially at the back

“We did say that we must be organized defensively. The first 20 minutes is key and we were excellent. We have got to push, stay compact and concentrate in defence a little bit longer and when we get the chances we have to be a little bit more clinical in front of goals,” Ellis said.

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Sinoxolo Cesane is the only player who made her debut in the first game coming on in the 89th minute to replace Kholosa Biyana. 

Banyana plays the US in their last friendly game on Sunday at 23:00.

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