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Ellis Looks Ahead To AFCON Qualifiers

Banyana Coach Desiree Ellis looks ahead to AFCON qualifiers against Lesotho

By Soccer Laduma - May 27, 2018 10:07 AM

Banyana Banaya head coach Desiree Ellis is already signaling that their qualifier against Lesotho for a spot in this year’s Africa Women’s Cup of Nations will be the springboard to help the team prepare for next year’s World Cup in France.

Read: Ellis: Our Progress Needs To Be Faster

Banyana are scheduled to take on the neighbouring country in June and Ellis says that the main focus will be giving players who are doing well at club level.

“I’ve been very impressed with the players we have called up and the effort they have been putting at their clubs,” said Ellis, according to SAFA.

“If you are old enough and good enough then that’s all you need. These two go hand-in-hand. These qualifiers and the tournament will be our springboard to the World Cup in France next year. 

“For us the journey starts here. You can’t talk about the World Cup if we don’t win this,” added the coach.

Ellis further emphasised that she is confident in her players despite the last competitive match for Banyana having been the Cyprus Cup earlier this year.

“It’s a bit of a concern that our last competitive match was in the Cyprus Cup and now we are jumping straight into the qualifiers. However, the players who make up the squad are all regulars in their teams and have been playing regularly, so that will work in our favour,” concluded the Banyana mentor.


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Qondeni Joined: 05 Jun 2014
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Qondeni May 27, 2018 09:02 PM
Banyana Banyana is much better than Bafana Bafana,they always qualify in almost every cup competition and this shows us South Africans that when it comes to football we only have Banyana Banyana to represent Mzansi.As for PSL players the only thing they do to represent us is to take photos of their fancy cars,houses,expensive clothes,ugly girl friends&etc.The next thing when we call them the bunch of losers they get angry as if they are not,yabona South African players are nothing and I'm really sorry for saying this kodwa ningabafazi shem niyinhlekisa kwezinye izizwe and no wonder they take your girlfriends.AMADODA APHELA NGESIKHATHI SO DOCTOR KHUMALO AND THE OTHER PLAYERS WHO PLAYED DURING KHUMALO'S DAYS. VIVA BANYANA BANYANA VIVA.
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MAN-JOSH May 27, 2018 08:09 PM
Keep up a good work.
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Sobz Ndabs Joined: 03 Jan 2018
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Sobz Ndabs May 27, 2018 03:40 PM
Since she took over the job there's lot of improvement on her team, the unfortunate part is that the association is not giving 100 per cent support by by organising matches for preparation ahead of big matches like this qualifier

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