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'I Don’t Think The Pressure Can Be Much Bigger Than This...'

Banyana Banyana will need a win this evening against China, to keep alive their chances of progressing further in the competition and Desiree Ellis said that the pressure doesn’t get any bigger than what it is.

The South African Women’s national team will lock horns with China this evening at the Parc des Princes in France, in the second FIFA Women’s World Cup group encounter, with both sides going in the game coming off the back of a defeat.

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South Africa lost to Spain in the opening encounter, while China suffered a defeat to Germany last weekend.

“There is already pressure when you come in to the national team and I think if you look at certain situations the team has been in the last two years or so, they have been put under a lot of pressure,” Banyana head coach, Ellis told the South African Football Association.

“There’s a fighting spirit amongst the group, the togetherness, the will to fight for each other on the field, to make sure that they leave no stone unturned… 

“I don think the pressure can be much bigger than this, but they know it is do-or-die today, they know that if they don’t get the three points, then the chance of going through to the next round is over and done. So we’ve got to go for the win tomorrow, we will play like we normally do, we are not defensive minded team in any way and like they will go for the three points, we have to go for it as well,” she said. 

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