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AWCON 2018 Final: South Africa Coach Ellis Eager To Beat Nigeria Again

AWCON 2018 Final: South Africa Coach Ellis Eager To Beat Nigeria Again

Head coach of the South African Women’s team, Desiree Ellis, says that the Banyana Banyana will be aiming to win the AWCON 2018 tournament when they face reigning champions the Super Falcons of Nigeria in Saturday’s final,breports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Chrestinah Kgatlana and Lebohang Ramalepe scored in each half as Banyana Banyana beat Mali 2-0 in their Tuesday’s semi-final match to set up an AWCON final date with eternal rivals Super Falcons Nigeria on Saturday in Accra.


The Banyana Banyana had earlier defeated the Super Falcons in the opening Group B game at the tournament.

This is the fourth time South Africa reached the final of the Africa’s flagship women’s football competition.

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And Desiree Ellis and her charges are seeking to make history by winning the AWCON 2018 title after suffering defeats in three previous finals to Nigeria in 2000, before suffering defeats to Equatorial Guinea in 2008 and four years later.

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“We will celebrate tonight and start preparing for the final. We are not a team that talk much in the media,” Ellis told CAF.com after Banyana Banyana’s semifinal win.

“We will work together as a team and plan again. And hope to execute the plan because that’s all it is about. We have never won the Women’s AFCON and we are going to give it shot and see what happens on the weekend.”

Title holders Nigeria earlier on Tuesday edged Cameroon 4-2 on penalties in the other AWCON 2018 semi-final game in Accra.

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  • U are finished after this coming saturday u will start fearing nigeria,super falcoms will distroy u and ur girls

    • Let’s be honest the super falcons are not as good as they were few years ago. I see s/a defeating us.

      • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

        Although the coach is not using our players well but on Saturday with guts we will win. Prided is what will bring out the best in our falcons we will win but this our coach must get our best out because falcons of Nigeria are known for good dominant attacking football!

      • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago


  • Victor 3 years ago

    We shall see. We also don’t talk much in the media.

  • The Super Falcons have won 10 out of 12 AWCON titles since it was started in 1991. The only other country that has won it is Equatorial Guinea in 2008 and 2012.

    The odds are in our favour. South Africa beat us in the first game 1-0. We will pull out all the stops to retain “our title” for the third time in a row.

    We have gotten stronger since that first match scoring 10 unanswered goals. South Africa have lost every time they have got to the final, 4 times against Nigeria and against Equatorial Guinea. The pressure will be on them

    • Ashy Slashy 3 years ago

      True talk sir. Let me tell you what I think. I think, just like Cameroon did 2 years ago and yesterday, we will be outplayed by the South Africans but somehow the Falcons will grind out a result .
      Let’s not kid ourselves, the Falcons team is on the decline and unless we have a coach who can reinvent the team, they will be found out soon.
      For now, they are relying on their wealth of experience which has been bailing them out for like two years but this will not last.

      • No @Ashy, I beg to disagree. SA will not outplay Nigeria. Did you watch their semi final clash against Mali? Although I agree the Falcons have not been at their lethal best at this tournament and players like Oparanozie look heavy and out of shape, we should win the final with relative ease. I predict a 2-goal margin or even more.

        Cameroon were the toughest opponent we could meet in Ghana and next to them would have been Ghana; not even South Africa. Their coach knows that and she can’t place a bet herself on winning on Sunday. Who will score for them? A single player has been responsible for 85% of their goals, whereas Nigeria has up to 5 potent strikers. I think they’re happy to going to France. Africa is not ready to dethrone Nigeria yet at AWCON. Maybe in the next 1, 2 or 3 editions, but they’re definitely getting close. The best candidates would have been Cameroon and Ghana, but they’re out of it for this tournament too.

        Hopefully, we’ll get a much improved Falcon before the world cup in June. Maybe by then, Dernerby’s input to the team’s tactical play would be more visible.

        • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

          Spot on kel

        • sureseye 3 years ago

          Thembi Kgathlana is their highest goalscorer with 5 out of their 11 goals. How is that 85% of their total goals?

          • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

            As par matches except for the 7-1 win over guinea

        • Ashy Slashy 3 years ago

          Oh, OK. Thanks Kel. I didn’t see their match against Mali.
          I stand corrected.
          Like you said, I hope our ladies win them with relative ease in the final.

        • Paschal 3 years ago

          Waow, outstanding analysis indeed !!! You hqve just spoken my mind. Thank you. I was touched by that statement “Africa is not yet ready to dethrone Nigeria but they are surely getring close”. Nothing could be more true. Our team is aging an we need to fish for younger quality players who can give their all. As for saturday, nobody beats Nigeria twice in the same tournament, it has not happened in alnost 30 years now, and has never happened to Falcons. Sure we will win with a wide margin on saturday. God bless Naija.

  • Hello…most goals they scored is against who?.Equitoria Guinea? Even Mali nearly beat them…the same Mali we beat 4-0. I just pray we win. I don’t want to be sure but south Africa is no match for us. Unless we beat ourselves

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    I like this coach for one thing, she doesn’t make mouth because she knew what to be expected of Super Falcons. Not like Cameroonian coach who says he would joined his players to cried a bit before the third place against Mali after Falcons showed them pepper.

    I didn’t watched none of the Super Falcons matches in this tournament but highlights on YouTube. I can boldly say by God’s grace, Super Falcons would come out to prove their worth to the Nigerians and Africans that the lost against South Africa was a mistake and Saturday is going to be the best day to show Bayana Bayana who they are.

    Super Falcons are weak in this year edition but half Super Falcons is very hard to cracked for any team in Ghana right now. I’m expecting Falcons coach to add more experienced players to his team before the world cup because We can not play like this in France.

    I’m expecting more goals from our ladies on Saturday. Good luck Super Falcons of Africa. God is in control. I’m expecting the cup in Nigeria, Abuja straight……….. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • oyetunde Awoyele 3 years ago

    In truth,the current youthful south African women team is a beauty to watch. Agile & strong,& play with great understanding.Their passes are flawless.Far better than our Falcons who hardly show precision in passes, easily lose ball to opponents,& are easily fatigued. Unless Falcons add fire & purpose to their play they will lose out in the final-much against our wish.Our strikers often fire blank in front of goal.Our results against Equatorial Guinea is not a standard. Equatorial Guinea is the ‘whipping boy’ of our group. And,if Falcons were the team we knew, they ought to have scored at least 10 goals against them. Agreed,only by a stroke of luck can Falcons beat South Africa. Gaskiya kenan,ododo oro ni,ezioku!

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