Banyana Banyana of South Africa head coach Desiree Ellis is happy that her side is close to securing a FIFA Women’s World Cup ticket at the ongoing 2018 African Women’s Cup Of Nations tournament in Ghana following their 7-1 thumping of Equatorial Guinea in a Group B clash on Wednesday in Cape Coast.But Ellis says the Bayana Banyana won’t underrate any team in their quest to achieve their desired goal.Linda Motlhalo and Nompumelelo Nyandeni gave the Banyana Banyana of South Africa a two goal lead after 22 minutes but Equatorial Guinea responded on the stroke of halftime when Elena Oyana capitalized on a mistake in the South African defence to half the deficit.In the second half goals from substitute Refiloe Jane in the 56th minute, Kgatlana in the 59th minute made it 4-1 before the hour mark.Amanda Mthandi, Kgatlana and Jermaine Seoposenwe inflicted more pain on the Equatoguineans by getting their names on the score sheet in the second half.“I thought we were really losing in the first half. They panicked at times and never stacked to what we are through and that’s keeping the ball on the ground. We went two up and conceded really silly, lost the ball further up the field,” Ellis said in her post match interview after the game.
“We have enough quality in the team to do better. We had a bit of talking in the dressing room and came out really fired up because we need to realize that to reach the mission of qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup you cannot underestimate anyone.
“We realized that if we put the ball on the ground and rotate it quick and move off the ball we would play much better and would also move them around and create opportunities and that’s when the goals came.”
“We are happy with the result but the performance can be way better. Equatorial Guinea gave us a tough match especially in the first half.”Banyana Banyana lead the Group B with six points with a +7 goal difference while Nigeria moved up to second place following their 4-0 win over Zambia on three points with a +3 goal difference.Zambia are third despite having the same points with Nigeria but with an inferior goal difference of +1 while Equatorial Guinea are bottom of the Group B table with no point with a goal difference of -11.South Africa will face Zambia in their final Group B game on Saturday just as the Super Falcons will battle Equatorial Guinea.
AWCON 2018: Ellis Relishes Banyana Win Vs Eq. Guinea; Targets World Cup Ticket