Ellis confident ahead of Banyana-Tanzania clash

Banyana players on the field.
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South African Women’s National Football Team Coach, Desiree Ellis, says the squad will be professional and remain organised so they can win this evening’s second leg of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games qualifier against Tanzania in Nelspruit.

Banyana Banyana had their final training session at the Mbombela Stadium yesterday afternoon, ahead of the second leg of their tie against Tanzania.

Ellis says despite the healthy 3-0 lead the team has from the first leg, the tie is not over yet, and the plan is not to concede and also get a good win.

She says, “We know the tie is not over yet, we have to make sure that we stay professional and organised and not concede to make sure we get a similar result in the home leg.”

Ellis says she is happy with the enthusiasm and the intensity shown by the players at training.

“The comfort of home is always encouraging; after getting such a positive result would really uplift everyone in the team, as you can see the enthusiasm in the team tonight, the commitment, the intensity, it’s everything we ask for before the game.”

The team’s forward, Jermaine Seoposenwe, will become the 10th player to reach the milestone of earning a 100th cap for Banyana Banyana, when she features for the team against Tanzania.

The 30-year-old, who is based in Mexico, says it is a great honour and privilege for her to have been given the opportunity to play for the team for such a long time.

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