The Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan in Lagos [Nigeria] will be set ablaze this afternoon as the biggest women football rivalry on the African continent involving the Super Falcons and Banyana Banyana will be renewed.
Both Nigeria and the Banyana Banyana comes into this encounter with some impetus having both won their respective opening games, with the hosts [Falcons] beating Mali 2-0 while South Africa humbled the Black Queens 3-0.
South Africa is undoubtedly the most improved side when it comes to women’s football on the continent but the Super Falcons reign supreme and will definitely pose too many questions for the enterprising Banyana Banyana team to answer.
The last time the two teams crossed path in a competitive match was at the Africa Women’s Cup Of Nations Final at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana on December 1, 2018 where the Super Falcons edged Desiree Ellis’ charges 4-3 on penalties to clinch the continental gong.
But speaking ahead of today’s epic clash coach Desiree Ellis said they have studied the Super Falcons properly and are ready to match them at all length:
“We have got more footage of Nigeria playing in other matches and we have to look at that, obviously to analyse because it is a different opposition and we must make sure we have our plans right,” said Ellis.
“We don’t have a lot of days but I think our game against Ghana helped the team to settle. We have looked at a few things and on how we can do things differently. Our players are all ready to step up and it does not matter who gets selected,” added Ellis.
“We have shown over the last couple of years that we trust the players, that’s the most important thing, trusting their ability,’’ concluded Ellis.