Despite dominating play and washing the Black Queens aside in the ongoing Aisha Buhari Cup in Lagos [Nigeria], head coach of the Banyana Banyana – Desiree Ellis has expressed concerns about the overall performance of her team.
“In the beginning, we were a bit rusty, we haven’t played since April and some of our [foreign] players, we haven’t seen since 2019. While, the other group [Ghana] have been in training,” said the reigning CAF Women’s Coach of the Year.
“Today, we created a lot of opportunities and we got better as the game went on. We know that there’s a game coming up [against Nigeria] and needed to manage ourselves better. We are very happy for the result and the performance still leaves a lot of room for improvement,” she noted.
South Africa captain, Janine Van Wyk revealed that the Banyana Banyana were mentally prepared for the game than the Black Queens:
“We know that Ghana is a powerhouse in African football. I think that any team that they field will be a strong team and we had a mentality that they will come out strong. And also, everyone on our team was really ready for a good fight.
“We played better and managed the game really well. I think that comes with experience of the players on the team. Overall, looking at the result and performances, I think we were the better team today.”
By Kristopeace Osei Wusu