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Ellis Cites Komphela After Olympics Failure

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has reacted to the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2024 Olympics, saying they will bounce back stronger but have lost this “boxing match” with Nigeria.

The reigning Women’s Africa Cup of Nations champions failed to score over two legs against the Super Falcons, who progressed 1-0 on aggregate and are now off to the Olympics alongside Zambia, who knocked out Morocco.

After the match, Ellis expressed her disappointment, especially because Banyana have now missed out on back-to-back Olympics.

“It’s a big disappointment, not just for us but for everyone involved in women’s football because we didn’t go in 2020,” she told journalists.

“We were in a similar situation where we had so many chances to [score] and didn’t go to the next round.

“Likewise, we didn’t get to go to the Olympics because of this. But it’ll take a while to recover from this though.”

But despite the massive setback, Ellis insisted her players will bounce back – like they did after missing out in 2020 and winning the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations two years later.

“We’ll continue to work on what we need to be better at. I think that’s important,” she continued.

“We continue to work on always bringing in players, to make sure that the pipeline is there. We will continue to then look at what’s the next step for us and how we’re going to prepare for that and who we’re going to bring in for that.

“Because I think it’s important that we that we have continuity, it’s important that we, even though we disappointed, we know where we going to, and work on that to be better.

“I remember the heartache of 2020, it propelled us to do better, it propelled us to win WAFCON, it propelled us to make sure that we don’t suffer that heartache again.

“And this will drive us even further to make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again.

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“But in football, you get three results – a win, a draw or a lose and unfortunately we the team that, you know like coach Steve said ‘it’s a boxing match’. We lost the boxing match.”

David Kappel
David Kappel
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