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Ellis – The Victory Is For Everyone Back Home

Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis says their 4-2 win against Nigeria to lift the Aisha Buhari Cup was everyone back home who has contributed to women’s football.

Banyana raced into a 3-0 lead in the first half, and although Nigeria pulled back two goals early in the second half, Ellis’s team were able to take control of the game again and add to their tally before the final whistle.

Ellis says it was a great win on Nigerian soil, and dedicated to all those who’ve contributed to women’s football back in South Africa

“I think if I look back at the game, we were in control for most of the time,” Ellis told SAFA media.

“I thought we played at the tempo we wanted to, and also made them play at the tempo that we wanted them to play. We controlled all aspects of the game, I felt we gave a lot of free kicks away, which at times look very dangerous.

“But we handled that well. And going into the second half, we discussed that they were going to come, and we needed to stay concentrated, we needed to make sure that we put our foot on the ball, but we didn’t do that.

“We then tried to calm it, and the two goals came really quickly, we made errors, and we played the way we should not have.

“And I think the players showed a lot of character, a lot of confidence to then take the control back, we made a couple of positional and tactical changes.

“And then it all just came together again, we took control, then we got the we got the penalty, and we manage the game really, really well.

“But the victory is not just for us here in Nigeria, the victory is for everyone back home, everyone involved in women’s football, that’s contributed, Sasol Hollywoodbets Super League, thatt’s contributed, the coaches, that has put in the hard work with the players, they need a big pat on their back.

“We’ve had discussions before to say we need more. And they’ve delivered, but now we need more and more and more.”

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