Ellis – Our Strength Was To Put Ball On The Ground

South Africa started their Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) campaign with an impressive 2-1 victory over the Super Falcons of Nigeria in their Group C opener at Prince Moulay El Hassan stadium on Monday evening.

Banyana Banyana opened the scoring through Jermaine Seoposenwe in the 60th minute before Hildah Magaia doubled the lead two minutes later to give Banyana Banyana a comfortable 2-0 lead. Nigeria pulled a goal back on the stroke of fulltime to make it 2-1.

Coach Desiree Ellis says the team knew that they had to put the ball on the ground and move the ball much quicker to beat Nigeria as they could not match them physically.

“We knew that we could not physically match them, we knew that our strength was putting the ball on the ground, and we wanted to move the ball much quicker, even though I felt like our ball rotation in the first half was very slow,” said Ellis.

“We just had to keep the momentum going and stay focused at the back.”

“We controlled the tempo and I feel the players controlled the ball much better in the second half.”

Written by: Diski Voice