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Ellis Proud Of Banyana Banyana AWCON Showing Despite Final Defeat To Nigeria

Ellis Proud Of Banyana Banyana AWCON Showing Despite Final Defeat To Nigeria

Banyana Banyana of South   Africa head coach,  Desiree Ellis is proud of her team’s performance at the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations despite their failure to win the title, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The South Africans lost 4-3 on penalties to defending champions,  Nigeria in the final of the competition at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.


Both teams cancelled out  each other for 120 minutes with Asisat Oshoala missing a penalty for Nigeria in the 74th minute.

It was a bitter end to a competition that started with so much promise following a 1- 0 win against the Nigerian ladies in their first game.

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But Ellis insists the entire nation can be proud of the team’s performance in the competition which saw them pick a Word Cup ticket for the first time.

“First of all I will like to congratulate Nigeria for winning the AWCON for a record nine times. They have been a power house of women’s football for quite a while now and continue to dominate. My team did their best, I mean, we knew that Nigeria was going to come hard at us in the game and they did throughout,” Ellis told reporters after the game.

“We had some early chances that I think we should have buried, but in all it was a very good exercise for us going into the World Cup. The impact we have made at this competition as a country is immense. Last night our president who is in Argentina called us and spoke to the girls and so did other South African officials.

“The tournament has been very exciting for us as a nation because since we landed, everywhere we went people showed us love and the fans have been amazing so far, just that I feel more can be done to create more awareness for Women’s football in Africa.

“The journey has been good. We came here with the vision of qualifying for the World Cup because we knew it was now poor never and indeed we achieved that. Winning the trophy will have been a bonus but we gave it our all, but you know that penalty is a game of lottery and we couldn’t capitalize on Nigeria first. So all in all we are content with our tournament here.”

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Austin 3 years ago

    nice talk.

  • Austin 3 years ago

    nice talk. I believe you’ll represent the African continent well at the women’s world cup. You still have a young and vibrant team.

  • Fasasi Kunle 3 years ago

    If your team win, you wouldn’t say is a game lottery. For me your girls tried their best but when metal hit metal one would bend. Up Nigeria!!!!!!!

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    It was a chance of a lifetime lost by SA and indeed the other African countries. To be honest this is not the best of the Falcons by their very high standard. I blame that on limited camp time and playing only one grade A friendly in 2 years. This team needs adequate resources with vibrant training tour enroute the Mundial to give the coach options on how to get the best out of this team. These set of SuperFalcons is the most experienced as this generation have won 3 straight AWCON. I only think they need to work on their fitness and finishing off chances. The midfield needs more Steele, I don’t know what happened to Osarenoma Igbinovia. Oshoala and Oparanozie must surely step up. While I also feel the likes of Esther Sunday, Courtney Dike and Iniabasi Umotong can add more value going into the WorldCup. They’ve dominated Africa for about two decades now. Others are looking for a way to beat them at all cost. But I’m sure they will also continue to unearth new talents and keep dominating. At this point we want to focus more on the Mundial.

    • It was a “rushed job” with only two and a half weeks training and one friendly in almost two years. And 5 core players missing.
      It’s no wonder they took a few days to warm up. For example Courtnay Dike couldn’t attend because she was busy graduating from her university degree (a lifetime career). She will be back for the world cup. No doubt if we start preparing now, the Super Falcons will be much more cohesive, fitter and ready for a good showing at the world cup which is only 6 months away.

      “Super Falcons Striker Courtney Dike is not with the team in Ghana, but she keeps scoring life goals as she graduated as a Public Accountant from the Oklahoma State University.
      Courtney who was initially named in the 48-women list for the 2018 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nation, did not make the trip and just under 48hours before the final became a Certified Public Accountant”.

  • Lucky Ukhun 3 years ago

    She’s now suddenly humble after all the noise. South Africans are like that. Always loud-mouthed.

  • I think NFA should employer an indigenous coach to train this girls for the up coming world cup in France. Thomas Dennerby the current coach is not the best for the super falcons, he has not added anything to the squad,the fact that he won the women nations cup in Ghana does not change anything, super falcons won that cup by share determination and total commitment. The players are not as daring as they used to be. if Thomas Dennerby continue as coach of super falcons, Nigeria will not go past the first round in France 2019 world cup.

  • Ogundimu femi 3 years ago

    This super falcons need total overhauling,it was just luck and power of prayer that were able to scaled through.I believed if the technical crew look inward they we surely get more good players.

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 years ago

    South Africans Coaches talk too much. There is nothing this woman Coach never say before the match. Until l told her that ” Talk is cheap” If they had won, she would never had said they won by lottery. South Africans likes to support their boastful talks by resorting to bribery of the match Officials against their opponents. Someday, they shall be called out by CAF and the FIFA Officials who will expose them Globally for what they really are.