Banyana coach won’t take things for granted
BANYANA Banyana will have to readjust their thinking if they reckon their upcoming Cosafa Women’s Championship campaign in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe is going to be a walk in the park.
This is the view of interim coach, Desiree Ellis, who stated that her charges would do well to take lessons from Bafana Bafana’s recent failure to beat Cape Verde in two 2018 World Cup qualifying matches. The men’s team lost twice, 2-1 on either leg against a side who are 17 places below them on the Caf rankings. But having won this championship three times before, and currently been pitted in what is regarded as an easy group with Botswana, Zambia and Lesotho, Ellis reckons treating every match as if it were a final would see them winning this year’s championship.
“We’ll be naive going to this tournament without any intention of wanting to win it,” Ellis said. “We must remember what happened to Bafana. That should be a lesson for us that there isn’t such a thing as a small team.
“Not so long ago,” Ellis added. “I asked the players, ‘Who’s got a Cosafa medal’? There were only three players who raised their hands. A majority of this current group do not have that championship medal and I told them that it was up to them to go all the way out in an attempt to win it (for themselves), too. This is now their chance.”
Banyana will play their first match of the tournament this Thursday against Botswana.
“Yes, we are well aware what we are up against. We are not going to take any of our opponents lightly,” added the coach.