Coach Ellis shifts focus to Morocco 2022 after loss

Banyana defence needs to be tightened after conceding six goals

Oratile Dikgosi Mokwena of South Africa during the COSAFA Women's Championship 3rd place play-off match between Zambia and South Africa.
Oratile Dikgosi Mokwena of South Africa during the COSAFA Women's Championship 3rd place play-off match between Zambia and South Africa.
Image: Richard Huggard

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis could not hide her disappointment after their lowly finish at the Cosafa Women’s Challenge in Gqeberha at the weekend.

For the first time in 19 years, Banyana ended the annual competition in fourth place without a medal.

Tanzania defeated Malawi 1-0 in the final at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to lift the regional competition.

Ellis, 58, blasted the team for their inconsistency during the competition. She hopes they will get their house in order in the CAF African Women’s Cup of Nations Morocco 2022 qualifiers against Mozambique.

Banyana will play against Mozambique home and away in the first round of the qualifiers. The winner will play against the winner between Algeria and Sudan in two-legged matches in the second round.

“We were up and down in the tournament. We talked about consistency, and we were not consistent. Our strongest point is our defence, but we hardly kept a clean sheet. We lost on penalties, and I am not happy, and I do not think that anyone can be happy because we are better than this,” said a furious Ellis.

Banyana conceded six goals in five matches, and Ellis will have to work on the defence in their next training camp. However, on the bright side, Sibulele Holweni of Banyana ended the competition as the leading goal scorer with five goals.

Banyana will shift their focus to Mozambique as they embark on their journey to Morocco in the qualifiers later this year. “We will get ready for the qualifiers, which are important. It will not be an easy game against Mozambique. We have to step up our gear and focus on qualifying for the Afcon next year,” added Ellis. 

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