After two weeks of camp and the arrival of foreign players this week, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis says there was tremendous preparation for their draw with Algeria in the first leg of the final round of the Café Africa Women’s Cup of Nations at Orlando Stadium. on Friday.
The Banyana mentor also believes that the weather conditions in the country are favorable for the South African senior women’s team and that they should use that to their advantage.
“In the run-up to this, a lot of preparations were made to know what we wanted to do. We just had to come out on the field and try to do similar things. It’s now up to the players,” said the Banyana coach.
“We are used to this weather, even though a group of our players are from Europe and some of their players are also from Europe, even though it’s cloudy, it’s still warm and we have to take advantage of that and the fact that we play at home to make sure we get positive results to make the second leg much easier.”
Ellis also stressed the importance of not undermining their opponents and added that her troops must rise to the challenge.
“We know it will not be an easy game. Algeria has shown that it is a strong team on the African continent and that it cannot be taken lightly and we keep repeating that message to the players over and over again. They will be ready and we must be ready and we must be better.”