Banyana Banyana of South Africa head coach, Desiree Ellis, says they also want to win their first African Women’s Nations Cup title after securing a berth at the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Banyana Banyana will face the Super Falcons of Nigeria in the final of AWCON 2018 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Tuesday’s 2-0 win against Mali saw the South Africans book a place in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup which will hold in France.
But the South Banyana Banyana are determined to travel to France as the African champions.
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“We are prepared, our aim was to get a world cup slot. we have gotten it, but there’s nothing stopping us from creating history twice at this tournament. Having got this far it would be naïve not to want to win but we have to implement our plans very well,” Ellis stated during her Friday’s pre-match press conference.
Ellis will have to alter his line-up for the game against the defending champions after vice-captain of the side, Refiloe Jane was recalled by his Australian club, Canberra United.
But she is adamant Banyana can cope with her absence as there are other players good enough to step up .
“Yes she will be missed but we have a squad and we will utilize the squad. We don’t have a team we have a squad and its an opportunity for other players to show what they can do,” the Banyana Banyana coach added.
Banyana Banyana who beat the Super Falcons 1-0 in their first Group B game in AwCON 2018 will be appearing in the final for the fourth time.
Banyana remain the only side yet to suffer defeat in the tournamen with three wins and a draw from four games.
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