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Banyana doesn’t need to be motivated, says Banyana coach

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis praised her teamwork and confidence during the WAFCON run.

Ellis received the CAF Female Coach of the Year award just days before finally lifting the WAFCON trophy.

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Banyana Banyana fly high

As a player and coach, Ellis tried to win championships, and when Banyana Banyana finally won, he was happy to be at the helm.

Desiree Ellis. Photo: Twitter @Banyana_Banyana

“I was trying to win gold as a player…we lost to Nigeria in 2000. When I look at something [referring to reports from some local media] It says Morocco is the most popular and that’s okay.Nigeria is said to have missed the final twice, with Equatorial Guinea being the host [and beat Banyana] I said ‘third lucky brother’ and it [that Morocco beat them] won’t happen here…this [the trophy] It’s ours,” Ellis said.


Team morale couldn’t be higher, according to Ellis, who said the players were upbeat and confident, but focused on their tasks.

“When I see players in team meetings, I almost don’t want to go to team meetings anymore because the players are so, so confident. They always sing and dance with their loudspeakers. Even if we lose Thembi, They are still so confident and determined [Kgatlana, who left the tournament prematurely due to a ruptured achilles tendon],” Ellis said.

Banyana Banyana is a team full of untapped potential and shows that the long-neglected women’s game can benefit from raising the bar in professionalism.

Hopefully, the momentum from WAFCON’s win and participation in the World Cup will attract sponsors and help women’s football take a big step forward.

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The final draw for the competition is scheduled for October 22 this year at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.

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