Banyana Banyana trainer Desiree Ellis used to be pleased with the best way her much-changed aspect breezed past Madagascar of their final Cosafa Women’s Championship Group A recreation on Monday‚ but is aware of that much bigger challenges wait for in the semifinals.
Banyana will now take on Zimbabwe in the Last 4 as they seek a 3rd identify in succession‚ however this time without a host in their top stars who ply their industry overseas. Ellis has needed to do without the likes of Thembi Kgatlana‚ Linda Motlhalo and Nothando Vilakazi in Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth‚ but has subsequently been ready to provide a run to a new era of nationwide group avid gamers.
They sealed their semifinal place with a comfy 3-zero win over the Malagasy‚ and finish the pool marketing campaign with 23 goals scored and just one conceded of their three games.
“We were in complete control of the match‚ they sat back very deep with a wall around the goal. We wanted to play the ball around to draw them out‚” Ellis said. “We also wanted to make it possible to two debutants [Shange Sthembile and Priscilla Pesa]‚ which were once very important as a result of we wish to give avid gamers an opportunity‚ but also make the pool larger‚ which is important for Afcon and for the World Cup.
“I felt we could have scored more goals‚ at times when we had the ball just outside the box we could have taken shots‚ but we were still trying to pass the ball around‚ the decision-making we have to improve on.” Ellis made six adjustments for the sport and has turned around her squad all over the tournament‚ but now says it is time to choose the easiest XI with Zimbabwe looming on Wednesday.
“This is the only means you’ll be able to test if they’re ready for a prime level‚ we tried to stay the backline more or less the same to keep that synergy with the defenders. “We have also made some positional changes during the tournament. When you go to tournaments you want those multi-functional gamers. But it will get to the business to finish now.
We have to take a look at everybody’s efficiency after which pick out the strongest line-up for the semifinals‚ figuring out that avid gamers had been given an opportunity.”
Ellis will be without regular skipper Janine van Wyk‚ who’s out of the event with a knee harm‚ however nonetheless including price according to her trainer. “Just having her presence here with the team‚ she is a motivating factor. She is the leader of the team‚ she adds value just being here.” Ellis provides there will be no sense of complacency‚ with Zimbabwe likely to be their greatest challengers for the regional name.
“This is a fantastic group of players‚ we celebrate today but tomorrow we refocus for the next challenge. We don’t look any further than the next game. We are very focussed on the task at hand.”
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