Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
7 Dec 2016
12:11 pm

Ellis proud of Banyana Banyana

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

The coach remains positive despite the team’s failure to bring home any medals.

Desiree Ellis coach of Banyana Banyana. (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Banyana Banyana interim coach Desiree Ellis is proud of the team’s display at the Caf Women Africa Cup of nations (AWC) despite the team’s failure to bring home any medals.

The team arrived back in the country on Tuesday morning, following their 1-0 loss to Ghana in the third-place playoff.

“When you come to a tournament you come to win it, the expectation was just that for all of us. If you watched our games, you will realise that we create chances up until the last minute. I think it was just lack of composure in certain situations, it seems everybody is rushing,” Ellis told the Safa website.

“When you are in such high pressure situations, you need calm heads, which we didn’t have. I have to sum it up in one line – goals win games. And if a match was decided on creating opportunities we would win hands down. We would have loved to go back home wearing medals, but it did not happen.

“But I am very proud of the girls, they never gave up. At times we didn’t minimise our mistakes, we got undone at three set-pieces against Ghana, which is poor defending, and on the other hand when we were in similar positions we couldn’t finish. It is the same old story that we create many chances, but we don’t take them, and it is something we have to seriously work on. We create enough to win matches.”

Banyana finished the AWC tournament without any medal for the second time in a row after leaving Namibia empty-handed four years ago.