Bafana Bafana

Banyana players need top level football to close gap to top sides - coach

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Janine van Wyk, Desiree Ellis and Emma Hendricks during the Banyana Banyana Arrival Press Conference at OR Tambo International Airport on December 02, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Janine van Wyk, Desiree Ellis and Emma Hendricks during the Banyana Banyana Arrival Press Conference at OR Tambo International Airport on December 02, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis says she is proud of her charges despite failing to proceed to the last 16 of the 2019 Women’s World Cup currently underway in France.

South Africa lost 4-0 to Germany in the final group stage match that took place on Monday, at the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier.

Three goals in the first half and one more in the second stanza were enough for the two-time world champions – who won three out of three games, while Banyana Banyana suffered their third defeat in a row.

Ellis said that the gulf in quality between the top sides and her charges showed throughout the tournament despite a gutsy display from her players.

"Playing against the number two side in the world while being ranked ourselves at 49 is such a big gap, Ellis said. "But yet we gave as good as we got and we're not that far off.

"Players now though, need to consistently play at the highest level because that's the only way we're going to catch up to these top sides."

The former Banyana Banyana captain reflected on her team's performance at the tournament saying they were at times unfortunate to be on the losing side.

"I think the Spain result was the hardest for us to digest considering the way we played having led for 68 minutes. The China game became a final and I thought we were quite good in the first half before letting it slip in the latter stages.

"The Germany game was always going to be a big one playing the second-ranked side in the world but at times we really looked good and the players put their bodies on the line but the gulf in quality showed."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
41% - 13440 votes
Cricket
12% - 4104 votes
Football
19% - 6203 votes
Athletics
3% - 853 votes
Boxing
1% - 328 votes
Cycling
2% - 776 votes
Golf
5% - 1677 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2805 votes
Tennis
4% - 1169 votes
Water sports
1% - 304 votes
American sports
1% - 413 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 1112 votes
Vote