Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has urged her high-flying players to remain focused ahead of their Cosafa Women’s Championship game against Comoros Monday.
The two sides are set to meet at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth at 3.30 pm. While Comoros are out of the running for the title, South Africa, who are the defending champions, are practically through to the semi-finals. Banyana won their first two games, against Angola by 2-0, and over Eswatini by 5-0.
Comoros come to this game with just one point after two outings following a defeat to Eswatini and a draw against Angola. Before the tournament commenced Ellis stated that despite being the defending champions, she wanted her players to treat each and every game with respect.
“Sometimes if you get too far ahead of yourself you lose focus. We are hoping to improve in all areas, but I am really proud of this group of players,” said Ellis. “A new group coming into a tournament and raising their hands and put in a lot of work. What we witnessed in Angola and Eswatini matches is a result of hard work.’’
Eswatini, who face Angola today at 3.30 pm as well, are on the second spot in Group A with three points. Banyana midfielder Nomvula Kgoale echoed the same sentiments and said they need to follow the instruction of the technical team in the clash.
“We are excited to be in the semi-finals and we need to focus because after the group games, it is do or die, if you lose you are out,’’ said Kgoale.
Group A winners will face winners of Group C in the semi-finals that are scheduled for Thursday at Wolfson Stadium