‘It’s Not Over’: Banyana Coach Ellis Boasts Ahead of Return Leg vs Super Falcons

‘It’s Not Over’: Banyana Coach Ellis Boasts Ahead of Return Leg vs Super Falcons

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 6, 2024 at 2:36 PM
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  • South Africa coach Desiree Ellis believes there is still plenty to play
  • Banyana Banyana are on the brink of elimination from the Paris Olympics
  • Ellis team must need to overturn a 1-0 defeat to Nigeria in the reverse fixture

South Africa’s hope of qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games football event is hanging by a thread after Banyana Banyana suffered a first-leg defeat against rivals Nigeria.

Rashidat Ajibade’s penalty condemned the reigning African champions to a 1-0 defeat against the Super Falcons in the first-leg encounter at the Moshood Abiola Stadium on Friday, April 5.

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Desiree Ellis believes South Africa will defeat Nigeria in the return leg on home soil. Photo by Justin Setterfield.
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According to Complete Sports, South Africa coach, Desiree Ellis believes there is still a lot to play for and facies Banyana Banyana to overturn the result in the second leg in Johannesburg.

“Look, we said it was going to be a tight game but we are hopeful of overturning this result in the second leg.
“We are still in the game. We created a couple of chances, a penalty decided the match but the game is not over. I thought in the second half we raised our game a lot and created good chances and could have equalized.”

South Africa’s last appearance at the women’s event of the Olympics was at the Rio 2016 games as they failed to qualify for the 2020 games in Tokyo, Japan.

Kgatlana wants revenge versus Nigeria

Meanwhile, South Africa star, Thembi Kgatlana, believes playing in front of their supporters will give Banyana Banyana the edge in the second leg of the 2024 Olympic Games qualifier against Nigeria, Daily Post reports.

The 2018 CAF African Women's Footballer of the Year believes getting a win against the Super Falcons is possible as she insists, they will have the advantage playing in front of their fans.

South Africa must overturn the 1-0 deficit against Nigeria to stand a chance of qualifying for the Paris Olympic games.

Ajibade scores winner versus Banyana

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Nigeria's victory over South Africa provided the vital impetus to their quest to secure their first Olympic participation since 2008.

Rasheedat Ajibade's first-half penalty appeared to settle the highly tense contest, which had been preceded by a flurry of heated discussions.

The 24-year-old finished from 12 yards out with confidence after defender Noko Matlou pulled down Chiwendu Ihezuo.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..