Banyana Banyana Coach Desiree Ellis Asks South Africans to Turn Out for Brazil Matches
- South African senior women's national football team coach Desiree Ellis has made a rallying call to football lovers
- She has asked that as many as possible can turn out for their series of matches against Brazil
- The African and South American champions will play in Durban and Johannesburg in the space of four days
South Africa's senior women's national football team coach Desiree Ellis is banking on your support.
The champions of Africa Banyana Banyana will take on the recently-crowned South American queens Brazil in a two-match series. The first match will take place at Orlando Stadium tomorrow night starting at 6pm, before the second one is hosted by the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Monday at the same starting time.
According to The Citizen, Ellis said:
"I think the last time we had fans in the stadium was in Port Elizabeth during the Cosafa Cup (in 2020). Being so close to the people here in Soweto, we are expecting them to come out in their numbers because we want to say thank you to them for supporting us from afar. They were sending us messages and everything else.”
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South Africa will use these prestigious matches as excellent preparation for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup to be hosted in Australia and New Zealand. They will also take on Australia and another unnamed European nation - believed to be England - next month.
2022 COSAFA Women's Cup match report: African champions South Africa thump Angola
African champions Banyana Banyana began their quest for a record-extending eighth COSAFA Women's Cup perfectly.
As reported by Sports Brief, South Africa defeated Angola 3-0 in a Group A opener at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha. Refilwe Maseko opened the scoring for the hosts in the 20th minute. Sphumelele Shamase then doubled this lead with a wonderful 35th-minute striker.
Lithemba Sam-Sam scored the classiest of goals in the 89th minute to seal the deal. In the earlier match, Mozambique overwhelmed Mauritius 5-0 to ensure that they finished the day in first place in the group ahead of South Africa by goal difference.
Source: Sports Brief News