Bayana Bayana of South Africa head coach Desiree Ellis, has said that the team is capable enough to dethroned Nigeria’s Super Falcons as African champion in 2022, OJB Sport reports.
Nigeria senior women team defeated their counterpart from South Africa in final of the last edition of the African Women Cup Of Nations ( AWCON) in Ghana via penalty shoot-out.
Since then, the image of women football in South African has changed and majority of the Bayana Bayana players has secured a moved to Europe.
Ellis while speaking to South Africa Football Association (SAFA) media team hailed the players and hope their movement to Europe will surely improve the National side.
” This has just been incredible and beyond my wildest imagination.
I am almost afraid to blink because when I wake up in the morning, there is another player signed up.
The players have been fantastic with their individual work behind the scenes and through their efforts are now taking the next step on their new journeys.
The experiences they will now bring to Banyana Banyana will be immense and hopefully this will help raise the levels in the team to greater heights.
I remember going to the 2016 AWCON in Cameroon and facing the likes of Cameroon and Nigeria who had about 80 percent of their squad playing abroad and you could see the experience in their teams during certain situations.
We are now possibly in a position to also bring similar experiences to Banyana Banyana.
The experience of having played in so many finals most probably gave Nigeria the edge but we gave as good as we got before losing on penalties which is a lottery.
I think the players were absolutely amazing in the way they went about the whole tournament where we finished unbeaten in the field of play.
They were focused on the plan but their execution of the plan said it all and got us through to the final and subsequently qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
We always speak about team work and you can’t forget the behind the scenes work done by the technical team, medical team and the rest of the support staff.
We have to surpass that to qualify for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
The next tournament has been increased from eight to twelve countries.
The format will obviously change and that will make it even tougher, but it will take similar planning and focus to first qualify and then to put in a better effort to win it in 2022 which by the way also doubles up as a 2023 World Cup qualifying tournament. So yes we can definitely win it,” she stated.
Bayana Bayana shocked Super Falcons in the opening match of the Ghana 2018 African Cup Of Nations but lost to same opponent in the final via penalty shoot-out.