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Banyana coach is well aware of WC mountain


Ellis is cognisant that Banyana will have to work their socks off at the World Cup if they want to make an impression

Desiree Ellis coach of South Africa during the Banyana Banyana Arrival Press Conference on the 01 April 2019 at Maharani Hotel. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

DESIREE Ellis has admitted that they have a mountain to climb at the World Cup in France later this year.

Banyana are in the same group as Germany, Spain and China, and will open their account with an affair against Spain and follow that with the clash against China. Banyana will end their group phases with a tussle against Germany.

Ellis is cognisant that Banyana will have to work their socks off at the World Cup if they want to make an impression.

“There’s no two ways about it for South African fans. They always have expectations but we’ve got to be realistic.

“We are not in an easy group. It is a group of death. We are playing Spain first who have evolved their Women’s football. We will also play Germany who are second best in the world. We also have China. We played them in 2016. They will be similar to North Korea.

“We have a mountain to climb. At the draw, every team wanted to play us. We had all these teams, France, England, Norway and Canada who wanted to play us.

“That shows that we have grown as a team. We always offer a challenge. That for us is important,” Ellis said.

Banyana are currently in Durban, busy with their preparations for the World Cup.

On Sunday they will lock horns with Jamaica who will also be playing at their maiden World Cup.

“We want to go and do well against Jamaica. We want to show the fans that we are in a right path for the World Cup. We want to a get a victory against Jamaica.

“We also want to play well. Our aim is to play football that the crowd will enjoy. At the Afcon we showed the type of football that we want to play.

“We don’t have tall players. Our strength is to put the ball on the ground. We want to improve in our performances, get a win, so that the fans can go home happy,” she added.

Banyana have really struggled for results against top nations but Ellis is not too bothered about that.

“I’m not too worried about it. We have to take our chances against these opponents.

“We created numerous goal scoring opportunities against Holland and Sweden. The difference between us and bigger teams, it is that they take their chances and we don’t take them.

“That’s the area we’ve worked on extensively.” Ellis elaborated.