By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
After a hard-fought 1-0 win for the Banyana Banyana of South Africa over Botswana on Sunday, the coach of the 2018 Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) beaten finalist, Desire Ellis asserted that she is pleased with her side’s performance.
“We wanted to make sure that we end on top and didn’t want to leave with permutations knowing that at half time, the scoreline was 3-0 in the other game. With that, we wanted to make sure that we stayed compact and kept our composure. The team didn’t get going in the first half and had a couple of chances. Since the squad is very versatile, we then made a couple of changes. The changes brought the best out of the group and we started controlling the game, tempo, and creating a couple of opportunities.” Ellis told pressmen during her post-match reaction.
Nthabiseng Majiya who was making her second appearance for South Africa latched onto a loose ball to score the winning goal after Botswana goalkeeper had initially saved Mapula Kgoale’s attempt.
“It was a good goal from Nthabiseng Majiya, a debutant from the last game scoring that goal. I am happy with the result and performance with improvement from the game against Burundi which we asked for.” The former South African captain concluded.
The Woman of the match-winner and newly acquired Racing Louisville player, Thembi Kgatlana while receiving her prize opined that the team is taking a game at a time while enjoying themselves at the tournament.
“To be honest, we came here to enjoy the tournament and we have been taking one match at a time. This is the reason why we have different scorers. Three players were substituted today and the ones that came on board from the bench did their work and we won.”
South Africa will face Tunisia in the quarter-final with a win sealing a semi-final spot and qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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