Despite being defeated by Nigeria in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final, Banyana Banyana still have the Fifa Women’s World Cup to look forward to in 2019.
Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis spoke about the aftermath of qualifying for the women’s first ever World Cup.
“When you saw the tears, the singing, the smiles, you then realise the magnitude of what you’ve done… going onto social media, you realise what you’ve done… you’ve don’t realise how big it was. getting back to the room that evening, the celebrations were something else. We gave the next day off an then we refocused on the Fifa Women’s World Cup finals.”
Ellis touched on the World Cup next year: “We’ve gone to the Olympics and we’ve competed but we’ve got to do better then just competing. I think we’ve got to triple our efforts in preparation as that’s going to be key but the draw is also going to be key to who we’re playing. So we have to start preparing now with as much footage of the opposition.”