Africa Soccer AWCON: Banyana Banyana coach warns against underrating Burundi, Botswana

South Africa senior women’s football team coach Desiree Ellis has warned her team against getting carried away with the Group C’s 2-1 win over rivals Nigeria on Monday at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Morocco.

The coach said Banyana Banyana need to treat next opponents Botswana and Burundi with utmost respect.

We won’t underestimate any team that is here. I have watched the previous games and one should underestimate a team at your own peril, and this game [against Nigeria] is now behind us,” she told South African Football Association website.

We knew that we could not physically match them, we knew that our strength was putting the ball on the ground, and we wanted to move the ball much quicker, even though I felt like our ball rotation in the first half was very slow.”

Commenting on the other group matches against Burundi and Botswana, Ellis called for caution.

Botswana started the journey with a 4-2 win over Burundi on Monday.

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