Olympic Games Banyana Banyana must not be complacent against Tanzania – Ellis

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has warned her charges against underrating Tanzania when they face off in the third round of Paris 2024 Qualifier.

The reigning CAF Women’s Coach of the Year and her charges had a successful trip to Tanzania on Friday, 23 February where goals from the attacking trio of Jermaine Seopesenwe, Thembi Kgatlana and Hildah Magaia secured a 3-0 away victory for the reigning African champions.

“We have to finish the job back home. We don’t want to become complacent. The next goal in the match could change things and we have to score the next goal and once that is over you know then we’ll worry on who we’ll have to face, be it Nigeria be it Cameroon. We still have a job to do. We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, we want to make sure that we finish the job,” said Ellis.

She added: “I am very happy with the result, but I also know that we can play way better. I think we can only get better from here onwards. The (domestic) league hasn’t started so it was expected that we might struggle a bit and be rusty playing against a Tanzanian team who’s got mostly local players and they’ve played ten league matches so far.”

Banyana Banyana, who have featured twice at the Olympics (2012, 2016) are looking at making a return to the global showpiece, which will have two spots reserved for Africa.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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