Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis describes Uganda clash as "the big one"


The journey towards the World Cup continues today as Banyana take on Uganda in the semi-final of the Cosafa Challenge at Wolfson Stadium (15h30). Zambia will take on Cameroon in the other semi-final at the same venue (13h00).

Banyana finished top of the Group A standings, following their victories over Madagascar, Botswana and Malawi.

“We’ve had recovery, which is exciting. We had the players doing different things, just to manage the loads of the players.  The spirit in the group is really high and players are starting to raise their hands, which makes the selection that little bit harder.

“But that’s what we’ve wanted all along, for players to challenge each other to make sure players are not in their comfort zones and to make sure that we raise the level. We are looking forward to the big one against Uganda.”

Ellis says it’s not difficult to keep the players’ feet on the ground after the 6-0 victory over Malawi because they have experienced players who know that the job is not done yet.

“I don’t think it’s that difficult for us as a technical team because we have a lot of experience in the group. Players who played in the Cosafa Cup last year know to take it day by day.“