By Olayinka Elebute
Coach Desiree Ellis of Bayana Bayana has revealed to Gongnews.net that beating the Super Falcons in front of her home crowd is to confirm their superiority over the African champions.
Speaking after her team defeated the Nigeria team, during the just concluded Aisha Buhari Cup, the former player said it was a sweet victory for her and her team who she said has come of age and also to let the Nigerian team know that beating them during the last African Championship in Ghana was never a joke.
” We have trained and planned very well for this day to happen and we are glad it happened in front of the Nigerian fans and that’s more important for us as a team, I have suffered as a player playing against the Nigerian team in my days as a player but I am glad I am in charge when the Bayana Bayana is taking her rightful position against the super falcons” the elated coach said.
According to the 58 years old former captain of Bayana Bayana who expressed delight to bringing an end to playing second fiddle to the Nigerian team in the past, her South Africans has endured a disappointing string of results against the African champions, losing six of their last 10 previous meetings since 2006, including the final of the 11th Women’s Championship in Ghana on penalties and the team has won two out of her three previous meetings with Nigeria Super Falcons
For her this victory shows to us that we are capable, but we have to be consistent in winning, you saw what happened coming from the 2019 Women’s World Cup, losing to Botswana in the Olympics qualifiers. So, we are not there, yet, we won this Cup but we are not the best yet, I think the Women’s Nations Cup would change it.”
South Africa will begin their quest to compete in the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco, with a first round meeting with regional foes Mozambique in between October 18-26.