Ellis reflects on Banyana's AWCON qualification

SA National Teams

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has reflected on her team's performance after securing qualification to the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations.

South Africa booked their ticket to the upcoming Africa Women Cup of Nations tournament in Morocco after recording a 3-1 aggregate win over Algeria on Wednesday.

Banyana Banyana came into the encounter with a 2-0 lead following the home leg but were made to sweat when Sylia Koui pulled one back for the North African giants before Linda Mothlalo converted a second-half penalty to put the tie to bed.

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Despite securing qualification, Ellis was not entirely pleased with her side's performance on the night but did reserve some praise for the experienced heads getting the team over the line.

"Our finishing was poor, we could have been three or four up before they scored the goal, also the defending for the goal we could have done better," she said after the game.

"The left-winger didn’t track back but this team has a lot of courage and this team knows we’ve been in this position before, we just needed to keep on playing.

"We felt they were not a threat except for the long balls they played and the set-pieces they had. And we urged the players not to give free kicks around the area and handled that very well.

"We always knew we were going to get a chance again, once the penalty went in we simply took control of the game and just played our game.

"In the end, Algeria were chasing because they needed to chase, it wasn’t a great goal to give away but credit to them, they never gave up and fought to the bitter end. 

"You have to give credit to the Algerians because even though we were 2-0 up and eventually 2-1 and 3-1 they kept on fighting. But I think the experience of having been here and in the team brought us to this point."