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South Africa's Banyana Banyana Eyes Comeback in Olympic Qualifier Against Nigeria

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louis Buyisiwe

Apr 9, 2024

South Africa's women's national football team


Pretoria, South Africa - South Africa's women's national football team, Banyana Banyana, is gearing up for a crucial Olympic qualifying match against Nigeria, following a narrow 1-0 defeat in Abuja. Head coach Desiree Ellis expressed confidence in the team's potential for a strong comeback in the upcoming second leg at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.


Despite the setback in the first leg of the final qualifying round, Ellis remains optimistic about Banyana Banyana's chances of securing a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics. The absence of the away goal rule adds an extra layer of excitement to the contest, promising a fiercely competitive match.

In preparation for Tuesday's game, the team has thoroughly reviewed their previous performance.

"We are better than what we demonstrated in Nigeria," Ellis stated, confident of the team's abilities.

The second half of the first leg showcased Banyana Banyana's true potential, setting the stage for what promises to be an enthra lling encounter .Ellis emphasized the importance of an early goal to gain momentum and take control of the game.

"We have to prepare for every eventuality," she added, acknowledging Nigeria's one-goal lead but underscoring her team's readiness for the challenge.

As South Africa's pride, Banyana Banyana is determined to overturn the deficit and claim victory on home soil, keeping their Olympic dreams alive. Fans and supporters are eagerly anticipating a spirited performance that showcases the team's resilience and skill.

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