Following their opening match win against continental nemesis Nigeria, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has warned her team not to underestimate their second Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) group opponents Burundi.
Banyana will face Burundi on Thursday at the Complexe Sportif Prince Heritier Moulay Al Hassan at 7pm South Africa time.
Ellis’ charges have been one of the top trending topics since their stunning 2-1 win against the Super Falcons of Nigeria on Monday, but the South African senior women’s national team mentor now wants her players to attend to the task at hand against Burundi and secure the victory they need to cement a path to the quarterfinals.
“We are always looking for improved performances, to be better and to get better. We always want to make sure that we don’t concede,” said Ellis.
“We also need to make sure that we [keep our concentration]. We have watched Burundi over a number of games against Tanzania, Uganda and recently against Botswana. They pose a threat but like I said, we don’t want to underestimate any team because every game is a new game.”
Speaking on behalf of her team-mates, midfielder Amogelang Motau said the win against the defending champions on Monday night boosted confidence in the camp. But Motau echoed her coach and said it was very important to refocus and fully concentrate on the threat posed by Burundi.
“It’s no secret that it was a big game [against Nigeria], and I think winning the game was a confidence-booster for the team. But it was not a surprise because it was something that we have prepared for. It was a good start and gave us momentum going into the next game. It is all history now and we have to shift our focus to the next game [against Burundi,” said Motau.