SOUTH AFRICA GEARING UP TO QUALIFY FOR 2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

The coach of South Africa’s women’s football team, Desree Ellis, says preparations are on track to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals to be held in France.

The former Banyana Banyana captain, however, is concerned that her players are showing the same inability to score goals as their male Bafana Bafana counterparts and says it is an area of the game they are working on.

Ellis believes teams in South Africa as a whole have a problem scoring goals, saying: Banyana Banyana failed to qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Canada. They also missed out on winning gold at the African Women’s Championships in Cameroon (last year). All this boils down to one thing, missing out on golden scoring opportunities.

“This time around we want to be one of the three teams that go to the (Women’s) World Cup in 2019, that’s why we keep on working on finishing, we are always going to create opportunities. At the (Cameroon) tournament we had over 80 chances to score.”

There will be no international competitions for Banyana Banyana this year, but the FIFA international calendar provides the team with some opportunities to play international football. Their next match will be a friendly against France who are ranked third in the world.

Ellis says there are a lot of FIFA dates throughout the year and hopes Banyana Banyana takes that opportunity to secure friendly games.

She adds: We haven’t sat down yet on who we want to play but we are hopeful that we’ll get good competition throughout the year.”

The match against France takes place in Saint-Denis on the island of Reunion on Saturday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK