Banyana Banyana still have a mountain of issues to work on before heading to the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Morocco July 2022, this was also highlighted by their number one goalkeeper Andile Dlamini. Their 5-1 humiliating defeat to the Netherlands exposed a lot of flaws in the senior national team side. Dlamini believes that the Oranjevrouwen perfect test ahead of the continental competition came at the right time.
Dlamini says defeat was a learning curve for the team that finished second at the last edition of the AFCON:
“We can always learn from the mistake we have done because most of the goals that were scored it’s our mistakes you know and eeeh….but overall I was happy that we were able to playing a tougher tougher opponent preparing us you know to the Cup of Nations”
Coach Desiree Ellis reckons the start of the leagues in the country may be a contributing factor players not being able to find the back of the net:
“The league has not started it was just pre-season, so I don’t any team would have concentrated on finishing at all, I think as players going into more games, more game time it will get better, everything else will get better. But that is one area that needs to improve consistently, it’s not just in the national team, we’ve edge club coaches to assist us in that aspect to make some areas where they under pressure when you playing the league you know as much as under pressure ummh its easy sometime to convert but the higher the level the more difficult we need to recreate those situation where players are under to put the ball at the back of the net and that’s one area we will consistently work on”
This year’s edition features four debutants including Botswana who eliminated Banyana from the Olympic Games qualifiers. Ellis knows that they have to be careful not to undermine anyone at the tournament.
By Busisiwe Mokwena