Ellis says Mzansi will be happy with the effort as Banyana crash out

Ellis says Mzansi will be happy with the effort as Banyana crash out

- Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis feels that the team has won over more supporters following their efforts at the FIFA Women’s World Cup

- Banyana crashed out of the tournament in the 1st round, but Ellis feels that they were unfortunate for results not to go their way

- The team slumped to a 4-0 defeat in their final match against Germany and are on a return flight to South Africa

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Banyana Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis, feels that the team has won over more supporters following their performances at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

It’s been a harrowing debut tournament for Ellis and her chargers, but the coach has remained surprisingly upbeat.

Banyana crashed out of the tournament during the first round following three successive defeats, but Ellis believes it isn’t all doom and gloom.

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TimesLIVE reported that Ellis feels that South Africans back home would be proud of the team and that they’ve even won over new supporters in France.

Ellis said, ‘We have gained a few supporters‚ even the German supporters were standing up and applauding‚ I think they so badly wanted us to score a goal for the chances we were creating.”

Banyana were on the receiving end of a 4-0 loss to the Germans, but created numerous opportunities to score themselves.

Ellis bemoaned the team’s approach during the first half, which saw them concede three unanswered goals.

However, there was clear improvement during the second half.

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Banayana were beaten in all three matches and Ellis reflected on the results. The coach feels the team should have done better than the 3-1 loss suffered at the hands of Spain.

Ellis added: "The second game (against China) was just as tight‚ and the Germans showed us respect in the third by picking what was their best line-up.”

Briefly.co.za understands the coach feels the team’s global ranking of 49th doesn’t do Banyana justice.

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