South Africa’s head coach of the Women’s senior team, Desiree Ellis has said they are looking forward to making a good start when they face Malawi in a Group A tie as the COSAFA Women’s Championship 2021 kick-off today.
Angola will face Mozambique in the opening Group A match, before the defending champions Banyana Banyana battle Malawi with all matches taking place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
“Our matches against Malawi have always been tough. We are not expecting an easy game against them and we must make sure we don’t concede an early goal,” said Desiree Ellis.
She made it clear that it is always good to start any tournament well with a win. “We need to make sure we execute our plans and be on top of our game,” she added.
The Banyana Banyana coach said although she has made some changes, playing at the Aisha Buhari Cup that they won in Nigeria last week was good preparation for them.
The Championship which has attracted 12 will take place from September 28th to October 9th in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Three teams from the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan will take part as guest sides. South Sudan will be making their first appearance in the tournament, while Uganda Crested Cranes finished third in the same tournament in 2018.
Shime Bakari, the Tanzania head coach, made it clear that this tournament has come at the right time for them. “ The tournament will help us prepare ahead of the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers,” added the coach.
The best teams in each group and the best runner-up will qualify for the semi final stage.
Group A: South Africa, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique
Group B: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Sudan
Group C: Zambia, Uganda, Namibia, Eswatini
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In Port Elizabeth, South Africa