Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis took some positives despite the 3-2 loss against Serbia in an international friendly at Stara Pazova on Monday afternoon.

The hosts won the game in the first half, but Banyana Banyana managed to salvage two goals that came through from Hilda Magaia and Jermaine Seoposenwe.

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According to the South African tactician, Desiree Ellis, their struggles with set pieces cost them but not all was lost as her side handled things better after the first quarter.

“The first 15 minutes when they got all those corners and set pieces, we didn’t really organise well. I thought the third goal -set piece, we could have dealt better with that but after that, I think we were completely in control,” Ellis told the SAFA media.

“How we got one or two chances we didn’t take. Then we got another one, took it, and went to half time 3-1, but prior to that we were a lot in control and after that, we dealt with everything they threw at us,”

Desiree Ellis encouraged despite Banyana Banyana loss
Banyana Banyana action against Serbia

Coach Ellis stated that her charges delivered a promising second half, even though they couldn’t manage to add one more goal and settle for a draw.

“When we came out for the second half, we were even better, we kept up the intensity and we rotated the ball very quickly. We got another chance and Jermaine [Seoposenwe] put it away but we couldn’t get that final one,” she added.


“There’s a couple of boxes we can tick, of course, not the results we wanted. I need to go back and have a look at the set pieces and how we can do that better.

“I felt in open play we were solid defensively and that is one thing we’ve been working on extensively. Our transitions could’ve been better because there were some moments, if we had played the ball early, we were in on goal.

She went on to say that she was happy to see her side display the things that they have been working on at training and it worked out.

“But what we worked on is exciting and encouraging to see that a lot of it came together.”

By Senolwetu Tompela


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