Cape Town - Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis revealed that she urged her players at half-time to break the previous long-standing record.
South Africa started the defence of their
COSAFA Women's Championship title with a dominant 17-0 victory over Comoros in Port Elizabeth on
The national women's team had 9 different goal scorers – Refiloe Jane
(4), Amanda Mthandi (3), Bambanani Mbane (2), Hildah Magaia (2), Ode Fulutudilu
(1), Kholosa Biyana (1), Busisiwe Ndimeni (1), Tiisetso Makhubela (1), Mamello
Makhabane (1) and an own goal from Comoros.
The result is not only the biggest ever victory in the
COSAFA tournament but also Banyana Banyana’s biggest victory ever.
Banyana Banyana broke the long-standing record, beating the previous best scoreline of 15-0 registered by Zimbabwe against Lesotho 17 years ago in their Group A clash in
Despite not knowing anything about their opponents, coach
Desiree reveals that they wanted to get things right after returning from a
disappointing Women’s World Cup campaign in France.
"We wanted to make sure that we do our things right. We spoke
about coming back from the world cup and making sure that we keep the same
level," she said in the post-match press conference.
"I thought we did that very well today. We needed to show
why we were at the world cup and what lessons we learned.
"Sometimes we’ve played teams in the past and we can’t get
going. Sometimes when you play a weaker team, you get dragged down and you
cannot play but this group just kept the level up.
"I think we hit the crossbar about four or five times, maybe
Ellis added: "I challenged them at half-time when we were
6-0 up, I said, 'guys we can break this record. I last played when we had the
record. So, let's break this record'.
"You play football to break records and I challenged them. They
went out there and really played."
Banyana Banyana’s next encounter is against Malawi on
Friday, August 2 at the Wolfson Stadium.
Kick-off is at 15:30.