Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis has charged his side to convert every scoring opportunity revealing that she had hoped for more goals despite the 3-1 victory over hard fighting debutants Burundi on Thursday.
South Africa posted an impressive run in the match registering 28 shots with 16 on target, over 450 passes with 83% pass accuracy, and enjoyed 67% ball possession.
However, they only scored three goals in their 3-1 win against courageous tournament debutants Burundi.
After several scoring chances in the early stages of the first-half, Thembi Kgatlana netted for South Africa at the 20th-minute mark after Burundi’s defence did all it could to shut up shop.
However, 10 minutes after going down a goal, Burundi made a rare attack and scored an equaliser through Aniella Uwimana from close range.
Burundi’s euphoria of equalising did not last long, though, as Amogelang Masego Motau gave Banyana the lead two minutes later with a superb strike.
Second-half substitute Linda Motlhalo sealed the deal from the penalty spot for Banyana to solidify a 3-1 win.
“I found that we had enough on the field to get a result. I think that we over-elaborated at times, and most of the shots we took were straight at the goalkeeper. I thought she would be .er of the match,” Ellis said during the post-match press conference.
“We tried to change it a bit. It looked better [later in the match]. We created a lot of opportunities. But once again, you know, when we attacked, our defence was not ready for the counter, and we conceded poorly once again, so that is something we have to work on.”
She added: “We said we needed three points. We said these points were going to be massive to get us into the next round.
“We are always looking for improved performances but today was not a good day in terms of that the result is just as important.
“We have never ever underestimated a team, and we will never underestimate a team. T. are a lot of factors, but we are not looking for excuses.
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South Africa will . their final group fixture on Sunday against Botswana. Recall that the South African ladies opened their campaign with a lone goal defeat of highly rated Super Falcons who currently occupy the second place on the log.