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Underfire Banyana coach Ellis unhappy with decision making

Following their 2-all draw against Argentina on Friday, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis is unhappy with her troops and rued decision-making.

The South African coach and former Banyana player, Ellis said her charges failed to make the right decisions in the final third.

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According to the coach, the poor decisions allowed the South Americans to find their way back into the game after going down by two goals.

BANYANA COACH ELLIS UNHAPPY WITH DECISION MAKING

The draw has left Banyana’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup hanging by the thread.

Speaking after the encounter which left many football fans around the African continent shocked, Ellis protected her Banyana defence.

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Additionally, the fans feel Ellis must also shoulder the blame for her team selection and substitutions, while some felt she should manage the game better.

“I don’t think it’s the defence, to be honest – I think the defence held out well. It’s the chances that we create (and do not convert),” Banyana coach Ellis said after the match.

“It’s the moments that we get into the final third and make the wrong decisions – when the players that are running free in on goal and do not pass the ball to.

“If you make better decisions, we talk differently once again. You cannot create all those chances and they get those two chances at the back, and they score.”

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The bitter result leaves the African champions with one point at the bottom of Group G after playing opening the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Sweden.

BANYANA BOSS RUES MISSED CHANCES AGAINST ARGENTINA

In addition, the coach continued to give her assessment of the proceedings at Forsyth Barr Stadium, saying missed chances led to their downfall.

Banyana looked like they were walking away with three points as Linda Motlhalo and Thembi Kgatlana found the back of the net.

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While the speedy Kgatlana also clinched an assist to walk away with the Player of the Match award, Mzansi fans feel she must not be selfish.

“That’s the problem, we don’t take those chances and that comes back to haunt us every time. So, you cannot say – like Thembi said – the defence cost us,” Ellis added.

“Our defence has been magnificent. But how many chances did we create and fail to convert? How many final entries did we have and were not completed?

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“That’s where the problem lies: we are not taking the chances that we create. We are always going to be a team that creates chances and doesn’t score. And when the goals are going in, we look at the defence.”

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