Banyana Banyana‘s Desiree Ellis explains why she is banking on the success of Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies CAF CL squad as they will meet the Burkinabe.
Banyana are set to face Burkina Faso in a two-legged 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) qualifier later this month.
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Ellis said this just after naming her 24-member squad on Thursday that will face the West Africans, Burkinabe and she is banking on the CAF CL experience of Masandawana Ladies.
Looking at the Sundowns CL squad, Jerry Tshabalala’s side consisted of Andile Dlamini, Karabo Dhlamini, Lebohang Ramalepe and Kholosa Biyana.
ELLIS BANKING ON SUNDOWNS CAF CL GLORY VS. BURKINABE
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During the continental CAF Women’s CL, Sundowns were helped by the four players as they defeated Morocco’s Sporting Casablanca 3-0 in the final.
“They have played on the continent and that augers well for the national team going forward,” said Ellis per TimesLIVE.
“We are always saying clubs must conquer the continent because the experience of playing on the continental level makes it so much easier for players.
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“Many of those players who are part of the national team at Mamelodi Sundowns have been to one of two Wafcons, they have played at the Olympic Games and have been to the World Cup.
“The experience they get out of everything is good for the country, but you are right when you say continental experience is really important. Playing in Africa is a whole different ball game. Everybody who goes to Africa experiences different things.
“The experience of Sundowns playing in Africa will hold us in good stead.”
DLAMINI ON HOW SUNDOWNS CAF CL GLORY CAN HELP BANYANA
The South African recently reported that the Goalkeeper of the Tournament, Dlamini expressed hope that their success could help Banyana.
Sundowns arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday and the team boasted Banyana internationals such as Dlamini, Dhlamini, Biyana, and Ramalepe.
“These tournaments prepare us physically, mentally and also for exposure to other youngsters in the team to raise their hands for the national team,” Dlamini told the media.
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“We played against teams that had superior tactics and different playing styles. The challenges that we face playing in Africa prepare you mentally for the national team.”
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