Paris Olympics: South Africa Don’t Need Any Motivation To Beat Nigeria- Ellis


Coach Desiree Ellis says her Banyana Banyana don’t need anyone to remind them of how important it is to qualify for the Olympics ahead of rivals Super Falcons.

Rasheedat Ajibade’s 42nd-minute penalty gave the Super Falcons an advantage on Friday in Abuja, going into the second leg at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The South Africans are aiming for a third appearance at the event if they beat Nigeria. They will join world champions Spain, Brazil and Japan in Group C in Paris.

“But you don’t need any motivation,” insisted Ellis.

“Going to the Olympics is huge so you don’t need motivation to lift yourself. You don’t need motivation to change your mentality.

“But it’s now up to us to take the game to them and make sure that we score and also make sure that we’re settled in defence and we don’t concede. They don’t have to come (and attack), they can sit back but the onus is on us (to attack).

“We’re going back to familiar surroundings and we hope to take the game to them.”