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Paris Olympics: Banyana hits Abuja on Sunday, targets result against Super Falcons


Banyana Banyana has confirmed that they will arrive in Abuja on Sunday ahead of the 1st leg of the Paris Olympics final qualifying game against Nigeria’s Super Falcons at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Friday, April 5.
Desiree Ellis told local media in South Africa that a good result in the first leg in Abuja will put her Banyana Banyana on a firm footing for the home match of their deciding Olympic qualifying tie against Nigeria.
Playing the second leg at home at Loftus Versfeld on April 9 gives the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations champions Banyana some advantage in the tie. It means they can try for a win or draw in the away leg on April 5 which will put them in a strong position coming back to South Africa.
Ellis, though, stressed her team should not look further than the first match at MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
“The first leg will be key.
“Getting a positive result in the first leg will put a lot of pressure on us because the travelling is long and there’s little time to prepare for the second leg.
“We’re going early to Nigeria [Sunday] to prepare there as well. We need to get a positive result to take pressure off us coming home.
“We want to get home with little pressure and we’re also urging the fans to come out in their numbers because when we play away the stadiums are packed.”
The team has been buoyed by crucial players returning from injury, including midfield captain Refiloe Jane and defenders Bambanani Mbane, Sibulele Holweni and Bongeka Gamede.

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