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South Africa coach Desiree Ellis wants her team to employ a strategy of starting matches strongly if they are to reach the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final and even win it.

Banyana Banyana are through to the quarter-finals after topping Group C with the maximum six points following wins over holders Nigeria and rookies Burundi.

Ahead of their final group match against Botswana today, Ellis wants to see a fast start to set the tone for the rest of the tournament.

Ellis said as quoted by SABC:

We’ve got to make sure in the next game that we start well. We always want to start on the front foot and make sure that we put opponents under pressure, so we will have a look at what we can do better.

We will also have a look at the opposition and see how we can [exploit their weaknesses], it’s a very familiar team that we’ve played against so often, and we’ll make sure that we execute our plan.

By Amara

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