Thursday, February 29, 2024

Banyana Coach Advises Shepolopolo


Banyana Banyana South Africa coach Desiree Ellis says Shepolopolo must improve to compete favourably at the delayed Tokyo Olympics in the summer.

Ellis’s Banyana Banyana on Saturday thumped the Zambian women 3-1 in an international friendly played in Johannesburg.

In a post-match interview, Ellis said the Shepolopolo bench should work on the players’ fitness.

“I think our defense won the game first. They made sure Barbra I think had one shot at goal but we nullified Rachael Nachula who was another threat and Grace Chanda as well,” she said.

Eliss added that over reliance on captain and striker Barbra Banda is negatively affecting Zambia’s performance.

“And I think maybe the reliance on Barbra too much, to play other players in I think that will help out the team,” Ellis said.

“I think conditioning is key. We always say if we are in good physical shape because we can play then we can match any team.”


  1. That’s true I watched their game against Banyan our girls were very slow to react to situations in attack and in defending they play at a very low tempo which can be difficult to break down opponents. The team needs a physical trainer to condition the girls so that they will be able to compete with other teams comfortably at the Olympics otherwise will be the whipping girls of the tournament

  2. Hire Ellis.
    Shepolopolo, or Zambian women were doing better with that female Zambian coach they put as assistant. Anyway, its Zambian culture, they don’t want to be happy.

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