PRETORIA: Mthethwa said Banyana Banyana’s dominance is indeed something that deserves our praises.
Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa has congratulated senior national women’s football, Banyana Banyana on their victory in the inaugural 2021 Aisha Buhari football cup on Tuesday.
Mr Mthethwa said Banyana Banyana’s dominance is indeed something that deserves our praises.
“The ladies national team, under the guidance of Couch Desiree Ellis has done us proud. This demonstrates that it doesn’t matter where the game is played. If you are well prepared, nothing will deter you from achieving your objective,” Mr Mthethwa said.
He said the upcoming women’s COSAFA Cup which is the Southern African regional tournament would present a good opportunity for the country to show its support for the women’s senior national football team.
The COSAFA Cup will kick-off for October in Gqeberha in Eastern Cape.
“We are looking forward to their upcoming challenge and our wish is for the nation to do the right thing and go and vaccinate in large numbers. At least we can have a significant portion of fans behind Banyana Banyana,” he added.
Ellis has hip praises over the victory over Nigeria a win for South African women’s football when speaking to the SA Football Association’s media team.
“The victory is not just for us here in Nigeria but it is for everyone back home who is involved and has contributed to women’s football from Sasol to Hollywood Super League.”
Ellis said the players showed composure and control in what is considered one of the biggest matches in African women’s football.
Six of Africa’s top-ranked teams, including women’s football powerhouses Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon competed in the tournament which was held in Nigeria.
Following a week of football action comprising at least four matches, Banyana Banyana defeated Nigeria’s Super Falcons 4-2 in the final.