‘We Need to Prepare and Be Ready for WAFCON’ – Ellis Ahead of Senegal vs SA International Friendlies

Banyana Banyana personnel pictured stretching the legs at regular training. Head Coach Desiree Ellis intends to use the FIFA break to trial new talent and reintroduce Banyana personnel returning from injury ahead of the Morocco-based WAFCON, with twin away Senegal friendlies top of mind. Photo: Supplied

Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) champions Banyana Banyana will play two away international friendly matches against Senegal during the FIFA break in the coming weeks.

Coach Dr Desiree Ellis’ charges will face the West Africans in their backyard on 31 May, and on 4 June 2024.

“We have always said that we are going to utilise the FIFA dates going forward and we now have these two international friendlies against Senegal. We need to stay active to be ready and prepare for the WAFCON.”

Banyana Banyana Head Coach, Dr Desiree Ellis

“There are players coming back from injury, and we also want to see other players during these friendlies against Senegal. We need to prepare and be ready for WAFCON,” said Ellis. “We haven’t received any communication on when it is going to happen, but we will utilise these FIFA dates to make sure that we start preparing.”

The next WAFCON will be held in Morocco but the dates of the start of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana’s defence of their continental title are yet to be announced.

The final 23-player squad for the away international friendlies against Senegal will be announced in the coming days.


Photo Caption: Banyana Banyana personnel pictured stretching the legs at regular training. Head Coach Desiree Ellis intends to use the FIFA break to trial new talent and reintroduce Banyana personnel returning from injury ahead of the Morocco-based WAFCON, with twin away Senegal friendlies top of mind. Photo: Supplied   

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