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Ellis wary of AWCON Nigeria opener

Banyana Banyana mentor Desiree Ellis says Nigeria will be “difficult” opponents in their opening match of their Caf Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Rabat later in July.

South Africa are drawn in Group C alongside the Super Falcons, Burundi and neighbours Botswana.

Ellis’ troops will begin their title bid against holders Nigeria on July 4 and face Burundi three days later. Banyana’s last group match will be against Cosafa rivals Botswana on July 10.

“Well, we always knew the draw was not going to be easy. Nigeria, the defending champions and multiple winners always bring their A game and know what it takes to win,” said the two-time Caf Women’s Coach of the Year.

“We have played them a few times in the group stages. They have raised their levels and we have to raise our levels even higher to get a positive result. The first game is the most important game and once again we need a positive result but it will take a huge effort.

“Anything that has come before is history but it has shown us what we are capable of and has given us confidence and belief. As I said earlier we have played them many times in the group stages and this will be no different especially with this being an opening group match which is similar to 2018.

“We will need a huge effort to get a positive result. The first game is the most important of any tournament and getting a positive result is very important but we know that it’s not going to be an easy game. Actually, it’s going to be a very difficult game.”

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