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FIFA Women’s World Cup: Banyana Banyana Coach Wants Perfect Start Against Sweden

Banyana Banyana Head Coach Desiree Ellis says she wants a perfect start against Sweden at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, scheduled to hold in Australia and New Zealand.

The experienced Tactician also noted that she is satisfied despite being handed a tough draw. Banyana were drawn against Sweden, Italy and Argentina in Group G at the official draw held last weekend in Auckland, New Zealand.

The South Africa Senior National women’s team will be competing at the global tournament for the second time in their history, having qualified for the first time in 2019.

“I think all the groups are tough but I think it is a reasonable draw,” Ellis told

“We’ve played against Sweden before but we have not played against the two other teams in our group.

“We have to really plan well and work harder to pass through the first round, that’s the main reason, we have to start well, by recording a good result against Sweden.”

Sweden are regarded as one of the best women’s football nations as they are ranked the second-best team in the world by FIFA.

Banyana will open their campaign against Sweden on July 23 at New Zealand’s Wellington Regional Stadium.

Sweden seem to be the favourites to win the group, leaving Italy, Argentina and South-Africa fighting for the second spot.


Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu

Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu popularly known as tobex is the Vice chairman of Sports writers Association of Nigeria , lagos Chapter. She Is also the Media Spokesperson of the Super Falcons of Nigeria. She is an award winning women's football writer. Tobex is also an ex footballer that was privileged to play in the first NFF organised women's league in 1990 as a player of Hamza Queens. Her last club as an active footballer was Ibom Angels as She paved way to further her education years ago. She is a Federal Government scholar , with a degree in Mass communication, a second degree in Public Relations and Advertising (Communication Studies). She is a Wife and Mother.

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