It showed in their first match against Brazil, who are ninth in the Fifa rankings, which Banyana lost 3-0 at Orlando Stadium on Friday.
Banyana held Brazil to a goalless draw in the group stage of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but the South Americans were too strong this time.
Despite the crushing defeat, Banyana demonstrated that they can compete with the best in the world. It was also Banyana’s first appearance since winning the CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) in Morocco two months ago.
South Africa and Brazil have both qualified for next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup, which will be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20. The two teams are using the two matches to begin their preparations for the global showpiece after conquering their respective continents.
Banyana will learn their group stage opponents when the draw is made on October 22 in Auckland, New Zealand.
“We have a plan,” Ellis said. “In addition to the match on Monday [tomorrow], we have another Fifa date next month.” “We’ll then wait for the draw to see who we get,” she added.
“We just need to make sure we don’t play one of the teams we’ll face at the World Cup.”
“We are definitely considering playing these types of games to prepare.”
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