2022年世界羽聯:南非在C組首場比賽中擊敗持有人尼日利亞

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2022年世界羽聯:南非在C組首場比賽中擊敗持有人尼日利亞

教練Desiree Ellis說,南非在女子非洲國家杯(WAFCON)的首場比賽中以2-1擊敗了持有者尼日利亞,從而增強了他們的信心。

南非隊在很大程度上控制了周一的比賽,但班亞納班亞納隊的教練埃利斯並沒有被這場勝利和表現沖昏頭腦,他們在國內和社交媒體上被球迷廣泛慶祝。

"這感覺很好。我們為此付出了極大的努力,"埃利斯告訴BBC非洲體育頻道。

"當抽籤結果出來的時候,我們就知道這場比賽會有多大。我認為它比人們想象的要大,因為它是尼日利亞。

"這給了我們很大的動力,也為剩下的比賽提供了動力。我們不會超越自己,因為他們仍然是一支偉大的球隊,我們想從小組賽中脫穎而出,進入四分之一決賽。"

尼日利亞是創紀錄的九次WAFCON冠軍,並在過去三次比賽中獲勝,他們的C組比賽是2018年加納決賽的重演。

事實證明,這是班亞納班亞納在過去十個月中第二次戰勝尼日利亞,在拉各斯舉行的艾莎-布哈里邀請杯中,班亞納班亞納以4-2的比分震驚了九屆冠軍。

埃利斯補充說,去年9月在尼日利亞的結果給了他們進入WAFCON會議的信心,並為他們在拉巴特的做法定下了基調。

"我們需要在我們身上獲得那一點點的信念。她補充說:"在尼日利亞的客場比賽並獲得如此美妙的勝利,將真正把球員推到一個不同的水平。

"我們一直在展示什麼是可能的,如果你帶來類似的表現,我們可以做什麼。這一次,我們帶來了更好的表現。"

阿吉巴德在補時階段深深地打入一球,在一場本來很悲慘的比賽中給不協調的尼日利亞帶來了罕見的亮點。

這是尼日利亞連續第二次在決賽揭幕戰中輸給南非,四年前他們曾以1-0擊敗南非,但在點球大戰中保留了獎盃。

但教練蘭迪-瓦爾德魯姆對他的超級獵鷹隊在這場被專家們認為是比賽結果指標的比賽中昏昏欲睡、萎靡不振、屈居第二感到驚訝。

"我們的緩慢表現讓我們感到驚訝。在過去的幾周里,我們一直訓練得很好,"這位美國人承認。

"我有點驚訝,我們沒有在前場更多一點。所以我們必須找出原因,為下一場比賽解決這個問題。

"顯然,在比賽中取得最後的進球是一個積極因素。我們沒有停止比賽,我們繼續努力在最後10分鐘內得到它。

"我認為這是一個積極的現象,表明我們仍然有那種戰鬥到最後的性格。"

萊斯特城後衛阿什利-普拉姆特雷是西非人的一個亮點,但在她為尼日利亞進行的比賽首秀中遭遇失敗。

她承認南非隊配得上這三分,但仍然相信衛冕冠軍能夠從挫折中反彈。

"我認為他們踢了一些非常好的足球,組合踢得非常好。特別是在他們的中場,他們能夠很好地控制局面,"這位24歲的球員告訴BBC非洲體育頻道。

"我們只是在我們可能應該改變的時候沒有改變任何東西。我真的希望我們再次遇到他們,因為我認為我們下次會準備得更好。

"比賽一結束,就有可能是上次(WAFCON)的翻版。上次我們在2018年的比賽中與他們交手,所以如果是這樣的話,那就這樣吧。"

在C組的其他比賽中,小將Keitumetse Dithebe在4-2戰勝同為首發的布隆迪隊的比賽中打進了博茨瓦納隊的第一個進球。

半場結束前,Dithebe完成了一次良好的團隊努力,將球打入上角,擊敗了守門員Jeanine Irakoze,重新開始後,Lesego Radiakanyo的近距離射門將比分擴大。

五分鐘後,Sandrine Niyonkuru在一次鬆動的情況下為布隆迪隊扳回一球。

但Refilwe Tholakele在第55分鐘和第59分鐘迅速打進一球,使博茨瓦納以4比1領先,但Niyonkuru在第81分鐘為東非人打進的兇猛的第二球還不夠。

博茨瓦納以淨勝球優勢領先於南非的C組,雙方將在周四再次出戰,分別對陣尼日利亞和布隆迪。


South Africa have had their confidence boosted by beating holders Nigeria 2-1 in their opening game at the Women's Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON), says coach Desiree Ellis.

The South Africans largely controlled Monday's match but Banyana Banyana coach Ellis is not getting carried away with the victory and performance, which has been widely celebrated by their fans back home and on social media.

"It feels good. We had worked really hard towards this," Ellis told BBC Sport Africa.

"We knew when the draw came out how big the game was going to be. I think it was bigger than it was made out to be because it's Nigeria.

"It gives a lot of momentum, and that boost for the rest of the tournament. We're not going to get ahead of ourselves, because they're still a magnificent side, and we want to get out of the group and get to to the quarter-finals."

Nigeria are record nine-time WAFCON champions and have won the past three tournament, with their Group C match a repeat of the 2018 final in Ghana.

It proved to be Banyana Banyana's second win over Nigeria in the past ten months, having shocked the nine-time champions 4-2 in the Aisha Buhari Invitational Cup in Lagos.

Ellis added that the result in Nigeria last September gave them confidence heading into their WAFCON meeting and set the tone for their approach in Rabat.

"We needed to get that little bit of belief in us. Playing away in Nigeria and getting such a fantastic victory will really pushed the players to a different level," she added.

"We kept showing what is possible, what we can do if you bring a similar performance. We brought an even better performance this time around."

Ajibade struck deep into added-on time and gave uncoordinated Nigeria a rare highlight in an otherwise miserable game.

It is the second WAFCON in a row that Nigeria have lost to South Africa in their opening game of the finals, having been defeated 1-0 four years ago but gone on to retain the trophy on penalties.

But coach Randy Waldrum was surprised his Super Falcons team was lethargic, sluggish and second best in a game pundits considered an indicator as to the outcome of the tournament.

"Our slow performance surprised us. We've been training so well the last few weeks," the American admitted.

"I'm a little surprised we didn't come out a little bit more on the front foot. So we'll have to figure out why and get that sorted out for the next one as well.

"Obviously getting the late goal in the fight was a positive. We didn't stop playing, we've continued to try to get it in the last ten minutes.

"I think it's a positive to show that we still have that character to fight till the end."

Leicester City defender Ashleigh Plumtre was a bright spot for the West Africans, but suffered defeat in her tournament debut for Nigeria.

She admitted the South Africans deserved the three points, but remains confident the defending champions can bounce back from the setback.

"I think they played some really good football and the combination play was really good. Especially in their midfield, they were able to pull the strings quite a lot," the 24-year-old told BBC Sport Africa.

"We just didn't change anything when we probably should have. I really hope we come up against them again, because I think we'll be better prepared next time.

"As soon as the game ended, it's potentially could be a replica of the last (WAFCON). The last time we played them in the 2018 tournament so if that's the case, then so be it."

Elsewhere in Group C, youngster Keitumetse Dithebe scored Botswana first goal of the tournament on their way to a 4-2 triumph over fellow debutants Burundi.

Dithebe finished off a good team effort by producing a curler into the top corner to beat keeper Jeanine Irakoze before half time and Lesego Radiakanyo close range finish doubled the lead after the restart.

A sleek move saw Sandrine Niyonkuru pounce on a loose ball to pull one back for Burundi five minutes later.

But Refilwe Tholakele scored a quick brace in the 55th and 59th minutes to give Botswana a 4-1 lead, but Niyonkuru's ferocious second strike for the East Africans in the 81st minute was not enough.

Botswana lead Group C on goal difference ahead of South Africa, with both sides in action again on Thursday against Nigeria and Burundi respectively.

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