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EXTRA TIME: Watch Banyana on their way to the Awcon in Ghana

11:38 GMT+3 10/11/2018
South Africa
Safa president Dr Danny Jordaan joined the SA ladies team for lunch at their team hotel and wished them the best of luck ahead of their travels

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis’ squad departed for the Women's Africa Cup of Nations on Friday night.

Jordaan released the following statement via Safa Media.

“You have three things going for you so far – from the reports I have seen and with so much going on ahead of the tournament, you are perhaps the best focused team, you also have the best balance with a lot of experience and youthfulness in your squad, and last, but not least, from the interviews I have heard you have the desire to do well. Go out there and deliver on your promise, which is to do well in the tournament. The Association is firmly behind you, and so is the country, so best of luck to all of you,” said Dr Jordaan.

Ellis underlined her confidence for the South African team's hopes in Ghana.

“The time is now. We have done a lot of talking now it’s time to walk the talk. We believe this is our time and we dare not fail as we have promised. We owe it to ourselves, to the Association, our proud sponsor Sasol and to the entire country to come back victorious – and that is not negotiable. Thank you for your visit President as it inspires us to do what we do best,” said Ellis to Safa.

You can watch a video of Banyana leaving South Africa below. We've also added videos of their last training session before their departure.