EXTRA TIME: Watch Vilakazi urge fans to come support Banyana Banyana

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A total of 21 Banyana Banyana players reported for camp on Monday, 3 September leading up to this year’s COSAFA Women’s Championship

The tournament will take place from 12 to 22 September in Port Elizabeth.

Coach Desiree Ellis spoke to Safa Media about her preparation for the big games.

Banyana Banyana are the defending champions after beating Zimbabwe 2-1 in last year’s edition in Bulawayo.

South Africa were drawn in Group A with Madagascar, Malawi and Botswana. This is what Ellis had to say about the task ahead.

“With all due respect, we are the highest ranked national team in our region. Cameroon might be the highest ranked side in this tournament; however, we still remain the highest ranked national side in this region of ours. And that means any national team we play against will want to beat us. Our players are also aware of that fact and we are okay with that” Ellis told Safa.

“In our group,” Ellis added.  “We will be playing against sides like Madagascar, Botswana and Malawi. We have gathered enough footage on all of them to just have a look at how they play. That is very important for us because knowing as much as possible about our opponents will help us plan better and stick to our style of play. We will analyse all of them because we want to do well in this tournament. We want to start well in this year’s edition because that will play a key role in us building from that performance.”

Here's Nothando Vilakazi's message to the fans ahead of Banyana Banyana's first game.