Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis is relishing the opportunity to face some of the best nations in the world, such as Brazil, next international week.

Talking to SABC SportEllis says the newly-crowned African Women’s Cup of Nations champions are excited at the prospect of facing some of the world’s top footballing nations, with whom SAFA are currently in talks.

Banyana now turn their attention to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which will be their second appearance at the prestigious global tournament.

“For a variety of opposition, we want to play European, Asian, North and South American opponents because you want to make sure you’re playing against those types of opponents leading up to the World Cup,” Ellis said. SABC Sport.

“Obviously going forward the draw will also determine which opposition you play against because that will inform you where the opposition is from and who you want to play.

“In the past, when we were preparing for the 2019 World Cup, we also played against the best opponents and I think SAFA therefore really got to us. We’ve already made a plan and I’m sure they’ll come up with the best possible teams we’ve asked for.

“Going into the World Cup, make no mistake, it’s a different level – several levels compared to WAFCON – so you have to make sure you have the right players and the right squad.

“We have players playing overseas and I am sure after WAFCON we will have more in the next month or two. I hope more will go abroad because it has really lifted the team.

“So we want to make sure we use the windows and also make sure we get good opposition and also test ourselves.”

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