By [email protected] (Sazi Hadebe)
Ellis is grateful for Banyana’s opportunity to play such a highly ranked team.
“To get a match so soon after Wafcon and get a top team like Brazil, it’s a big thank you to Safa [the SA Football Association] and Sasol [Banyana’s sponsors]. They said they would get us preparation, but wow, what a start. We’re going to play as many players as possible, even though it’s a friendly.
“What’s the use of bringing the squad if you don’t test them, because you want to see who you’d want to take going forward. The players did well at Wafcon, but I said to them the World Cup is so much higher [in level].
“We’ll have to be better in everything — every player has to be 10% better and there are things we want to work at.
“Teams like Brazil are going to put us under severe pressure and test us. This is where our team aspect will come to the fore and this is where the individual will have that platform to shine.
“We have to learn to play under pressure and be calm under pressure. It will come with playing teams like this right from the beginning.”