Desiree Ellis (Head Coach, South Africa)
We cannot say we won’t celebrate the great performance against Nigeria. I said before the opening match, we needed to be phenomenal or be forgotten.
When I watched the game again on, we were really good in a lot of areas but we believe there is always room for improvement. We weren’t happy with our performance but we needed the celebration.
We are putting that behind us now. We have started preparations for the Equatorial Guinea fixture and as I said before we cannot underestimate any team. You do that at your own peril.
We have worked really hard all this year and are not going to drop the ball. We are going to be focused and take it game by game.
Refiloe Jane (Midfielder, South Africa)
We won against Nigeria in our first game. It is a great feeling for us and it is also a motivation booster going into the next game because playing Nigeria is never easy.
We have put that behind us and need to prepare for the upcoming game because there are still teams we need to play and make sure we get past them. What is important is the team performance and if the team win regardless of who scored, we celebrate together.
Hopefully, I will work on my game and make sure I score one or two goals before the tournament ends.
Jean-Paul Mpila (Head Coach, Equatorial Guinea)
I want to admit that our previous game (against Zambia) was very tough, and we made many tactical errors that we have started working on.
We had little time to prepare but we are doing our best to make the necessary corrections to the mistakes which have already been identified. Ahead of the next match, we are almost done with our preparations.
Football is played 90 minutes. If we are not done with 90 minutes, we cannot give up. Also, football is not logic to say since we lost our first game, we are going to lose again or perhaps win. Nobody including myself expected South Africa to beat Nigeria but it happened.
Chinasa Okoro (Forward, Equatorial Guinea)
We have many difficulties in this tournament since we didn’t get enough time to prepare. We had only ten days to prepare after being reinstated.
The game against Zambia was very difficult for us because most of our players were carrying injuries. The coaches have worked on the mistakes at training, and against South Africa it is going to be a different game altogether.
We are going to put more efforts and push hard to clinch a win. We are the second best in Africa after Nigeria but we came without about eight of our key players and that’s a problem.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football