ACCRA – South African women's coach Desiree Ellis said Sunday's 1-0 victory over Nigeria in Group B at the Cape Coast in the African Cup of Nations "was for the people back home".
"We played against a very good side today and they lost concentration for one moment which decided the game," said Banyana Banyana's Ellis.
"I said at pre-match press conference that we needed to be phenomenal and execute the plan. Even though they had a lot of possession, they didn't really fight back except only one occasion. It took us a moment of brilliance to decide the match.
"We planned very well and gave it all out there. We said the first game of the tournament is most important and it is even bigger when you are playing Nigeria. The victory is not only for us but for the people back home."