Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has challenged her players to fight for their places at the African Women’s Championship in Ghana later in 2018 as they prepare to kick off their regional Cosafa tournament in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. Ellis has selected a strong squad that includes mostly overseas-based stars‚ but says the door is open for others to stake a claim in the squad for the continental finals as the team bid to reach a first Fifa Women’s World Cup in France in 2019. Banyana open their Cosafa Women’s Championship Group A campaign against Madagascar at the Wolfson Stadium and Ellis wants her charges to give her a selection headache. "Yes‚ we are building towards the African Women’s Championship and it is hard not to have an eye on that‚ but just because players are here [in Port Elizabeth] doesn’t mean they will be going to Ghana‚" Ellis said. "They have one foot in the door maybe‚ but we have players playing college football in the US that we did not call for this Cos...

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