Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has blamed everything from travel arrangements to the team making too many mistakes after they suffered a 7-2 defeat to Norway in Amiens, France, on Sunday, their final friendly match before the Women’s World Cup.
South Africa start their World Cup campaign with another difficult assignment against Spain on Saturday in Le Havre.
Ellis had made several changes to the squad that started against the USA last month in Santa Clara, California.
Six players were not considered for this encounter – Van Wyk, Mamello Makhabane, Leandra Smeda and goalkeeper Kaylin Swart – all have niggling injuries, while Nompumelelo Nyandeni and Ongeziwe Ndlangisa are the standby players.
The latter two return home on Monday and will be joined by goalkeeper Jessica Williams, who was included on the bench as cover for the unavailable Swart.
Because of travel delays, the South Africans had a shortened warm-up and were on the back foot from the word go, while the Europeans showed their prowess with their clinical finish.
Ellis said: “It was not a good day at the office. There were a few circumstance that led to that. A trip that should have taken 1.5 hours took way longer than that. We left at 5pm and got here at 8.45pm, and the game started at 9.15pm.
“Everything was rushed and we had a short warm-up. But yet we could have still done better. Some of the goals we conceded were really poor.
“We were very loose at times – not tracking or picking up players.
“We did score two really good goals and had a couple other opportunities as well. We need to look at ourselves, and minimising mistakes because tonight there were many.”