Desiree Ellis A Cut Above
Posted: 15 November 2020
Banyana Banyana lifted an unprecedented fourth consecutive Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) title yesterday under the stewardship of head coach Desiree Ellis.
Granted, a manager is only as good as his or her players and the material at her disposal, but dear has Ellis worked wonders with her beloved country ever since being appointed by the South African Football Association a couple of years ago.
Ellis, a Cape Town-born coach, and former player of the national team and skipper of the ship during her playing days, has worked her way to one of the best football coaches on the African continent.
The 57-year-old often shy coach has led her beloved country to their first-ever World Cup in 2018, and was also Vera Pouw’s assistant when they qualified for the Olympics in 2016, furthermore, coming a whisker away from lifting the African Women’s Cup of Nations in 2018.
Ellis has not only improved the national team; she has built a dynasty in terms of improving players’ lives off the pitch – with as many as nine Banyana players plying their trade in Europe.
One name that comes to mind is the ever-vibrant and speedy Thembi Kgatlana, and still only twenty four (24), with Ellis on her side, she is destined for greatness on her end.
The Beautiful Game would like to show appreciation and gratitude to Coach Desiree Ellis and her entire technical team, the staff and players for improving women’s football, and a very special mention to Mrs. Ellis, We Salute You!
Selebalo Karabo Phasha.