Desiree Ellis appointed as Banyana Banyana head coach. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Desiree Ellis is the official head coach of the women’s national team. She was captain of Banyana Banyana and the interim coach, but now it’s finally confirmed –The announcement was made by SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan at a press conference at Safa House in Johannesburg on Thursday morning.

Ellis, who hails from Salt River in Cape Town, guided Banyana to the Women’s Cosafa Cup title in Zimbabwe last December, but still waited to see if she would be made the permanent Banyana mentor after taking over from Vera Pauw.

She is a founding member of the South Africa women’s national football team and the second captain of the national team. She also had many administration occupations during her playing career. She was the vice-president of Western Province Women’s Football Association from 1994 to 1995 and later the PRO of the association from 1996 to 1997.

When South Africa hosted the 2000 African Women’s Championship, she captained the side to a runners-up finish.  She also led the team to the 2002 Cosafa Cup victory.

In her 32 caps for South Africa she won 23 matches, lost just seven and drew two. She retired from soccer in April 2002 at the age of 38.

With last year’s tournament victory, the African Woman Player of the year nominee for the year 2000 became the first person to gain a winner’s medal as a player and coach.

There were rumours that another foreigner could be brought in above Ellis, who would continue as the assistant coach.

But now Jordaan and Safa have handed her the main job, and the 54-year-old’s mandate would be to try to qualify Banyana for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, the World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

 

By: Uniq Reporter