Whenever the new South African Women’s National Team interim head coach Desiree Ellis speaks, she makes no secret that she wants to win the 10th Africa Women Cup of Nations tournament to be held in Cameroon from 19 November to 3 December.
Banyana Banyana’s gaffer revealed on a television sports show Women.Sport.Talk; her desire to win the tournament after not being content with the proverbial bridesmaids tag.
“Any coach that goes into any game would want to win the game. Obviously, we been runners up so many times, we want to go one better. To win it”
Coach Ellis has taken over from the former Dutch international Vera Pauw. Pauw left her position to be with her family back in the Netherlands.
The former Banyana Banyana captain and her assistant Maude Khumalo will be the first former players to coach the South Africa Senior Women’s team.
Looking critically at Banyana’s year in review, the 2016 Olympic Games ended up a disappointment after the team couldn’t muster a single goal, eventually leading to their ouster. However, they have played and won two of their friendly matches against Egypt (3-1) and Zimbabwe (3-0).
“We need to celebrate our talent, especially considering overwhelming success of Banyana Banyana over recent years.” Ellis added after the Zimbabwe victory.
”It is a good squad and I am confident we are picking up where we left off during the Olympics.”
The 53-year old will have to rely on her youthful attackers to do the job for her at the tournament;
She has enlisted the services of Thembi Kgatlana (20), Shiwe Nogwanya (22) and Linda Motlhalo (18) as she aims to blend the young and the experienced, hence the return of experienced forward Andisiwe Mgcoyi to add some bite upfront.
“Obviously goals win games and we working daily on that. (This) gives the girls the opportunity to shoot all the time.
”Those are the major things going forward because we are going to get those opportunities again and then, if we get those opportunities we want to make sure we put it at the back of the net.” reiterated a firm Ellis.