Banyana Banyana have a new head coach: Desiree Ellis

Banyana Banyana have a new head coach: Desiree Ellis

- The seasoned player has been appointed as head coach after leading the female soccer team to victory last year in the Women’s Cosafa Cup title in Zimbabwe.

- She has been handed the dificult task of qualifying for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, the World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

- There are rumours that a foreign coach is being shipped in to act as Ellis' assistant

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Desiree Ellis has a long history with South Africa's female soccer team the Banyana Banyana. She was once the team's captain and went on to fill the top spot as the interim coach.

It has now been made official and Ellis has been appointed as head coach. The announcement was made by the Football Association president Danny Jordaan at a press conference at Safa House in Johannesburg.

Briefly.co.za learned that Ellis is originally from Salt River, Cape Town led the Banyana Banyana to victory at the Women’s Cosafa Cup title in Zimbabwe last December according to iol.co.za.

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She took over the position from Vera Pauw last year. She has become the first member of a national team to receive a medal as both a player and a coach.

A rumour is currently doing the rounds that a foreign coach will be brought in as Ellis' assistant.

Jordaan was very clear that Ellis was the right woman for the job and her goal would be to get the Banyana Banayana to qualify for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, the World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Ellis has her work cut out for her. She earned 32 caps for the national side between 1993 and 2002.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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