Following her official appointment as the head coach of the senior women’s national football team by the South African Football Association, Desiree Ellis has declared that qualifying for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France is a non-negotiable objective.
SAFA officially announced the appointment of Ellis as Banyana’s head coach after the former midfielder had been at the helm of the senior women’s team since 2016 following the departure of Vera Pauw.
“For me, following my appointment as Banyana coach is getting the team to the World Cup next year. This is non-negotiable, we will have to work hard and I will give it my all but this will be at the top of my objectives as the coach,” said Ellis.
The former Banyana midfielder said that her appointment was surreal, however, she stated that she will continue in the same way for the past year and a half during her role as caretaker coach.
“I’m still trying to process everything, but in all honesty, nothing changes. I have been coaching the team since 2016 and things will continue as normal,” she added.
The first major task for Ellis will be leading Banyana to the Cyprus Cup where the team has been drawn in Group C alongside Hungary, Slovakia as well as Trinidad and Tobago.