Desiree Ellis coach of South Africa during the Women Africa Cup of Nations
Thursday Dec 01, 2016. 12:38
Despite their 1-0 loss at the hands of Nigeria during the 2016 CAF Women's Championships on Tuesday, Banyana Banyana coach Desire Ellis remains keen on retaining the job permanently.
The South African national side will now face the Black Stars of Ghana in the third place play-off as they lost to hosts, Cameroon.
However, it is reported that Ellis says she is keen on taking over the team on a permanent basis, but that is not dependent on her.
Reports indicate that the South African Football Association will decide on her future after the tournament.
"I've only been Banyana coach since October 16, which is not a very long time. One needed to implement a few things, but it was within a short period of time," said Ellis.
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"I hope everybody saw what we wanted to do, but it is not up to me to say I would be there (as permanent coach).
“I'm only the interim coach now and the powers at home have to decide, but if given an opportunity, I will grab it with both hands."
The former Banyana international will hope to wrap their campaign on a high with a victory over Ghana in Yaounde on Friday.