Desire Ellis backed by South African star for national team coaching job

Desire Ellis backed by South African star for national team coaching job
Desire Ellis

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 11:30

As the South African Football Association is yet to make a decision on who will lead Banyana Banyana as a permanent coach, midfielder Thembi Kgatlana wants Desire Ellis to get the job.

Kgatlana believes the ex-Banyana player has all the qualities to lead the Women's side especially after leading the side to lift the 2017 COSAFA Women's Cup in Zimbabwe in September.

The University of the Western Cape player insists that a new coach will have to come in with a new philosophy and that could hurt their plans for the 2018 CAF African Women’s Qualifiers set to take place from February 26 to April 10.

“I truly believe that the association should give coach Desiree a chance to lead the national side on an official basis, because they’ve tried with a foreign coach before, and why not afford one of our locals the same chance as well?” Kgatlana said to IOL.

“She’s a South African, she understands how we play, unlike having somebody who would want to change us.

“Coach Ellis allows us the freedom to dare and take on our opponents in one-on-one situations, something which worked wonders for us in the Cosafa Championship, where we were crowned champions.”

Ellis took over the coaching reins on a caretaker basis when SAFA parted ways with Vera Pauw last year after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Meanwhile, the South African men's national team coach, Stuart Baxter, will announce his squad on Thursday for the two 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Senegal next month.

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