Desiree Ellis coach of South Africa celebrates during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations semi final match between South Africa and Mali on the 27 November 2018 at Cape Coast Stadium, Ghana / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Thursday Nov 29, 2018. 13:00
South Africa coach Desiree Ellis has expressed her delight at Banyana Banyana securing qualification to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
SA claimed a berth at next year’s global finals in France by virtue of reaching the final of the ongoing 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana.
Banyana beat Mali 2-0 in their semifinal at the Cape Coast Stadium to seal the historic qualification and also set up a final date with Nigeria (who have also qualified for France 2019) on Saturday at the Accra Stadium.
"We knew that we had accomplished what we wanted to do and that's going to the World Cup," Ellis said at the post-match press conference.
"This is not about this team only. This is about all of South Africa. This is about all the coaches there before. About all the players who have been there before. It is also about the Football Association.
"We wouldn't have been anywhere if they weren't on board. They have been tremendous in the preparations we have had over a year. They made sure we made the best preparations possible."
The final between South Africa and Nigeria will kick-off at 18h00 CAT on Saturday, 1 December.