Desiree Ellis sharpens her players for the World Cup

Desiree Ellis, head coach of South Africa during the 2022 International Womens Friendly South Africa Training at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on the 04 September 2022 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The women’s national football team is training at a camp in Johannesburg. The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be held in New Zealand and Australia, will begin in less than 80 days, thus what the national team is doing is part of its preparations.

Players are gathered together so that the team’s coach, Desiree Ellis, may identify the players who are ready to wage war with her. On the other hand, it gives the players a chance to get to know one another and forge a solid squad before the World Cup. The players must demonstrate their grit because that is the only way to catch Desiree Ellis’ attention, who is leading Banyana Banyana to its second World Cup appearance.

This occurs after the coach was motivated by an Order of Ikhamanga in gold from President Cyril Ramaphosa after her team won the Women Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) 2022 for the first time last year.

“We have already met in a similar way. We were able to fill in the gaps in the way we operate when we play on the pitch, which was very helpful.

“This time, we want to practice taking advantage of opportunities that present itself in games like corners because they occasionally cause issues for us. Although one week might seem like a limited amount of time, there is still a lot we can accomplish,” Ellis remarked earlier this week in Johannesburg. Desiree Ellis’ squad was eliminated from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France at the group stage.

Ellis is determined to perform better this time. She began her preparations early because of this. “Even though the players in the camp have the opportunity to go to the World Cup, the door is not closed. It is critical that players demonstrate their abilities. Every game they must play with determination in order to be selected for the team that will represent the country in the World Cup,” Ellis added.

Nozipho Mbatha, the senior manager of Sasol and a fervent advocate for women’s soccer, urged the players to be resolute because participation in the World Cup would provide them with excellent opportunity to advance in their football careers. South Africa has been drawn in Group G alongside formidable teams such as Sweden, Italy, and Argentina.