Several Sasol League coaches in the Eastern Cape have expressed their gratitude to Banyana Banyana mentor Desiree Ellis for sharing her knowledge during a workshop – third leg of her provincial visits recently.
“Seeing the Head Coach of Banyana Banyana, Desiree Ellis, sitting in the stands during our games, gives us nothing but hope about the future and shows us they also care for the Eastern Cape.”
Ellis led several Sasol League coaches in a workshop and was also able to watch two matches last Saturday – both events took place at the Isaac Woolfson Stadium in KwaZakhele.
“Our province is underprivileged, and just seeing Coach Ellis visiting us, does wonders to us coaches as well as the players. This engagement helps a lot because we now better understand whether we are doing the right things or not,” said Terry Mrwerwe, City Lads Ladies coach.
“We have always wondered why our players are not in the national team, and a deeper discussion with Coach Ellis has indicated to us where we are going wrong. Our aim now is to put the guidance to good use and get down to business to fix the challenge we find ourselves in,” added Aljerome Malgas.
Ellis highlighted that the Eastern Cape players have made an exodus to Gauteng or other provinces to seek greener pastures – and it is up to the province to make sure they do everything they can to retain the services of those players.
“If you look at the national team, there are several players from this province, but they are now based in Gauteng or Western Province – Bambanani Mbane, Sibulele Holweni, to mention but a few,” said Ellis.
“I must say, from the matches I spectated on this weekend, there is an abundance of talent, and I was highly impressed by what was displayed. I will also pass some valuable information on to the U-17 and U-20 Head Coaches.”
In the first of two matches, Volcano FC defeated Golden Ladies 5-0, while City Lads Ladies had the better of Sophakama FC, winning 4-1.
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By FARPost Reporter