With the Sasol League roadshow in KwaZulu Natal, coaches from the provincial league had an opportunity to interact with senior women’s national team coach Desiree Ellis.
The Banyana Banyana coach picked up some few matters which she believes will assist the clubs to grow and improve the development of women’s football in the province.
Ellis told FARPost that there is hope because the coaches have shown enthusiasm in developing women’s football and they are passionate about it.
“The workshop was more of technical engagement between us the coaches, what it is that we are looking for, what selection criteria,” said Ellis.
“We also had a video clip to show them the quality that we are looking for. Amongst other things, how we prepare and what we do in camps, because what we do is not a secret.
“A lot of coaches are here because they care, it was just enlightening to see how passionate they are, about their teams. So it was a good engagement for all parties involved.”
“I also listened to the challenges they have you know, having to share a training pitch with other teams. I could concur with that because way back it used to happen to me.
“The other issue is getting goalkeeper coaches, because we all know that is a huge challenge, not a having a goalkeeper coach,” she continued.
“The goalkeeping is a special position, where if you can help the player, the player will help the team, a goalkeeper can win you a game you know,” said Ellis.
The Banyana coach ended her visit to KZN by watching two matches featuring top teams from both streams of provincial league, where the likes of Lindalani Ladies, Westville United Ladies, White City Ladies and Sunflower WFC were all in action.
“We had a very young Lindelani Ladies team who I saw in 2018, I’m bit disappointed because I know the quality that they had back then. They are playing against a very experienced Westville United Ladies, much more senior.”
“Today I’m here scouting for players, not just for Banyana, but for U20, U17. It’s exciting to see you know coaches are making sure that they prepare for the next generation. Having a lot of young players around, that is how you sustain yourself,” added Ellis.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter