Ellis looking forward to seeing Caster play


Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis has expressed her excitement of seeing 800m Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya playing football in the local Women’s League next year.

Semenya has joined Gauteng-based side JVW Football Club but will only start playing officially for them from 2020.

JVW finished top of the Log in the Gauteng division of the Sasol Women’s League and have qualified for the national playoffs and will be playing for a spot in the National Women’s League.

The club, which is owned by Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk are also one of the favourites to secure one of the two places for an expanded National League next season.

Caster visited Banyana during the Women’s World Cup in France in June this year.

Ellis says she has had talks with Semenya before about football and she looks forward to seeing her in action.

“Caster and I have chatted for a long while and I have always invited her to come down (for a visit) when she was in France. When she was in France (during the Women’s World Cup) we did invite her to just come inspire the girls and so on because we look up to her you know through all the diversity that she has gone through she still succeeds”

Desiree Ellis with Caster Semenya.

“She is our inspiration and our beacon of hope. I have not seen her train or play, but you never know what you can find so I am really looking forward to seeing Caster play. You remember Maria Mutola? So, let’s wait and see,” said Ellis referring to the Mozambican, who was an athlete.

Semenya’s former trainer Maria Mutola also played football for the Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies team after retiring from Athletics.

Another Multi-Talented African woman who has played in two different sports is Malawian Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda who has represented her nation in both Netball and Football.

By Ofhani Munyai

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