Ellis: We’re impatient, we want the game to grow as quickly as possible

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Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis is ‘’pleased’’ to a number of South African Women’s players securing deals abroad but says the nation is ‘’impatient’’ and want to see the women’s game grow quickly.

“Is incredible and amazing and great opportunities for the players (moving abroad) , I think the players have really done well over the last year or so and they have marketed themselves really well, playing at global tournaments like the world cup ,so really fantastic for women’s football in the country, “said Ellis.

Recently Jermaine Seoposenwe joined European club Real Betis in Spain, Kelso Peskin signed for French side Toulouse FC Féminines, Linda Motlhalo made a move to Djurgarden in Sweden while Thembi Kgatlana signed with Benfica in Portugal.

Some of the Banyanan players plying their trade overseas include Refiloe Jane (Italy), Regina Mogolola (Serbia), Zanele Nhlapo (Albania), Rachel Sebati (Turkey), Letago Madiba (Turkey) Leandra Smeda (Sweden) and Amogelang Motau (USA).

“Each generation tries to make things better for the next, and there’s no doubt things have changed so much for the better. But we don’t want to rest on that because there is still so much room for improvement, “said Ellis who was recently named CAF Women’s coach of the year for a 2nd year running.

“We’re impatient, and we want the game to grow as quickly as possible. Africa in particular needs to do more if we want to keep pace with the other continents. But when I think back to my playing days, the progress really is amazing. My big hope is that it’s just the start.”-Ellis

Meanwhile in 2019 Safa launched a national women’s league which Ellis says, “It’s not where we want to be but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

“The level has been high so far, better than expected, and more and more national team players playing in the league, which can only help us going forward. We have to get the best playing against the best every week.

“But what I know for sure is that the talent is there. At the National Sasol play-offs, we had very young players, between 14 and 16, facing more experienced players, and the talent on show was unbelievable.

It really convinces me that future is very bright for South African women’s football, “added the former Banyana player.

Quotes taken from Safa.net and Fifa.com 

By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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