When Desiree Ellis was appointed as Banyana’s permanent coach earlier this year, her goals were simple: qualify for AFCON 2018, the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics.
After having achieved the first goal, not only did she achieve the second, but she made history by becoming the only coach to lead Banyana to its first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification.
This feat was achieved last night during an AFCON semi-final match against Mali at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana.
They beat Mali 2-0.
Thembi Kgatlana scored the first goal in the 31st minute, but Mali knew that there was no coming back when Lebohang Ramalepe scored a second devastating 80th minute long range goal.
It was an emotional moment for the entire team, with team Captain, Janine van Wyk, breaking down in tears at the final whistle.
During her tenure, Coach Desiree has turned Banyana into the African team to beat.
The team has already destroyed the current AFCON title holders, Nigeria, and they have remained unbeaten during the AFCON tournament.
The team’s next match will once again be against Nigeria on Saturday.
The Women’s World Cup is set to take place in France next year.