South Africa coach Desiree Ellis has expressed her joy and excitement after guiding her team to a historic World Cup Qualification.
South Africa beat Mali on Tuesday to achieve World Cup qualification spot and also progressing into the final of the African Women’s Cup of Nations.
“This is not about this team only, this is about South Africa. This is about all the coaches who have been there before [us], the players who have been there before [us], coaches in the Sasol League. But most importantly it’s about our sponsor Sasol and it’s about our South African football federation,” Ellis said after the Mali game.
“We would not be where we are if they were not on board. They’ve been tremendous in the preparation we had over the year. They made sure that we had the best preparation possible, which does not guarantee you success, but this team is amazing. We have a core of over 50 players and they are all amazing. We thank God for this great opportunity. We are going to France and that’s what it’s about.”
South Africa will lock horns with Nigeria in the final on Saturday in the Accra Sports Stadium.