And her team will square off against Jamaica at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban next Sunday (3pm kick-off).
The game forms part of the South African national women’s squad’s preparations for the Fifa Women’s World Cup to be held in France in June and - like Banyana – Jamaica will be making their debut in the global showpiece.
Ellis is well aware of what South Africa need to do in order to reach the next level.
“We’ve proved ourselves against some of the best teams. But they play each other on a regular basis and we don’t. Yes, over the last three years we have played against the top teams, but not often enough. If we can consistently play against these teams, we’ll improve. That’s what it is all about,” Ellis said.