Caster Semenya’s time spent with Banyana Banyana was most definitely inspirational for the players, but coach Desiree Ellis has noted another experience that could just take them over the line against China on Thursday night.
Olympic and world champion Semenya had lunch with the South African team on Wednesday in Paris, having won a 2 000m event in the suburb of Montreuil on Tuesday evening.
The players and team officials posed for selfies with the champion athlete, and took heart from her words too.
But another important visit could play a role in Banyana’s success tonight (9pm kickoff).
Ellis stated that the team were taken aback by the facilities at the Parc des Princes, where Paris Saint-Germain are based, and where the China clash will take place.