JOHANNESBURG – Having been overpowered by the prowess of world beaters Spain, China and Germany and sent home after the group stage of the Fifa Women’s World Cup, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has backed some of her players to have done enough on the biggest stage to land lucrative deals abroad.
Ranked a lowly 49th in the world in a group where there was Germany, Spain and China, who are second, 13th and 16th respectively, Banyana wore the cap of the underdogs and odds were against them to make the last 16.
The wheels came off as they finished bottom and pointless in Group B after the third round of matches. But then again, this was also a stage for players to go out there and raise their hands in pursuit of bagging contracts abroad.
Ellis is hoping her local troops will follow in the footstep of the reigning Queen of African Football Thembi Kgatlana who’s plying her trade with Chinese outfit Beijing BG Phoenix FC
“I think that players need to play at the highest-level week-in-and-out,” Ellis stated. “That’s the only way that we are going to catch up. You can see with the likes of Thembi, she’s come here and showed that she’s playing in the top league (in the Chinese Super League) because whenever she’s on the ball, the crowd would go wild because they know that something is going to happen.