Banyana coach Ellis excited ahead of Jamaica clash

South Africa will take on Jamaica in a final home friendly fixture ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the clash to take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday.

The match is a chance for coach Desiree Ellis to fine-tune their preparations for the global showpiece event in France, with the team also set to tackle the United States in Los Angeles next month.

Ellis is excited for the challenge of facing the Caribbean side, and says it will be a valuable exercise for the team.

“We are very excited to be in Durban, as you all know this is part of our World Cup preparations,” Ellis said. “We have a similar history with Jamaica – their men’s team qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in France in 1998, just like Bafana Bafana, now we also make our debut at the tournament just like their women’s national team, also in France, that is very exciting.

“This is also a different type of game and an important one at that, as each and every match prepares you for the next one.

“The players are excited as it is 67 days away from the World Cup and it is getting closer and closer. Even though we have not been together, players have been training as we have given them programmes, and some have been playing matches and also tournaments.

“We will prepare well for the Sunday match as it is a farewell match, and we will put up a good showing.”

COSAFA champions Banyana will make their bow at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which was a key venue during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the perfect stage for the team to perform.

“This will be the second time we play at a World Cup stadium, in Cape Town we got a lot of fans earlier this year, now it is your turn Durban to better that.

“We urge fans to come out in numbers to give a morale boost to this group of magnificent players, and hopefully we will give out not just a good result, but also a great performance as our farewell match.

“The last time we were here in this city was in 2011 qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics and we won against Tunisia.”