Banyana Banyana’s head Coach Desiree Ellis has heaped praise on Sasol for its unwavering support towards the development of women’s football in South Africa.
Sasol, an integrated energy and chemical company based in South Africa, is a major sponsor of the country’s senior women’s football team, Banyana Banyana.
Ellis is speaking on the success so far achieved by Banyana over the past few years, which the latter has attributed to their proud sponsor.
The team won the 2017 and 2018 COSAFA Cup titles, reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations two years ago, which saw them qualify for the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019.
The 57-year-old who became head coach of the national side in February 2018, is extremely grateful to Sasol for their greatest support to female footballers and their game, having provided a platform for them to showcase their talents.
“No matter which way you look at it, we would not be there without the backing of Sasol – we are who we are today it is because of the way they not only spoke commitment to women’s football but also showed it in every way they could,” said Ellis
“In our time we did not have such opportunities but since Sasol’s arrival we have seen a real surge in the game, which has meant bigger and stronger competition from all round – and that resulted in Banyana Banyana reaching their greatest milestone in history, and we will forever be grateful to our proud sponsor for the amazing work they have done.”
Sasol’s partnership with the South Africa Football Association birthed the Women’s League in 2009, and has since become one of the continent’s competitive league.
The league which consists of 144 clubs in the nine provinces across the country, is where coaches scout for players for the various national teams.