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Modise casts doubts over Ellis

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Vice-captain Refiloe Jane has also called on to Safa to give Ellis the job on a permanent basis due to her recent achievements

Portia Modise former Banyana Banyana striker has cast doubts on coach Desiree Ellis suitability for the permanant job as head coach. Picture: BackpagePix

Despite Banyana Banyana currently topping the CAF rankings, former striker Portia Modise says interim coach Desiree Ellis is not yet ready to coach the national team on a permanent basis.

Ellis took over the reins as a caretaker coach after the departure of Netherlands-born mentor Vera Pauw from the helm, early last year. The 54-year-old has since done well in her tenure so far, she led the team to the Cosafa Cup title in Bulawayo.

This makes Ellis the first South African, male or female, to win the tournament as a player and as a coach.

However, Modise (pictured) remains adamant that there are a few things Ellis still needs to learn before she can take over, permanently.

“She’s doing well in these smaller competitions,’’ Modise said. “I say that because I also played in the competition (Cosafa) that Desiree won and those are the smaller things, and we (in our time with Banyana), took it in the morning of the day.

“There are proper tournaments like the Afcon, World Cup and Olympics that we need to qualify for.

“I think those (tournaments) are the difficult part of being a coach in the national team because you need to get to these tournaments.’’

Modise continued: “I still believe that it’s probably OK for her to be an assistant coach for now, they need to find another coach that she could still learn from.

Needs experience

“I was under Desiree, so I still feel she needs more experience.’’

However, it is quite clear that the current Banyana squad enjoys playing under Ellis as striker Thembi Kgatlana was nominated in the Women’s African Player of the Year category, late last year.

Vice-captain Refiloe Jane has also called on to Safa to give Ellis the job on a permanent basis due to her recent achievements.

Safa have delayed the decision to hire a permanent coach; and the associations’ president Danny Jordaan has once again suggested that the decision on a new coach is imminent.

“The decision I’m sure, will be taken within the next few days (on who will coach Banyana on a permanent basis).

“I had already asked Natasha Chiklas – the head of technical – and CEO Dennis Mumble to finalise this matter,’’ said Jordan while speaking at Abantwana’s World Cup Qualifiers send-off on Monday.