“There is no moment to rest. Look at the players; some played this past weekend in their teams and those playing overseas have gone back to their clubs. Currently, I am busy with the report of the tournament, which will take me time to finish. But I have started to prepare for the World Cup because we want to do better this time. Women’s football is growing around the world and we have to move on with times. We need to do better in group stages.”
Ellis, an introvert of note, spends most of her time enjoying her own company. She loves music but going to live music venues and nightclubs is not her scene. If she is not watching her church service online, she is on her phone doing more research
“I always have my laptop around me. I love listening to music and watching live concerts online. When I am in Cape Town I spend a lot of time with my family and nephews. I enjoy braaied meat with friends and family.”
Ellis fell in love with football at a young age and has played for many soccer teams in Cape Town and Banyana Banyana. She said she was fortunate to have played for Banyana, captained the team and even coached it. When she was younger she aspired to be a lawyer.
“When I was young I realised that my parents would never afford to pay for my fees since we were five at home. Instead, I focused on playing and being involved in football administration until I ended up here. I am grateful that my parents caught up early that soccer was not only a sport for boys but for girls too.”
Ellis has played for teams like Athlone Celtics, Wynberg St Johns, Joyce's United, Albans City and Spurs Ladies. She made 32 appearances for Banyana and scored six goals. Her highlight was playing her first game in 1993 against eSwatini. She praises the group of players she played with like Annah Monate, Sibongile Khumalo, Joane Solomons, Veronica Phewa and Khabo Zitha, among others.
“Khabo was one of the most skillful players and I marvelled at her talent. When she played I felt like stopping everything to just watch her. And Portia Modise came and was full of talent and a confident player.”
As a coach, one of her highlights was watching her team scoring 17 goals against the Comoros in 2019.
Favourite Music: Gospel, R&B and House
Top favourite songs: How Great Is thy God, Mother’s Prayer and Back At One
Favourite TV Shows: Cooking and sport channels
Favourite food: Chicken and sea food
Favourite books: Romantic and autobiographies
Favourite holiday destination: Western Cape
Favourite movie: Pretty Woman