In the previous Wafcon, Banyana beat Nigeria in the opening round of the tournament and cruised to the final to book a place in the World Cup for the first time.
That win over Nigeria and World Cup qualification went to the team’s head, which led to them losing the final to Nigeria and retaining their “bridesmaid” tag, having lost in the tournament’s final five times.
In 2012, after beating Nigeria for the first time in a competitive match to book a place in the final hosted by Equatorial Guinea, Banyana again celebrated too much before the final and the hosts humbled them 4-0.
Ellis is wary of these two disappointments.
For motivation, she chooses to look at the 2015 victory over Equatorial Guinea in their own backyard.