''It was overwhelming. We have absorbed everything. We have not slept for two days… Otherwise, it has been fantastic. Players have been amazing despite all challenges we faced in camp. When we met the president [Cyril Ramaphosa], it was something else. It was a place of royalty. I have never been there [Union Buildings],’’ said Ellis.
''Before the final, we had a Zoom video call with the president and he told us to bring back the trophy. We brought it back. So when we met the president, it was a goose bump moment. Sitting next to him I felt like a queen,’’ said Ellis.
Ellis said the load shedding crisis in the country inspired them to go to the final and aim to win the tournament.
''I made a comment during the tournament about load shedding. We saw pictures of people sitting under candles and watching the games from their laptops. That really made us push harder and we wanted to bring a smile to their faces,’’ said Ellis.