Ellis’ lieutenants Thinasonke Mbuli (assistant coach)
Born in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, Mbuli played for the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban Ladies FC (AmaZulu) and Sunflower FC.
She coaches the university women’s national team, which she guided to the semifinals of the World Student Games in Taiwan last year.
Mbuli holds a CAF A licence coaching badge.
Shilene Booysen (performance analyst)
A former goalkeeper in her playing days, Booysen rose through the Banyana Banyana ranks as keeper trainer before she assumed the role of video analyst when Vera Pauw took over as head coach in 2014. Booysens, who works with Pauw at Dash Houston in the US, doubles as the Bafana Bafana performance analyst.