Banyana coach Ellis crowned queen of Africa, again

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South African senior national women’s team coach Desiree Ellis’ star continues to soar after she was named Africa’s Coach of the Year in the women’s football category during the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Morocco on Thursday night.

Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis poses with her award. Photo: CAF Online
South African coach Desiree Ellis speaks to the press after receiving the Women's Coach of the Year award, during the 2022 Confederation of African Football Awards in Rabat, Morocco, on July 21 2022. Photo: EPA/Jalal Morchidi

It was a third CAF Coach of the Year award for the dazzling mentor. Ellis has been at the top of her game for a long time now and will be quietly plotting her next move in Saturday’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final between the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana and hosts Morocco at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat to cap yet another memorable year.

READ: Ellis, Mane big winners at CAF awards

There was more South African success at the gathering of Africa’s top football personalities and stars as Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies were named Africa’s Women’s Club of the Year after winning their domestic league and the inaugural Champions League in Egypt in 2021.

CAF announced that the women’s National Team of the Year will be named after Saturday’s Women’s Afcon final between Banyana Banyana and Morocco. -

The full list of winners at the CAF awards:

Player of the Year (Men)

Sadio Mane (Senegal and Bayern Munich)

Player of the Year (Women)

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and FC Barcelona)

Interclub Player of the Year (Women)

Evelyn Badu (Ghana and Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes)

Interclub Player of the Year (Men)

Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt and Al Ahly)

Young Player of the Year (Women)

Evelyn Badu (Ghana and Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes)

Young Player of the Year (Men)

Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal and Tottenham Hotspur)

Coach of the Year (Women)

Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

Coach of the Year (Men)

Aliou Cisse (Senegal)

Club of the Year (Women)

Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

Club of the Year (Men)

Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)

National Team of the Year (Men)


National Team of the Year (Women)

To be announced after the WAFCON final between Banyana Banyana and Morocco

Goal of the Year

Pape Ousmane Sakho (Senegal and Simba)

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