Head coach of Banyana Banyana, Desiree Ellis, has been named the CAF Women’s National Team Coach of the Year 2018, while forward Thembi Kgatlana took home two trophies – the CAF Goal of the Year and CAF Woman Player of the Year awards.
This is an historic win for Ellis, a former Banyana Banyana captain. Ellis capped off a fine year after she made history in 2018 – she was the first person to win the COSAFA Women’s Championship as both player and coach, and she is also the first individual to qualify the South African Women’s National Team to the World Cup.
The awards took place in Dakar, the capital of Senegal on Tuesday night (8 January 2019).
Ellis beat off a strong challenge of Joseph Brian Ndoko (Cameroon) and Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria) – the trio will be leading their teams at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in June.
She is the only person to win the COSAFA Women’s Championship as both player and coach. She is also the first coach to qualify the South African Senior Women’s National Team to a FIFA World Cup.