Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis has been named Women’s Coach of the Year at the 2022 Confederation of African Football Awards in Rabat, Morocco. It is the third time she has won the award.
Under her stewardship, Banyana Banyana have made it to the final of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament where they will face Morocco on Saturday night. Banyana Banyana also qualified for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
The 59-year-old Ellis had previously won the prestigious award in 2018 after turning around the fortunes of the South African national senior women’s team.
A former Banyana player and captain, Ellis replaced Vera Pauw on an interim basis in 2016 while the South African Football Association searched for a replacement.
She has since led Banyana to the final of the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, losing on penalties to Nigeria and qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time in the national team’s history.
She repeated the 2018 performance by securing Banyana’s ticket to the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
On Saturday, Ellis will once again be in charge at a women’s Africa Cup of Nations final as Banyana Banyana come face-to-face with host nation Morocco at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.
With no Banyana Banyana player making the final three for the Women’s Player of the Year award, there is still plenty to play for in Morocco.
The final of Africa’s most prestigious cup comes on Saturday night and a possible first ever Africa Cup Of Nations title for Banyana Banyana.
The culmination of WAFCON 2022 begins with the third place play-off match between Nigeria and Zambia on Friday.
Saturday’s final between hosts Morocco and South Africa is expected to be a sold-out affair, with not a seat left at the 53,000-capacity Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, surpassing the 45,000 crowd that watched the semi-final between the hosts and Nigeria last week.
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Banyana Banyana’s Desiree Ellis wins third CAF Women’s Coach of the Year award – SABC News
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