Desiree Ellis named Women's African Coach of the Year
HURGHADA – Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis clinched another top continental award for South Africa on Tuesday when she was named the Women's African Coach of the Year.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards was held at the Albatros Citadel Hotel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, on the shores of Egypt’s Red Sea.
Ellis' nomination was one of three that came South Africa's way with Thembi Kgatlana nominated in the African Women’s Player of the Year category as well as Banyana Banyana in the Women's National Team of the Year category.
In a social media post on TTueday night, Mandla Gagayi, head of Sport Administration at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) posted:
"Coach Des did it again, Congratulations!!!!!!!! #ForeverProud #Udubs - 2019 CAF Women’s Coach of the Year"
Another big winner on the night was Sadio Mane, who walked away with the African Footballer of the Year gong for 2019.
Mane stood out heads above shoulders after winning the Champions League with Liverpool and leading Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final.
This is Mane's first top continental award after finishing runner-up the other highly-fancied Mohamed Salah of Egypt in 2017 and 2018 and after coming third in at the CAF Awards in 2016.
Reuters and IOL Sport staff