Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has won the CAF Women’s Coach of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
This is in recognition for her work in guiding Banyana Banyana to their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in
France – 2019.
The star-studded African awards ceremony were held in Hurghada Egypt on Tuesday evening.
“God is great, this is for all the coaches that coach women’s football but most importantly this is for Banyana Banyana,” said Ellis after she retained the award she won in 2019.
The Banyana head coach beat off competition from Thomas Dennerby who led the Super Falcons of Nigeria to the round of 16 at the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the Indomitable Lionesses, Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa who ensured his side quality for the global showpiece after securing a third place at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
Banyana and Ellis might have failed to produce the desired outcome at the World Cup as they lost all their three group stage matches but they gave their opponents a good run for their money and the World Cup qualification was a huge achievement.
The 56-year-old also helped Banyana Banyana reach the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations final where they lost to their rivals Nigeria.
Ellis was appointed the coach of the national side in 2018, but was in charge on an interim basis since 2016.
By FARPost Reporter