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SA’s Banyana recognised at CAF awards

epa07270318 Desiree Ellis from South Africa (L) receives the Womens coach of the Year award from FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura (C) during the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center in Dakar, Senegal, 08 January 2019. Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana also won the best goal award. EPA/STR

South Africa had something to celebrate at the CAF awards.

The event in Senegal’s capital Dakar was attended by the cream of Africa’s footballing crop.

They looked on as Desiree Ellis was named the Caf Women’s Coach Of The Year for 2018.

She was rewarded for her exploits with Banyana, which culminated with the team finishing runners-up at the women’s Afcon.

epa07270318 Desiree Ellis from South Africa (L) receives the Womens coach of the Year award from FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura (C) during the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center in Dakar, Senegal, 08 January 2019. Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana also won the best goal award. EPA/STR

Banyana striker Thembi Kgatlana was named African Women’s Player Of The Year.

Kgatlana was named Afcon player of the tournament in Ghana.

Her superb performances lit up the showpiece and made her a national hero.

Kgatlana’s stunning strike against Nigeria also won goal of the year.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah was voted Men’s Footballer Of The Year.

Source: eNCA