Desiree Ellis Wins Fourth Consecutive CAF Coach of the Year Award

The 2023 CAF Awards reverberated with the historic achievement of Desiree Ellis, coach of Banyana Banyana, who secured an unprecedented fourth consecutive CAF Coach of the Year award, at the Palais des Congrès in Marrakech, Morocco, on Monday, 11 December, 2023. Photo: Supplied

In a celebration of football excellence, the 2023 CAF Awards reverberated with the historic achievement of Desiree Ellis, coach of Banyana Banyana, who secured an unprecedented fourth consecutive CAF Coach of the Year award at the Palais des Congrès in Marrakech, Morocco, on Monday, 11 December, 2023.

Ellis had previously won the title in 2018 and 2019 before the annual event was not hosted due to Covid, and then won again in 2022, making her 2023 win an amazing achievement in recognition of her work guiding the South African National Women’s Football Team to remarkable achievements. 

Also defending their 2022 title on the night was Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, who claimed the Women’s Club of the Year, in testament to their consistent dominance in the women’s football arena in the past year. 

The recently crowned African champions have been dominant during the December 2022 – November 2023 period and as a result, retain the crown they won as last year’s awards.

The two-time African champions won a total of three titles during this time, with their marquee trophy being the CAF Women’s Champions League, which was preceded by a COSAFA Women’s Champions League title and just recently, the South Africans were crowned league champions at home.

They win the CAF Women’s Club of the Year accolade in succession after being nominated amongst Africa’s best women’s football clubs, including AS Far and Sporting Casablanca of Morocco.

Despite boasting strong credentials in the other awards on the night, South Africa’s women received no further awards. 

The spotlight illuminated Asisat Oshoala as the 2023 Women’s Player of the Year, an award she won in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2022 for her third consecutive award, in recognition of her outstanding prowess and impact on the pitch.

Moroccan prodigy Nesryne El Chad continues to shatter records, winning the inaugural CAF Women’s Young Player of the Year award on Monday. The 20-year-old defender saw off fellow nominees Comfort Yeboah of Ghana and Nigeria’s Deborah Abiodun for the groundbreaking honour at the CAF Awards in Marrakech.

The Team of the Year title was spirited away by Nigeria’s Super Falcons, leaving the highly-rated Banyana Banyana in their wake, in testament to the intense competition and evolution within African women’s football.

In goalkeeping excellence, Chiamaka Nnadozie’s exceptional skills earned her the revered spot as the Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year, highlighting the crucial role played by goalkeepers in shaping match outcomes. 

Midfield sensation Fatima Tagnaout etched her name into the history books on Monday, becoming the first Moroccan recipient of the 2023 CAF Women’s Interclub Player of the Year award. The AS FAR winger beat fellow nominees Refilwe Tholakele of Botswana and South Africa’s Lebohang Ramalepe at a dazzling CAF awards ceremony.

As the curtain fell on the gala, Desiree Ellis’s historic achievement remained the crowning glory of the night, underscoring her enduring legacy and impact on African women’s football coaching. Her dedication, strategic brilliance, and unwavering pursuit of excellence continue to inspire and shape the future of the sport across the continent.


Photo Caption: The 2023 CAF Awards reverberated with the historic achievement of Desiree Ellis, coach of Banyana Banyana, who secured an unprecedented fourth consecutive CAF Coach of the Year award, at the Palais des Congrès in Marrakech, Morocco, on Monday, 11 December, 2023. Photo: Supplied

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