Durban - Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis did the nation proud by winning the African Coach of the Year award at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Rabat on Thursday night.
The award is the third for Ellis. Under her leadership, Banyana have become one of the best in Africa. She has led Banyana to two consecutive World Cups and they will host Morocco in the WAFCON final on Saturday night.
Ellis was not the only South African to win big on the night as Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned women’s Club of the year.
Another big award winner was former Liverpool and Bayern Munich star Sadio Mane who scooped the CAF Men’s Player of the year award. Mane has developed into one of the world’s best players, having formed a clinical partnership with fellow African Mohamed Salah at Liverpool. Earlier in the year, he helped Senegal secure the African Cup of Nations title as well as a place in the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Mane’s Senegal also were crowned Men’s National Team of the Year winners while Senegal coach Aliou Cisse won Men’s Coach of the Year.
CAF Champions League winners Wydad Casablanca swept the men’s club of the year award. Al Ahly’s Mohamed El Shenawy took home the Men’s Interclub Player of the Year.
Evelyn Badu took home the women’s young player of the year and interclub player of the year award. Tottenham Hotspur youngster Matar Sarr who also plays for Senegal won the Men’s Young Player of the Year award.
Goal of the year went to Pape Ousmane Sakho of Senegal and Simba.