South African senior women's national team coach, Desiree Ellis, has once again etched her name into the annals of African football history by securing the coveted CAF Women's Coach of the Year award at the CAF Awards 2023.
This remarkable achievement marks Ellis's fourth consecutive win in this category, underscoring her unparalleled contribution to the sport. No other coach has achieved such a consistent and dominant presence in the history of the CAF Women's Coach of the Year award.
Ellis, who previously captained Banyana Banyana, has guided South Africa to significant milestones, including their first-ever appearance in the TotalEnergies CAF Women's Africa Cup of Nations and their second FIFA Women's World Cup qualification.
The former Banyana Banyana captain's tactical acumen and strategic prowess have been instrumental in the team's success, making her a respected figure in African women's football. Her dominance and continuous improvement exemplify her commitment to advancing the sport.
Competing against formidable nominees, Reynald Pedros of Morocco and compatriot Jerry Tshabalala, who secured his second CAF Women's Champions League title with Mamelodi Sundowns, Ellis stood out for her outstanding achievements and impact on the women's game in Africa.