Like the football game itself accruing controversies during matches, awards for football usually come with serious debates, and diverse opinions, with some even relating sentiments to their thoughts, but there is no problem, it’s normal and would always surface.
In grand style, the AITEO CAF Awards for 2018, was held last night in Dakar, Senegal and various awards to different categories.
It’s an award which opinions from many Africans have been brought up, but one amongst the awards, which certainly should be undisputed to a large extent is the Women’s Coach Of the year, which Was won by Desiree Elis the South African female team coach.
The former footballer, who is now the current coach of the Banyana Banyana of South Africa won the award beating, Nigeria’s Thomas Dennerby, after she had a bright AWCON 2018 tournament with her team, even though they fell to Nigeria in the Final.
Despite losing to Nigeria, a woman who handed South Africa their first ever World Cup ticket, showed so much attacking prowess tactically and making the Banyana Banyana a thorn in the flesh for Super Falcons of Nigeria has no opposition that is valid to deny her of the award, and the voters did quite well, voting for her.
After yesterday’s award, Desiree Elis expressed her thoughts receiving the accolade.
Speaking to SAFA this morning, she said
“A friend of mine, told me before I left Capetown, that I was going to win the award, and I said to him, I’m against top oppositions, Thomas Dennerby the coach of Nigeria had won AWCON, So it was a real moment for me, I’m just truly blessed and humbled by the award”. She said
Speaking further, Coach Elis said
” We don’t do things for rewards and awards, but I suppose if a team does well, then that is the outcome. The team also being nominated, Banyana, being nominated, yes it’s a great moment for me, but I’ve also got to give credit to my assistant coach, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, analysing the opposition, strategize and come up with a game plan, then it’s up to the players to execute the game plan”
“I’m very grateful, blessed and humbled to the South African Football Association for having the faith in us as female coaches for the national team, but also giving the necessary support, and ensuring we get top quality oppositions.
This is for everyone and in it’s God’s timing, thank you very much, you know it’s a collective effort, and the hard work starts now as we prepare for our next big challenge, the World Cup”
South Africa had a good 2018 in women’s football and would work more to make 2019 a more fruitful one.