Adding to her list of accolades, Banyana Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis, has won the ‘Coach of the Year’ award at the 2020 Momentum Gsport Awards on Monday night.
The coach has been nominated three times over the last three years and has only this year managed to clinch the well-deserved honour.
The awards form part of the ‘gsport4girls’ initiative, which was launched in 2006 with the goal of covering the daily sporting achievements of women.
The award itself aims to identify the female sportspersons who have contributed significantly to sports in general.
This is not her only award for the year.
At the beginning of 2020, she won the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) ‘Women’s Football Coach of the Year’ award, for the second year in a row.
Last year, Coach Ellis made history by becoming the only coach to lead Banyana to its first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification.
She is also the first South African to win the Cosafa Cup Championships as both a player and a coach.