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Africa’s best awarded in Morocco.


The 2022 CAF Awards were held in the capital city of Morocco, Rabat, last night. The awards, which take place annually, saw the best players, coaches, and teams across the African continent assemble in Rabat for what was truly a night to remember for many.

Let’s look at some big winners from the night:

Banyana Banyana head coach, Desiree Ellis, was named Women’s Coach of the Year on the night. After first winning the award in 2018, Ellis clinched the title again in 2019 with this victory, making it 3 successive African Awards for the former Banyana player.

The win for Ellis means that she is now one of the most decorated female coaches in South Africa. The personal achievement also comes at a time when Ellis’s team is due to play in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final against Morocco tomorrow.

The Men’s Coach of the year award went to Aliou Cisse of Senegal. Cisse had an incredible campaign with his national team last year and a good run of results saw him lead Senegal to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament which was held in Cameroon.

It was yet another close fought encounter for the Men’s Player of the Year award after an initial shortlist of 10 players was cut down to only 3. Edouard Mendy, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane were the three men standing going into the ceremony.

It was Mane who would eventually win the award after a successful season with his former club, Liverpool, and national team, Senegal. Mane was inspirational in all aspects last year, leading both his teams to very much needed silverware.

Nigeria was also represented at the awards when their Barcelona star, Asisat Oshoala, claimed the Women’s Player of the Year, capping an impressive season for her country and club.

The Men’s Young Player of the Year went to Pepe Matar Sarr, also from Senegal, with Ghana’s Evelyn Badu claiming the women’s trophy, in the process adding more silverware to her cabinet after she had won the Women’s Interclub Player of the Year earlier that night.

Mohamed EL Shenawy bagged the Men’s Interclub player of the year, whereas the Goal of the year award was won by Senegal and Simba player Pepe Ousmane.

Teams of the year:
Wydad Athletic Club from Morocco claimed the Men’s club of the year award.

South Africa’s Sundowns made history by winning the Women’s club of the year.

After winning the AFCON last year, Senegal were undoubtedly favourites to win the national team of the year award. After a stellar season that saw them conquer Africa and climb up the world rankings, the Lions of Teranga were deserving of the award, capping off an amazing night for all Senegalese in attendance.

Avuyile Sawula
Avuyile Sawula
Avuyile Sawula is a young passion-driven Sports Writer and Blogger. I am also an aspiring sports commentator and broadcaster looking to use my knowledge, skills and insights both digitally and on mainstream media. I have worked as a news writer for various news organizations covering both hard and soft news. My reporting beats include Rugby (Internationally and locally), Formula 1 and Cricket (both men and women's cricket.) However, I don't restrict myself to those only as I always try to cover other interesting beats within the sports fraternity.

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