Several stars from Banyana Banyana and Mamelodi Sundowns have been recognised for their outstanding achievements over the last year and been nominated for the upcoming CAF Women’s awards.
After announcing the nominees for the male’s categories last week, the Confederation of African Football have named the shortlists for the women’s awards on Tuesday.
Banyana have been nominated among the Women’s National Team of the Year after their heroics at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, bringing the trophy back to South Africa for the very first time, before writing more history at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup where they reached the knockout stages for the first time in history.
Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies – similar to the men’s team – have been nominated in the Women’s Club of the Year category after winning the Hollywoodbets Super League, the COSAFA qualifiers and have qualified for the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League.
Both Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis and Sundowns Ladies head coach Jerry Tshabalala have been nominated in the Women’s Coach of the Year category for their exploits this past year.
In addition, Banyana shot stoppers Kaylin Swart, who plays for JVW FC at club level, and Downs Ladies’ Andile Dlamini have been nominated in the Goalkeeper of the Year category.
Meanwhile young Banyana starlet Thubelihle Shamase, who plays for UJ at club level, is on the shortlist for the Young Women’s Player of the Year, and last but not least, Sundowns Ladies and Banyana star Lebohang Ramalepe has been nominated in the CAF Interclub Women’s Player of the Year category.
Finally, six Banyana stars were nominated for the main award, the CAF Women’s Player of the Year – Jermaine Seoposenwe, Hilda Magaia, Andile Dlamini, Thembi Kgatlana, Linda Motlhalo and Refiloe Jane.
The 2023 CAF awards will take place on 11 December in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Below are all nominees: