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2023 CAF Awards: South Africans claim top honors

Mamelodi Sundowns, Percy Tau and Desiree Ellis claimed top honours at the 2023 CAF awards on Monday night. It’s the fourth Women’s Coach of the Year award for Banyana Banyana coach Ellis who also won it in 2018, 2019, and 2022. 

The awards were held at the Palais des Congres in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday night. It is the second year in a row that Morocco host the CAF Awards with last year’s event happening in Rabat.


“Today we are recognizing the best of the best in Africa, celebrating them. Africa has always for many decades produced some of the best players in the world. Some of them have succeeded in Europe and the highest level in Africa,” said CAF president Patrice Motsepe in his opening remarks.

“We are continuing today to make sure that the very best continues to get recognized Worldwide and also want to make sure that football in Africa is globally competitive and self-sustaining. Has the capacity to prepare an African nation.”

The winner of each category was decided following votes from a panel consisting of CAF Technical Committee, media professionals from Member Associations. Head Coaches and captains of member associations as well as clubs involved in the group stages of the Interclub competitions.


Player of the Year [Men]:

Victor Osimhen [Nigeria, Napoli]

Player of the Year [Women]:

Asisat Oshoala [Nigeria, Barcelona]

Interclub Player of the Year [Men]:

Percy Tau [South Africa, Al Ahly]

Interclub Player of the Year [Women]:

Fatima Tagnaout [Morocco, AS FAR]

Coach of the Year [Men]:

Walid Regragui [Morocco]

Coach of the Year [Women]:

Desiree Ellis [South Africa]

South Africans amongst the winners at the 2023 CAF Awards
Banyana coach Desiree Ellis receives Women’s Coach of the Year award

Goalkeeper of the Year [Men]:

Yassine Bounou [Morocco, Al Hilal]

Goalkeeper of the Year [Women]:

Chiamaka Nnadozie [Nigeria, Paris FC]

Young Player of the Year [Men]:

Lamine Camara [Senegal, Metz]

Young Player of the Year [Women]:

Nesryne El Chad [Morocco, Lille]

National Team of the Year [Men]:


National Team of the Year [Women]:


Club of the Year [Men]:

Al Ahly [Egypt]

Club of the Year [Women]:

Mamelodi Sundowns [South Africa]

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