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Banyana Banyana Duo Scoop Major CAF Honours

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The Banyana Banyana duo of head coach Desiree Ellis and star striker Thembi Kgatlana picked up major honours at the CAF Awards in Senegal on Tuesday night.

Kgatlana was the biggest winner at the 2018 CAF Awards, scooping the CAF Women’s Player of the Year and Goal of the Year accolades.

Her coach Ellis capped off a historic year for South Africa by being named the CAF Women’s Coach of the Year for 2018.

The Houston Dash forward became only the second South African to lift the Player of the Year trophy, following in the footsteps of fellow Banyana Banyana striker Noko Matlou in 2008.

The pint-sized Kgatlana set the 2018 Women’s AFCON alight in Ghana during the month of November, helping Banyana Banyana to a second place finish as they secured qualification to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in France in June.

She scored five goals, won four Woman of the Match accolades and was crowned the Player of the Tournament.

Ellis on the other hand also made history for herself after becoming the first person to win the COSAFA Women’s Championship as both a player and coach, and also the first Banyana coach to secure qualification to the World Cup.

Ellis beat off a strong challenge of Joseph Brian Ndoko (Cameroon) and Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria).

Complete list of 2018 CAF Award winners:

Player of the Year

Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

Women’s Player of the Year

Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)

Youth Player of the Year

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)

Men’s Coach of the Year

Herve Renard (Morocco)

Women’s Coach of the Year

Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

Men’s National Team of the Year

Mauritania

Women’s National Team of the Year

Nigeria

Platinum Award

His Excellency Macky Sall (President of the Republic of Senegal)

Federation President of the Year

Fouzi Lekjaa

Goal of the Year

Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)

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Stuart Baxter Announces Bafana Bafana Squad For Crunch Libya Clash

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Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter announced his 24-man squad for the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tie against Libya on March 24.

South Africa are in second place behind group leaders Nigeria and need just a point to all but secure qualification for the continental showpiece set for Egypt later this year.

Goalkeepers:

Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Bruce Bvuma

Defenders:

Thulani Hlatshwayo, Innocent Maela, Sifiso Hlanti, Daniel Cardoso, Rivaldo Coetzee, Aubrey Modiba, Buhle Mkwanazi, Thamsanqa Mkhize

Midfielders:

Bongani Zungu, Hlompho Kekana, Themba Zwane, Tiyani Mabunda, Dean Furman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thulani Serero, Thembinkosi Lorch

Strikers:

Percy Tau, Lars Veldwijk, Lebogang Mothiba, Lebogang Maboe, Keagan Dolly

Baxter’s charges will leave for Tunisia on Saturday, 16 March, in order to acclimatise to the conditions before the crunch tie.

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Amajita Handed Tough U20 FIFA World Cup Draw

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The national U20 side, Amajita, have been handed a daunting task of overcoming European and Asian heavyweights following the U20 FIFA World Cup draw on Sunday night.

Thabo Senong’s side has been pitted against Portugal, Korea Republic and Argentina in Group F at the FIFA World Cup in Poland.

Amajita sealed their second successive spot at this year’s junior global showpiece after finished third at the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger.

The last time Amajita played at the World Cup was in 2017 but they were knocked out in the first round and will be hoping to reach the knockout phase this time.

Other nations that will be representing Africa are Senegal, who are in Group A alongside hosts Poland, Colombia and Tahiti.

Nigeria are in Group D with Qatar, USA and Ukraine, while U20 AFCON winners Mali will take on Panama, France and Saudi Arabia in Group E.

The tournament will be held between 23 May and 15 June.

Amajita’s Group F schedule:

Argentina v South Africa – 25 May

South Africa v Korea – 28 May

South Africa v Portugal – 31 May

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South African Players Based Abroad

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After a difficult few past weeks for SA’s foreign contingency, it was business as usual once again.

Percy Tau

Tau was in sublime form for Union Saint-Gilloise as he grabbed a brace in his side’s 5-0 thumping of Mechelen in the Belgian second division.

The Bafana Bafana speedster has now taken his tally to six league goals in the campaign, and 10 in all competitions.

Kamohelo Mokotjo

Mokotjo scored his first league goal at home as Brentford FC rallied from a goal down to thump Hull City 5-1 in the English Championship.

The Bafana midfield man has now scored three goals for the Bees this season.

Ayanda Patosi

Patosi continued is impressive start to life in Iran following his big-money move from Cape Town City.

The former City man scored his second goal in two matches as Esteghal cruised past Zob Han with a 3-0 win on Sunday.

Lars Veldwijk

Veldwijk played 78 minutes and picked up an assist as Sparta Rotterdam thumped Go Ahead Eagles 6-1 in the Dutch Second Tier.

Lebogang Phiri

Phiri’s Guingamp returned to wnning ways after claiming a hard-fought 1-0 win over Angers in the French Ligue 1 to keep their survival hopes alive.

Lebogang Mothiba

Mothiba saw little game time, coming on in the final 30 minutes as RC Strasbourg registered a 1-1 draw with second-placed Lille in French Ligue 1.

Kgaogelo Sekgota

Sekgota featured for Vitoria Setubal in the first half as they played to a 1-1 draw with Vitória Guimarães.

Lyle Foster

Despite ending on the losing side, Foster continued his impressive form for AS Monaco reserves, scoring his second goal in as many matches in their 3-2 defeat to Annecy.

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