Andile Dlamini and Banyana Banyana Win Big at Momentum Gsport Awards

Andile Dlamini and Banyana Banyana Win Big at Momentum Gsport Awards

Byron Pillay
September 13, 2023 at 10:22 AM
  • Mamelodi Sundowns' goalkeeper Andile Dlamini took home the prestigious Momentum Athlete of the Year award
  • Banyana Banyana were named Team of the Year, while coach Desiree Ellis won the Coach of the Year award
  • Banyana won the award for the second year running after they won the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations

Banyana Banyana have won big at the Momentum Gsport Awards.

The awards, which honour Africa’s best female sports teams and stars, hosted its 18th edition in Johannesburg on September 12.

Banyana, who won the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations and made history in the World Cup, were among the big winners, as were some of their personnel.

Banyana Banyana at the Momentum gsport Awards.
Banyana Banyana were big winners at the Momentum gsport Awards. Image: @Banyana_Banyana.
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As noted by SuperSport, Banyana and Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper, Andile Dlamini took home the Momentum Athlete of the Year award, while Desiree Ellis was named Coach of the Year.

Dlamini didn’t play a part during the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but was crowned Goalkeeper of the Tournament at WAFCON.

Ellis led her charges not only to the WAFCON title but also to the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup. Banyana were beaten by the Netherlands 2-0 in the Round of 16.

Banyana were crowned Team of the Year for the second year in a row, and were also one of the Ministerial Recognition of Excellence recipients.

What's next for Banyana?

With Banyana fever still running high, all eyes will be on the team as they take on the United States of America in two friendlies in September.

As noted by IOL, South Africa will play against the USA in Cincinnati on September 2, and then against them in Chicago on September 24.

Celebrations begin as Banyana make history

Sports Brief earlier reported how celebrations broke out in Banyana’s dressing room following their history-making moment.

The African champions made history at the FIFA Women's World Cup when they qualified for the tournament's knockout stages.

Banyana beat Italy 3-2 in their final group game to finish second behind Sweden in Group G.

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