Women's Sport: Cameroon crowned "African Women's Team of the Year" at the 2019 CAF Awards

Cameroon’s women’s national team dethroned nine-time African champions Nigeria to win the Team of the Year award at the 2019 Confederation of African (CAF) Awards in Hurghada, Egypt.

The Indomitable Lionesses reached the Round of 16 at the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup, to reclaim the award that they previously won in 2011 and 2015. 

Despite Nigeria’s Super Falcons retaining their 2018 African Women’s Championship title in Ghana and reaching the knock-out stage at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Alain Djeumfa’s side were awarded the best in the continent.

Notable winners

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala claimed the prestigious African Women’s Player of the Year, equalling fellow Super Falcon Perpetua Nkwocha’s record with a fourth win.

The Super Falcon’s forward emerged on top against strong contenders Ajara Nchout of Cameroon and last year’s winner Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa.

South Africa’s women’s national team manager Desiree Ellis retained the Women’s Coach of the Year award for a second year running, beating former Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby.

The Banyana Banyana head coach guided South Africa to a maiden appearance at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, despite exiting in the early stages of the tournament.

Ellis also led the Banyana’s to a second-place finish at the 2018 African Women’s Championship, narrowly missing out on the title to Nigeria on penalties. 

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