South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has introduced that Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis might be one of many recipients of the nation’s Nationwide Orders, The Order Of Ikhamanga.
The Senior Ladies’s Nationwide Coach might be honoured on the investiture ceremony to be assistance on the twenty eighth of April, together with different nominated native and international nationals.
‘’I’m tremendous blessed however on the similar time very emotional. Soccer is a staff sport and this award will not be about me however everybody who contributed to the success of Banyana Banyana, from the gamers, the technical workers in addition to the again room workers.
‘’I’m so completely happy as a result of that is large, getting this nationwide honour is like getting knighthood,’’ the previous Banyana Banyana participant added.
Nationwide Orders are the very best awards that the nation bestows on its residents and eminent international nationals who’ve contributed in direction of the development of democracy and have made a big impression on enhancing the lives of South Africans.
The Order Of Ikhamanga recognises South African residents who’ve excelled within the fields of arts, tradition, literature, music, journalism and sport and coach Ellis has been bestowed this particular recognition for her glorious contribution to soccer, a male-dominated sport. Her sustained excellence supplies encouragement to girls to excel of their respective fields of endeavour.
Ellis took Banyana Banyana to victory within the 2022 Ladies’s Africa Cup of Nations and subsequently was additionally voted CAF’s Ladies Coach of the 12 months for the third successive 12 months. Successful WAFCON additionally ensured that Banyana qualify for the second successive FIFA Ladies’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this coming July.
Ellis says this recognition is among the highlights of her profession as a coach.
‘’This might not have been attainable with out the stable assist from the Affiliation, particularly the President and his staff,’’ stated an elated Ellis, who admitted this superb honour bestowed on her had not sunk in but.
The Nationwide Orders additionally recognise the contributions made by people in direction of constructing a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and affluent South Africa as envisaged within the nation’s Structure.