9 January 2019 – South African Football Association (SAFA) acting CEO, Mr Russell Paul heaped praise on Banyana Banyana head coach, Desiree Ellis and striker, Thembi Kgatlana for their achievements at the CAF Awards held in Dakar on Tuesday evening.

Ellis walked away with the woman national team coach of the year while Kgatlana was crowned woman footballer of the year which was preceded by her goal of the year award, making her the biggest winner of the night.

See the congratulatory letter here