COSAFA Awards To Celebrate Excellence


The Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) President Artur de Almeida e Silva has announced the introduction of the COSAFA inaugural annual awards, a momentous occasion that will recognise and honor outstanding players, coaches, and key contributors to the game within the region.

“COSAFA has always envisioned hosting own awards to celebrate those who consistently illuminate the football landscape in our region. Southern Africa has been a beacon of excellence on the continent, and these awards provide a platform to showcase the remarkable accomplishments of not only players and coaches but also the unsung heroes who lay the groundwork for success through their unwavering dedication,” he said.

The awards aim to pay homage to the best performers, both on and off the pitch during the year 2023. COSAFA president emphasised the importance of celebrating achievements and inspiring the next generation of football enthusiasts in the region.

According to the COSAFA president, the awards are open to all players and coaches affiliated with COSAFA’s 14 Member Associations, regardless of where they ply their trade globally. The following categories will be recognized: COSAFA men and women’s player of the year, COSAFA Men and women’s Goalkeeper of the year.

Furthermore, the awards will have the COSAFA men and women’s most promising player of the year (aged 20 or under), the COSAFA male and women coach of the year and the COSAFA male and female referee of the year.

The prestigious award winners will be unveiled at a grand gala dinner scheduled for April 19, 2024. This event promises to pay homage to the remarkable achievements of individuals who have excelled both on and off the pitch during the year 2023.

Additionally, the awards will include lifetime achievement honors, recognizing individuals who have significantly shaped football in our region over several decades.

“As we celebrate these achievements, let us inspire the next generation of players, coaches, referees, and administrators, ensuring that football continues to flourish in our beloved region,” he indicated.

Botswana, a member of COSAFA will witness its football stars and dedicated officials being celebrated alongside their peers from other member association includes; Angola, Comoros, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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