The South African senior women’s team, Banyana Banyana, continued to reap the rewards of their Women’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph.

This is after they were honoured at the Gsport Annual List of Newsmakers on Wednesday.

The Gsport Annual List of Newmakers is an event that was established by Gsport founder Kass Naidoo. It is also aimed at closing the visibility gap in women’s sport.


The SASOL-sponsored Banyana Banyana had a fruitful year after making history in July by clinching their first-ever WAFCON trophy. Some have deemed it as the moment that changed the face of women’s sport in the country.

The event was also attended by SAFA COO Lydia Monyepao and Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis. Ellis accepted the accolade on behalf of the team.

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies were also amongst those honoured at the event.


Meanwhile, Momentum Proteas all-rounder, Marizanne Kapp has been named Newsmaker of the Year at the gsport Annual List of Newsmakers 2022.

Marizanne Kapp
Marizanne Kapp

2022 gsport Annual List Recipients:

Banyana Banyana – 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations champions and 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup participants

Caitlin Rooskrantz – 2022 African Artistic Championships Senior WAG champion and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist

Golden Fireballs – First time winners of the Telkom Netball League

KG Montjane – 2022 Wheelchair Doubles US Open runner-up and leading brand ambassador

Lara van Niekerk – Commonwealth Games double gold medallist and triple Momentum gsport Awards winner

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies – Leading women’s football club in South Africa and 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League runners-up

Marizanne Kapp – ICC Player of the Month for the month of June, Women’s Big Bash League history maker and second consecutive Player of the Final award in 2022 edition of The Hundred

Michaela Whitebooi – Won Gold in the women’s 48kg at Birmingham 2022, becoming one of the first two-time SA women judokas to reach the podium in Commonwealth history

Saskia Hockly – ICF Canoe Marathon Championships Junior Women’s K1 bronze, Junior Women’s K2 silver, ICF Ocean Racing World Championship gold, Pete Marlin Surfski champion and Ocean Heroes gold

Zanele Mdodana – Coached Maties Netball to their first USSA Netball title in 27 years and then went on to lead her charges to an unbeaten maiden Varsity Netball title.


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