Pauw nominated for 2016 FIFA Women's Coach

Pauw nominated for 2016 FIFA Women's Coach
Vera Pauw with Banyana Banyana players

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Nov 02, 2016. 13:00

Despite seeing the exit door, former South African Women's national team coach Vera Pauw has been nominated for the 2016 Best FIFA Women's Coach Award.

The South African Football Association released a statement that the Dutch-born mentor has received the nod.

Pauw led Banyana Banyana for two and a half years as she led them through the qualification and participation of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games last August in Brazil.

On the other side, she was still in charge when Banyana qualified for the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations scheduled to take place in Cameroon from 19 November to 3 December.

However, she vacated her position after the Olympics as her contract came to an end and was not renewed.


SAFA have since appointed her long-time assistant, Desiree Ellis on an interim basis with Maud Khumalo and Cheryl Botes assisting her.

Meanwhile, Pauw joins nine coaches from around the world as they are shortlisted by the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

It is also announced that names for The Best FIFA Women’s Player will be unveiled on Thursday, 3 November with the awards set to be hosted in January 17.

The full list of candidates:

Philippe Bergeroo (France/French national team)
Jill Ellis (USA/US national team)
John Herdman (England/Canadian national team)
Silvia Neid (Germany/German national team)
Vera Pauw (Netherlands/South African national team)
Gérard Prêcheur (France/Olympique Lyonnais)
Pia Sundhage (Sweden/Swedish national team)
Oswaldo Vadão (Brazil/Brazilian national team)
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany/Swiss national team)
Thomas Wörle (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)

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