Accomplished commentator Gleeson awarded CAF medal

Accomplished commentator Gleeson awarded CAF medal
Mark Gleeson (South African journalist) receive CAF Golden Order of Merit medal from former Issa Hayatou CAF President

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Mar 17, 2017. 16:00

South African football journalist and commentator Mark Gleeson has been awarded the prestigious 2017 CAF Order of Merit.

The experienced writer, who is 53, was awarded the accolade for his illustrious contribution to African football for almost three decades.

“I am grateful for this recognition,” Gleeson tells

“It’s a shiny gold medal just like that of (Orlando) Pirates in 1995 and (Mamelodi) Sundowns last year.

"Many people have kindly helped me in my career over the years and I remember all that kindness and support at this time.”

Gleeson's accolades

Cadet Journalist of Year award 1984
SA Soccer Journalist of the Year 1988
SA Television Commentator of the Year 2002, 2003
SA Television Personality of the Year 2002
SA Television Broadcaster of the Year 2008
CAF Award of Merit 50th anniversary 2008
CAF Gold Order of Merit 2017

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