The Confederation of African Football (CAF) recently ran its first ever workshop for coaching licenses to all coaches participating in CAF interclub competitions. Fifty (50) coaches from all over the continent met in Cairo for the three day workshop which was led by CAF's director of Football Development, Abdel Moneim Hussein. Assisting Hussein were FIFA and CAF coaching instructor, Benjamin Koufie and Dr Ahmed Maged CAF medical instructor and the new CAF Refereeing manager Eddy Maillet.
Abdel Moneim Hussein told Cafonline.com that with the introduction of player licenses in the club competition, the confederation is moving on to the next stage of accreditation and recognizing the coaches working with the clubs on the continent. "Amongst the coaches here present are certified foreigners from places like, France, Portuguese, Italy and Serbia and they have come here to receive the recognition through the CAF accreditation licenses that we at CAF are saying will be required for club coaches participating in CAF interclub competitions to have before they will be allowed to enter the field of play" explained Hussein
With Orange CAF Champions league and Orange CAF Confederation Cup competitions about to start for the 2013 season, the coaches who attended the 9-11 January workshop were each presented with a CAF accreditation coaching license. The workshop offered the coaches opportunity to interact and exchange ideas as well as charter the way forward in defining, harmonizing and building a coaching system to be recognized and accepted on the continent and beyond. Apart from the African coaches there were about half a dozen European coaches working with African clubs in attendance and seeking to identify with CAF 's growing coaching programmes.
Cafonline.com spoke with some of the coaches one of whom was Lamine Ndiaye who guided DR Congo's TP Mazembe a runner-up spot during 2010 FIFA World Club Cup. Ndiaye said "This is certainly a recommendable initiative by CAF and football on the continent can only get better when coaches pool their resources, ideas together as one body like we have done here. There is so much to learn and take from workshops like this and of course we get to appreciate and recognize what fellow coaches are doing in their countries and we encourage one another"
Wydad Casablanca 's Badou Ezaki who holds UEFA coaching qualification said this was a positive start to an important journey to bring African coaching system to a world standard. We have to start somewhere and l am very pleased with this workshop and the aims set out. There are good coaches on our continent and we need to work together to attain the level that improves our coaching in Africa. I was happy to meet my fellow colleagues who l will play against when competition starts and it is good to get to know and interact with them away from the matches"
Kenyan club side Tusker had their coach Robert Osebe at the workshop and was pleased that after years of attending similar courses abroad this was a breath of fresh air. "This workshop encourages us coaches to shares experiences from our various countries and exchange ideas on how to protect and improve our coaching trade on the continent."
Veteran Botswana coach , David Bright will lead his Gaborone United FC in this year's Orange CAF Confederation Cup was equally full of praise for the CAF workshop. "This has been a worthwhile exercise and it's a really good decision to bring coaches before the interclub competitions allowing us to meet each other. I now know my Mozambiquian counterpart, Luis Filipe Carvalha whose team l will play in the first match and should we pull through, we meet my friend Dominic Iorfa and his Lobistars FC from Nigeria. This is a good platform for us coaches to build on and ensure we improve the standard of our work. I will take some useful coaching manuals, tips and information that will benefit my fellow coaches back home"
Kwakep Joseph Monte's coaching talents have taken him from his native Cameroon to Tchad where his Gazelle F.C N'Djamena will take on Zamalek of Egypt in the Orange CAF Champions League. According to Monte, "Africa has shown it has talented players and l know we also have competent coaches and when we harmonise the way coaches work on this continent that can make it in other parts of the world. CAF has done well to get us coaches together like this and it is an encouragement to us coaches to make sure we build on the successes of this workshop "
According to workshop organizer Abdel Moneim Hussein the coaches who could not make it to Cairo for the workshop can still earn their accreditation licenses through arrangements with their national associations running similar courses. CAF is going to employee the rule that asks only coaches with CAF accredited coaching licenses be allowed to enter the field of play with effect from the 2013 Interclub season.