COACHES of the Mainland envoys in CAF inter-club competitions - Simba and Azam FC - missed out in the recently held workshop for coaching licences to all coaches participating in this year's competitions.
The workshop was held in Cairo, Egypt from January 9 to 11 but both newly appointed Simba coach Frenchman - Patrick Liewig and Azam's English coach Stewart Hall could not attend.
The two coaches were busy guiding their teams in the Mapinduzi Cup tournament in Zanzibar. Liewig then left the country with his team to Oman, where they have set a camp to prepare for the next round of the top flight league and CAF champions League.
It was the first time for CAF to conduct the workshop for coaching licences to all coaches participating in CAF interclub competitions. At least 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 licences 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 who attended are certified foreigners from places like France, Portuguese, Italy and Serbia and they have come here to receive the recognition through the CAF accreditation licences 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 CAF Champions league and CAF Confederation Cup competitions about to start for the 2013 season, the coaches who attended the workshop were each presented with a CAF accreditation coaching licence.
According to workshop organiser Abdel Moneim Hussein, the coaches who could not make it to Cairo for the workshop can still earn their accreditation licences through arrangements with their national associations running similar courses. CAF is going to employ the rule that asks only coaches with CAF accredited coaching licences be allowed to enter the field of play with effect from the 2013 Interclub season.