11 February 2013

South Africa: Former Banyana Star Advancing Her Coaching Career in Holland

Former Banyana Banyana captain Simphiwe Dludlu has been granted a scholarship by the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) to do a UEFA B Licence coaching course in Netherlands.

Simphiwe has been recognised by the KNVB instructors for her achievements, having successfully completed all the KNVB courses held in the country over the last two years as well as the instructor's course. This course will also enable Simphiwe to fast track her development as a top level coach.

The KNVB coaching course held in South African was an initiative started by the South African Football Association (SAFA) in conjunction with the Dutch Football Federation to train as many as 200 women's coaches in the country last year.

Simphiwe played 49 times for Banyana Banyana during her playing days and obtained her Level 1 CAF B Licence coaching certificate along with several other former professional players in South Africa during the time. She was among the top graduates in the CAF B Licence course offered last year.

Simphiwe has also excelled academically, graduating from the University of Pretoria with a Sports Science degree and is currently assisting the High Performance Centre (HPC) head coach, Sheryl Botes with coaching and development of female football players.

SAFA's Technical Director, Fran Hilton-Smith is impressed that Simphiwe has shown a keen interest in furthering the development of Women's football in South Africa.

"It's encouraging to see Simphiwe progressing as a coach and as a coaching educator. Coming from a football background, this will be an added advantage in assisting her to grow as coach and coaching educator. My vision is to see her extend her coaching qualifications and become a National team coach upon her return from Holland in three months' time," said Hilton-Smith.

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