27 February 2013

Africa: CAF Coaching Education Initiatives Gather Pace

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) recently brought some of the respected and recognized experts in World football coaching together in Cairo to help in the studying, formulation and production of CAF coaching licensing system.

The CAF Secretary General , Hicham El Amrani together with CAF director of Football of football development, Abdel Moneim Hussein (Shatta) have embarked on a drive to set out guidelines on coaching education recommended by CAF to its member associations and federations. Like, UEFA which has a standardize its coaching education , CAF seeks to do the same and it was with this in mind that six technical instructors from Europe and Africa gathered to discuss , deliberate and develop the guidelines on which coaching education on the continent of Africa will build on. The working group comprised of Malouche Belhassen, CAF technical committee member and FIFA consultant from Tunisia, Erich Rutemoller from German and Flemming Serritslev from Denmark the latter pair being experts from UEFA, Jean Pirre Morlans the technical director of Morocco and UEFA Jira panel member, Mama Sow from Senegal (CAF Elite Instructor) and Seram Letsoaka (the current Bafana Bafana assistant coach ) from South Africa joined Abdel Moneim Hussein for the first session focusing on the C licence stage of the coaching education programme.

Cafonline.com spoke to the working group during their time in Cairo. UEFA's Flemming Serritslev said he was impressed with the work undertaken by CAF with its coach education programmes which has a cater for wide spectrum with big differences in resources and size amongst association members . "This is why it is so important that CAF has common minimum requirements for different stages of coaching credentials. We have been discussing the new CAF C licence. The importance of making sure that players are coached by qualified coaches. We have been able to exchange our experiences with UEFA which we hope will help CAF as they set up their coaching courses. l am pleased that CAF has set itself what l call realistic goals in getting their coaching education programmes, these are goals which you can be certain to fulfill and l think that is a positive way to go about it" said Serritslev.

Tunisian, Malouche Belhassen, who is a CAF Technical Committee member and Instructor has been part of the CAF coaching education initiatives from the on- set. "As CAF we are only behind UEFA and AFC (Asia) in the history of the existence of coaching education programs run by Confederations. CAF has from early 2000s been developing the coaching education programmes the C licence manual is a product of this era. In moving forward we have decided to tap into the UEFA long history of coaching education as we standardize the various coaching systems already in operation on the continent. We have some countries with coaching programmes and coaching material they have been working with, while others look up to CAF to provide guidelines. In working together with FA's we want to harmonise the CAF coaching licensing courses and produce accepted guidelines to enhance the learning and coaching of players at various age and stage." Said Malouche.

The working group will meet again in Cairo at the beginning of March to look at the B licensing stage of the coaching education programme.

CAF Technical director Abdel Moneim Hussein said " Now we have more than 45 countries conducting the coaching license courses. Some are doing "C" and "B" licenses since 2008-2009. This year some federations did the "A" licence. All CAF coaching license courses are assessed by CAF instructors from neutral associations. This will ensure credibility and integrity to our caching license. It has been decided from 2013 that all coaches who are participating in CAF interclub competitions must have at least "C" licence to be allowed to enter the field of play. This process will be upgraded to finally oblige all coaches to have the highest CAF diploma in few years' time.

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