New procedures for CAF coaching course

New procedures for CAF coaching course

MASERU-The Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) has announced changes to the availability of its continental coaching courses as part of CAF’s reforms to its system.
The changes were discussed on Tuesday by LEFA’s technical director, Leslie Notši, who outlined a new procedure for local coaches when it comes to applying for and attaining CAF-approved coaching badges which are required to coach at the highest levels.

LEFA last held an accredited CAF course in June 2016 following which 26 coaches were given certificates for completing the high-status CAF A-License.
Notši said Africa’s governing football body, CAF, introduced changes two weeks ago after it came to its attention there were coaches in some countries who were being awarded continental licences by their national federations without attending courses.

CAF believes the standard of African football has resultantly plummeted because of a lack of properly qualified coaches and is trying to tighten up how coaching licenses are issued.
Previously, national associations oversaw the whole process for CAF’s A, B and C Licenses. Now, aspirant coaches will have to apply online directly to CAF and only then will successful applicants undergo training courses through national federations such as LEFA.

“Two weeks ago we were invited by CAF and a lot of things were discussed, but the most important thing was to guide us member associations on how we are going to apply for the (CAF) coaching courses,” Notši said.
“It came to CAF’s attention that in previous years there was a lot of discrepancies, in other countries the coaches were getting the licences without attending coaches, and also the syllabus was now lower (quality). CAF wants to be at the top with other federations like (Europe’s governing body) UEFA,” he explained.

Notši said because this is a new way of doings he expects it to be challenging for local coaches but insisted they will receive all the guidance they need from his office to apply for the courses when the time comes.
LEFA through the technical director office will identify coaches eligible to apply for CAF licenses and those coaches will then apply through an online link that will be provided to them.
Notši said the next course is likely to be for the CAF B License because “the coaches that did the C License have been waiting for a long time.”

“What is going to happen is that through the technical office (is that) we are going to apply and state how many coaches we are going to train and on what level,” Notši added.
“It will either be C, B or A (License) and we will state what content we would like and what kind of instructor we need (from CAF to oversee the course).”

Despite CAF’s assertion on bogus coaching licenses, Notši said Lesotho has not had an incident where a coach has been awarded a certificate without attending a training course.
He added it is important all coaches know exactly how things are going to work going forward.
“(From) now the coaches are going to apply online,” Notši said.
“I know there are going to be challenges with some in terms of using computers but we will see on how we can help. (CAF) wants to manage the applicants from member countries; we are no longer going to do it ourselves.”

Tlalane Phahla

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