Former Basetsana coach Sheryl Botes appointed as a CAF Instructor


Former head coach of the SA U20 Women’s National Team (Basetsana), Sheryl Botes, has been appointed a CAF Instructor.

This comes after she recently completed her CAF Women Instructor of Instructors training.

In a statement, the football governing body on the continent had this to say:

“CAF is delighted to announce that you have successfully completed your Women Instructor of Instructor training. This letter is an official document appointing you as the Regional B (COSAFA region) Instructor. During this time you will be called to carry out tasks at local level, to participate in refresher Women courses, to participate in CAF Women activities.”

Botes is currently the Head Coach of the SAFA Girls Soccer Academy based at the High Performance Centre (HPC), in Pretoria.

“It is a great achievement and I am so honoured to have been appointed as a CAF Instructor. I am so excited about the appointment – it allows me to share my knowledge and experience with all the players and coaches in the country especially in Woman’s Football,” said Botes.

She becomes only the second South African woman instructor of instructors after Fran Hilton-Smith.

“It is about making a difference and seeing the growth in Woman’s football. Being part of CAF, in itself, is about rubbing shoulders with the best on the continent,” added Botes.

“Yes, currently it is only myself and Fran, but I can promise you that there are more South African Coaches coming through the ranks.  We have an abundance of knowledgeable female coaches in the country.”

But unfortunately she will not be assigned duties anytime soon as all football activities have come to a complete stop due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc around the world… and she had this message.

“My fellow South Africans, for the past few weeks we have been faced with daunting challenges, and I know if we continue to respect the regulations and restrictions set by our government, we as a nation, can get through this. Let us continue and fight to slow down the spread of the virus and reduce further infections. Let us continue to wash our hands (sanitize), wear masks and keep our social distances. We shall survive this.  We are a strong nation,” she said.

As a CAF Instructor, Botes will be required to conduct Coaching Courses in the whole COSAFA Region but she will not be lost to the HPC.

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