PSL Coaches and Club Licensing Conundrum


The recent shenanigans of PSL coaches not being allowed to sit on the bench for the continental tournaments, has painted our football in bad light.

According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Online Platform, the issue of coaches accreditation and standards normalization rest on the Club Licensing System. This system articulates that the global objectives of the Club Licensing Procedure was defined by FIFA during its Congress which was held in Munich in 2006.

FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG) will look at issues and happenings around the Club Licensing System with regards to coaches and coaching education.

1. Club Licensing and Coach Education

CAF demands that all clubs willing to participate in CAF Inter-clubs Competition must meet 5 of their basic requirements.

Central to the rules and regulations, is what is termed sporting requirement, that includes the minimum standard of coaches operating in CAF inter-competition. The rule states that a minimum CAF B License is needed to sit on the bench.

2. What has SAFA done?

The National Association (SAFA) through its Coaching Education has spearheaded a robust coaching programme to accelerate coaching qualifications. In his talk with Metro FM, Acting SAFA Technical Director and Head of Coaching Education, Frans Mogashoa, outlined the following:

• That the FA had communicated the coaching standard regulations to the PSL in 2006.

• CAF aligned coaches were delivered in South Africa

• A SAFA Pro License was completed for over 60 local coaches, even before CAF had begun the top level course

• SAFA have enough coaches with both CAF B and A qualifications

3. John Maduka, Gavin Hunt and Josef Zinnbauer dilemma

The coaches of Kaizer Chiefs, Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates were not allowed to lead their respective teams in the CAF Inter-Club competitions. Maduka has no CAF standard license, whilst Hunt and Zinnbauer have European/EUFA coaching qualifications.

In their defence, SAFA has optimized the coaching opportunities for all local and international coaches in SA. Coaches like Ian Gorowa and Kaitano Tembo, who are expatriates have all been trained by the national football body.

Still, the association and CAF have asked Hunt and Zinnbauer to make submissions to have their EUFA qualifications accepted to CAF standards.

4. Pitso’s CAF endorsement

The reigning Caf Champions League and triple cup winner in SA and Egypt, Pitso Mosimane is a remarkable example of the strength of SAFA and CAF Coaching qualifications. As the recipient of SAFA Pro License, Mosimane has gone on to achieve great thanks in coaching, including 2 Caf Champions League medals.

His early coaching initiation and crafting, was orchestrated by the SAFA Coaching Education, under numerous local instructors and mentors. Although he had coaching trips in Holland at Feyenoord and educational stint with Periodisation expert, Raymond Verheijen and Coaching Professor, Foppe de Haan, Mosimane came back home and joined the CAF Pro License brigade.

5. Way forward

• All coaches in the PSL without the Caf B and A licenses must be given a grace time of 2 years to acquire their qualifications

• The Uefa Licenses can only be converted/ accepted in the African continent if they are going to convert/accept the CAF licenses too

• Clubs need to respect the CAF governance protocols in terms of CAF Licensing Procedures.

By FARPost Technical Study Group

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