Following an intense and knowledgeable 10-days of a CAF C License course through the SAB League Skills Camp, a total of 46 coaches are ready to go back home and implement their newly acquired coaching skills. This after the South African Breweries in partnership with the South African Football Association (SAFA) concluded the SAB League Skills Camp coaching course held at the High Performance Centre from 4 February to 14 February.
Coaches from all corners of South Africa in the SAB League were invited for a CAF C License accredited coaching certificate to further up-skill their coaching abilities within the SAB League. Facilitated by some of the continent’s most recognised coaching instructors such as Steve Coetsee, coaches were taken through the most recent and impactful methods of effective coaching.
Also in attendance was the head coach of the South African U20 Men’s National Team, Thabo Senong, who took a break from preparing his side for the upcoming AFCON U20 tournament to also share his knowledge of coaching at the highest level. The Soweto-born coach is also a proud graduate of the SAB League having coached Pimville Young Tigers where he started his coaching career.
"As a proud graduate of the SAB League, I applaud SAB for investing in such a programme. This will go a long way in contributing to football development as there is a number of talented players in the country who need guidance by qualified and skilled coaches who go through such programmes." said Senong.
Northern Cape-based coach, Freddie Oliphant who is preparing his club, United Rovers for an all-important fixture in the Nedbank Cup against Jomo Cosmos, hailed SAB and SAFA for making an effort of empowering coaches at development level with such programmes and believes his recently acquired skills may possibly make a difference to his team’s performance in the Nedbank Cup.
"It has been quite a gruesome but knowledgeable two weeks of training. Through such coaching programmes, we can be assured that the South African football talent can be properly identified and developed by coaches who are adequately skilled and trained to nurture and groom young talent. As I go back home to prepare for the Nedbank Cup, I am confident as a coach and trust that this experience will also rub onto my players." said Oliphant.
The SAB League Skills Camp CAF C License course was an extension to the 2016 edition of the Skills Camp where 52 SAFA regional coordinators and 30 Match Officials were accredited with a Sports Administration Certificate and SAFA Level 4 Match Officials certificate respectively.