13 November 2023 – The CAF A License Coaching course began on Monday morning at the South African Football Association’s (SAFA) Headquarters in Nasrec, where the 25 accepted coaches attended and immediately swung into action.

SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan welcomed the participants and said it was an honour for the Association to be hosting this course after such a long time. He wished them the best of luck on this journey and pleaded with them to make the best of this opportunity.

SAFA Technical Director Walter Steenbok hosted the first session of the day, which was very interactive. The session touched on the playing philosophy of South Africa, and how best the elite coaches could work together to improve the standard of football development for the betterment of the national teams.

FIFA Talent Coach Julian Villar- Aragon Exposito presented the FIFA Talent Development Scheme, and he also spoke about his role in South Africa over the next two years.

“FIFA has attached talent coaches like myself to member associations all over the world. Our role is to study football in each country at development level, and work on strategies to assist the member associations to reach their objectives,” said Exposito.

“I have been in South Africa for only two months and I am very excited at the talent I have already seen.”

The CAF A course will run over four phases in the next eight months, with the first phase running until 20 November 2023.

The following coaches are now on their way to attaining their CAF A Diploma

  1. Alliance Kubayi
  2. Alex Zondi
  3. Emanuel Nyathi
  4. Boebie Solomons
  5. Michael Manzini
  6. Moses Weah
  7. Dennis Makinka
  8. Eric Tinkler
  9. Gavin Hunt
  10. Godfrey Sapula
  11. Grant de Smidt
  12. Jabulani Mendu
  13. Kabelo Malapane
  14. Lunga Ngwane
  15. Marcus Mashilo
  16. Monde Hlatshwayo
  17. Nkosana Mabhena
  18. Pogiso Makhoye
  19. Johannes Masilo
  20. Steve Barker
  21. Tiro Van Rooyen
  22. Tlisane Motaung
  23. Thulani Mthimkulu
  24. Wesley Sergel
  25. Zane Ryklief