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Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thabo Senong has been accepted at the Johan Cruyff Institute

Posted: 12 February 2018 Time: 12:00

Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thabo Senong has been accepted to study abroad at the Johan Cruyff Institute in the Netherlands.

The national Under-20 coach will travel to Europe this weekend after he went through a tough application process.

During his time in the Netherlands, Senong will get to spend a few days with Thulani Serero’s Eredivisie side Vitesse to see how the coaches at the club do things. He believes this programme will help him become a better coach as it focuses more than just working on tactics.

“It has always been a dream for me to study abroad. I was accepted late last year. I went through some interviews, a very long intensive application process. The Johan Cruyff Institute diploma course is about maximising the potential of coaches, in terms of giving them intensive leadership skills so that they can succeed in man-management, in team building because football coaching has become a very complex job,” Senong tells

“Coaches have to be rounded because now it’s not just about tactics. I’ll also be spending two or three days with one professional club, Vitesse. I will watch their training and I will how coaches are doing their thing.

“The programme is divided into three blocks. One block is now in February, the second one is in June and the third one is in September.”

Senong, who took the national U-20 team to the FIFA World Cup in South Korea last year, has encouraged coaches to keep on educating themselves so that they last long in the game.

“I just feel as a coach I need to be a lifelong student of the game. This is a message I am sending to coaches to continue upgrading ourselves so that we stay longer in this tough industry,” he says.

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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