Serame Letsoaka wants to see South African coaches spreading their wings
Posted: 18 June 2018 Time: 17:50
Serame Letsoaka has encouraged local coaches to look for employment outside the country.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars coach has been employed by the Botswana Football Association as their technical director for the next three years and he’d like to see more coaches taking the same route.
Letsoaka, a former technical director for the South African Football Association, says there were two offers for him locally, but he turned them down to take on a challenge outside the country.
Letsoaka is concerned that coaches are only focused on working in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the National First Division (NFD). That’s 32 clubs for coaches to compete for jobs, while there are thousands of coaches – both qualified and aspiring – in the country.
“If we are looking at the number of coaches we are generating in South Africa, an eighth of those coaches are employed and what happens to the others?” Letsoaka asks.
“Most of the coaches, the highest qualified coaches, they don’t want to coach in the schools and in the ABC Motsepe League. They want to see themselves coaching in the higher levels.”
He adds: “There are so many of us coaches in the country and the cake is so small, so it’s not everybody who will get a chance to coach in the First Division and the PSL. It’s important that we try to spread our wings. Our coaches cannot only be looking at the PSL and the NFD.”