Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi praises CAF for introducing Pro Licence
Posted: 22 October 2018 Time: 17:00
Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi is delighted to see that CAF have finally introduced a Pro Licence coaching course, but says they are running things at a slow pace.
For long the UEFA Pro Licence has been the qualification local coaches have been made to aspire to, but the introduction of the CAF Pro Licence has changed the game for coaches on the continent who have been sitting with CAF A licences.
Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane is one of a select few who have been invited by CAF to do the Pro Licence course. He was in Morocco during the international break to do the second last of the eight modules.
The Pro License is the highest qualification for football coaches and is part of the progressive logic for those who have already passed the CAF C, B and A licenses. There are eight modules and they run during the FIFA breaks.
"No words can explain what it means, not only to me, but to most Africans because it has always made us look a little inferior to our counterparts. Because when a plumber comes with a [UEFA] Pro Licence in our country he would earn so much respect, you know," Mngqithi said.
"It has always been that challenge and most South African coaches have retired and they have never seen it, so it is something that we must appreciate and also wish that it continues because there are a lot of things in Africa that start very well but they don't continue."
Mngqithi says it's unfortunate coaches such as Shakes Mashaba and Clive Barker did not get the opportunity to do their Pro Licences.
"Football education is important. A Pro Licence is like Christmas for us. I am 47 and it's the first time I am hearing there is a Pro Licence. Can you imagine what happened to Bra Shakes. Clive Barker never got the opportunity to see it. So it's important to appreciate the steps CAF is taking, but I think they are a little bit slow."