Ex-players get lifeline

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The trade union is organising the clinics in conjunction with the Tourism Hospitality and Sport Education Training Authority (Theta).

SAFPU media officer Elvis Sekgobela says the next coaching clinics will be held at the end of the month in the Northern Cape, while the programme will come to a close in October in the Free State.

Former players, ex-Kaizer Chiefs defender Jacob Tshisevhe and Mamelodi Sundowns star striker Bennett Masinga, are among coaching hopefuls that attended recent clinics conducted by experienced coaches Paradise Moeketsi and Farouk Khan in Rustenburg.

“The partnership is aimed at empowering former players who want to take coaching as a career,” Sekgobela says.

“Seasoned coaches Paradise Moeketsi and Farouk Khan are conducting the coaching clinics aimed at exposing young players to modern coaching methods and empowering ex-professional players who want to take up coaching as a career,” says Sekgobela.

“Sapfu is very happy with the number of ex-players who attended the workshop and the invaluable contribution they have made towards the success of the workshops so far.”

The recent coaching clinics attracted more than 500 school kids from around Klerksdorp and Rustenburg.

Meanwhile, Thetha is also in partnership with Safa in an ongoing programme aimed at developing the administrative and technical skills of football officials in 52 Safa regions throughout the country.

The pilot project ends on Sunday.

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