Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has urged local club owners to put their faith in local coaches after a historic weekend for South African coaches in CAF club competitions.
Mngqithi had words of praise for his fellow compatriots after South African-born coach, Morena Ramoreboli made history on Sunday by guiding Botswana's Jwaneng Galaxy to qualify for the CAF Champions League group stages for the first time in the club's history.
Galaxy beat African giants, Simba SC by 3-1 in a return leg in Tanzania to qualify for the continental competition's group stages on the away goals rule after a first-leg defeat by 2-0 in Gaborone.
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Ramoreboli now joins fellow South African coaches, Pitso Mosimane, Benni McCarthy and the Sundowns duo of Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena to qualify for the prestigious club tournament.
"It's exciting and very impressive to have so many teams competing in these inter-continental competitions who are coached by South African coaches," Mngqithi said.
"That on its own is encouraging and to have Botswana side Jwaneng Galaxy qualify, also coached by one of our own who managed to pull through in Tanzania against Simba, for me that was a big one.
"I think we need to congratulate our coaches when they are doing well.
"I think there is a significant improvement in the game from our South African coaches.
"One will wish our club owners can start looking around locally before they go out searching for imports because I believe we have so many coaches in our country that at the moment are jobless with some working at smaller teams, but only need an opportunity at the highest level.
"Even in the league, they are showing how many South African coaches are performing well in that space as we speak."
Alongside AmaZulu and Mamelodi Sundowns, both Orlando Pirates and Marumo Gallants also advanced to the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup.
This makes it five SA teams who have now either qualified or advanced to the next round of competition in the CAF club tournaments.