Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp believes South African coaches have the capabilities to go and coach in leagues such as the English Premier League.
Middendorp is amongst several foreign coaches currently coaching in the Premier Soccer League that have created huge debate over clubs’ decisions to demote local tacticians in recent weeks and months, with respected figures such as Pitso Mosimane having also weighed in.
Orlando Pirates, meanwhile, have also recently demoted budding young coach Rhulani Mokwena in favour of another German coach Josef Zinnbauer, meaning the Soweto Derby will now be a rivalry influenced by the same foreign nation.
But the Chiefs mentor refused to entertain the rivalry, insisting that coaching is not limited by nationality while also vouching for South Africans to soon start plying their trade abroad.
“I’m not really [sentimental about two German coaches in the Soweto Derby]. It’s nice, but as coaches we are global players, and it doesn’t matter if I’m South African or German or Zambian or Zimbabwean – we have such coaches here in the PSL,” said Middendorp.
“We are global players and it will happen shortly – I’m 100 percent convinced about it – that coaches from South Africa will coach in other countries and other leagues worldwide. It’s a normal procedure.
“There’s also no stopping qualified coaches from South Africa going outside to another continent and coaching – being part of the technical team.
“I see a lot of coaches coming up, and not only specifically in the goalkeeping area or analysis area, or being an assistant coach but, I think on the way to being very capable and very qualified with licences to being picked up in the British environment. This will open the space.”