'Locals must coach top clubs'
Kirsten Nematandani (Gallo)
Johannesburg - South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani says it is his wish to see South Africa's three biggest clubs managed by local coaches.
Nematandani was reacting to Sundowns announcement of their new coach Johan Neeskens on Tuesday, which means that all the country's three big clubs - Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns - are now in the hands of foreign coaches; something that has seemingly not sat well with the SAFA boss.
Ironically, the Confederation of African Football B Licence coaching course, which is the continent's highest coaching qualification, kicked off on Monday, June 27 and Nematandani, though not in many words, says he hopes the 26 local participants in the course and many others with the qualification such as Doctor Khumalo, would have an opportunity to coach Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns in future.
He said: "We hope with time sanity shall prevail and it is our wish to see local coaches taking over especially at the big clubs.
"We can't force it upon individual teams, because it is about choice but I do trust that the local coaches will prove a point as they go on.
"History notes that many of our local coaches have managed to win the league many times and it is our wish that all the major teams end up believing that local coaches have a role to play at their respective clubs. It is a matter of time I believe," he said.
Among the coaches taking part in the CAF B Licence course in Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg are the likes of former U23 assistant coach, Kenny Ndlazi.
The coaches that are attending the course hold the Level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications in South Africa, which is an equivalent to the CAF B coaching licence and CAF has sent an assessor to see if they are capable of being granted the CAF B Licence.