Safca plans to expand football coaching skills program across South Africa – SABC News

The quest to rid local football of harmful foreign coaching methodologies and inculcate a unitary coaching methodology has gotten off to a good start. That’s according to South African Football Coaches Association (Safca) sporting director Sudesh Singh.

Singh was speaking on the final day of the 10-day Safca NQF Level 4 Football Coaching Skills Program at the Alexandra Stadium in Johannesburg.

The pilot project was organized in partnership with the Education and Training Authority of the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector (Cathseta) and coaches from different backgrounds trained in football development, among others.

“Decolonizing Coach Education”

Singh says it was a huge success. “This pilot project has been an undeniable success, an African first in the decolonization of coach education, but also and above all the accreditation of this locally designed content by Cathsetta which gives it an academic qualification, in this case NQF 4.

He says they now hope to expand the pilot project into a national project to have a much bigger impact in revolutionizing football development in the country.

“We now hope that in partnership with Cathsetta we can grow this and expand this game-changing project nationwide as others stand to benefit from this content which is a crucial ingredient in the progress of South African football.”

Safca lamented the inability of local national teams to compete at international level, which will be marked next month by the absence of Bafana Bafana from the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, having failed to qualify for the quadrennial football extravaganza.

Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Manqoba Ngwenya, former Bloemfontein Celtic striker and former Banyana Banyana player Noria Pinky Matjekane, among others, were among the coaches present and came away with an NQF 4 qualification.

According to the statement released by Safca, correcting football at the developmental level will go a long way to correcting many wrongs in the local game.

Safca strongly believes that the problems facing South African football at international level and the failure to produce players capable of competing in the top leagues in the world are only a reflection of the structures and ideals that develop players. in the country,” reads the statement in part.

“Safca believes that with proper guidance at youth level by qualified coaches, most of the problems in local football would be solved.”

Search for partners

The Football Coaching Corps, a special member of the South African Football Association, said it was looking for more partners in the project.

“As well as Cathsetta, we are looking at partnering with like-minded companies and institutions to minimize costs and make it accessible to as many local coaches as possible. We are also targeting former professional players, men and women), to empower and develop them as they make a smooth transition into coaching,” says Singh.

Earlier in the week, other experts such as Football League (PSL) doctor Dr Lervasen Pillay, SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi and coach of the SAFA referees Albert Maphutse, among others, presented various topics.

Mngqithi says South African players already have special qualities, but need to work on developing technical skills to take on the world.

Hunt says that for South African football to succeed, everyone must believe in a unified philosophy of play.