CAF Courses for Women Coaches

A total of 100 participants from 65 African countries have been undergoing two intensive Confederation of African Football (CAF) Courses in Sandton, Johannesburg. The CAF Continental Administration and Women Coaches Instructors Courses are taking place at Balalaika Hotel, 20 Maud Street, Sandton.

The Administration Course for 42 French and English-Speaking countries is being run between 28 – 31 October 2007, while the Anglophone Women Coaches for the 23 English-speaking countries is being run between 28 October and 4 November 2007. All the participants are accommodated at the Garden Court in Sandton.

The CAF Courses are part of the New CAF Assistance Programme known as “Contract with Africa”.  CAF’s new Development Policy is to concentrate on training Instructors at the highest level to ensure cascade of knowledge transfer from CAF development centres down to the grassroots in all corners of the continent.

The Instructors working through their National Associations are expected to assist towards improving professionalism in our African Administrators, and level of coaching and the quality of Coaches throughout the continent.

The panelists for the Administration Course are:
  • Mr. Abdel Moneim Hussein: CAF Director Football Development Division
  • Ms. Nevine Tahseen: CAF Manager of Course Programme
  • Mr. Ashford Mamelodi: CAF Instructor and FIFA Development Officer
  • Mr. Mahmoud Hammami: Member of CAF Finance Committee, Chairman of Tunisia Finance Committee and CAF Instructor
  • Mr. Raymond Hack: Chairman of CAF Disciplinary Committee and SAFA CEO
  • Mr. Ian Riley: Member of CAF Media Committee and FIFA Instructor

Presentations and practicals for the Women’s Course will be conducted by:
  • Abdel Moneim Hussein: CAF Technical Director
  • Fran Hilton-Smith (SA): FIFA and CAF Instructor
  • Ben Koufie (Ghana): CAF Technical Committee
  • Ulrich Mathiot (Seychelles): CAF Instructor
  • Guest presentation: Serame Letsoaka (SA) CAF Instructor.

Topics for lectures will be specific to women’s football. “This long awaited course will be invaluable to the development of women’s football, as all countries can share their ideas, problems and plan the way forward to uplift women’s football in Africa.

“Women’s football in Africa is still a sleeping giant in world football and lack of competition and infrastructure, amongst others, has hampered teams from becoming world champions,” said Fran Hilton-Smith, the General Manager of Women Football in South Africa, who is also a FIFA and CAF Instructor.

The official opening ceremony of the two courses was done on Monday, 29 October 2007 at Balalaika Hotel. The ceremony included the welcoming of guests and participants by Kirsten Nematandani – SAFA Executive Member and National Chairman of Referees Committee; an address by Abdel Moneim Hussein – CAF’s Director of Administration; and an address by Barbara Creecy – the Gauteng MEC of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation.

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