CAF gets tough on coaches

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will institute a licensing system which will force coaches to fulfil some criteria before coaching in Africa.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will institute a licensing system which will force coaches to fulfil some criteria before coaching in Africa.

The rules, to be introduced by next year, mean all professional coaches must hold either a management diploma or a Pro Licence coaching certificate.

Abdel Moneim Hussein, development director of the African football governing body, said the new system is aimed at weeding out ill-equipped coaches in Africa.

"Many coaches in Africa are now working haphazardly with their own experience and talent but this is not right," Hussein told BBC Sport.

"Without these licences nobody can approach the clubs or national teams to be a coach in any part of Africa in future.

"Coaches in Africa must pass an exam to have a licence before coaching at any level in Africa.

"We will work jointly with the federations across Africa to ensure that this is successful."

Several countries in Europe require coaches to hold either a management diploma or a Uefa Pro Licence coaching certificate before taking charge of a team. - BBC

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