Pitso Mosimane was felicitated by the South African Football Association on Thursday as he became the first coach from these shores to receive his Confederation of African Football professional licence.
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Moziman studied for three years to earn his licence, including interruptions due to Covid-19, but now has a qualification equivalent to a UEFA A licence, which allows the former Mamelodi Sundowns, Bafana Bafana and Al Ahly coach to train anywhere in the world.
“This is quite a historic and important event in … South African football,” said Safa president Danny Jordan.
Moziman is currently without a team after leaving Ahly, with whom he won back-to-back Caffe Champions League titles earlier this year.
He is currently using his expertise to set up the Pitso Mosimane Football Schools, which also have Safa’s blessing, to improve football coaching within the South African education system.
“I had to get Safa’s blessing to understand how Safa works with schools. I’m just a technician, a guy on the field,” Moziman said.
“I go to the field to train the coaches to train the kids the right way. It’s important that they learn the basics of how things are … for me, the best place to go is school.”
“We all know the challenges of South African football, we may have talented players, but when you don’t have commitment, it’s always a problem,” added Mosimane.
“We don’t have the infrastructure that we have abroad, and our public schools don’t have the same infrastructure as private schools.
“The school I went to… in Soweto, we don’t have a field. As much as we talk about school sports and it sounds so good, how are you going to do it? Who will give me a pitch? Those are the challenges we have.”