Twenty two CAF License B coaches have completed the highest achievement that will enable them improve on Liberian football.
They have completed a one-month course of intensive CAF License A coaching seminar that ends today, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
Those who emerge successfully will subsequently receive License A Certificates from CAF’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
According to CAF Education Officer Francis Tamba, the acquisition of CAF License A Certificate gives the holder the opportunity to improve on local football as well as providing him the chance to ply his coaching career elsewhere in Africa.
“It is the requirement that CAF has established to enable such coaches to be able to coach elite clubs either at home or elsewhere,” he said.
He noted that with the knowledge gained from the one-month course, the coaches are now in the position to assist the Liberian Football Association to improve the quality of football in the country.
Nigerian Kasimwo Pius Laloko used one week to assess the coaches’ proficiency in the rudiments of the game, through written, oral and physical training and presentations and a written test and he told the Daily Observer yesterday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium that the coaches have demonstrated great enthusiasm for the vocation.
“I wish them well in the pursuit of their career to develop not only Liberian football but African football,” CAF Assessor Laloko said.
Laloko added that the 22 coaches went through three weeks preparation, (from June 1) under CAF Instructors Francis Tamba, Henry Brown and Kaetu Smith.
“The last one week is being used to assess the coaches, as well as let them take tests and the results will be sent to CAF,” he noted.
Lolako said, “It will be up to them to justify their achievement to help Liberia and Africa.”
Participant Coach Gabriel Johns (LPRC-Oilers) said: “The one-month seminar gave me the best method to do everything for a team and as a manager and I am grateful to the Liberia Football Association for the course.”
Johns said he and his colleagues now have the responsibility to bring life into Liberian football.
Coach Kennedy Musu (IE) said, “It’s been a great course because we learnt a lot about elite team preparation.”
“License A is the highest and there are few African countries whose coaches have achieved this level,” said Lucretius Togba (LPRC-Oilers), “we learned about physiology, anatomy, food nutrition, among others. We are ready to assume the highest coaching responsibility in Liberia.”
Coach Jenkins Doe (Small Town International), said “The course has been educative and we have learned how to better prepare our players to a level that can bring results.”
“It was the first of its kind and we are grateful to the LFA for the opportunity. Now Liberia has qualified coaches that can handle top teams as well as national teams and we need the chance to prove ourselves,” said Coach Hazel Gray.
Coach Benjamin Seedee said “We are now prepared to coach and develop Liberian football and we need the opportunity.”