Thirty nine former players, including coaches from the LFA 3rd division completed a 3-day (April 16-18) CAF License D seminar held for the first time on the Tusa Field Sports pitch in Gardnersville.
Under the theme: “Helping to Develop Soccer in Liberia by Building the Capacity of Grassroot Coaches,” the seminar’s motto was “We Used to Play.”
The training was part of the Liberia Football Association Coaches Program, which officially began in 2010.
CAF Instructor and Educational Officer in Liberia, Coach Francis A. Tamba and the Deputy Technical Director of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Coach Kaetu Smith facilitated the lecture and administered tests.
The training was sponsored by Mustapha Raji, the President of LISCR FC and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gardnersville FC.
According to the Course Program, some of the topics included: Components and Methods of Coaching; Skill Development, Parts of Training Session, Laws of the Game, Warm-up Procedure, Three Moments of the Game, Training of Young Players, amongst others.
Each day was climaxed with practical demonstration of what was learned.
“The tests were theoretical and practical and we are checking the papers, so hopefully the results would be out today or tomorrow,” Coach Tamba said. “The smarter ones would apply for the C License which will probably be held in December.”
However, according to Coach Tamba, besides the D License, a holder of any of the licenses takes at least two years to be qualified and apply for further license.
“The two years enable the coach to practice or apply what he or she has learnt,” Coach Tamba said.
Meanwhile, all of the former players are members of Veteran Ablawoe, an organization which seeks the welfare of former players in the country.
Ablawoe, is Kru vernacular, meaning “We used to play.” The acting chairman is Richard Pratt, alias Onunu, a former left back of LISCR FC.