Ex-Bafana defender explains coaching licence frustrations

Johannesburg – Former Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns defender Mathew Booth has revealed his frustrations at trying to start his coach education in South Africa. The centre-back hung his boots in 2014 after a good career.

Booth started his journey to coaching with a Confederation of African Football ‘D’license with SAFA three years ago but has not been able to build on that.

He says he is now forced to do his qualification in Namibia.

SAFA has run their coaching licences through CAF but has postponed recent courses as they seek to earn parity with Europe’s (UEFA) coaching licences. Booth will now have to do a course directly through UEFA in Windhoek.

“I did my CAF D licence about three years ago, and SAFA halted everything,” Booth said.

“Apparently CAF was trying to negotiate with UEFA to make the CAF license equal to the UEFA one, and this has taken a number of years.

“SAFA has stopped all CAF A, B, and C license while that happened. Recently they’ve just resumed, and I’ve tried to get on the list.

“But I’m tired of having to chase people, almost as if you’re asking for favours when in actual fact it should be a natural progression.”


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