Coach Kagisho ‘Spakes’ Matile’s CAF level A certificate took seven years to land in his hands since it was officially awarded in 2015 when Issa Hayatou was still president of the continental football control organ.
The South African Football Association (Safa) has lauded Galeshewe based football development coach Kagisho “Spakes” Matile for being awarded a Confederation of African Football a level A coaching licence with Safa vice-president Gladwin White on Monday handing Matile his coaching accreditation.
This is yet another feather in Matile’s cap. He was recently honoured by his former team Kimberley Boys High FC with colours.
Matile’s CAF level A certificate took seven years to land in his hands since it was officially awarded in 2015 when Issa Hayatou was still president of the continental football control organ.
White said that CAF had called Safa to explain where the certificate had been all these years. “Apparently the certificate was held up in their system and it was only recently that the certificate came to light when they ran an audit through their system,” White said.
He said he found it prudent to hand over the certificate personally to Matile and to convey his office’s support for the work that the coach does.
So important is the level A certificate in continental football that current Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler, who does not have the accreditation, cannot officiate and guide his team at CAF sanctioned competitions even though he successfully coached the team to that level.
The result is that Tinkler will have to sit out in the stands while somebody else who is accredited with CAF takes charge of his team during CAF competitions.
The same applies to John Maduka who has opted to swap teams. Maduka in mid June abandoned the title winning Royal AM FC for Maritzburg United who only play Premier Soccer League matches.
Maduka had qualified Royal AM for the CAF championships when he ended the local league season in third spot.