With only two days before the CAF Confederation Cup final between Orlando Pirates and Moroccan side RS Berkane takes place at the Godswill Akpabio International stadium in Uyo, Nigeria on Friday, Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach Arthur Zwane has sent his well wishes to the Bucs coaching duo of Orlando Pirates Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids.

There is no doubt that Al Ahly head coach and South Africa’s most successful football coach Pitso Mosimane has paved the way for his fellow countrymen on the big stage. And now Zwane says Ncikazi and Davids, are representing the aspirations of hundreds of young coaches in this country.

“Look, I’m proud of them, I’m happy for them, it good for South African football. We just hope that they win the Cup for the Country because we want them to grow, we want them to help others, also other clubs to start believing their own you know, we have a lot quality coaches in this country we just have to embrace them.

“We just have to make sure we make them understand as well that football is a 24hour profession, and coaching is a life style.

“So if as a country we done this lets say 10-years back I can imagine, maybe the country will at a different level when it comes to producing good coaches because if you not gotta produce good coaches you not gonna produce good players as well” said Zwane.

The South African footballing environment has not been kind to young, qualified and capable coaches. With some club owners often going for cheaper route type of unqualified coaches that they can control and to an extent friends or family members. It is one of the reasons why some of these clubs are now battling relegation. Zwane said, Ncikazi and Davids are top quality coaches, with good qualifications and deserve to return home with the gold medal.

Unlike some former players who are being fast tracked into coaching at the highest level with no qualifications, there has been a clear pathway with the likes of Zwane, Ncikazi, Davids, Brandon Truter and other young coaches who are coming through the system. They have worked in the amateur ranks, development structures did their badges and Zwane says they are now reaping the rewards.

“All these coaches will start obviously like us that you go to the development and find your way up. You go through the stages, work with different age groups, learn and understand the game even more better, get the information know who you are what is your strength and weaknesses as a coach. Don’t be a coach just because you stopped playing yesterday and you see coaching now as for survival, that’s the mistake we’ve done in the past as a country” Amakhosi mentor added.

By Velile Mnyandu

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