SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
FOOTBALL legend Kalusha Bwalya says the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is eager to improve qualifications of coaches on the continent so that they could compete with their counterparts in Europe.
Kalusha said in an interview on QFM’s soccer chat on Monday that there is need for African coaches to be knowledgeable about the game.
The CAF technical and development committee chairman said upgrading coaches’ qualifications is vital to the development of football on the continent.
“Good football administrative skills are vital to the development of football in Africa. My committee will soon be organising courses and seminars for administrators, coaches and instructors across the continent.
“It is only good administrators and football instructors that will improve the standard of football in Africa. We need coaches who can improve the technical aspect of the game on the continent,” Kalusha said.
He said CAF will engage other confederations on how best to harmonise coaching qualifications.
Kalusha said a CAF A coaching licence must be at the same level with qualifications from across the globe like the UEFA A licence.
“As a continent, we should not lag behind. The game has improved so much, we are competing with Asia, Europe and South America. But a CAF A coaching licence must be at the same level with any qualification from across the globe.
“Our coaches must be trained rightly for them to find jobs anywhere in the world. We should emulate UEFA, who are setting high standards and, as Africans, we must let them know that we have competent coaches and instructors,” he said.
The 1988 African-footballer-of-the-year also said investment in grassroots football is an important cog in the development of the game.
And Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga has congratulated Kalusha on his appointment as CAF technical and development committee chairperson.
Kamanga is attending the CAF Extraordinary General Assembly in Manama, Bahrain, with his deputy Rix Mweemba and general secretary Ponga Liwewe.
Kamanga, in a statement, said the congress was successful and covered a wide range of football matters.
Meanwhile, Kalusha has tipped the under-20 national team to excel at the FIFA South Korea World Cup.
“It is a big task for the coach [Beston Chambeshi] to come up with a good tactical play in the competition. Zambia has the best team that we have not seen in the last 20 years.
“I see the team reaching the knock-out phase of the competition. I expect a lot of good football from the team,” he said.