As the news filtered around that a massive 12 local coaches will be barking instructions for 16 PSL clubs as the 2017/18 season got underway last week, one couldn’t be happier.
Since its inception 20 years ago, The PSL seems to finally recognize the input of local coaches with only four foreign coaches filling the other slots. And for the first time, club bosses and the country’s soccer fraternity seems to finally realize that local coaches are the way to go.
Only Orlando Pirates, Bloemfontein Celtic, Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars are led by outsiders and that ratio is great news to up and coming coaches who some years ago, they never thought that a scenario like this would play itself out.
Football is result-oriented and with club bosses seeking to claim the PSL status at all costs, the need for development cannot be overshadowed.
And having been in soccer for decades and producing decent coaches who made their names in local football like Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thabo Senong, Lucky Shibury GK coach Iam palmer and Tebogo Moloi among others, we have talent in abundance.
And with young coaches like Benni Mc Carthy of Cape Town City, impressive Fladu Davids of Maritzburg United Clinton Larsen in Golden Arrows chalking out wins, away notably in their first official league matches as coaches, the road look promising.
Who can forget Polokwane City’s Bernard Molekwa who also steal a point in his capacity as head coach against Baroka FC in the Limpopo derby.
The road will be long and treacherous with some coaches likely to be fired, something coaches lives with, but there’s no doubt that local coaches are on the right direction and it is the God-fathers of coaching like myself, Shakes Mashaba and Clive Barker to mention but a few to guide and protect them and they are our future stars.
And with local coaches on board, the need for youngsters to be given a chance to shine is there.
The time for our league to be mushroomed by foreign coaches whom some of them failed dismally has ended and this should be great news heading into the new season But also good coaches from outside come and make successfully records and is very good when come to South Africa and make a lot of contribution to the local football like Steward Baxter to mention only one but others coaches also did a great job is important to recognize that coaches from outside come to South Africa and working very hard.
See you next week to share the beautiful game