PSL coaches snub Safa indaba

2012-01-28 15:49

What was billed as Safa’s big technical seminar turned out to be a damp squib as only one PSL coach attended the two-day symposium.

Only Moroka Swallows coach Gordon Igesund attended the workshop in Sandton intended to map the way forward for South African football.

Bidvest Wits coach Roger de Sa said he could not attend as he only received the invitation on Wednesday, but was quick to point out that his assistant Eric Tinkler had attended.

“It was at too short notice for me as I had other engagements,” said De Sa.

Jomo Sono, who said he was overseeing Jomo Cosmos’ under-12 trials yesterday, refused to comment on his absence.

Some participants were not convinced by the proceedings and thought the event was a waste of time.

They said the symposium turned out to be a flop and showed that Safa was not able to flex its muscle as football infighting was taking a toll on the game.

“It was disappointing that only Safa coaches attended. I thought all the coaches were invited. We have to support our country’s initiatives and it would have been good to see all South African coaches taking part.

None of the coaches from the Free State turned up,” said one administrator.

The source said he expected to see coaches coming to express their views on South African soccer as they deal with players on a daily basis.

“Most of the national team players come from Pirates and Sundowns, but none of them was there. This was the opportunity to hear what they think of us and our players. They are best placed to give neutral information, not all the junior coaches who were there.”

Another said when delegates were asked to give their assessment of South African football, the flip chart of comments was dominated by weaknesses rather than positives.

However, Safa head of communication Dominic Chimhavi dismissed the suggestion that the event did not live up to expectations. “We invited all the PSL clubs but who they send is out of our hands. Some have come in person while others sent representatives. The issue of late invitations is a non-issue as most of the coaches are here. So it’s neither here nor there,” said Chimhavi.

The workshop was well-attended by junior coaches and former players.

They included former Bafana players Doctor Khumalo, Tinkler, Neil Tovey, Phil Masinga, John Tlale, Andre Arendse, Ian Palmer, Augustine Makalakane and Zimbabwean Ian Gorowa.

National team coaches Pitso Mosimane, Shakes Mashaba and Solly Luvhengo were also in attendance.

According to Safa the symposium was an internal workshop meant to gather South Africa’s top 200 coaches, including their current and former national coaches, PSL and National First Division coaches, all Level 3 Coaches, veterans, and grassroots as well as football development specialists in order to chart a way forward for SA football.

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