Africa: CAF Women Elite Instructors Get Up to Speed


The CAF Women Football Development Department has conducted a 5-day online refreshment course (February 14 to February 18, 2021) for their Elite Women Coaching Instructors across Africa.

Desiree Ellis, South African women national team head coach, did not hide her enthusiasm at the end of the work: “When the CAF Women’s strategy was launched and the Champions league was introduced, I was very excited and was looking forward to what was to come. The recent CAF Women Elite Instructor Online Course shows that Women’s football on the continent is on the rise. The expertise shared during this course was what is needed to take us to the next level. The talents on the continue will soon rise and shine. A big thank you to Meskerem, Safia [Abdel Dayem] and Raul [Chipenda] for their fantastic efforts in the Women’s Football department. “

Twenty (20) Women Coaching Instructors from 17 countries participated in this course held by videoconference.

The objective of the course was to touch-base with the instructors, update them on the current trends of women’s football and to develop their knowledge and experience.

For Meskerem Tadesse Goshime, Manager of CAF Women’s Football Department, “The course falls under CAFs objective to accelerate the growth of women’s game at all level. We have to adapt to the new normal and hold the course online”.

CAF and FIFA Instructors Fran Hilton Smith, Clementine Toure and Jaqueline Shipanga conducted the course with help of highly experienced guest speakers like Desiree Ellis, South African women national team head coach and two-time CAF African women’s football Coach of the Year.

The following topics have been covered in the course:

– WWC 2019 TSG and African Team Analysis

– South Africa 2019 FIFA WWC, Case Study

– Goal Keeping

– Player psychology

– Fitness training for female athletes

– Structure and programming technical components

– How to conduct course through CMS

Participants have also been assigned to six (6) groups and made presentation based on video analysis.

Pascal Zuberbuhler from the FIFA Technical Department and Dawn Scott, Senior Women’s Physical Performance Manager in the FA, also provided their expertise during the workshop.

And Meskerem Tadesse Goshine concluded with finesse: “It was great to see our instructors share their knowledge and experience and learn from the elites of the game. The instructors will go on to conduct CAF coaching courses in their respective member associations and across Africa”.

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