Speaking at the SAFCA Media briefing in Johannesburg where he was flanked by his fellow colleagues in Professor Ted Dumitru, Coach Sudesh Singh and Coach Sam Mbatha; Palacios said the unity and cooperation of coaches from amateur to professionals will help the process of correcting the wrongs in our coaching education and the implementation of such syllabus.
- Destabilising effect on players’ training and performance as the key principle of continuity is denied. Approximately 3000 hours of continuous training are required to implement a competitive playing philosophy in any club’s coaching approach.
- It becomes impossible to implement any relevant playing philosophy
- High performance objectives become unachievable
- Coaching instability leads to players’ instability because any new or short term coaches targets a different type of players and it is highly detrimental to young players.
- Constant damage is done to all national teams due to inconsistent selection, confusing styles and instable performances
- Convene a national technical conference to fix the wrongs
- Immediate implementation and execution of the National Playing Philosophy (NPP)
- Provide Refresher courses and workshops for professional coaches as a matter of urgency, the seminars will be based on advanced inputs from SAFCA’S research and innovations
- Regularise the Club Licensing operations
- Enforce the code of conduct through SAFCA
- Engage the media to promote a unitary approach to the coaching development based on the NPP
- In the meeting with SAFA it was acknowledged that only SAFA as the technical authority can approve coaching courses and youth development programs that are offered outside the SAFA structures
- All those foreign based initiatives must provide SAFA with the content of their syllabus for approval.
- The content of training and coaching offered through foreign initiatives has to be defined and guided by the South African NPP.
- There are multitude of biological, cultural and environmental factors that impose a different approach to youth development in South Africa as compared for example to European concepts; (different maturation rate, different natural attributes and limitations (mental, physical and football specifics, different mentality regarding performance in football, climate/altitude factors, etc.)
There is a wide spread perception that the high increase of foreign football interest in SA youth coaching is actually a disguised from of international hunt campaign exacerbated by the critical shortage of exceptional young players at the top of international football. The exorbitant fees that are charged are also a major concern for SAFCA.
Based on the above, SAFCA strongly propose a full investigation of all foreign youth coaching projects that are currently and indiscriminately operating in South Africa.