World renowned coach and former footballer, Johan Neeskens commended leading sport betting company, Betway, for leading the way in making a difference in communities in South Africa.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns coach spoke on Day 4 of the 12th Man SAFA/KNVB coaching course currently underway in Johannesburg. The five-day Workshop marks the fourth module of the groundbreaking programme which will see 10 selected legends being equipped with new skills and information to not only improve their chances of employment, but also make a meaningful difference in their respective communities.
Neeskens, who has been sharing his wealth of playing and coaching experience with the legends said the initiative was exactly what most Africans countries needed; getting more legends involved in football structures.
“Unlike any other industry, football requires people who are not only qualified to manage it but people who have the passion and dedication to run it. 12th Man’s efforts with the legends is something that needs to be sustained and maintained so former footballers can contribute, both on and off the field” said Neeskens.
The now retired coach also reiterated the importance of the different courses that the legends undertook earlier this year, saying that their newly acquired skills would complement their coaching qualification.
“I am even more excited about the other qualifications the legends obtained throughout this year, which in my opinion will complement this coaching qualification. Skills for Club Administration, Financial Management and Broadcast Training are all key components of modern football which coaches need to empower themselves and their players. Well done to the organizers of this initiative.”
The fourth day of the workshop will see the coaches spending most of their time on the field in preparation for their finals assessments which will be in the form of a football festival where they will be required to set up various training drills and stations.