The Senegalese coach of Guinean club Horoya, Lamine Ndiaye, will now be able to sit on the bench during his team’s next matches in African competitions. For nearly a year and a half, the Senegalese technician, winner of the Champions League with TP Mazembe, was deprived of it for lack of an A license.
The story begins with new rules imposed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which now requires the CAF A license or the UEFA Pro license to sit on the bench in African competitions. Lamine Ndiaye, who only has the UEFA A License, may not be on Horoya’s bench despite his experience and his record in Africa, with in particular on his CV a CAF Champions League, a CAF Super Cup and a place of finalist at the Club World Cup in 2010.
The former Senegal Lions coach is cautious, even more so when the Senegalese Football Federation “forgets” to put him on the list of coaches to whom it grants the famous license. Ndiaye will therefore have to go through France to obtain the Professional Football Coach Certificate (BEPF) thanks to a Validation of Acquired Experience (VAE) and thus win the famous sesame. Phew!
Lamine Ndiaye, more than twenty years as a coach in Africa but you had to go back to school a bit to be able to sit on a bench during African competitions…
Yes, there was no other solution, I had to apply for a VAE. It lasted 5 months, fortunately I was accompanied by an expert in the development of international sports projects, Mr. Hugo Sanudo. This allowed me to see friends again and get back into the swing of things. It was a kind of revision, I had to restore the experience that I had during my more than 25 years of career. Anyway when you are a coach, you always have to stay in tune so as not to be dropped. Football moves so fast.
Do you feel this diploma is something that will open other doors for you or a simple way to comply with CAF requirements?
It’s mainly to put me in order with what was asked knowing that the people of CAF have exaggerated a little. In every rule, there are exceptions. When someone plays a competition (editor’s note : the African Champions League), that he wins this competition and reaches the semi-finals several times, it is logical to think that this person has the skills required to officiate at this level. They went a little too far I think. If I had known 20 years ago that I would be asked to do this in Africa, I would have done it naturally. The paradox is that there are quite a few coaches today on the African benches, whom I trained myself. I trained some in Cameroon, in the Congo…
How did you experience this deprivation »?
Finding yourself deprived of a bench overnight is confusing. You should also know that if I wanted to pass the CAF A license, I would have had to start all over again. You realize ? It is very commendable to want to harmonize as in Europe where the Spanish diploma allows you for example to train in France, but it must be said, there is too much of a deficit in Africa today concerning training. The national technical directors do not train people although it is part of their prerogatives. If you want to develop yourself, you have to train the trainers first.
Do you still feel bitter, upset?
No way. It surprised me, it’s true. What’s even worse is when you’re told you can’t go on the bench, but someone who doesn’t have a degree can go. I would like someone to explain it to me. For example, during these 20 months, the one who was on Hotoya’s bench during the African competitions is one of my assistants and he had a C license. How is this possible? I do not know who thought about this scheme, but CAF could have matured this reflection. There’s so much nonsense in there. She might get caught in her own game.
You could also have gone through the Senegalese Federation to obtain this license…
The Senegalese Federation organized a session to issue the license to coaches in the country without my being informed or contacted. The Federation knows where to find me, it knows where I train. There are many federations that have just contacted their nationals to say: “Come, your diploma is waiting for you”. They know they have the skills. My Federation did not contact me, so I went back to where I had graduated, in France. I don’t know if it’s done on purpose, but in any case, it’s clumsy. Today, I have no relationship with the Senegalese football authorities.