The decision is a strong one. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to ban 11 coaches of clubs competing in the 2021-2022 CAF Champions League from sitting on the bench to manage their teams. CAF explained in a letter to its member associations that these coaches do not hold the appropriate license to officiate in interclub competitions.
The African football body maintains that under the requirements for coaches, recently introduced for this 2021-2022 season in CAF interclub competitions, the latter are declared unfit. Head coaches are, in fact, required to have a valid CAF "A" license or a license from a sister confederation "PRO", and assistant coaches a CAF "B" license.
A derogation for some countries
"With regard to the requirements set, we wish to inform you that in accordance with the coaching licenses received for your clubs involved, the coaches mentioned below will not be allowed to sit on the technical bench during CAF interclub matches," the correspondence from CAF to the member federations states.
However, CAF has granted a derogation to coaches from countries where a higher CAF license course (e.g. A) has not been organized for a long time. For these countries, the coaches can, thanks to this derogation, be on the bench with the B license.
Finally, CAF asked the member football associations to communicate its decision to their member clubs. It also required the concerned teams to respect this decision during the 2021-2022 CAF Interclub matches.
The coaches affected by this decision
Didier Gomes (UEFA A License) of Simba SC (Tanzania)
Erradi Mohamed Adil (UEFA License) of APR (Rwanda)
Bosa Wasswa (CAF B License) of Express FC (Uganda)
Diego Garzitto (UEFA A License) of EL Merreich SC (Sudan)
Comlan Mathias Deguenon (German license) of ESAE FC (Benin)
Pascal Lafleurial (UEFA Elite Youth A) of DFCB (Central African Republic)
Roque Sapiri (CAF C License) of GD Sagrada Esperança (Angola)
Ame Khamis (CAF B License) of KMKM Sports Club (Zanzibar)
Abalo Jean-Paul (UEFA A) of ASKO FC de Kara (Togo)
The head coaches of Fortune FC of Gambia and Horoya AC of Guinea are also concerned.