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Gambian female coach earns Caf Instructor certificate

Jun 9, 2011, 2:43 PM

Gambian female coach Choro Mbenga yesterday morning returned to Banjul at the end of a week-long Caf Instructor Female coaching course in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after bagging a Caf Instructor licence and a certificate, Pointsport can reveal.

The Red Scorpions coach in the country’s top tier women’s national league was part of a host of other female coaches across the continent that converged at the Ethiopian capital on a high-profile Caf Female Coaching course.

Mbenga, who doubles as the assistant coach of The Gambia’s women national team, said she was delighted to have completed a Caf Instructor course and believed the achievement will help her greatly in her role as a female coach, as she vowed to convey her knowledge to the female football players to take female football to higher heights.

“I consider myself lucky to be part of this course and my biggest desire is to take the women football to the next level and I believe it will come true with this qualification,” she said with confident voice.

Mbenga, who began active coaching in 2007, was also part of the Gambian women coaches that took part in a similar course in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2007 when the initiative was established four years ago and has since managed to excel after finishing among the best five participants at the end of that course.

The Gambian star coach, who helped Red Scorpions finish as runners-up in four consecutive years in the Women’s National League table, also travelled to Tanzania to attend the second edition of a similar course in 2009 with some fantastic performances every Gambian was proud of.

The course, which ran from 3 to 7 June 2011, saw the participation of 25 countries across the continent all of whom were English-speaking nations, Pointsport has gathered.