South Africa Based Coach Highlighted The Process Of Owing An Academy/Club In South Africa
By Sampson Adedeji
South Africa based Nigeria coach Femi Benjamin Olatunji has highlighted the process of owing a football academy or club in South Africa.
He explained the process during a virtual coaching lecture organised by Bolarinwa Obalola aka Kobayashi under the umbrella of Oyo State Grassroot Coaching Education.
He further talk about the challenges he faced before he can achieve his target of having his own academy/ Club in the Southern part of Africa.
“It hasn’t been easy, being a foreigner in a strange land not easy because xenophobic is a big issue.
But being a man of principle and I believe in what I believed, it’s one of those things that has helped me to be able to do more.
One of them is to get a ground is very difficult and challenging if you don’t own a land in South Africa.
There are process I need to follow, before you can own an academy in South Africa you must be legally staying in the country.
I have to register the academy and the club, they must be properly documented, I need to have a board of directors and boars of trustees, including coaches and management, all these required lots of efforts.
I must also attained certain level of degrees and qualifications to be the technical director of the team and to affiliate myself with the local association in my environment which is called the Local Football Association ( LFA) which is under the state or region.
So it required time, credibility and money because they will screen, scrutinized and check you and your constitution and document must be submitted,” he stated.