Breakthrough as Djiboutian coaches gain CAF licence B certificates. was a breakthrough and a huge step forward in the field of football promotion in Djibouti, when 21 coaches including four women pass in their final CAF licence ‘B’ examination at the end of a two-week long training course under the auspice of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The training course took place at the National Technical centre here in Djibouti and was conducted by Mohamed Omar Ali and Omar Mahfoud Awad, while CAF expert Bedan Makonnen (Ethiopia) took the final examination on Tuesday and then awarded the coaches with their certificates.

In his address at the closing ceremony on Tuesday Mr. Bedan Makonnen praised the Djiboutian coaches for their quality and commitment to the game.

“I conducted a lot of courses in many different countries, but I can say that these Djiboutian coaches are very fantastic and fully talented” the CAF expert said adding that the organization made by the Djibouti Football Federation to host such course was very professional and unprecedented.

Djibouti Football federation President Souleiman Hassan Waberi told the closing ceremony that it was a very wonderful experience that the FDF under his leadership successfully carried out about 60% of what he pledged to do during his campaign for the presidency just 18 months ago.

“Djibouti had never had CAF licence courses, now we have done CAF licence C and licence B, so what is left for us is the licence A and I do announce here in front of you that we will do it next year” president Souleiman Hassan Waberi told the closing ceremony.

Since the young age president came to power on 10th of November 2012 a number of development programs were achieved in Djibouti; namely the creation of first ever beach soccer tournament in the country, the revival of women’s football league, the organization of the country’s first ever FIFA grassroots course, making life insurance for the entire football volunteers in the country and as well as the implementation of the first goalkeeper coaching course in the country’s football history.

By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar

CECAFA Media Committee Member