Following the strict implementation of the Club Licensing System by the Club Licensing Board for the upcoming domestic league, Premier League giants Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko are certainly facing trouble.
The new board has indicated that it will not countenance certain practices in the league and have insisted the all coaches for the Premier League sides must be CAF License A trained, and that will not be compromised.
The move is to ensure the Premier League clubs have the best qualified personnel to manage the technical departments of the clubs to lead the change the new leadership of the FA is looking for.
The enforcement of this regulation will be a huge blow to Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak whose managers are not License A holders.
Kotoko’s current manager Johnson Smith is not a CAF License A coach and his B License is not a requirement to enable him coach the Porcupine Warriors. He can only serve as an assistant.
This means Kotoko will have to dig for a new manager to be the head coach while Smith and Akakpo Patron return to their assistant roles.
FootballMadeInGhana.com understands that Karela United had a special arrangement with the Technical Directorate of the Ghana FA which permitted Smith to use his B License to coach them in the 2018/19 season before the Anas Expose.
However, the CAF Coaching Courses are yet to restart to enable Johnson Smith to upgrade his certificate.
For Hearts of Oak, the certificate of Kim Grant will be subjected to scrutiny at CAF for them to either permit him to coach the Phobians or decline.
According to multiple media reports, the former Elmina Sharks Technical Director is a UEFA License B coach and that is not equivalent to the CAF License A to enable him to coach a Premier League side.
Despite the massive improvement of Hearts of Oak and their wonderful outing in the NC Special Competition, the British-trained gaffer will need the certificate ‘A’ from CAF to enable him continue his job.
For those with the AFC License A and the UEFA License A, they are duly qualified to handle Premier League sides in the country.
And for those with UEFA Pro License, there are no qualms about them as their certificates even rides over the CAF License A.
FootballMadeInGhana understands that not only Kotoko and Hearts will be suffering from the enforcement of the new regulation as Aduana Stars, King Faisal, Eleven Wonders and many others do not have License A coaches.
For the Division One clubs, a minimum of CAF License C is required to handle a club which does not put many of the clubs at that level at a disadvantage.
With the CLB not ready to soften their stands on the qualification of coaches for the Premier League, more License A coaches on the local scene with no jobs are likely to be offered new appointments soon.