Thursday, November 24, 2011

Little Azkals coach attends AFC License B course

(This is a report by Cheska Geli for Sun.Star Cebu on Nov. 24)
LITTLE Azkals head coach Oliver Colina attended the Asian Football Confederation Project Future Batch 2009 B Graduation Course last Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

AFC acting president Zhang Jilong was present and commended the elite training program that gathered coaches and referees among Asian nations.

The graduates received a certificate of participation after having completed a series of lectures and exams but the B License will depend upon the coaches’ performance.

In order for them to be eligible for the B license certificate, they have to pass three practical exams, two theory-based tests, one each for general and specific exams. They must also submit a dissertation.

The course was attended by 17 members out the 23 shortlisted back in 2009. 

Colina, the only Filipino who made it the batch 2009 of AFC Project Future, still has a week left for the course and another four days for the Asian Cup Conference, which the Philippine Football Federation had copied.

Colina, who once made the training pool for the Southeast Asian Games in 2005, has been busy trying to get AFC certified after topping the License C course in Malaysia.

He then made the AFC Project Future Batch 2009.

“I’m thankful to the AFC, PFF and also to the CFA for giving me this opportunity because not all get this chance,” said Colina.

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