Gavin Hunt had to wait for a last minute decision from CAF to be allowed to sit in the Kaizer Chiefs dugout on Sunday.
The football governing body on the continent had initially ruled that the Amakhosi mentor did not possess the necessary qualifications to call the shots from the club’s bench during their Champions League preliminary match in Limbe, Cameroon at the weekend.
But the 56-year-old was given the greenlight at the eleventh hour.
“We received communication from CAF that this season all head coaches participating in the interclub competitions would not be allowed to sit on the bench unless they have a CAF A license,” SAFA chief executive office, Tebogo Motlanthe, told the Siya crew.
“This has always been part of the CAF manual, but they are enforcing it this season. But Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates then wrote to request a waiver because their coaches (Hunt and Josef Zinnbauer) comply as they have the Uefa A and Pro license, respectively. And they were then awaiting a decision from CAF.”
Hunt was in the Amakhosi dugout on Sunday when they beat Cameroon outfit PWD Bamenda 1-0 to carry an away goal advantage ahead of the return leg in Johannesburg next month.
Motlanthe said Zinnbauer, whose Pirates side take on Sagrada Esparanca of Angola in the first round of the Confederation Cup, is also off the hook.
That game is scheduled to take place just before Christmas.
“The decision that has been communicated by CAF now is that, for this season, both the Chiefs and Pirates coach will be allowed to sit on the bench because of the qualifications they have. But for next season they will need to be in possession of a CAF A license,” explained the SAFA CEO to the Siya crew.
“But this does not apply to the Bloemfontein Celtic coach (John Maduka) – he will need the CAF A license.”
Maduka did not travel to the DRC, where his side beat AS Maniema 2-0 in the preliminary round of the Confederation Cup, suggesting he did not comply.
Manqoba Mngqithi, Rulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela of Sundowns have no such issues as they all possess the necessary qualifications.
Downs are campaigning in the Champions League yet again this season.
Story by @superjourno
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