Cape Town City to Be Without Eric Tinkler for CAF Champions League Thanks to New License Regulations

Cape Town City to Be Without Eric Tinkler for CAF Champions League Thanks to New License Regulations

  • Cape Town City will compete in the CAF Champions League but will do so without Eric Tinkler on the bench
  • Eric Tinkler guided Cape Town City to second place in the log behind champions, Mamelodi Sundowns
  • CAF's new rules state that all coaches competing in CAF tournaments must hold a CAF A or Uefa Pro licence

Cape Town City could fall victim to the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) latest rule change.

The Mother City side will compete in the CAF Champions League next season but will have to do it without coach Eric Tinkle on the bench.

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A CAF rule change will mean that Eric Tinkler will miss out on Cape Town City's CAF Champions League games. Image: @FARPostZA
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CAF have amended its rules to state that all coaches in the CAF Champions League or Confederation Cup must hold a CAF A or Uefa Pro licence, Sunday World reported.

Tinkler holds a Uefa A licence, meaning he will not be eligible to sit on the bench during games according to the rules.

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Cape Town City FC owner John Comitis is upset at the rule change, calling it unreasonable.

“We were just caught unaware and the rules are a disadvantage to us. The coaching courses are not offered to us. You cannot apply for them and there is no place to register for them, but we are expected to have them,” he said.
“I have seen European coaches coaching in Africa but there are no African coaches in Europe. Eric has a European licence that he cannot use in Africa. CAF and FIFA must standardise these coaching qualifications,” Comitis urged.

The Citizens may have to use assistant coach Diogo Peral to take charge of the games as he has a CAF A licence.

The rule change is also believed to be one of the reasons why John Maduka left Royal AM. Maduka joined Maritzburg United as their new head coach, IOL reported. Shauwn Mkhize’s side will compete in the CAF Confederation Cup next season but Maduka did not have the required licenses either.

Royal AM boss Shauwn 'Mamkhize' surprised by John Maduka's resignation and departure for Maritzburg United

Following the departure of coach John Maduka to Maritzburg United, Royal AM owner Shauwn 'MaMkhize' Mkhize said she was surprised as she didn’t expect it.

The 50-year-old Malawian mentor had guided Thwihli Thwahla to a surprise third-place finish in the DStv Premiership, which saw the team qualify for next season's CAF Confederations Cup competition.

"I must be honest, Maduka leaving the club was a surprise to me. I had to cut my trip [to the US] short to come back to SA to see if I could find a coach," Mkhize said about the situation.

John Maduka officially unveiled as head coach of Maritzburg United after leaving Shauwn Mkhize's Royal AM

John Maduka is officially the new coach of Maritzburg United.

The former Royal AM manager was unveiled as the new manager at a special press conference today.

Maduka has signed a three-year contract with the Team of Choice and will start at the club ahead of the 2022/23 Dstv Premiership season.

Source: Sports Brief News