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MBABANE – Former Eswatini international mid-fielder Dennis ‘Yuki’ Masina will have to wait a little longer before getting his CAF C Coaching Licence due to the prevailing coronavirus pandemic.

The pint-sized former Belgium based player, now assistant coach at Mbombela United in South Africa, was due to undergo coaching classes organized by the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) in May but due to the virus that is spreading like wildfire in the neighbouring country, it appears his dreams will wait until this situation has normalised. The soft-spoken Masina confirmed these developments in an interview yesterday and admitted that it was frustrating for him.


“I was supposed to undergo a CAF C Coaching Licence course arranged by SAFA but because of this coronavirus challenge, the classes will now have to wait. It is frustrating because a lot of things are at a standstill and my ambition is to get all the necessary coaching qualifications to make me a better coach,” he said. Masina added that despite this challenge, he would not give up on his dreams to become a highly qualified coach as football is his biggest love. “I played football for a lot of years and did well as a player but now, I want to achieve even more success as a coach. I am learning a lot already at Mbombela United and will continue to grow as a coach. My intention is to enroll for more coaching courses available because that is the only way I can grow to become a better coach than now,” Masina said. Since retiring from professional football, the former Sihlangu mid-fielder has made no secret of the fact that his ambition is to be one of the highly respected coaches in South Africa while his long-term dream is to coach the local senior national team.


Masina is regarded as one of the most successful players to have played outside the borders of this country especially in the neighbouring South Africa, where he hoisted the country’s flag. He is one of the very few Eswatini-born players to have played in Belgium for two seasons and was also in the books of a number of top South African clubs including Umtata Bush Bucks, Supersport United, Orlando Pirates and the now defunct Mpumalanga Black Aces, where he started his coaching career in the club’s development structures on the recommendation of then coach Mushin Ertugral, who had a lot of faith in Masina.    

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