The icons of African football now boast of the managerial qualification of the highest level of associative football in Europe
Leicester City first-team coach Kolo Touré and Cercle de Brugge assistant manager Radhi Jaidi have received their Uefa Pro license.
The former center-backs of Côte d’Ivoire and Tunisia completed their coaching badges with the English Football Association a year ago.
However, they received their certificates on Tuesday alongside former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
A Uefa Pro license is required for anyone wishing to permanently manage a leading football club in the league system of any European nation.
The 45-year-old took to social media to express his joy over his recent achievement.
“I am delighted to receive my certificate today, one year after graduating,” Jaidi wrote on her Twitter account.
“I worked with a lot of passion and desire to achieve this goal. This allowed me to take an important step in my coaching career.
“My ambitions are always high. I can’t wait to do more.
After stints at Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham City, Jaidi signed for Southampton where he represented them between 2009 and 2012 before taking a leadership role in the Saints U23 five years later.
The Tunisian moved to the United Soccer League where he was named Hartford Athletic head coach in November 2019.
In February 2021, he was appointed assistant coach of the Belgian first division A team. In his first season, he helped the Greens and Blacks maintain their status as the Belgian first division A after finishing 16th in the league at 18 teams.
His ultimate dream is to become the first Tunisian coach and the first coach of African origin in the English top flight.
“I notice so many people from former clubs Bolton, Southampton and the Birmingham fans still think I’m still playing!” Jaïdi said Hampshire Live.
“I am so attached to my coaching that I don’t communicate enough to the outside world to let people know that I am a coach now.
“I was the first Tunisian to play in the Premier League and the first Tunisian to win a trophy as a coach in England.
“I really want to do more, I want to be one of the first Tunisians to join a senior team at the highest level as a head coach.
“The dream is the Premier League, but there are so many challenges, challenges like unconscious prejudices and there is so much competition.
“I still believe in my coaching abilities and have shown so many good performances since coaching at Southampton.”
For Touré, he joined the Celtic coaching team as a technical assistant in September 2017. Two years later he left Scotland for the King Power Stadium as a first team coach. .