Alusine Rehme Wilson – AIPS Young Reporter – Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, September 22, 2020 – Former Inter Milan and Sierra Leonean forward, Mohamed Kallon has made history in Sierra Leone after becoming the first person from the country to obtain the UEFA Pro Licence, the highest level of training course for managers.
On Tuesday, September 15, 2020 the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) pronounced him coach, alongside 28 other students which included Andrea Pirlo, Kallon’s former teammate at Inter Milan, who is currently in charge of Juventus.
To complete the UEFA Pro Licence coaching course, which qualifies coaches to lead any team across the globe including national teams, Kallon and the other budding coaches received in-presence and online lectures, in full compliance with the measures imposed by the lockdown generated by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Kallon “Wonder Boy” also took the oral exams for individual subjects, such as football techniques and tactics, communication, psychology, medicine and training methodology. He ultimately presented his theses before the commission composed by all the teachers and chaired by Renzo Ulivieri, the director of the coaching school.
Kallon, the owner of Sierra Leone’s Premier League side FC Kallon believes that “coaching has always been my dream job since when I was a footballer”.
It’s no wonder that the 2020 Sports Administration graduate owns a long list of coaching badges including CAF B and US Soccer Federation A and B.
Kallon completed his UEFA A Licence coaching course in 2018, just three years after he earned his UEFA B License in Italy, finishing 4th out of 45 participants that took part in the course.