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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Interview with

Costa Bellos (graduate 2012-2013)

What is your current professional activity? And your involvement in sport?
Until June 2013, I was the general manager of Alexandra United FC. Unfortunately the owner of the football club was faced with financial difficulties and could not afford my services any more. In fact he is not remunerating anybody any more. I have been involved in South African football for over 16 years. Prior to Alexandra United FC I worked as sport-presenter/critic/analyst at Hellenic Radio for 9 years. I worked as an administration manager at Corinthians/Black Aces football academy as well as Audio Description Commentator for FIFA during the 2010 FIFA World Cup where I commented eight games including the opening ceremony-first match, one quarter final and the closing ceremony/final match.
Why did you choose to attend the FIFA/CIES Programme in Sport Management at NMMU?
I believe that as football evolves, we as administrators should also evolve with it and be constantly in pace with new management/marketing/communication and legal trends in order to elevate this beautiful game to its highest standard. What better way to do that than to be guided and taught by FIFA/CIES who in conjunction with one of the leading universities in South Africa (NMMU) offers such an elite course.
What were your expectations before the start of the course? And… were they met?
There was no question in my mind that FIFA/CIES and NMMU would deliver an exceptional course. And I must say that I was not disappointed.
What would you say are the key strengths of the NMMU/FIFA/CIES Certificate in Sport Management?
The quality of lecturing that was provided by NMMU as well as the presentations from FIFA/CIES and the networking that was offered through the CIES website as well as the networking with fellow students from various countries, sporting codes and associations.
What benefits (on a personal and/or professional level) did you gain from attending the course?
The course has definitely broadened my understanding of sports management and how all level of sports management can be applied successfully as a collective in order to become a better administrator and create a better environment for my colleagues wherever I may be employed.
What is your best memory/highlight of the course?
I cannot single out one specific moment as being part of the course was the highlight of my life so far.
Would you recommend the NMMU/FIFA/CIES Certificate in Sport Management? Why?
I have recommended the course to various friends and people I know within the South African football fraternity. I believe that the majority of administrators in South Africa (as mentioned above) could benefit.