ZIFA : Minimum qualification for coaches set and team edged to be Professional
ZIFA has set minimum qualifications for coaches in the Premier Soccer League as well as the lower leagues and schools, as well as edged PSL teams to be professional
ZIFA Chairman Philip Chiyangwa looks like a man on a mention, just 10 weeks into his new position the newly elected president is already making changes that will advance Zimbabwe football forward. He hasn’t only managed to pay off the previous debt and secure a lucrative sponsorship for the league but also calling for teams to be ran professionally and for coaches to have minimum qualifications.
ZIFA Chairman has challenged Premier League Clubs to take up a more professional approach in the running of their clubs.
Addressing a two-day CAF Club Licensing seminar in Harare, Chiyangwa told the club’s representatives that it was high time local teams assumed a professional outlook.
Chiyangwa was quoted by the Herald saying:
“A professional environment allows football to realise its full potential. There is no short cut to football excellence and hence the need to give our clubs the professional facelift.
“The club systems should see executive committees allowed to take charge of club affairs. The statutes should help the clubs attain their legal status and stability.
“The clubs should have qualified personnel running the show. We need to have youth academies set up by our clubs. Zimbabwe football has come of age and we need to see our clubs assuming a professional outlook.” Said the ZIFA Boss.
Chiyangwa also pleaded with Stadium owners to cut down on levies charged for stadia use.
CAF sent three members who include SAFA chief executive Dennis Mumble, Zambian Honour Janza and Maxwell Mtonga of Malawi to the seminar.
In another interesting developed ZIFA has send a letter signed by Zifa chief executive officer, Jonathan Mashingaidze copied to PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele revealed the latest developments.
“Please find listed the recommended qualifications in respective categories,” read part of the letter.
A national team coach should have a minimum of a Caf A licence or better. PSL coaches should have attained a Caf A licence or a Caf B licence and working towards attaining the Caf A licence.
Assistant coaches are now required to have at least a Caf C licence. Goalkeepers’ coaches in the PSL are now required to have a Caf C licence and a goalkeeper coaching certificate.
Division One coaches will now be required to have a Caf C licence or a Zifa Level 4 certificate.
Assistant coaches will now be expected to have at least a Zifa Level 4 certificate.
The Division One requirements also apply to coaches in the Second Division and those coaching in tertiary institutions, while the assistants will be required to have at least a
Caf C licence. Division 3 coaches should have a Zifa Level 3 certificate, with their assistants having a ZifaLevel 1 qualification.
Secondary school coaches will now be expected to have a Zifa Level 2 qualification,while their primary school counterparts should have at least a Level 1 certificate.
The country has 41 Caf A licence holders, which the 18 PSL clubs will have to choose from, while 144 hold Caf B licences.
There are 166 coaches with Caf C licences and about 4,000 coaches have Zifa Levels 1 – 4 coaching certificates.
The latest development might see some coaches becoming jobless as they do not hold the requisite qualifications.
Newly promoted PSL side Border Strikers was forced to look for a new coach as Never Malunga, who guided them into the topflight, does not have the minimum Caf C licence. Last season Whawha coach Luke Petros was forced to play second fiddle as he did not have the required qualifications.
Source : Soccer24