Zifa gets strict on coaches

IN A BID to implement strict standardisation for local football coaching  Zifa has lined up coaching courses programme for the remainder of the year and early next year which caters for both those in need of Caf and local badges.

The association announced this earlier this year that starting next season all PSL coaches will be required to be in possession of Caf A coaching licences as a minimum standard and should be assisted by someone with a Caf B or C badge.

Coaches in division one will be required to have a Caf B badge as minimum requirement while their assistants should have a Caf C or Zifa Level Four licence.

In the second division, a coach should have a Caf C licence while his understudies are required to have a Level Three qualification as a minimum standard.

The coaching standards have also cascaded down to Division Three and tertiary schools while for secondary schools a Zifa Level Two is now mandatory. A primary school football coach should now be a holder of at least a Level Two certificate.

Zifa technical director Taurai Mangwiro said the move is meant to ensure that footballers produced in the country match international football standards and ultimately break into more attractive leagues.

“The first on the Caf licences calendar is the Caf C programme to be held in Gweru from 24 October to 7 November followed by a Caf B licence in Bulawayo from 14 November to the 2nd of December,” Mangwiro said.
“The first module for the Caf A licence will run from the 9th to the 23rd of January 2017 while the second module will be conducted between 13 and 27 February.

“At the commencement of the 2017 football season, all Premier Soccer League (PSL) head coaches and their assistants are obliged to be in possession of Caf A and local Level 4 (Advanced Level) licences.
“With assistance from Caf, Zimbabwe now boasts of 41 Caf A licence holders, 114 Caf B holders and 193 Caf C licenced coaches.

“Caf licences are vital in terms of affording Zimbabwean coaches the opportunity to work abroad, but coaches need to attain local licences because the courses’ content speaks to Zimbabwean football realities.
“Local coaching courses are also vital in enhancing coaches’ knowledge because they are a platform for coaches to interact with training and management methods tailor-made to address coaching realities in the local football set-up.”

Mangwiro said female coaches’ numbers remains few.

“Female representation within the coaching fraternity remains minimal with only 3 being Caf licenced.
“The recent qualification of the Senior Women’s team for the Olympics highlights the success of women in sport, an achievement needs to be matched with proper training and development of more women in the coaching field.”

He added: “Grassroots football remains the cornerstone of football development and it is vital to equip the coach educators with the requisite knowledge and skills to nurture talent during children’s developmental stages.

“Teachers are an important stakeholder in as far as grassroots and junior football development is concerned due to their understanding of children’s psychology.

“In that vein, the association intends to target teachers who are still at college and those already in the field to equip them with the technical aspects of the game.

“By the time the 2017 football season, coaches at Primary and Secondary schools and any other junior teams should have a minimum qualification of local Level 2 and Grassroots certificate in coaching.

“Other standards and statistics of local coaches’ qualifications are presented in the table below.”

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