Club owners must not obstruct coaches

THE Zimbabwe Football Association must ensure their affiliate — the Premier Soccer League (PSL) — does not allow club owners, as well as administrators, to interfere in the coaching affairs of the football clubs they run.

Recently, Yadah Football Club owner Walter Magaya made headlines for the wrong reasons following the newly-promoted side’s 7-2 defeat last Saturday by struggling PSL returnees Bantu Rovers at Luveve Stadium.

The hammering came after Yadah had travelled to Bulawayo without their entire coaching staff following their suspension by Magaya shortly after the team’s 1-0 loss to Dynamos.

Yadah coach Jairos Tapera and his assistants were sidelined for allegedly failing to follow Magaya’s instructions on team selection.

Magaya confirmed he meddles in the technical affairs of the teams during a church service at his Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries.

This is clearly a recipe for disaster for Yadah, who had started life in the top flight with a four-game unbeaten streak.
Bizarrely, Magaya claims to be qualified by the “heavens” to be the club’s technical director and often conducts training sessions.

However, if Magaya wants to see his football project blossom into a force, then he should leave coaching to the experts he has employed to do the job.

Football is now a scientific sport with all coaches in the topflight league required to be holders of the Caf A License coaching badge.

Magaya should take a leaf out of the book of Joe Lewis, the billionaire owner of English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspurs.

Lewis is the fifth richest man in the United Kingdom, but is rarely seen at White Hart Lane as he spends most of his time aboard his $100m Aviva yacht in the Bahamas.

Most of Tottenham’s stars have never met Lewis before despite him bankrolling their huge salaries and transfer fees.
What the 80-year-old has done is put in place structures at the club which are responsible for the day-to-day running of the club.

Executive chairperson Daniel Levy is the leader of the board and works closely with outgoing director of football Paul Mitchell on transfers.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff are responsible for training the team without any undue influence from the board.

The reclusive Lewis is always in the background, allowing the people he has trusted to run his club take responsibility.
It is clear for everyone to see that Spurs are heading in the right direction.

Zifa must ensure — even through regulatory provisions — that club owners and administrators like Magaya let those they have picked to do their jobs without any interference.

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