Educate clubs on doping: Coaches

HARARE - Castle  Premiership coaches have joined hands in condemning drug abuse and have called for the responsible authorities to step up efforts in educating clubs about the dangers of doping. 

This comes in the wake of Zimbabwe international Devon Chafa’s suspension by Fifa ?after the Dynamos midfield star tested positive for a banned substance after the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Zimbabwe and Egypt in June.

The 22-year-old was banned for 30 days by Fifa, becoming the first local player to be suspended on doping offence.

Premiership coaches who spoke to the Daily News yesterday expressed their solidarity with Chafa, but called for an anti-doping body with sweeping powers. 

Monomotapa coach Biggy Zuze said he had never heard of doping in the country until Chafa’s case.

“I was surprised by Chafa’s doping case, it was my first time to hear of it in the country,” Zuze said.

“I don’t know anything about these drugs. I think something should be done to help footballers understand more about these drugs.

“We have medical practitioners in the country and they should know about these drugs. I am sure Devon’s (drug) was only prescribed without knowledge. Most of us have little knowledge in as far as prohibited drugs are concerned.

“PSL should put in place workshops aimed at educating players and coaches about this. Look at how it is now affecting the youngster. This will attract a lot of attention from the whole world.

“It gives a bad image to the league and the whole country. I think doctors have a duty to inform players before they prescribe them these drugs. I think Zifa and PSL should do something about this before it’s too late.”

Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi echoed Zuze’s sentiments.

“It’s unfortunate that this has happened when Chafa is playing well for club and country, he is young, with a bright future and I hope this will come to an end soon,” Mawiwi said.

“I think what is needed is to have these refresher courses where we learn more about doping. I think in this regard we are still lagging behind and we need to be taught about it.

“The responsible authorities should do something. Qualified specialists are there and we should make full use of them to help us fight this.

“Because of lack of knowledge most players might be taking the same drugs. It’s really a cause for concern.”

Chicken Inn coach Mandla Mpofu added his voice:
“We need to get resources. They are expensive yes but some things are worth budgeting for. Also clubs should look for sponsors who should help them in hiring experts to take care of such areas.

“I think as a country we have not done enough in educating players and everyone involved about drugs.
“These tests should be carried time and again but here there is nothing like that presently.”




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