Coaches hail Caf course

HARARE - Local coaches have hailed the on-going Confederation of African Football (Caf) A Licence coaching course that is being held at Mt Hampden.

At least  10 Premiership coaches, who include Calisto Pasuwa (Dynamos), Taurai Mangwiro (CAPS United), Saul Chaminuka (ZPC Kariba) and Nation Dube, Mabelo Njekwa (Hwange) are all attending the Caf A Licence course that will run until July 13.

The other top-flight coaches attending the course are Philani Ncube (How Mine), Lloyd Mutasa (FC Platinum), Luke Masomere (Buffaloes), John Nyikadzino (Chapungu) and Bigboy Mawiwi (Harare City).

With the course running until July 13, this means the nine PSL coaches are likely to miss two league matches that will be played during the duration of the course.

Despite with the danger of missing some of their clubs’ matches, the coaches feel it is necessary for them to attend the course.

CAPS coach Taurai Mangwiro said: “As coaches we are very happy to have this opportunity, we want to thank Zifa for organising this course which will upgrade our qualifications.

“It is so painful that we watch some African countries playing at World Cup with our own national team failing to do so.

“I am encouraged with the fact that countries like Nigeria and Ghana are being headed by local coaches and they are doing good, I am confident that this course will enable us to reach that stage as local coaches.

“It is also important for us to get the much needed support from the government, some of our colleagues failed to attend this important course because of financial constraints.”

ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka echoed the same sentiments with his former boss.

“This is an important development for us, we need to continue upgrading our qualifications,” he said.

“If you look at the standard of play at the ongoing World Cup, you can see that most of teams have improved tactically; the games are tight which means that many countries are investing more in the game.”

How Mine coach Philani Ncube said the course is a stepping stone for the national team to perform well.

“We need to appreciate what have been done by Zifa. I am sure we are going to learn new things,” he said.

The Caf A Licence is the highest qualification for coaches under the continental board’s licensing system.