Zifa urged to protect coaches

BULAWAYO - Swaziland Football Association technical director Bhekisisa Mkhonta has edged the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) to protect local coaches from any form of abuse.

Mkhonta was speaking during the Confederation of African Football (Caf) B Licensing coaching course which ended in Bulawayo on Friday.

The Caf Instructor’s comments came at a time when local coaches have come under attack from trolling and abusing fans.

Last month, CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro was almost physically attacked by rowdy Makepekepe fans following the side’s 0-0 draw with How Mine at Rufaro.

Former Highlanders coach was also subjected to vitriol verbal attacks by the club’s fans after the 1-3 defeat to ZPC Kariba at Hartsfield Rugby Ground last month.

Kaindu threw in the towel following those ugly scenes at Hartsfield.

“I’m so pleased on behalf of Caf to work with so much committed coaches. Please coaches lets go out and teach modern football. Coaching is a high performance profession lets go out and be able to stand the pressure,” said Mkhonta.

“To the Ministry and Zifa, take care of these coaches, look after them and follow them. Protect them from any form of abuse that way football in this country will rise to greater levels through the same coaches.”

Some coaches notable coaches who attended the course are John Phiri, Tembo Chuma, Bekithemba Ndlovu, Sheunesu Chaka, Philimon Mutyakureva, Prince Matore and Mike Madzivanyika to mention but a few.

Evelyn Rimayi was the only female coach who attended the course. Rimayi is a teacher at Hwange High School and she is also the national Under-17 Cossasa Games coach.

Speaking on behalf of the coaches Chuma said: “We are so thankful to our instructors and Zifa for imparting us with knowledge. We promise to put into practice what we learnt. We really appreciate everything.

“It was not an easy two weeks of hard work but I tell you it was so fruitful. We are indeed at a better level than we were the day we came in. Thank you once again for the knowledge, encouragement and support and to my colleagues I say let’s go out and show the world what we are made of.”

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