Zim must import qualify foreign coaches

JOHANNESBURG - They say in modern society you have to mix things to get it right.

Economically you cannot flourish in isolation hence the word global world.

The same applies with football. No country can be successful by having its own philosophy without integrating it with the outside world. If you get isolated, you will remain behind; I am sorry to say that is the harsh reality of life today. And that is the trend I am observing in Zimbabwean football.

I am not trying to say I have a solution to malaise the sport in the country find itself in. Neither do the critics of the current administration who I think have also bankrupt ideas which won’t take the game in Zim anywhere.

But one solution I think can help the game in the field of play is to encourage foreign coaches to get involved in our local game.

While there might be immediate resistance that these foreigners just come to siphon our funds and add little value, this trick has worked wonders in most countries, including those who claim to have invented this sport.

That said, it is also imperative that those foreigners should be of high quality and not rejects from their own countries of birth.

I mean, Mzansi has done this very well. Not that they should be used as an example of success by Zimbabwe. No, in fact most Zimbabweans have little regard of anything South African and will dismiss my notion on first value.

That said, I think the hiring of foreign coaches has in one way or the other helped grow the sport in Mzansi.

Take for example log leaders and Mzansi’s most successful club Kaizer Chiefs currently being coached by Englishman Stuart Baxter.

Here is a man who has coached at the highest level both in England and in the Scandinavian countries. Mixing what he has learnt in Europe and the African flair has made Chiefs one of the most respected clubs on the continent and I believe they have the potential to do well in Africa this year.

Money permitting, Zimbabwe must do the same. The system of rotating coaches most of who don’t even have proper qualification has led to the stagnation of the game in the country.

Teams like Dynamos and Highlanders must have the clout to hire a reputable foreign coach; not someone who wants to kill off time by enjoying the African sun.

But to do this, these clubs must have proper structures where they have institutions like club houses and their own training facilities.

Chiefs have done so with great success. To me they are a model other clubs must follow.

I see most football institutions in Zim holding press conference without branding. That should never happen in modern football. Branding is a simple way of giving back mileage to your backers, may it be partners, sponsors or any stakeholders.

Zimbabwe administrators must learn how others do their own things. Don’t call it a press conference when you call journalists in a room where there is no sound, microphones, decors or a proper running order. Such should be called media interaction, lunch or breakfast with members of the media.

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