MUTARE - Mutare City Rovers are pleading with Zifa to allow their coach Kennedy “Bokande” Kachara, who does not hold the requisite coaching badges, to coach in their maiden Castle Lager Premiership season.
Starting from this season, Zifa has put in place a regulation that only coaches with Caf A or Caf B coaching licences will be allowed to sit on the benches of all top-flight teams.
Kachara, however, only holds a Caf C licence which automatically disqualifies him from leading the club which he guided to the Zifa Eastern Region Division One title last year.
The directive has caught Rovers off-guard as Kachara had already started preparations for the new season which kicks off early next month.
Rovers spokesperson Clayton Masekesa said; “We have since written to Zifa asking for a reprieve considering that the announcement came only a few weeks before the start of the season and we had already gone a long way in our preparations for us to start considering another coach.”
He said they were praying Zifa will allow them to continue with Kachara albeit with a commitment to upgrade his coaching badges by enrolling him for a Caf B coaching class pencilled for August this year.
In the event their request is turned down, Masekesa said they would look for an alternative coach begrudgingly though.
“We are still scouting just in case our plea does not get a favourable response but it will be a big blow for the club,” he said.
Getting a new coach with the league set to start in less than three weeks would mean that the club would have to unbundle all the work Kachara had done in pre-season.
Although many football lovers have questioned the sincerity of Zifa’s directive, others believe the regulation will help improve the standard of local football.