Caf coaching courses still on hold

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) will only resume high level coaching courses once they get approval from the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

All Caf Licenses Coaching courses from C to A across the continent were stopped last year after the Cairo-based organisation decided to overhaul the manuals.

Zifa technical director Wilson Mutekede is now set to attend a Caf symposium in Morocco next month where the final deliberations on the new syllabus will be conducted.

“We will only be sure of the dates of the coaching courses once this meeting takes places,” Mutekede told the daily news.

“At the moment we are not certain of the dates but as Zifa we have applied for a number of courses and we are just now waiting to see which course we will be approved first.”

From last season, Zifa made it a regulation for all coaches practising in the Premier League to be holders of Caf A Coaching Licenses as part of their standardisation programme.

However, there are a number of clubs that are yet to conform to this requirement ahead of the start of the 2018 Castle Lager Premiership season.

Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas and Bulawayo Chiefs’ Thulani Sibanda are not holders of Caf A Licenses but their clubs insists they will take charge in the upcoming season.         

“Naturally there is always resistance when there is a new regulation in place but all we are asking for is that for people be recognised as coaches, they need to have the necessary football related qualification,” Mutekede said.

“Just like what the Media Commission does, for them to register you as a journalist, they require you to have a journalism qualification.

“This is very simple; this is an exercise that had been stopped for the last five years but we are now saying that we need to start again.”

Standardisation of coaches’ qualifications requires all top flight coaches to have Caf A licenses, while head coaches practicing in the regional Division One leagues should be Caf B Licence holders.

Coaches who attained local Level 3 and 4 certificates before they were scrapped off the local curriculum can use those certificates to practice in the regional league. Assistant coaches in the Division One league should have at least a Level 2 local badge.

Divisions Two, Three and Four coaches should be in possession of a Caf C Licence or the local Level 3 or 4, and the same barometer applies to coaches in tertiary institutions.

A grassroots coaching certificate and a local Level 2 licence are prerequisites for junior football coaches as well as those working with pupils at primary and secondary school level.

Goalkeepers’ coaches will be eligible to practice if they have attained at least a local Level 2 coaching qualification.

Team managers are also obliged to have attained at least a football administration certificate.

Team managers can alternatively be in possession of any coaching qualification.

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