The Sunday News
Ngqwele Dube, Sports Correspondent
ALL Division One coaches who do not possess the Caf B Licence will not be allowed to sit on the bench this year.
Zifa is going ahead with the implementation of the Caf Club Licensing that includes standardisation of qualifications for coaches and administrators at different level.
Zifa South Region chairman, Andrew Tapela told delegates during their annual general meeting that coaches in their Division One League are this year expected to be holders of a Caf B Licence while administrators should also attend recognised courses.
He said Zifa was serious about standardisation and there would be no going back on the issue.
“In line with the Fifa/ Zifa objectives of capacitating its members and working in liaison with the Technical and Development Committee, the (Zifa) board has lined up various workshops where members will undergo training and refresher courses in technical, administrative and financial areas.
“Zifa is indeed serious about enforcing Caf rules in respect of coaches qualifications at various levels of the game. In this regard, all our coaches and their assistants are expected to be holders of the Caf B Licence while club administrators are expected to attend at least one recognised administration course. Dates for these courses and workshops will soon be announced by the (Zifa) technical director,” said Tapela.
The administrator also told the same gathering the Zifa technical and development committee had resolved to give leeway to coaches to allow them to hold posts while waiting to attend the prescribed qualifications.
Some delegates had raised concern over the fact that Caf suspended its courses but Zifa is still insisting on shutting out those who do not meet the said qualifications.
“As you are all aware Caf is making improvements to the syllabus content of their courses hence they decided to stop them but they will be resuming soon, however, in that stead, we met as the technical and development a committee and we are contemplating giving a reprieve to coaches.
“We understand the concerns being raised and we came up with a suggestion that those who qualify to take part for instance in a Caf A course and register for it will be allowed to coach in the PSL while waiting to attain the qualification. All those who were given a reprieve will also have to get the qualifications,” he said.