Mlauzi adds in­struc­tor to CV

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

MIGHTY Warriors coach Shadreck Mlauzi and his as­sis­tant Si­thethe­liwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda added new feath­ers to their hats when they grad­u­ated as CafWomen’s football in­struc­tors in Cameroon last week­end.

The duo went to West African im­me­di­ately af­ter ar­riv­ing from the Rio Olympic Games with the na­tional team.

They have for the past week been un­der­go­ing an in­tense train­ing con­ducted by Fifa and Caf top in­struc­tors.

The qual­i­fi­ca­tion means they can now be as­signed du­ties by Caf to con­duct train­ing cour­ses for lo­cal coaches or other football as­so­ci­a­tions as in­structed by the con­ti­nen­tal body.

The work­shop, which was held at Caf tech­ni­cal cen­tre, was con­ducted by Fifa in­struc­tors — Egyptian Mo­hammed Ab­dul Meneim, Bu­run­dian Do­minique Niy­onz­ima and South African Fran Hil­ton Smith. Mlauzi was yes­ter­day ex­cited with his ad­vance­ment. “It was the first of its kind in Africa as they no­ticed that women’s football in­struct­ing is one area which needs im­prove­ment in Africa.

“I am quite happy to be an in­struc­tor, as you know I am a Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion teacher by pro­fes­sion and this is in line with my pro­fes­sion so I will make the most out of it. I am 36 years-old, still am­bi­tious in the coach­ing ca­reer but I can­not con­tinue to fo­cus in one area,” Mlauzi said.

e for­mer In­line Academy coach said they learnt tech­ni­cal and tac­ti­cal as­pects of the game and are now ex­pected to prac­tise as women’s in­struc­tors as­sist­ing fel­low coaches in ad­di­tion to their du­ties as na­tional team coaches.

“We are now Caf em­ploy­ees and it was quite a good pro­gramme. The con­cern of Caf is that women’s football is not grow­ing fast enough (in Africa) so there is need for peo­ple with ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise in that area,” said Mlauzi.

The course was at­tended by 24 par­tic­i­pants from the English-speak­ing coun­tries as well as coaches of the eight teams that have qual­i­fied for the Africa Women Cup of Na­tions that would be hosted in the same coun­try in Novem­ber.

In com­ing up with the par­tic­i­pants, Caf had to an­a­lyse the cur­ricu­lum vi­tae of the coaches and their his­tory in women’s football and some were re­jected whilst oth­ers were ac­cepted.

Mlauzi’s rich his­tory with women’s football since his days at In­line Academy up to the na­tional team post might have swung in his favour.

He is a holder of a Caf B li­cence and is also study­ing to­wards Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence Hon­ours in Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion.

The slim men­tor is a teacher by pro­fes­sion and was sup­posed to grad­u­ate this year but had to post­pone his project so that he con­cen­trates on the Olympics preparations.

The Mighty Warriors lost all the three matches in their group which also had two-time World cham­pi­ons Ger­many, who even­tu­ally scooped their first gold medal at the Sum­mer Games, bronze medal­ists Canada and Australia.

Mighty Warriors coach Shadreck Mlauzi

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