Fifa sup­port boost for Zifa pro­gramme Data­base for coaches in progress

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Pet­ros Kausiyo Ricky Zililo

ZIFA are set to breathe life into their de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes through in­creased Fifa sup­port should the as­so­ci­a­tion sat­isfy the world soc­cer gov­ern­ing body by tabling an op­er­at­ing bud­get that could see half a mil­lion dol­lars be­ing pumped into their cof­fers.

Fifa re­cently un­veiled a de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme — Fifa For­ward — through which two new fund­ing mech­a­nisms will be used to sup­port the as­so­ci­a­tion.

The world body in­tro­duced an Op­er­at­ing Bud­get, which comes with $500 000 and the Pro­ject fund­ing through which mem­bers can ac­cess $750 000 per year for four years with the pro­grammes re­plac­ing the Goal Pro­ject and the Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance Pro­gramme.

Fifa de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for South­ern Africa Ash­ford Mamelodi is op­ti­mistic the new Zifa lead­er­ship will be able to ac­cess the $500 000 in Novem­ber and the Pro­ject fund­ing be­fore year end.

Mamelodi was in Zim­babwe for a three-day fact find­ing mis­sion on the sta­tus of foot­ball in the coun­try dur­ing, which he met with the Zifa ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers, coun­cil­lors, for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tors, the as­so­ci­a­tion’s work­ers and the games stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing cred­i­tors.

The ad­min­is­tra­tor met with the vet­eran also ZIFA have asked soc­cer coaches to submit their coach­ing cer­tifi­cates to the na­tional foot­ball mother body, in their ef­forts to cre­ate a data­base for gaffers. Xolisani Gwe­sela al­layed fears that Zifa is on a “witch-hunt” to fish out some of the coaches who ac­quired many coach­ing badges on a fast track ba­sis. “We are cre­at­ing a data base for our coaches so that we know how many gaffers we have in the coun­try and their qual­i­fi­ca­tions. In­for­ma­tion col­lected will also be used to plan for fu­ture train­ing

Min­is­ter of Sport and Recre­ation Makhosini Hlong­wane, the Foot b a l l e r s pro­grammes. The dead­line for sub­mis­sion is Oc­to­ber 31,” said Gwe­sela.

He said lo­cal coaches can drop their cer­tifi­cates at Zifa’s re­gional and pro­vin­cial of­fices while those who are out­side the coun­try can li­aise with the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Tau­rayi Mang­wiro on how their de­tails can be cap­tured.

For­mer Zifa tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Takaen­desa Jongwe told our sis­ter pa­per, The Her­ald early this year that Zifa had by that time trained 41 Caf A Li­cence hold­ers, 114 Caf B, 166 Caf C and an es­ti­mated 4,000 men from Level One to Level Four. Three women hold the Caf B in Zim­babwe while two are qual­i­fied Caf C Li­cence coaches.

There are also over 200 women with Level One to Level Four cer­tifi­cates.

He is on record say­ing Divi­sion One coaches should pos­sess at least a Caf B Li­cence while a spe­cial waiver has been availed to those with Caf C and study­ing to­wards the higher qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Union of Zim­babwe, for­mer ref­er­ees and the Sport and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion of­fi­cials. Mamelodi re­mained op­ti­mistic the Zifa assem­bly, which meets in the cap­i­tal at the end of next month, would ap­prove that op­er­at­ing bud­get that the ex­ec­u­tive would have tabled, which would in turn pave the way for the do­mes­tic foot­ball body to ac­cess Fifa fund­ing. But the hon­orary Cosafa sec­re­tary­gen­eral dis­missed per­cep­tions by some within the Zim­babwe foot­ball cir­cles that he had been on a Fifa mis­sion to dole out fund­ing to ex­tin­guish Zifa’s de­bil­i­tat­ing debt pegged at $6 mil­lion. “It would be mis­placed for any­one to think that I was here to have Fifa pay the Zifa debt. “Fifa have a new de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme called Fifa For­ward which re­places the Goal pro­ject and FAP (fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance pro­gramme) so what was FAP is now Op­er­at­ing Bud­get which has $500 000. “Pre­vi­ously it was $250 000 a year but Fifa have dou­bled that. The as­so­ci­a­tion can also ac­cess $750 000 Pro­ject Fund­ing per year and in four years as­so­ci­a­tions would have re­ceived $5 mil­lion from Fifa but that is if you do your things right .

Zifa also or­dered that coaches in Divi­sion Two and ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions should be Caf C Li­cence hold­ers while Level One is now the min­i­mum at pri­mary schools and Level Two for the sec­ondary schools.

The na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion high­lighted that it was im­por­tant that Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary School Heads (Naph) and Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Sec­ondary School Heads (Nash) ad­here to the re­quire­ments since they deal with raw tal­ent which needs spe­cial care.

How­ever, be­cause of abuse of of­fice, Zifa sus­pended coach­ing clin­ics say­ing they are go­ing to be re­spon­si­ble for all train­ing pro­grammes.

Gwe­sela said: “The na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion noted with con­cern that some of the coaches were at­tain­ing many levels within a year which is not the stip­u­lated pe­riod. One has to do a level in a year and then up­grade the fol­low­ing year but there were in­stances where that wasn’t hap­pen­ing. To curb that, Zifa will be the sole or­gan­is­ers of coach­ing clin­ics.” — @ZililoR

“That money is only re­leased where there is fi­nan­cial com­pli­ance, au­dited ac­counts, re­ports and an ap­proved bud­get.

“At every AGM the bud­get must be pre­sented so in Oc­to­ber when the Zifa assem­bly meets, the bud­get for next year must be ap­proved by the assem­bly,’’ Mamelodi said.

Mamelodi said Fifa had be­come stricter in the man­ner in which they now ad­min­is­ter and dis­burse fi­nan­cial sup­port to mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions.

Zifa have con­tin­ued to be pegged back in their op­er­a­tions as they fight lit­i­ga­tion from all an­gles.

It is also hoped that Zifa will ex­pe­dite the com­pi­la­tion of the foren­sic au­dit re­port which the as­so­ci­a­tion’s lead­er­ship would want to use to clar­ify the true state of their debt.

But as Zifa con­tinue to seek ways to erad­i­cate the debt that had also sparked the bid for vol­un­tary se­ques­tra­tion, Mamelodi also urged for a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing be­tween the as­so­ci­a­tion and the cred­i­tors.

“The Zifa lead­er­ship re­ally have need to have a meet­ing of minds with cred­i­tors be­cause any per­ceived ar­ro­gance on ei­ther side will ag­gra­vate is­sues.

"As long as the debt is there it will be very dif­fi­cult for Zifa to fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing the game.

“I have al­ways seen it (the debt) as a big chal­lenge…. Are we go­ing to have ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tions for the African Cup of Na­tions for both the men and the women’s teams with the fi­nan­cial chal­lenge that Zifa are fac­ing with this debt be­cause any money com­ing Zifa’s way the cred­i­tors will be wait­ing to pounce on it.

“When money is found there will be need to au­dit the cred­i­tors and see how gen­uine the claims are,’’ Mamelodi said.

Zifa yes­ter­day in­di­cated that newly-ap­pointed tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Tau­rai Mang­wiro would soon roll out his de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes.

Ash­ford Mamelodi

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