Mokoena urges coaches to up­grade qual­i­fi­ca­tions

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pos­ses­sion of at least a Caf A Li­cence al­lowed to sit on Pre­mier­ship benches.

One of the tenets of club li­cens­ing is to have key qual­i­fied per­son­nel em­ployed by clubs and this in­cludes coaches as well as ad­min­is­tra­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion, the country has made great strides in em­pow­er­ing lo­cal coaches, with 41 coaches now hold­ers of Caf A, while 114 have at­tained Caf B and 193 with Caf C li­cences.

Zifa also wants grass­roots ju­nior coaches as well as teach­ers to hold a min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tion of lo­cal Level 2 and grass­roots cer­tifi­cate in coach­ing.

Mokoena said they will start with an instructors’ course in Bu­l­awayo from Oc­to­ber 20-24, fol­lowed by a Level 4 coach­ing clinic that will run from Oc­to­ber 26 to Novem­ber 13.

“Reg­is­tra­tion is open for cour­ses that we’ve lined up and we en­cour­age peo­ple to at­tend and make sure they ac­quire stan­dard qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“For one to par­tic­i­pate at the instructors’ course, they must pay $300 and be hold­ers of a Caf A Li­cence as well as a Level 4 badge.

“The Level 4 course costs $350. In De­cem­ber we will also have a grass­roots course for devel­op­ment coaches,” said Mokoena.

Zifa has also lined up Caf cour­ses, start­ing with the Caf C Li­cence to be held in Gweru from Oc­to­ber 24 to Novem­ber 7 that will cost $350.

A Caf B Li­cence course has been set for Bu­l­awayo from Novem­ber 14 to De­cem­ber 2 and par­tic­i­pants will pay $600.

The high level Caf A Li­cence will be held in Jan­uary and Zifa has set an ex­or­bi­tant $1 200, an amount that may re­strict as­pir­ing coaches.

Our Harare Bureau yes­ter­day re­ported that lo­cal coaches ea­ger to meet the Zifa dead­line to at­tain the manda­tory Caf A Li­cence had made a pas­sion­ate ap­peal to the soc­cer mother body to make the fees more af­ford­able.

The Caf A Li­cence course is sched­uled for Harare from Jan­uary 9-23 for the first mod­ule, with the sec­ond slated for Fe­bru­ary 13-27.

New­some Mutema, Zim­babwe Coaches’ Union sec­re­tary-gen­eral, said they had en­gaged Zifa through the as­so­ci­a­tion’s tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Tau­rai Mang­wiro seek­ing a re­view of the pro­hib­i­tive fee. Mutema sug­gested that Zifa could come up with a con­cise bud­get that could cater for the ma­jor­ity of ap­pli­cants that need to at­tain the li­cence.

“Zifa should en­sure that course fees are af­ford­able when run­ning coach­ing pro­grammes, so that many are not dis­ad­van­taged given the pre­vail­ing eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in the land.

“We feel the course fees should be de­ter­mined by a proper cost­ing sys­tem which is de­signed on a cost re­cov­ery ba­sis since Caf caters for most of the ex­penses of the for­eign instructors,” Mutema said.

He said the fact that the course would be held at the Zifa Vil­lage should help in re­duc­ing costs — @ZililoR.

Tau­rai Mang­wiro

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