Foot­ball pro­fes­sion­als urged to own up to mistakes

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

FOOT­BALL ad­min­is­tra­tors and coaches must learn to live up to their mistakes and avoid look­ing for non-ex­is­tent and un­rea­son­able ar­gu­ments if they are sanc­tioned for vi­o­lat­ing con­trac­tual agree­ments.

Speak­ing dur­ing the of­fi­cial launch of the Caf B li­cence course be­ing con­ducted by Nel­son Ma­ton­gorere, Gib­son Homela and Zifa tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Tau­rayi Mang­wiro in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day, Zifa vice pres­i­dent Omega Sibanda said it would not help foot­ball if those found on the wrong side of the law fail to look at their own mis­deeds but in­stead start com­ing up with other frivolous and un­founded rea­sons for their sit­u­a­tion.

“If as a coach you’re fired from your job, go with hon­our, don’t start scream­ing re­gion­al­ism or trib­al­ism as the rea­son for your demise. We’re say­ing no to claims of trib­al­ism and re­gion­al­ism,” said Sibanda who was ac­com­pa­nied by South­ern Re­gion boss Musa Man­daza and board mem­ber Tumediso “Drogba” Mokoena.

Sibanda said the so­cial ills which some peo­ple were try­ing to use in an ef­fort to win pub­lic sup­port, have no place un­der the Zifa lead­er­ship. He said coaches must never fight lead­er­ship.

“Trib­al­ism will take us nowhere as a coun­try, it has no place in our foot­ball and so I want to urge you as coaches to also shun it.

As you do your final team se­lec­tion make sure that process is done on merit not on where the player is com­ing from,” said Sibanda.

Mean­while, Zifa has be­gun an am­bi­tious pro­gramme which will see the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion train­ing 680 grass­roots coaches per year for the next five years.

Sibanda said Zifa note, with sad­ness, that the coun­try was com­ing short in terms of grass­roots coaches as most coaches seemed ea­ger to just work with an al­most fin­ished prod­uct.

“”Most of our coaches can only work with youth to se­nior play­ers, we don’t have peo­ple who can work with six-year-olds so as Zifa we’ve be­gun a five year pro­gramme that will see 680 coaches grad­u­at­ing with grass­roots coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions and this pro­gramme will run for the next five years,” said Sibanda.

Some of the coaches at­tend­ing the Caf B course in­clude the leg­endary Agent Sawu, Bu­l­awayo City act­ing head coach Try Ncube, Ama­ga­gasi coach Zi­bonele Ncube, Bu­l­awayo Chiefs’ Thu­lani Sibanda, Gil­bert Mushangazhike and ex-Cha­pungu goalie In­no­cent Chogugudza.

Omega Sibanda

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