Women coaches urged to aim high

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ngqwele Dube Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

ZIFA pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa has urged women coaches to over­come fear and in­tim­i­da­tion to scale greater heights in the most fol­lowed sport in the world.

Speak­ing dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Caf D Women Foot­ball Coach­ing Course at a Bu­l­awayo lodge on Thurs­day, Chiyangwa told par­tic­i­pants that the cer­tifi­cate should be the be­gin­ning of a great coach­ing ca­reer.

Chiyangwa said pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less and women should not fear earn­ing coach­ing badges that would al­low them to even coach male teams at the high­est level. It was the first Caf D course ex­clu­sively held for women coaches in the coun­try and was fa­cil­i­tated by top Fifa women coach­ing in­struc­tor, Jac­que­line Shiphanga.

“You are the first to do this course so we want to see a pro­gres­sion, don’t stop at this level please. As you grow in the pro­fes­sion and take up higher cour­ses we will open room for other coaches to learn what you have learnt.

“This is the start­ing point; re­mem­ber there are higher lev­els which you should as­pire to take up. Don’t just eye coach­ing women but also look at the men’s teams. As­pire to go and coach the coun­try’s top teams such as High­landers and Dy­namos and oth­ers in the Pre­mier League,” said Chiyangwa.

He urged the coaches to em­u­late Mighty War­riors coach, Si­thethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda who at­tained the Caf A coach­ing course with the high­est marks, out­do­ing her male coun­ter­parts she took the course with.

“Kwinji is now el­i­gi­ble to coach any team in Zim­babwe. She can take over the reins at any PSL club be­cause she is qual­i­fied like any other male coach, so you should also be like her. She got the best marks when she at­tained Caf A, she can coach High­landers or Dy­namos or any team so we want you to be like her.

“It is im­por­tant that you train un­til you ob­tain the high­est qual­i­fi­ca­tions that can also open greater doors beyond Zim­babwe and there is also the op­tion of be­com­ing an in­struc­tor just like Shipanga,” said Chiyangwa.

The four-day course was be­ing held as part of the legacy plans of the on­go­ing 2017 Cosafa Women’s Cham­pi­onships that kicked off on Wed­nes­day and ends next Sun­day. Thirty-one par­tic­i­pants from all over the coun­try took part course whose age range was be­tween 18 and 51.

Zim­babwe Women Foot­ball chair­per­son, El­iz­a­beth Kanonge said it was great to see a cross sec­tion of women un­der­stand­ing they can make the mark in foot­ball.

Shipanga praised Zifa lead­er­ship for giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for fe­male foot­ballers and coaches.

She said the Cosafa Women’s Cup should be held ev­ery year and not hap­haz­ardly if there is go­ing to be con­sis­tent de­vel­op­ment in the women’s game.

“It is sad that this year we have an­nual event on the African calendar not this year and then three years there is noth­ing. The tour­ney is al­ready pre­par­ing the teams for the Af­con for women qual­i­fiers that start in De­cem­ber.

“Our con­tent at Fifa is the same through­out the world so what they (coaches) learnt here is the same that some­one in Brazil or Mex­ico will go through. I be­lieve the coaches here have a lot of po­ten­tial which should be de­vel­oped,” she said.

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