Zifa mulls per­for­mance based con­tracts for coaches

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ricky Zililo

THE newly elected Zifa board is con­tem­plat­ing in­tro­duc­ing per­for­mance based con­tracts for na­tional teams’ tech­ni­cal staff mem­bers.

Zifa vice pres­i­dent Gift Banda said the new board was shocked to learn that only the se­nior men’s na­tional team coach Sun­day Chidzambwa had a con­tract while his as­sis­tants and coaches of other na­tional teams worked on “good­will”.

Banda, who han­dles the port­fo­lio for all na­tional teams, said the board will dis­cuss the en­gage­ment of na­tional team coaches on per­ma­nent ba­sis so that they can cham­pion the de­vel­op­ment and scout for ta­lent at all corners.

“In my un­der­stat­ing, the as­sis­tant coaches didn’t have any con­tracts, with the head coach be­ing the only one with a con­tract. Even the team man­ager didn’t have a con­tract be­fore, it was an anom­aly. We want to sign con­tracts with all the coaches,” he said.

Banda said the new Zifa board was striv­ing to be as pro­fes­sional as pos­si­ble on is­sues to deal with its em­ploy­ees that in­clude coaches.

“We want to get to a stage where all our na­tional teams coaches will not be at­tached to any club so that they can con­cen­trate solely on the job of coach­ing the na­tional teams.

“We’ve got a good data­base of play­ers ply­ing their trade all over the world but our coaches rely on me­dia re­ports that so and so is do­ing well abroad. What we want is for our coaches to have such in­for­ma­tion so that they make in­formed de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the play­ers,” said Banda.

This pro­posed move how­ever de­mands ad­e­quate fund­ing to en­able Zifa to meet costs such as pay­ing coaches’ salaries.

On Tues­day, Zifa an­nounced tech­ni­cal changes within the se­nior and Un­der-23 men’s teams, with the War­riors ca­su­al­ties be­ing as­sis­tant coaches Lloyd Mu­tasa and Rah­man Gumbo who were re­placed by the new Un­der-23 coach Ton­derai Ndi­raya and Bongani Mafu in the set-up.

Ndi­raya and Mafu bounced back in the War­riors struc­tures ahead of the cru­cial Afcon qual­i­fier against Con­goBraz­zav­ille in March.

Brenna Msiska was re­tained as the goal­keep­ers’ coach.

Welling­ton Mpan­dare will re­main the team man­ager while Ni­cholas Mun­y­onga re­placed So­man Mu­dariki as the team doc­tor. Ed­die Chivero and Robert Ma­toka have been ap­pointed as the team li­ai­son of­fi­cer and head of se­cu­rity re­spec­tively. Mandla Mpofu and Lizwe Sweswe will as­sist Ndi­raya at Un­der-23 while Tembo Chuma is the goal­keep­ers’ coach. Chivero will also be the Un­der-23 team man­ager. — @ ZililoR

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