The National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (Naaz) has revealed the names of the six coaches who will spearhead the country’s preparations for the Zone VI Games that the country will host next year.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
The athletic board has since forwarded the six names to the sports supreme board, Sports and Recreation Commission, for approval.
The six coaches include Naaz director of coaching and talent identification Phakamile Lisimati, who will head the technical department, by virtue of being the country’s junior national team’s head coach.
Silas Muringani was also roped into the technical department.
Naaz national youth coach Bright Nhubu was also named to be part of the long list of coaches, which also includes Guide Maphosa from Bulawayo, Precious Karatino of Marondera and Adelai Dube from Kwekwe.
In an interview with Standardsport on Friday, Lisimati said they were now awaiting SRC’s response.
“The six coaches and two managers were named early this week, and we have since forwarded the names to the SRC for approval. At the moment, we are still waiting for approval. As the host nation, we would like to have a full contingent of coaches.” Lisimati said.
Naaz president Tendai Tagara said that they would like to give the coaches enough time to prepare for the games, which will give them an edge over other participating countries as the hosts.
“We want to give the coaches enough time to prepare because they will be tasked with scouting for talent deep in the remote areas, where l believe there is also talent,’’ he said
“The coaches will specialise in various fields such as hurdles, sprints and jumps. This will also give us an advantage in choosing our best team that will represent the country at the Youth Olympics to be stage in China next year,’’ added Tagara.