Just a few months ago, Zifa offered former players an escape route into coaching by holding a CAF B coaching certificate course that was held at the Zifa Village in Harare.
By Nyambira Chivasa
Once again, the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association (Zisca) in partnership with Zifa eastern Region have availed the chance for former footballers. They have lined-up a CAF C Level coaching clinic to be held at Triangle’s Gibbo Stadium from June 1 to 11.
In this course, former players have been granted a waiver to take on coaching from this level without undergoing levels one to four, while other participants have to produce the required coaching qualifications to be part of the course.
Standardsport caught up with Zisca coordinator Cuthbert Kwa-ngware who confirmed the developments.
“Only ex-premier league players are allowed to train for CAF C coaching certificate without undergoing levels one to four. We therefore urge them to take full advantage of this exemption and improve the prospects of furthering their football careers.
It’s really disheartening to see former players living pathetic lives because they did not take advantage of these positive gestures,” Kwangware said.
Zifa technical director Takaendesa Jongwe with the assistance of veteran coach Gibson Homela and a foreign instructor yet to be confirmed will conduct the course which will see participants pay $350 for the entire course.
The course will also target teachers from the area as the Eastern region seeks to develop soccer from grassroots levels.
“This was a partnership between Zisca and Eastern Region after realising that we have a number of level three and four certificates holders who might want to further their skills in coaching,” Kwangware said.
He pleaded with the Ministry of Education to give teachers time to be part of this noble cause.
“We are going to engage the responsible authorities in the Ministry of Education to release teachers and also fund this important programme.”
Forty participants are expected to take part in the coaching clinic, with former footballers Rolland Madziva, David Sengu, Zvenyika Makonese, Godfrey Dondo and Joe Kwangware having confirmed attendance.