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Standard qualifications to haunt PSL coaches

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Premier Soccer League (PSL) coaches without minimum qualifications will not be allowed to sit on the bench in the 2011 season, NewsDay Sports can reveal.

Zifa board member for competitions Ben Moyo said that a resolution was passed in 1996 but was not being implemented because some board members were protecting their friends who did not have the credentials to coach in the Premiership.

Moyo was assenting to an earlier sentiment by Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches’ Association (Zisca) national secretary Oscar Mazhambe, who said a directive circulated to all Zifa affiliates to that effect last year was going to be enforced in 2011.

“I agree. That will be enforced next year. In 1996, the Zifa Council sat and it was resolved that those coaches who did not meet the qualifications would not be allowed to sit on the bench. We are now just implementing what was already resolved.

“This has not been the case all along because some (Zifa) board members felt uncomfortable that their friends would be disqualified,” Moyo said. PSL coaches are required to have a Level Four Coaching Certificate to sit on the bench and according to Mazhambe, there are still a number of coaches who have not attained those required standards.

The circular, dated April 16, 2009, signed by former Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya and addressed to all affiliates reads: “This circular serves to inform you that the Association, in its effort to rationalise the grading of technical and administration officials in charge of Association Football, only qualified personnel will be eligible for technical and administration appointments.

“Football cannot afford the luxury of using unqualified personnel as this will impact negatively on the standard of football in Zimbabwe. The position is in line with Zifa’s growth and development policy and it shall be enforced with effect from January 2010 without fear of favour.”

The qualification for the PSL is Level Four, and for the national teams are Level Four and an International High Level Certificate. The standards also apply to Division One, Level Three or Four, Division Two-Level Two and Division Three and below – Level One plus a specialised course.

Regarding the national team coaches, Moyo said: “From a competitions point of view, we are only going to confirm a coach after we have seen their authentic certificates.”

Mazhambe concurred with Moyo and added that coaches would be screened like players at the beginning of every match and Zisca would be doing that in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Referees’ Association and the PSL.

“This was supposed to be implemented last year. Coaches without Level Four will not be allowed to sit on the bench next season. We will be working hand in hand with the referees’ association and the PSL and coaches will be screened by the referees before each match,” Mazhambe said.

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