High-level PSL coaching course

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Zifa and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) have organised a high-level coaching course for local top-flight football coaches to be conducted by German instructor Eric Rutemoller from January 30 to February 3.

The venue is yet to be announced. According to a circular sent to all Premiership clubs by PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele on Monday, the course will be for head coaches, their assistants and goalkeepers coaches.

The course will be held in the country courtesy of Zifa technical adviser KlausDieter Pagels, a German national.

The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League executive committee and the Zifa technical adviser, Mr KlausDieter Pagels have organised a high-level coaching course for all the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League coaches.

The course shall be held from 30 January 2012 to Friday 03 February 2012. The course will be conducted by a German instructor Mr Erich Rutemoller.

The League is inviting all Premier Soccer League club head coaches, assistant coaches and goalkeeper coaches. Registration forms shall be forwarded in due course, reads the circular.

Rutemoller was assistant coach for the German national team for 10 years from 1994 to 2004 and has headed Bundesliga side. FC Koln and German Football Association sides Hansa Rostock and Bonner SC in his coaching career.

He served as the German national team interim coach in 1996 and 1997. In 2008, he was the assistant coach to Ali Daei for the Iranian national team and was appointed temporary head coach the following year after Daei was dismissed.

He recently served as a motivational speaker and coach trainer for managers attempting to obtain German Football Association coaching licences.

In 2009, he terminated his contract with the Iran national team and joined Esteghlal FC in that country as first assistant to Samad Marfavi on a one-year contract after which he was appointed adviser to the Philippine Under-23 national team last year by the Philippine Football Federation. His job involved overseeing the training and formation of the team for the 2011 South East Asian Games.

Meanwhile, the PSL circular says the league has received confirmation from Zifa that the first transfer window opened on January 1 and will close on March 23, six days after the commencement of the 2012 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League. The second transfer window will open on July 1 2012 and close on July 31with no extensions.

The league will kick-off with first competitive match pitting 2011 champions Dynamos and 2010 league winners Motor Action participating in the NetOne Charity Shield. The full programme of the 2012 Castle Lager PSL will be released in due course, according the circular.

The closing date for player registration is February 29 with clubs expected to register a maximum of 25 players, plus five development players born after January 1 1993 and late registration shall attract a fine.

All clubs intending to engage in friendly matches or tournaments are to be cleared by the PSL and those clubs participating in unauthorised friendly matches will face sanctions.