THE CAF A licence, the highest coaching qualification on the continent, will be conducted in Zimbabwe for the first time this month.
After the success of the A and B licences, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has given Zifa the nod to host the high level course, which in Zimbabwe is only held by Highlanders’ Zambian coach Kelvin Kaindu.
The course, according to Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela, is scheduled for
June 30-July 13 at the Zifa Village and Conference Centre in Mt Hampden.
Holders of Caf B licence courses are the only coaches eligible to undergo training in which a Caf instructor will conduct the course.
“Zifa would like to inform the football fraternity and the nation at large that the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has given Zifa the green light to hold the prestigious Caf A licensing course. A Caf instructor will conduct the course,” Gwesela said.
“The course will be held from the 30th of June 2014 to the 13th of July 2014 at the state-of-the-art Zifa Village and Conference Centre in Mt Hampden. All coaches in possession of a Caf B license qualify to attend the Caf A licensing course.
“The course is further evidence that Zifa is indeed committed to take football to greater heights by having the most educated coaches in Africa. This is great achievement for Zimbabwean Football.”
Zimbabwe joins Zambia, Ghana, Sudan, Namibia and South Africa in the list of some of the countries that have had the Caf A Licence programme.
A number of coaches in Zimbabwe are eligible to take part in the course as they attained the Caf B licence held in 2012 in Harare with close to 40 coaches to attending the coaching clinic.
Caf instructor Sunday Kayuni from Tanzania and former Zifa technical director Nelson Matongorere conducted the course.
Those that attained the Caf B licence course include former Warriors coaches Norman Mapeza, Madinda Ndlovu and Rahman Gumbo, Mamelodi Sundowns manager Peter Ndlovu, Lloyd Mutasa, David Mandigora, Misheck Chidzambwa, Tavaka Gumbo, Taurai Mangwiro, Dynamos’ three-time title winning coach Kalisto Pasuwa and Richard Tswatswa.
Tswatswa is also the only Caf-recognised goalkeeper’s trainer in Zimbabwe.