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Sports Commission hails Zifa

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SPORTS and Recreation Commission (SRC) director-general Charles Nhemachena has hailed the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) for spearheading various coaching clinics in a move that is set to develop football around the country.

KENNETH NYANGANI
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

A total of 17 coaches around the country are currently attending the CAF C licence course at Mutare Polytechnic with notable names such as Buffaloes assistant coach Timothy “Sicho” Masachi, Highlanders assistant coach Mark Mathe, defunct Eastern Region Hippo Valley former head coach Taku Shariwa and Mutare City Rovers head coach Kennedy Kachara, among others.

Officially opening the course yesterday, Nhemachena in a speech read on his behalf by SRC’s provincial co-ordinator Shupikai Berejena said football was affected by issues to do with integrity of the game.

“I am humbled and delighted to officiate at this important gathering which is meant to educate and upgrade the skills of our coaches. Football coaching like any other profession has to imbed continual professional development as it is relevant to the ever changing operating environment,” he said.

“It is in this spirit that as the SRC we are encouraged by the efforts of Zifa to develop its coaches to be of the highest quality. Just a month ago I was invited to officially open a CAF C license course. This is a demonstration that Zifa places development at the core of what they do,” said Nhemachena.

“As you may recall, a few years ago our football was affected by issues to do with the integrity of the game. It is my hope that one of the key issues that you are going to be covering is integrity and ethics in sport. We need coaches who uphold and practise the ethics of the game for we do not want to have the repeat of the Asiagate which nearly destroyed our football,’’ he added.

Zifa has been striving to enforce the approved club licensing regulations by prescribing minimum qualifications for coaches around the country various leagues.

The national association has indicated the need to implement standardisation processes for coaches from this season onwards.

New regulations state that only coaches in possession of at least Level Four qualification or Caf B licence would be allowed to coach in the Premier league. For coaches in second tier leagues, they should have a minimum of the Level Three or Caf C Licence badge.

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