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BULAWAYO sides Highlanders, Chicken Inn and How Mine could be forced to make major technical changes in the coming season unless their coaches attain a Caf A licence badge.

This comes as Zifa have ordered that all Premier Soccer League coaches must be holders of a Caf A licence with effect from the 2015 season.

Assistant coaches must have a minimum of Level Four certificates.

Caf are understood to peg the highest coaching qualification required in any league to that of the top course held.

The continental body has already held two Caf A courses in Zimbabwe with the first having been in August while the second batch of coaches began classes two weeks ago.

It is understood that courses done outside the continent do not necessarily make one skip the requirements though widely held opinion is that Latin America and Central and East Europe qualifications are beyond questioning given what it takes in the duration and the course content involved for one to attain some of them.

Ironically in Zimbabwe, one can walk out with two Caf qualifications within months yet for someone to attain the Uefa B licence for which such coaches like Highlanders’ Bongani Mafu, it would need nine months of learning.

Mafu’s Uefa B licence is also equivalent to an instructor’s badge he did in Germany.

Chicken Inn’s Joey Antipas is believed to have apart from some local qualifications secured a Dutch qualification.

How Mine’s Luke Masomere is a Caf B licence holder he and Antipas are waiting for the Caf A results which they sat for this month.

If they both fail, they will not be allowed to sit on the bench when the 2015 season gets underway sometime next March.

“As for Mafu, he has to attend a Caf A course, it will just be mere formality for him but if the League was to start today, he would not be allowed to sit on the bench for Highlanders, we will not accredit him,” said the Zifa technical director Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe who until his appointment was not an instructor.

Jongwe said if a country holds a coaching clinic for its coaches, that highest course becomes the benchmark and no coach holding lower qualifications can coach at the highest level.

Bosso’s candidates for the assistant coach’s post Mandla Mpofu holds a Caf A, Bekithemba Ndlovu (Caf B) and Dazzy Kapenya (Level Three).

It could not be confirmed yesterday whether a similar requirement stood in countries such as South Africa where they have foreign coaches with higher qualifications.

Questions have been raised over the selection of coaches for these courses.

Some coaches are demanding to know previous course results of some of the instructors now running the show amid reports that some were known to have failed Caf C after skipping lessons.

However, Chicken Inn have rubbished the directive and said some coaches are only good in theory but when it came to practical, they found life very difficult.

“As far as we are concerned, our coach is qualified to coach anywhere in the world, we can’t lose sleep over these requirements,” said Chicken Inn secretary-general Tawengwa Hara.

Interestingly, Hara is also a Zifa board member.

Source : The Herald