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CAF instructor Steve Coetsee has been impressed by the high level of understanding of technical issues among the Zimbabwean coaches after supervising a Caf A Licence course which ends in Harare today.

Coetsee, who is a highly-respected South Africa Football Association instructor, joined the coaches at the Zifa Village on Monday, midway through the last leg of the course which started two weeks ago.

The first part was held last year in July and, this afternoon, 15 coaches are set to be decorated with the highest coaching badges offered by Caf at a ceremony to be held at the Zifa Village.

Among them are former Warriors coaches Madinda Ndlovu and Norman Mapeza, the Dynamos technical side comprising David Mandigora, Tonderai Ndiraya and Herbert Maruwa.

Newly-promoted side Tsholotsho FC coach Lizwe Sweswe, Flame Lily’s Nesbert Saruchera and Biggie Zuze of Triangle were also in class during the last two weeks.

“We are working here with mostly Premiership coaches and that definitely has made it a lot easier. These guys have a deep understanding of the game.

“They have been very impressive but what we are saying is that on top of the knowledge they possess they should go further and get official recognition through participating in such courses.

“You cannot be a practicing lawyer unless you have the required qualifications on paper. The same with football.

“In some countries they are making it compulsory that all practicing coaches should have certain qualifications, but it’s not the same everywhere. We are talking of individual cases,” said Coetsee.

ZIFA technical director Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe and Harare City coach Taurayi Mangwiro, who is also an accredited Caf instructor, have been taking the coaches through the modules.

The first part was handled by Burundian instructor Dominic Niyonzima.

“The Caf A Licence comes with a higher understanding of modern football trends and highly technical topics. But this is not a teaching session, it’s more like a platform for sharing experiences since we are working with people who have been in the game for some time.

“I believe the coaches have benefited a lot from this. At the end of the day there is an evaluation to assess if they have grasped the technicalities and the topics which were covered during this course. So, starting from today (yesterday) they will give oral and practical presentations and then take a theory examination. Then at the weekend they will get their certificates,” said Jongwe.

The Zifa technical director said they were looking to get all the coaches accredited with the highest coaching qualification offered by the continental football mother body.

“Last time I think my message was interpreted wrongly when I commented about the qualifications of Premiership coaches and there was an outcry across the country.

“The requirement last year was B Licence and the status quo remains because we are looking at the base that we have. We cannot just say overnight all PSL coaches should have Caf A Licence. But in future it is our hope that every practicing coach should have this qualification. We move in stages until such a time we feel everyone has got a chance to get the qualification.

“The opportunities will be availed to them. We say that because already for Caf competitions, coaches without Caf A Licence cannot sit on the bench, for example in the Champions League and the Confederation Cup,” said Jongwe.

Source : The Herald

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