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FIFA instructor Dominique Niyonzima says Zimbabwe football stands to reap great rewards from the upgrading of the local coaches in line with the modern trends.

Niyonzima, who has been in the country for the past two weeks conducting a Caf A licence course at Zifa Village, yesterday said there was a lot of potential among the local coaches.

The first part of the course ended on Sunday and the Burundian instructor yesterday began another three-day instructors’ course where he is now training instructors.

The group comprises mostly teachers and other coaches like CAPS United’s Taurai Mangwiro, Young Mighty Warriors assistant coach Sithetheliwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda, How Mine coach Philani Ncube and Cosmas Zulu.

Niyonzima believes there is room for improvement in the coaching fraternity after spending a fortnight working mostly with Premiership coaches such as Callisto Pasuwa, Mangwiro, Bigboy Mawiwi and Saul Chaminuka among the 29 participants. Local instructor Gibson Homela and Dominique have been taking the coaches through theory and practical drills in the prestigious Caf A licence, which has been held in few other African countries. This is the first time the course was held in Zimbabwe.

A few eligible coaches, who hold Caf B licence, have been selected to attend the course which has been split into two modules.

The first module ended over the weekend and the second one is now expected to run from August 4 to 17.

“So far everything is okay and we are just halfway through but from the 29 participants about 23 have potential, but there are some things that they are lacking.

“So, I have been telling the Technical Director that if I am going to be the one covering the second module, we would need to look at those areas as well.

“The coaches are so keen to learn, so it is up to the football association to organise more refresher courses so that they keep abreast with the latest football trends.

“I also had an opportunity to watch one of the league matches yesterday (Harare Derby on Sunday) and from that match there were some things that were lacking.

“So there is need to uplift the coaches,” he said. The instructor said after getting the Caf A licence the real work will then begin. “It is like getting married. On wedding day people celebrate with nice cars, wine and dine but when the ceremony is over the real marriage business starts.

Source : The Herald