Coaches, clubs in trouble

Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela

CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs could remain without coaches as Zifa moves to enforce club licensing regulations which require them to be holders of a Caf A Licence to take charge of a top-flight league club.


Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela confirmed the requirement saying no coach would be allowed to sit on the bench as head coach next year if they do not have the Caf A Licence.

So far, clubs which are safe are Highlanders, who recently appointed Bongani Mafu, who has a Uefa B badge and Harare City’s Taurai Mangwiro, Chapungu’s John Nyikadzino and Hwange’s Nation Dube who passed the Caf A Licence course held in July in Harare.

“It is a requirement that all coaches in the PSL should have a Caf A Licence in terms of the club licensing regulations,” Gwesela said. “The PSL has been informed and we will not register any coach who does not have this requirement.”

Champions Dynamos are affected as appointed coach David Mandigora is currently attending the Caf A Licence coach, which resumes next month, which Orange Caf Confederation Cup representatives coach Norman Mapeza is also attending the on-going course.

Orange Caf Confederation Cup representatives coach Norman Mapeza
Orange Caf Confederation Cup representatives coach Norman Mapeza

Triangle’s Biggie Zuze, newly-promoted Tsholotsho FC’s Lizwe Sweswe and Flame Lily’s Nesbert Saruchera are also attending the course. Chicken Inn, whose technical department is headed by Joey Antipas is not safe and so are ZPC Kariba, whose Saul Chaminuka did not make it in July. How Mine’s Luke Masomere is awaiting reassessment after failing to make it in July.

Gwesela said all coaches should go through the course.

“Next year we will hold Caf A courses and a variety of others from level one. Capacity building is part of our strategic plan and we will continue to develop coaches,” he said.

Gwesela added that although he did not have the statistics some of the coaches in the PSL were holders of CAF A.

“Coaches in the PSL should be highly qualified. I do not know how many have the licence, but I can safely say that some of them do have it,” he said.

PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele (pictured) welcomed the requirement.

“We hope the requirement will encourage coaches and that it would be fully implemented. It is a welcome move,” he said.

For the just-ended season, coaches heading PSL teams were required to be holders of Zifa Level Four certificate or a Caf B Licence.