A number of Premier Soccer League (PSL) coaches face joblessness after the ZIFA executive committee has become stricter in demanding that coaches and their assistants should have a Confederation of African Football (Caf) A coaching badge.
However, in some cases, the requirement has been waived for some coaches like Chicken Inn gaffer Joey Antipas. Antipas does not have a CAF coaching badge.
Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said that the new ZIFA executive committee is very serious about club licensing. He said:
The new executive committee is very serious about club licensing. It is taking club licensing a notch higher. In the last executive committee meeting, it was resolved that coaching standards in PSL should not be down-graded by allowing non-holders of Caf A qualifications to coach in the PSL.
Hence, as enforcement of club licensing standards and ultimately the development of our game, all coaches in the PSL and their assistants should be in possession of Caf A license.
The executive felt that it was imperative to respect coaches’ education. The technical director, Wilson Mutekede, is currently in Egypt for a technical development workshop and the workshop will deal with the curriculum for Caf coaching licence, which is our expectation that Caf coaching courses will resume soon.
Dynamos assistant coach Murape Murape, Caps United assistant coach Tostao Kwashi and several others will be affected if the new requirement is fully enforced.