Coaches Rush To Obtain Higher Qualifications

As from the 2011 season, the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association will set up standard qualifications for coaches to work in Zimbabwe. Under the new regulations no coach will be allowed to coach in the local Premier League or sit
on the bench without a Level Four qualification.
Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association president Bhekimpilo Nyoni revealed that because of this new requirement there has been a sudden high increase in the number of coaches in the Premiership seeking to acquire the Level Four qualification.He added that some of the coaches were at the moment attending the two Level Four courses that are currently running in Harare and Bulawayo. A Level Four
qualification is the highest certificate offered in Zimbabwean football.
This is the first time in Zimbabwean soccer that there has been a benchmark in qualifications for coaches taking charge of Premiership clubs. Although there has been encouragement for coaches to acquire coaching qualifications, there has
not been any move to enforce the demand. Most of the coaches have come straight from their playing days to quick start their coaching careers.
Nyoni said their aim was to have the highest qualified coaches handling top flight league as well as having coaches who could be relied upon should they be offered the chance to coach the various national teams. ‘There is need to
utilise our own resources. We can only do that if the coaches have the right qualifications and the neccesary skills,’ said Nyoni.
Of late, there has been resistance from the Zimbabwe Football Association to employ local coaches arguing that they did not have the necessary qualifications. Belgian Tom Saintfiet is still employed as the Warriors mentor despite his work permit application having been rejected.Brazilian Valinhos was the Zimbabwe coach in the run up to the 2010 World Cup and African Cup of Nations finals.But Nyoni wants the reliance on foreign coaches to be a thing of the past.