A Caf C Licence certificate qualifies the holder to coach in any country on the continent. It is higher than the Level qualification that is offered in Zimbabwe.
The Level Four certificate that is being demanded from all coaches who will handle Premier Soccer League clubs as from the start of next season is the highest coaching qualification in Zimbabwean football.
Zifa acting Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Mashingaidze confirmed that Mapeza was now a qualified coach adding that all coaches who took part in the Caf C Licence course should check with Zifa to find out whether they were successful.
Although Mapeza could not be reached for a comment, the latest developments should come as a relief to the coach who was twice refused the position of Warriors coach because he only had certificates of attendance.
Widely expected to land the post of the Warriors mentor, Mapeza was on September 27 ignored by Zifa in favour of Belgian national Tom Saintfiet. After the Saintfiet’s deportation on October 5, it was expected that Mapeza would take control of the team but Zifa gave him equal powers with Madinda Ndlovu just before the October 10 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Cape Verde.
As if that was not enough, soon after the Cape Verde game Mapeza was demoted to assistant coach with Ndlovu taking charge. Frustrated the former Galatasaray player resigned from the Warriors.
Mashingaidze could not confrim whether they will consider Mapeza this time now that he has a qualification.
Mapeza took Monomotapa to the Premiership title in his first year as coach of a PSL club in 2008 and has played highly competitive European Champions League. Turning out for top Turkish side Galatasaray Mapeza in 1994 played against the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United.