Last season alone, eight coaches lost their jobs in the Premier Soccer League and already two coaches Gishon Ntini of Shooting Stars and Saul Chaminuka of Shabanie have lost their jobs after being in charge for only two games in the 2011 programme. Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association chairman Bekimpilo Nyoni says this system of firing coaches at will, must come to an end.
He says they have employed a lawyer and a labour expert to help the coaches with their contracts so that when it is breached they will get compensation for the remaining years of the contract.
Nyoni said the coaches will get assistance from the two experts for free should they require advice when they get an offer for employment or when they are dismissed unfairly.
On top of that, said the coaches’ boss, they have also sent a proposal to the Zifa Council for a clause to be enshrined in the Zifa constitution to make it mandatory for a club to have a written contract with a coach.
According to Nyoni, that issue, is to be tabled at the Zifa Council extra ordinary meeting to be held in June where there are going to amend the Zifa constitution.
Nyoni said if this proposal sails through, all contracts between clubs and coaches would be kept at the Zifa, PSL, and at the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association offices in order to make sure that both parties adhered to the agreement.
He said they are worried that most of the coaches have verbal agreements with their teams but also blamed the coaches themselves saying some of them are so desperate for jobs that they just want to be seen to be coaching a Premiership club when they are not being paid.