2 February 2017
HARARE CITY are sticking by coach Mkhuphali ‘Cooper’ Masuku for now.
According to ZIFA Masuku is not eligible to coach a top flight team ahead of the forthcoming Premier Soccer League season.
ZIFA have since stipulated that a CAF ‘A’ coaching badge is the minimum qualification for those aspiring to sit on the bench as head coaches.
However, Cooper who was appointed coach after Moses Chunga’s dismissal in December last year, possesses a CAF B licence and will not be eligible to lead the Sunshine City Boys.
Harare City secretary general Matthew Marara said they have no plans to make any changes ahead of the new season.
Masuku, who is the Warriors assistant coach, travelled for AFCON 2017 tournament and in that process missed the CAF A coaching course held last month at ZIFA Village.
Marara insists they were sticking to their coach.
“We have Masuku and he has since started work. We won’t have any plans of employing another coach at the moment,” he said.
Yadah FC were also affected with their Northern Region championship winning coach ineligible for the season.
They have since appointed a new coach Jairos Tapera who is qualified for the post.
ZIFA technical director Tawurayi Mangwiro stamped that the new standardisation process was in line FIFA club licensing aimed at improving the quality of football and local coaches in Zimbabwe.
“It’s not really directed to a specific coach or club. It’s a standard that we set in 2015 going into 2016. We want qualified coaches to be guiding our teams. Last year we allowed coaches with a CAF B licence awaiting CAF A but this year it’s different. All coaches must have a CAF A licences without fail. The Premiership Soccer League will need to enforce that. It’s in line with club licencing and a process for us to suit other leagues internationally. It’s for the development of our game,” he said.
Mangwiro encouraged club owners and directors to approach ZIFA for such job recommendations.
“We have a lot of coaches who are qualified and the database is at ZIFA. I think it’s better for clubs to approach us and seek our recommendations. I know they have their own way of doing things but it wise that they employ the right candidate in line with the standard the association requires,” added Mangwiro.