ZIMBABWEAN coach Phillip Zulu is hoping to join South Africa giants Kaizer Chiefs as head coach for the youth and academy teams. Zulu who has a strong background working in the junior development structures in England is one of the several local and international candidates that have responded to Chiefs’ advert.
Chiefs have indicated they want strong junior development programs and structures that seek to be streamlined in line with the global trends focusing on producing talent for external markets.
Zulu yesterday told our Harare Bureau that he believes he has the qualities to make it at the Naturena although he expects tough competition from a strong field of applicants.
“It’s tough because there’s a lot of interest from foreign coaches as well with vast experience but I believe in my abilities, experience and the work that I’ve done in UK, especially when I worked as a scout for Leeds United FC Academy and in the wider grassroots of most junior development programmes that helped me to develop as a coach.
“To date, I’ve some of the most exciting young players in top professional academies. We’ve some young players who’ve progressed into professional football and many upcoming who are slowly progressing into established youth teams, non-league football and semi-professional.
“That alone, is my testament that I’m more than fit for the job and the most exciting candidate. Remember, our programmes have produced international players for countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, (soon most of these young players are due for national duties).
“I’ve worked with Munyaradzi Mbanje ex-Leeds United, Moses Abiyoye current Leeds United FC, Tavonga Khuleya, Erico Souza, Arnold Sibanda, Martin Zulu, Depo Olusani, and many others. Some of them have gone into professional football with other clubs,” said Zulu.
Zulu, who is currently working on his Uefa B Licence, is also a holder of a Futsal coaching certificate, FA Junior Coaching Level 1 and Level 2, FA Open Age Coaching Level One and Two attained during his stint in England, among his qualifications.