ZIFA board member development John Phiri says a complete turnaround is needed to take the game of football to another level as the High Performance Committee set up by the association meets for the first time this afternoon.The former Warriors skipper said Zimbabwe football needed fresh impetus in terms of technical capacity and has high hopes that the new committee will contribute positively to the development of the game.
Phiri is the chairman of the committee which includes football experts like Gibson Homela, Charles Sibanda, Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu, Misheck Chidzambwa, the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association chairman Bheki Nyoni, Zifa Technical Director Maxwell Takaendesa, former board member competitions Benedict Moyo and Zifa coaches administrator Mike Ngore.
The committee is mandated to help the board on the technical aspects of football from grassroots level up to the senior national teams.
“In my own opinion I think the state of the game is not at the level where it is supposed to be. Football is changing and I think we are far much behind the rest of the world.
“We need to change from the way we used to do things in the past and adopt some of the modern methods so that we catch up with the others,” said Phiri.
National team coaches are not invited for the meeting today but the committee may consider engaging them in future if there is need.
Phiri told the Zifa website that the main agenda will zero in on issues affecting the game. The Committee will submit a report with recommendations to the Zifa board.
“Basically, we will discuss all technical issues affecting our national teams. We play an advisory role,” he said.
Meanwhile, Warriors legend Peter Ndlovu is expected to headline an array of top local and foreign-based coaches that have lined up for the Caf A Licence coaching course set to take place at the Zifa Village starting next Monday.
The course will be conducted by Burundi instructor Dominique Niyonzima with Homela coming in as the local instructor.
Zifa technical director Jongwe said many coaches have shown interest but there are limited places to accommodate roughly 30 participants.
Among the top coaches expected to take part are Dynamos’ Callisto Pasuwa, Nation Dube of Hwange, Caps United’s Taurai Mangwiro, Lloyd Mutasa, Luke Masomere, Bigboy Mawiwi, Jairos Tapera, Biggie Zuze, Philani Ncube, Richard Tswatswa and the ZPC Kariba pair of Saul Chaminuka and Godfrey Tamirepi.
Former Warriors coaches Rahman Gumbo, Barry Daka, Peter and Madinda Ndlovu are also expected for the course. However Peter Ndlovu, who was recently in Brazil for the World Cup on duty with a contingent from his South Africa club Mamelodi Sundowns, is yet to confirm his participation.
Jongwe said priority has also been given to the coaches currently working with Premiership teams.
“Everything is in place and we are happy Caf have given us the opportunity to upgrade our coaches to a higher level. This is the highest course that we have offered in Zimbabwe and I am glad to say that almost all coaches from the premiership are coming.
“Peter Ndlovu will confirm this week. We definitely cannot accommodate all the prospective candidates now so others will have to wait for the December intake when we hope to get another chance from Caf,” said Jongwe.
The course runs for one month and the initial part will be held in the next two weeks from Monday while the remaining modules will take place from August 4-17.
It was not clear yesterday if the coaches will be released for their league games during the two weeks when the course would be running.
“They may or they may not be released. It depends on the instructor but I feel coaches should learn to trust their assistants in case they encounter such situations,” said Jongwe.