The issuing of CAF A, B and C coaching licences will resume this August after they were temporarily suspended in 2017.

The suspension was due to the need for an extensive curriculum and content delivery review.

Member associations have already been introduced to the new package which was formulated in cooperation with experts from the Union of European Football Associations.

In an interview with ZIFA media, the association’s technical director, Wilson Mutekede revealed other key practices which coaches will be obligated to observe in order to be eligible for enrolment.

“It is important for everyone to note that there are going to be changes in the manner in which we have been conducting the courses,” said Mutekede.

“CAF emphasised on a rigorous selection of course participants and this simply means that not everyone will be eligible to enrol for these courses until and unless they satisfy set conditions.
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“All applicants should produce coaching files as proof of practice, because we believe that there is no point in further training for coaches who are not practicing. Dedicated coaches should make efforts to practice, be it at schools, colleges or academies, what is key is to familiarise with real issues associated with the field.”

Interested participants are also now obliged to produce a medical clearance to certify their ability to perform physical training.

Class sizes will now be limited to a maximum of 25 participants for CAF A and B licences, and not more than 30 for CAF C courses in order to ensure quality delivery during the courses.

Wilson Mutekede, Tawurayi Mangwiro and Nelson Matongorere are the only CAF Coaches’ instructors in Zimbabwe.

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