16 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Boob Costs Pasuwa

DYNAMOS could pay a huge prize for failing to send their gaffer, Callisto Pasuwa, to a big coaching workshop held in Egypt last week for the coaches taking part in this year's Champions League and Confederation Cup.

There was confusion last night as to whether Pasuwa's failure to attend the course, and get the Caf licence, might see him being barred from leading DeMbare in this year's Champions League.

The signal coming from Confederation of African Football, which appeared to suggest that coaches who don't hold the licences issued out at the workshop will not be allowed to take charge of their teams in the Champions League, complicated issues.

Caf ran its first high-level workshop for all coaches, whose clubs will be taking part in the two inter-club competitions, in Cairo last week.

Caf said on its official website, Cafonline, that the workshop was meant to induct and licence the coaches who will take part in the 2013 inter-club competitions.

Fifty coaches from all over the continent met in Cairo, Egypt, from Wednesday to Friday last week.

However, Dynamos, who have failed to reach the mini-league stage of the Champions League in the last two editions, were not represented at the three-day workshop.

Caf's director of football development, Abdel Moneim Hussein, co-ordinated the course with help from Fifa and Caf coaching instructor, Ben Koufie.

Ahmed Maged, a Caf medical instructor, and the new Caf refereeing manager, Eddy Maillet, also made presentations to the coaches.

The course in Cairo came at a time Dynamos had been mooting sending Pasuwa for an attachment at South African glamour club Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the Champions League campaign.

Dynamos date Lesotho Correctional Services during the weekend of February 15-17 in the preliminary round, first leg.

Webster Chikengezha, the Dynamos vice-chairman and club spokesman, said the Glamour Boys were not aware of such a crucial workshop.

Chikengezha believes there could have been a breakdown in communication between Zifa and his club in relaying the message.

"We never got any information of such a course.

"The invitations never got to us unless they came through Zifa and then to the former secretary-general (Ray Kazembe).

"But all the same we never got any communication on the matter and I will have to check with Zifa," said Chikengezha.

Usually Zifa technical director, Nelson Matongorere, should have been the focal person for such kind of information.

Matongorere is already in the eye of a storm after his name appeared on the ballots cast for the 2012 Fifa Ballon d'Or as having voted in place of the Warriors' skipper Tapuwa Kapini.

The Zifa technical director has denied ever casting a vote and association vice-president, Ndumiso Gumede, yesterday said they will launch a full-scale investigation into the embarrassing boob.

Former Warriors' coach, Rahman Gumbo, whose name appeared on the ballot papers as having cast his vote has also questioned the process saying he never voted.

This, coupled with what is emerging at Dynamos in relation to Pasuwa's missed opportunity, brings to fore the challenges that the Zifa secretariat faces in discharging its duties.

Chikengezha, who is also the acting secretary-general for the Zimbabwe league champions, conceded that the workshop in Cairo could have helped Pasuwa and Dynamos ahead of their Champions League campaign.

It's unlikely that the Harare giants would have spent in excess of US$3 000, which is a considerably small figure for such a huge club, to fly Pasuwa to Cairo and take care of his accommodation and meals.

"I think it was a very good initiative by Caf to do such a course ahead of the inter-club competitions," he said.

The coaches who attended the course were each presented with a Caf accreditation coaching licence.

It would not be established yesterday if those licences give the coaches the greenlight to take charge of teams during the two Caf inter-club tournaments this year. In the event that is the case, it would be a huge blow for DeMbare with Pasuwa unlikely to take charge of the team in the Champions League.

The workshop offered the coaches an opportunity to interact and exchange ideas as well as charter the way forward in defining, harmonising and building a coaching system to be recognised and accepted on the continent and beyond.

Apart from the African coaches, there were about half a dozen European coaches, working with African clubs, in attendance and seeking to identify with Caf's growing coaching programmes.

Course co-ordinator, Hussein, told Cafonline that coaches would be required to produce the coaching licence before they can be allowed to take charge of clubs in the Champions League and Confederations Cup for 2013.

Hussein said: "The coaches who could not make it to Cairo for the workshop can still earn their accreditation licences through arrangements with their national associations running similar courses."

Pasuwa is a holder of a recognised Caf coaching certificate.

"The last time I checked with Zifa, I was informed that Pasuwa has a Caf B Licence, so he should still be up to the task," said Chikengezha.

Hussein added that Caf was going to employ the rule that only coaches with Caf-accredited coaching licences be allowed to enter the field of play with effect from the 2013 inter-club season.

Among the coaches who attended the course were Lamine Ndiaye, who guided DR Congo's TP Mazembe to a runner-up spot during 2010 Fifa World Club Cup, Wydad Casablanca's Badou Ezaki and veteran Botswana coach David Bright, who will lead Gaborone United in the Confederation Cup.

Dynamos are set to play Super Diski giants Mamelodi Sundowns when they visit Zimbabwe for a three-game tour that will see them play CAPS United and Highlanders.

Sundowns' technical director, Trott Moloto, said they wanted to give DeMbare a helping hand.

"Dynamos have won the championship twice in succession and we would want to congratulate them for that," he said.

"They will be representing Southern Africa in the Champions League so we would want to honour them by giving them this friendly match so that when they go all the way and win the African title they will be able to look back and say that they played Sundowns in the preparations."

Chikengezha, said the Harare giants were excited by the prospects of playing Sundowns.

"We are very happy with the agreement we had with Sundowns and I am sure they will give us a good practice. Sundowns are not demanding anything from us and they have said they will meet all their costs but part of the gate takings might help them meet their accommodation fees," said Chikengezha.

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