17 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Pasuwa Standing On Firm Ground

THE Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association have allayed fears that Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa might be barred from leading his club in this year's African Champions League, saying the championship winning coach was standing on firm ground.

Pasuwa did not attend a Confederation of African Football coaches' workshop in Cairo, Egypt last week.

Fifty coaches whose clubs are taking part in this year's African Champions League and Confederation Cup were issued with licences, following their participation at the three-day course.

The signal coming from Caf appeared to suggest that coaches who did not hold the licences issued at the workshop would not be allowed to lead their teams in the inter-club competitions.

Caf, wrote on their website that the course was meant to induct coaches to the 2013 Champions League and Confederation Cup competitions.

Abdel Hussein, the Caf director of football development co-ordinated the course with the assistance from former Warriors coach Ben Koufie, Caf medical instructor Ahmed Maged and refereeing instructor Eddy Maillet.

Dynamos vice-chairman Webster Chikengezha said the club had not been aware of the induction course that could have acted as a refresher course for Pasuwa.

However, Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association chairman Bheki Nyoni yesterday said there was no need to panic over Pasuwa's failure to attend the course.

"Everything is okay with Pasuwa because he has a Caf B licence and the course in Egypt was for those who did not posses at least a C licence.

"Last year, Caf advised us that a coach should have at least a C licence to take charge of a team in the 2013 inter club competitions.

"As Zimbabwe, we are fine because most of the coaches in the Premiership have B licences," said Nyoni.

Nyoni believes some of the coaches who were in Egypt were racing against time to attain the minimum qualifications that a coach like Pasuwa already possesses.

"A guy from Caf came last year and told us about the recent course, but because our house was in order, there was no need to invite Pasuwa," said Nyoni.

ZISCA, Nyoni also said will in April hold another Caf C licence course while a B licence course would be held before the end of the year.

Although Nyoni played down the significance of the course in Egypt, the picture being painted by Caf seems to tell a different story with the continental body insisting that the three-day course was the first of its kind for the African club coaches.

That Caf held the course in Cairo and not at the respective coaches associations also lends credence to the argument that this was one event that Pasuwa ought to have attended and shared notes with his counterparts.

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