THE STEM version of football has hit local coaches in a bad way and they don’t like one bit of it.
STEM, an abbreviation for Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics is an education grouping used worldwide to refer to academic disciplines of science.
Zimbabwe recently adopted the move which spells doom for students in tertiary institutions who do not have mathematics at Ordinary level.
Back to the most beautiful game, Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) tabled minimum requirements for people intending to sit on benches of top flight football teams.
This meant that those who do not have the minimum requirements which are a CAF B Licence, should not be hired as Premier Soccer League club coaches this year.
It gets tougher because in 2017 the minimum requirement would be a CAF A licence.
When this move came into effect coaches like Never Malunga who drove Border Strikers into promotion lost their jobs for being under qualified. Saul Chaminuka, a CAF B licence holder got Malunga’s job. But he has up to December this year to get a CAF A or else he would also lose his job.
As such, the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association (Zisca) resolved to seek an audience with Zifa over the new minimum requirements after their meeting in Kwekwe last week.
“As a football nation we should be seen to be promoting and empowering our coaches but the decision to set new minimum requirements for coaches with immediate effect is counter productive. Zifa could have set the minimum requirements and then given coaches at least until the end of 2018 to upgrade their licences,” said Zisca public relations officer Godfrey Paradza.
“It is believed that scores of coaches around the country have been affected by the new minimum requirements.
“We might not have the numbers off hand but we know that from the PSL right to the schools a lot of coaches have been affected by the new requirements,” he said.
Those intending to enroll for CAF C Licences should be prepared to part with $400 while a CAF B Licence costs $600. A CAF A Licence costs $1 200.
“The costs are prohibitive. Compared to other countries in the region, sitting for CAF badges is very expensive in Zimbabwe. We resolved to meet Zifa over the issue to either ask for a reduction in the fees or at least for the national association to subsidise the fees,” he said.
All top flight coaches are now required to be holders of at least the CAF A coaching licence as a minimum standard and should be assisted by someone with a CAF B or C badge.
Division One gaffers are now required to possess a CAF B badge as minimum requirement while their assistants should have a CAF C or Zifa Level Four licence.
The minimum coaching certificate for a Division Two coach is now a CAF C licence while his understudies are required to have a Zifa Level Three qualification as a minimum standard.
The coaching standards have also cascaded down to the Division Three and tertiary schools while for secondary schools a Zifa Level Two is now mandatory.
A primary school football coach should now be a holder of at least a Zifa Level One certificate.