Sithethelelwe Sibanda

Kwinji 15 makes history

Fungai Muderere
NEW ground!
Former Mighty Warriors utility player Sithethelelwe a�?Kwini 15a�? Sibanda made history when she recently became the first locally based female to attain a CAF A coaching licence.

Sibanda, once a Mighty Warriors assistant coach is the only woman that participated in the course that attracted a number of local coaches with 32 being handed certificates on Monday.

a�?Ia��m extremely happy that I have finally got the coaching badge. I will always aim higher and seek to acquire more knowledge on football mentoring,a�? said an elated Sibanda.

Two seasons ago Kwinji 15, who is also the national Under 20 womena��s soccer team mentor,A� made history when she became the first woman to sit on a Premier Soccer League cluba��s technical bench as an assistant coach.

She was an assistant coach to Lizwe Sweswe at Tsholotsho FC.

Caps United head coach Lloyd Chitembwe and his assistant Mark Mathe, Highlanders assistant coach Amini Soma Phiri, Bekithemba Ndlovu of How Mine, former Warriors and Dynamos defender James Matola were among the CAF A graduates.

Presenting their certificates ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa challenged local coaches to aim to coach beyond Zimbabwe and use the knowledge they had been equipped with.

a�?Ita��s our dream to have excelling local coaches working with top clubs abroad. Ia��m a disciple of knowledge acquisition and I can assure you that ZIFA will continue to strive to ensure that you and other local coaches stay abreast with other coaches on the continent,a�? he said.

Chiyangwa also revealed ZIFAa��s plans to hold the CAF Pro licence to equip coaches to be able to coach around the world.