The Zimbabwe Football Association says it is adopting a deliberate strategy to encourage former football players to continue their involvement in sport through coaching to help revive the game at grassroots level.

There has been low participation in coaching by former players and women and ZIFA is set to implement friendlier entry terms for women and former players as a way of encouraging them to continue growing sport, particularly at the grassroots.

These were the sentiments shared by the association’s vice president Omega Sibanda during his address at a Level One Coaching Course attended by some 36 male and 4 female coaches.

Course coordinator Marko Dube echoed the need for former players involvement in grassroots coaching saying such players have an appreciation and passion to develop the game.

It was also revealed that ZIFA was targeting to produce 650 coaches this year with a particular thrust on grassroots development.

For this reason a FIFA instructor from Seychelles will visit the country to train instructors from the 10th – 14th of April targeted at coaching players aged between 6 and 9.

Among those who attended the level one course were former Zimbabwe Saints, Monomotapa, Highlanders and Bulawayo City midfielder Mthulisi “The General” Maphosa, former Hwange and FC Platinum’s Simon Njeleza and goalkeeper Ndodana Sibanda.