alois bunjira.jpgThe Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has been called upon to focus more on technical expertise and experience in the selection of a new Warriors coach.

The advice came from former Warriors players, Alois Bunjira and Innocent Chikoya, following an advertisement by the local football governing body for a prospective national coach to have at least five O’ Levels among other qualifications.

The two feel that the requirement is a bit stringent as football is more to do with expertise gained through years of experience rather than academic qualifications.

“I don’t see where this ‘O’ level thing is coming from, because what is needed is a coach who is intellect enough to speak and write English for purposes of training but the committee should look at more of what that person has achieved or can do for the game,” said Bunjira.


Chikoya said the coach should be able to map out a training schedule, should be a respected person who is also well disciplined.

The demand by the football body leaves most local coaches out of the equation meaning that ZIFA will be forced to consider a foreign coach.

Ironically in the advertisement, there is no academic requirements for foreign coaches who have different academic systems to that of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean football has over the years seen an involvement of just a few well educated players.

At a global level most successful coaches like Brazilian Dunga, Argentina Diego Maradona have been rated not by their academic qualifications but by what they have achieved.

A few exceptions such as José Mourinho show trace of academic achievements as the Real Madrid mentor is said to be a holder of a Sports Science Diploma from the University of Lisbon.