More professional approach for Bulawayo junior league

ZIFA Bulawayo Province Junior League chairman, Mkhululi Mthunzi, believes a more professional approach could help resuscitate the waning standards of the country’s football.

Mkhululi Mthunzi.
Mkhululi Mthunzi.

“We need to start educating football administrators and coaches before worrying about developing youngsters,” Mthunzi told The Zimbabwean. “If we are to move our football to the next level, all junior clubs must have a constitution complimented by a full executive committee. We should urge clubs to engage qualified coaches. The minimum qualifications should be a grassroots certificate and only qualified coaches should sit in the technical area,” he said.

“We have played eight games, but coaches will this year be issued with licenses that will be checked by the referee before the game. Only those with the required qualifications will be issued with the licences. We will make sure all administrators will be trained in football administration and we will intensify the training of junior coaches in partnership with the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association, to assist those that are currently coaching without certificates.”

He added that his administration would also introduce a code of conduct for coaches, aimed at training at least two Under-18 or Under-20 players per club as referees.

“All Serie A teams must have a Division Three team that will be made up of players below the age of 20years and to create competition, we will lobby in our next end of year general meeting that the two top teams be promoted to Division Two.”

The province was also aiming at implementing regulations that would address the movement of young players to Division One and the PSL.

“We will monitor how young players progress in their careers as they turn into professionals because we need them to benefit from being sold to PSL teams. We will also propose to put a price tag on all our junior players that Division One and PSL clubs should pay for the players.”

Mthunzi also highlighted forging alliances with schools, saying “We will link junior league clubs with schools so that we are fully linked when we start a talent identification programme at all levels in our six football districts and one centre of excellence.” Bulawayo province is currently made up of 40 junior teams that are grouped into three groups namely Serie A, Serie B, pool A and B. Serie A is the junior premier league, where all the best teams play. At the end of the season four teams are demoted and two teams from the two pools are promoted.

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