Mhandire working to upgrade papers

Innocent Kurira

KUDZAYI Mhandire who led Arenel to their maiden topflight league dance but is ineligible to coach in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) says he is working on upgrading his coaching papers.

Mhandire guided Arenel Movers to the country’s elite league last season after going 34 matches without a loss.

However, Mhandire is not allowed to coach in the PSL because he does not possess the required papers which are a Caf A or Caf B license.

He is a Zifa Level Four certificate holder.

In 2017, he was among a group of coaches who had paid to attend a Caf C licence in Plumtree but with Zimbabwe suspended from doing those courses after some irregularities were established by the Confederation of African Football (Caf), it meant a group of budding coaches were left in the cold.

Mhandire is now set to attend a Caf C coaching course in South Africa this April.

“To be honest, it’s painful to be looking forward to doing something I paid to do in 2017 and have a receipt that date all the way back. It’s frustrating to say the least but what can we do, we have to galavant across the continent for something that should come at your door step. We have no option but to do it, trust me all coaches want to upgrade but how many can afford attending these foreign courses especially unattached,” said Mhandire.

Premiership newsboys Arenel were forced to look for a new head coach as a result of Mhandire’s predicament.

Mhandire has since been re-assigned and will be the team manager while Nkosilathi Nkomo will be assistant coach to Farai Tawachera.

Wonder Pepere is the goalkeepers’ coach with Boga Ndebele being the fitness coach. Tawachera has previously worked at now defunct Tsholotsho, Bulawayo Chiefs, Bulawayo City and most recently Chicken Inn.

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