Matongorere to Step Down as chairman of the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association

HARARE – Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) technical director Nelson Matongorere will soon step down as chairman of the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association (ZSCA), after a decade at the helm.\r\n

The ZSCA constitution does not allow a full time employee of ZIFA to hold a position in the association and Matongorere will step down on April 11 following his appointment as Zifa technical director.

As technical director Matongorere will be head of the national team coaches, from the Under 17 to the Warriors, and plays a big part in their appointment.

The secretary of the ZSCA Bekimpilo Nyoni said elections to choose Matongorere’s successor and fill other vacant posts within the ZSCA would be held on April 11.

"Elections are to be held on April 11 and we have opened up nominations for all those who want to contest," said Nyoni.

Already Max Malume Moyo and Oscar Mazhambe’s names are being played around with as possible choices.

Nyoni said in was unfortunate that Matongorere was stepping down at a time when the ZSCA was facing serious challenges, among them the ill treatment of coaches.

The biggest challenge, he said, was the need to protect coaches from contract infringement and abuse by employers who feel they have the power to do whatever they wanted with their coaches because they pay their salaries.

Nyoni also cited ZIFA as one of the employers who have no respect for coaches, following the unceremonious firing of Rodwell Dhlakama as Young Warriors coach, two days before his team’s departure for the African Youth Championships.

The ZSCA is an affiliate of ZIFA and has a seat on the ZIFA Council, the supreme decision making body in Zimbabwean football.