Joey Antipas Vows To Upgrade His Coaching Badges
Chicken Inn technical director Joey Antipas says ZIFA’s standardisation of coaching requirements in the topflight has come at the wrong time as the country is under FIFA suspension.
Antipas (62), is one of the few coaches to have won a Premier Soccer League title with two different clubs.
He won his first league title with Motor Action in 2010, before lifting the trophy for a second time with Chicken Inn in 2015.
However, Antipas cannot coach in the PSL anymore due to ZIFA’s new regulations as he holds a CAF B Licence.
ZIFA insists that coaches without CAF A certificates will not sit on technical benches for Premiership teams starting this year.
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Antipas believes ZIFA has not been fair to coaches, considering that the association has failed to hold the CAF A course since 2017. He said:
Standardisation is a good thing in a real environment, but, at the moment, we are not in a real environment due to our ban by FIFA.
So, all I can do as one of the coaches who do not have the CAF A is to hope that the course comes up.
I would like to continue and pursue my coaching career.
It’s a pity that there haven’t been CAF A courses for quite some time.
I was at Amazulu in Durban and could not make it because the club didn’t want me to attend, as I would have been away for four weeks.
You know, if you are coaching a foreign club, there is no way you can just decide to go away.
So, I was very unfortunate, but if the course comes up, I will have to do the courses because it’s important to invest in yourself properly.
I thought I was okay without the CAF A certificate because my results speak for themselves.
It is a bit unfair to standardise, especially in the situation that we are in as Zimbabwe. Remember, we are banned by CAF and FIFA.
We are also not playing in the Champions League. Even if your club wins the championship, you can’t play in Africa.
But as coaches, we continue working until the ban is lifted and the courses come up.
Following Antipas’ reassignment at the Gamecocks, his protégé, Prince Matore, is now the head coach. | The Sunday Mail