FOLLOWING the appointment of Biggie Zuze as assistant coach after agreeing a two year deal with him, Dynamos have severed ties with Murape Murape who was assistant to Lloyd Mutasa.
By Tongai Mwenje
Murape holds a Caf C Licence, but with Zifa demanding at least a Caf A licence for any coach to sit on the technical bench, Dynamos have told Murape to go back to school.
According to Newsday, Dynamos chairman Keni Mubaiwa said they had been left with no choice except to appoint a new coach because Murape lacked the pre-requisite for the job.
“Zuze is our new assistant. We couldn’t continue with Murape because of the Caf club licencing requirement. He is ineligible to coach or assist a PSL team. We asked the coach (Lloyd Mutasa) to look for his assistant and he identified Zuze, and that is why we have offered him a contract. We did not interfere this time around, so Zuze is purely the coach’s choice,” he said.
Murape have fallen victim after the Zimbabwe football association declared that all PSL head coaches and their assistants are obliged to be in possession of Caf A and local Level 4 (Advanced Level) licences.
Unlike Harare City, who have temporarily said will stick to their underqualifed coach, Mkhupali Masuku, Dynamos openly said they have no place for Murape.
“We don’t have a role for Murape at the moment. His qualification only allows him to coach a team in Division Two, so as a club there is nothing we can do. He would have to go back to school and improve on his qualifications. He is our son, and when he gets the qualifications, we will definitely consider him in future,” Mubaiwa added.
Murape, a holder of Caf C licence is not the only high-profile candidate that is set to be affected by the new development, Harare City coach Mkhuphali Masuku also possesses a Caf B licence.
The Caf A licence minimum requirements also apply to all national team coaches.
The move, according to Zifa, is meant to improve the local football standards.