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THE Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) has directed its members that all women teams participating in its tournament should be headed by female coaches.

According to a letter sent to all its members which includes Zambia, COSAFA resolved at its recent executive meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa, that all national teams must have a female coach and a minimum of three on the technical panel.

COSAFA advised that beginning with the Women’s championship in August, all participating teams should implement the new rule.

“ The decision  has been made to encourage  more women  to take up  the coaching  jobs  in  women’s football and that member associations will ensure that female coaches  are included  in different  coaching courses taking place in their countries,” read part of the letter. National Organisation for Women in Sport Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) president, Matilda Mwaba hailed COSAFA for taking up a bold step in enhancing the development of women in sport.

Mwaba said it was time that women used their knowledge to spearhead teams to success.

She noted that in the last years, all Zambian women teams were headed by men and female coaches usually acted as assistants.

“It is a decision like this that will encourage women to work harder and pursue coaching courses. It is my hope that FAZ would take up the challenge and appoint women coaches as heads and not tails,” she said.

Bruce Mwape is the current coach of the Shepolopolo team, he took over from Albert Kachinga in May.

Mwape managed to qualify Zambia to the Ghana 2018 Africa Women Championship scheduled for November 17 to December 1.

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