HARARE – The Soccer Coaches Union of Zimbabwe (Scuz) says events which followed after the tragic passing away of former CAPS United coach Gishon Ntini are a wake-up call to the fraternity.
Ntini passed on early Monday morning following a battle with urological problems and was buried in his rural home of Mhondoro Ngezi on Tuesday.
Ntini did not have a funeral policy and it took the intervention of former Premier Soccer League chairperson and CAPS United director Twine Phiri to accord him a decent burial.
Scuz secretary-general Newsome Mutema said this latest episode should enlighten local coaches on the need to take up funeral policies.
“We have been given a good package by Nyaradzo but the coaches haven’t been coming forward to take up the package that we have already negotiated through our president Moses Chunga,” he said.
“I think it’s (Ntini’s case) also a lesson to our coaches that when we are doing these things we are doing it for ourselves and our families.
“I would want to urge them to come and grab this opportunity that we have been given otherwise we remain a constituency who are perceived as not organised in the society.
“This may close doors for other youngsters aspiring to take a career in football be it playing, coaching or refereeing because no one wants to be associated with lack of organisation.”
The former Monomotapa official said he was also humbled by Phiri’s gesture in honour of the late Ntini.
“On behalf of Scuz we have been humbled by what Phiri did to one of us. In the past we have seen former employers folding their hands and not getting involved but he (Phiri) showed compassion and concern …” he said.
“When he came in the whole programme changed…he came in and assisted with all the funeral arrangements.”
Phiri said he had ran around on Monday evening in order to ensure Ntini had been accorded a decent send off.
“When I heard the news that he had passed on, I rushed to his place and when I got there, they were about to travel to his rural home (Monday evening),” he said.
“I felt sad and had to rush to Nyaradzo so that Gizha could get a decent burial but before I did that, I had to talk to the family first and fortunately they allowed me to participate.”