Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
INTERNATIONAL football scout and analyst Kudzai Chitima believes it will take time for local clubs to embrace
Chitima, who recently completed his FIFA CIES executive programme in Sports Management, said there was need to start putting proper structures so that a fully functional system was created.
“I am yet to see a club with a recruitment department, which is responsible for scouting, recruiting players, performance analysis of players through data and video analysis.
“If such a department is created, surely it can make a club self-sustainable by getting quality talent and selling overseas.
“It’s a win-win situation, but the mindset of the think tanks has to change first.”
Chitima holds other certificates, among them equality and diversity in sports, sports psychology and coaching, Safeguarding – making a club a safe place for athletes and Anti-doping Commenting on his latest achievement, he said:
“It equips me with the invaluable knowledge that is needed to manage these sporting codes, that is from the human management perspective to marketing, sponsorship, events management and most importantly sports law.
Delivered by experienced players in the field, it provides an insight on modern-day trends, which is very vital because change is the only thing that is constant.
“Career-wise, the main goal is to get into administration, but with more bias on player development. In every sport, the player is the most important asset, hence they need all the support to become elite and it is always my dream to be able to make that happen.”
Chitima has done a lot of volunteering for many local clubs and the national team.
“Advice to all athletes out there, talent can take you places, but hard work, consistency, effort and dedication to your craft will keep you there. Say no to doping, mask up and always trust the process.”