By Mthokozisi Dube
Football coaches have been challenged to embrace sports performance analysis to monitor the growth and development of players.
The call comes after the realization that although modern day technology has improved efficiency in monitoring the performance of footballers, somehow local coaches have been left behind.
Speaking after delivering a public lecture on performance analysis, Tshwane University lecturer and sports analyst, Dr Alliance Kubayi challenged local coaches to embrace modern trends of monitoring the growth and development of players.
“I was impressed to note that the coaches are eager to be capacitated to learn more about sports analysis and as such, we want this initiative to go the grassroots level,” said Dr Kubayi.
Budding football coaches echoed the same sentiments with the agreed position being that performance analysis is the way to go in improving the local game.
“I am a primary schoolteacher who is also into football coaching. The demonstrations that we got here will enable us to track and monitor the performance of our players,” said budding football female coach, Sibonokuhle Sibanda.
Her colleague Zanele Nzima also said, “We have seen it work. Successful players are measured through performance analysis hence we hope to embrace it.”
The local football mother body – ZIFA – and some of the premier soccer league clubs have already embraced the idea amid high hopes that others will join in.
“If such a public lecture was done in the presence of all associations and the corporate world, our football would benefit,” noted Wilson Mutekede, ZIFA technical director.
Clemence Matawu, a former footballer said, “I am graduate of sports science and still believe we need to move with times. I have seen Chicken Inn and Bulawayo Chiefs embracing sports science and it has worked for them.”
Football has evolved over the years, with scientific methods now being used to interpret the performance of the players.