By ZBC Reporter
LOCAL football coaches have been urged to embrace technology in player development and keep up to date with modern coaching trends.
Coming up with a winning formula is every coach’s dream but there is a need to appreciate that their role goes beyond the field of play.
This then calls for coaches to invest in developmental programmes to enhance their knowledge and keep up to date with modern trends.
Former Highlanders and Zimbabwe Saints Coach, Bongani Mafu who is also the Chairman of the Bulawayo Province Soccer Coaches Association (BUPSCA) believes coaches should understand that they shape lives, hence their knowledge must be on point.
“Now if we have that much influence on the young people, our knowledge must be up to scratch. We should not be chasing shadows or preaching things that are going to be detrimental to the development of a proper youth. So basically, we need to have coaches who have gone a big way in improving themselves educationally, technically, psychologically and socially to up bring players that will come back and play roles rather than machines that can kick a ball, score goals and have no character,” he said.
Mafu also spoke on the need for coaches to embrace technology, with the BUPSCA pioneering the roll-out of a number of virtual developmental programmes.
“I was talking to the Technical Director and he was telling me that I should go back and make sure every coach is computer literate because the new courses that are coming from CAF are now entirely based on your computer. You’ve got to research and present your work online. The practical involvement will not be as much as before. So we hope that when COVID goes, more and more coaches will be willing to learn. We are past the olden methods,” he said.
The pressure to get results has seen most coaches neglecting other important issues in player development such as character building, with evidence manifesting through age cheating while others are shifting from developing young talent and resorting to players who are past their prime.
By ZBC Reporter