SL Coaches urged to adopt new technology

Super League coaches have been urged to adopt use of technology if they are to advance their careers.

FAM President Fleetwood Haiya said this on Tuesday morning when he officially opened a two-day refresher course for Elite Coaches which is focusing on high performance analysis.

Haiya said: “I am happy that we are having this refresher course now, first of its kind focusing on performance analysis. I believe that if we are transforming the game, we need to empower our coaches to embrace modern technologies of coaching.

“As FAM we believe that the deliverables of this course are going to help the coaches know how to analyse their training sessions, the matches and those of their opponents as well as plan recovery sessions for their players thereby making 2024 season very competitive.

“Performance analysis is a one of modern trends in football. Having best coaches with football analysis knowledge will translate into quality players, competitive competitions and hence a strong national team”, said Haiya.

The FAM President also emphasised the need for the coaches to be part of the National Football Coaches Association.

“National Football Coaches Association has a vital role to play in our football because the game is technical. The Association needs to be independent for it to be able to identify the gaps in their coaches and organise their own programs than just waiting for the mother body to do it on their behalf. This can only be done if they have membership and this is why we need all coaches to register and be part of the coaches association”, he said.

In his remarks, Chairperson for the National Football Coaches Association Aubrey Nankhuni hailed FAM for organising the course saying it will be a game changer to football coaching in the country.

“We are witnessing transformation of the game here through this course and as coaches, we are proud to be beneficiaries. Going forward, we expect to see improvements in the way the coaches plan their training sessions in preparation for matches as well as how they read the performance of their players and opponents,” he said.

The course’s facilitator Sinesipho Mali, a performance analyst for the South African Senior National Team, said he will be glad if the coaches are transformed into modern day coaches by embracing football analysis .

Mali emphasised that modern football coaching goes beyond normal training sessions hence urging the coaches to go out of their comfort zones by scrutinizing their players and opponents.

One of the participants Milias Jegwe said the participants will use the knowledge imparted in them to the best of their abilities.

The Course, which started on Monday, has brought together 25 participants including coaches from all the 16 Super League teams, National team coaches and some selected former Flames players.



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