Analyst gets a kick out of success
Ex-Banyana goalkeeper Shilene Booysen is one of the unheralded members of the SA national team’s technical staff, yet her work is central to Bafana and Banyana team talks. Daniel Mothowagae caught up with the performance analyst
What does your job entail?
Many refer to us as video analysts, but I see myself as a performance analyst. I provide feedback to coaches and also individual players. Coaches are able to have indepth performance reviews. I also provide analysis on opposition teams with the necessary clips to support my findings. I also provide video support to the medical staff in the event of injuries that occur in training.
What is required to do this job?
If you have a coaching qualification, then half the battle is won. I am a level three Sportscode user. Key skills that are required include the ability to handle and analyse large volumes of data. You need a high level of IT skills [and] the ability to analyse, interpret and apply contemporary research.
Is there a difference when working with Banyana and Bafana?
Apart from the fact that I am the only woman in the Bafana setup, the most notable difference for me is that Bafana players are a lot more self-sufficient as they all come from professional environments. They can analyse their own performances and do the necessary introspection. With Banyana, you need to provide a lot more help and advice. Banyana are not playing in a professional league. But I enjoy working with both teams.
What do you like about your job and what are your future plans?
I absolutely love seeing the work the players and coaches put into the preparation before a match, then the analysis part when that match is complete. I get to compare the preparation with the outcome, and show the video evidence to the players and coaching staff. My aim is to help all our national teams qualify for the respective World Cups.
That for me is the ultimate reward.
Bafana and Banyana analyst Shilene Booysen, right.
Shilene Booysen wants to aid Bafana and Banyana to qualify for their respective World Cups.