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

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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.

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