Mang­wiro chal­lenges coaches to be role mod­els

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Fun­gai Mud­erere in Harare

CON­FED­ER­A­TION of African Foot­ball (Caf) in­struc­tor Tau­rai Mang­wiro has chal­lenged lo­cal foot­ball coaches to con­sider be­ing role mod­els to their play­ers and the so­ci­ety at large.

Mang­wiro, a for­mer Harare City and Caps United coach, said this in his pre­sen­ta­tion ti­tled “Qual­i­ties of a Good Coach” at a three day Sports Writ­ers Work­shop that started in Harare on Wed­nes­day and ends to­day.

“Coaches should be ad­mirable in ap­pear­ance so as to gain trust and re­spect from their re­spec­tive play­ers and the so­ci­ety at large. Coaches should pri­ori­tise to be good role mod­els and be worth im­i­tat­ing,” said Mang­wiro, also a teacher by pro­fes­sion.

“As a coach you should not let your dress code dis­turb your play­ers. You should be pre­sentable all the time. A coach should be well or­dered and or­gan­ised.”

About the foot­ball coaches’ cog­ni­tive qual­i­ties, the for­mer Harare City gaffer said a coach should be in­tel­li­gent, have an agile mind to read sit­u­a­tions and im­pro­vise.

He also said it was of paramount im­por­tance for coaches to know their play­ing sys­tems and tac­tics

“Coaches have to greatly know their play­ing sys­tems and tac­tics. They should un­der­stand the method­ol­ogy when tak­ing charge of a team. They should also be assertive, able to de­fend their opin­ions whether to their re­spec­tive club’s ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers or fans,” said Mang­wiro.

Mean­while, Zifa com­mu­ni­ca­tions and me­dia man­ager Xolisani Gwe­sela urged sports me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers and foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tors to con­sider work­ing hand in glove for the ben­e­fit of the lo­cal sport­ing in­dus­try.

He said there was a need for sports writ­ers to dili­gently seek out sub­jects of news sto­ries to give them an op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to al­le­ga­tions of wrong­do­ing.

In his pre­sen­ta­tion ti­tled “Me­dia Ethics and Me­dia Guide­lines” Gwe­sela said jour­nal­ists should dis­tin­guish be­tween ad­vo­cacy and news re­port­ing.

“I think as sports writ­ers you should con­sider iden­ti­fy­ing sources when­ever fea­si­ble. Al­ways ques­tion sources’ mo­tive be­fore promis­ing anonymity. Make sure that head­lines, news teasers, pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial, photo videos, au­dios, sound bites and quo­ta­tions do not mis­rep­re­sent. Never dis­tort the con­tent of pho­tos and videos. Dis­tin­guish be­tween ad­vo­cacy and news re­port­ing so as to get rid of agenda set­ting char­ac­ter­is­tics of the press,” said Gwe­sela.

He added that stage man­aged news events have proved to be detri­men­tal to sport. He also ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure on sports jour­nal­ists that have a ten­dency of pla­gia­ris­ing con­tent from for­eign web­sites that in­clude Fifa. com

He also men­tioned that it was very dis­turb­ing to note that of lo­cal sports writ­ers were also fond of not ac­knowl­edg­ing ma­te­rial that they get from Zifa web­site.

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