Mzungu back at Freo to coach

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

SUP­PORTED BY LUX MO­TORS FOR­MER Fre­man­tle Docker Tendai Mzungu will re­turn to his old club in a coach­ing role.

The 31-year-old, who joined Greater Western Syd­ney this sea­son, will re­turn to the club he played 102 games for as the in­au­gu­ral coach of the new Next Gen­er­a­tion Academy (NGA).

The academy tar­gets indige­nous and mul­ti­cul­tural tal­ent from WA, and Mzungu and his team will play a role de­vel­op­ing the play­ers through skill ac­qui­si­tion, diet, wel­fare and strength and con­di­tion­ing.

Ten play­ers have al­ready been iden­ti­fied through the NGA program as po­ten­tial fu­ture draft con­ces­sion.

Mzungu said he looked for­ward to us­ing his qual­i­fi­ca­tions in sports sci­ence and ed­u­ca­tion in the role.

“Teach­ing and coach­ing go hand in hand, so it all fits in with what I want to do and what I’m pas­sion­ate about,” he said.

“Hope­fully, I can im­port some skills and knowl­edge that I’ve ac­quired along the jour­ney to be bet­ter for the role.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to have this op­por­tu­nity; I have some fond mem­o­ries from my play­ing days at Fre­man­tle and I’m look­ing for­ward to start­ing a new chap­ter in the work­ing world.”

Mzungu will also be a run­ner for the Dock­ers dur­ing 2018 games.

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