Coaches ready for Ir­ish course

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - El­lina Mh­langa Sports Re­porter

CRANBORNE Bul­lets coach Nes­bert “Yabo” Saruchera says the visit by Ir­ish coach Alan Nixon for a five­day coach­ing course at BN Academy start­ing on Mon­day in Harare is a pos­i­tive move in ef­forts to equip up­com­ing play­ers with the lat­est trends of foot­ball.

Nixon, a Uefa Pro Li­cence holder, has pre­vi­ously con­ducted coach­ing cour­ses for the Zim­babwe Soc­cer Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion.

He is ex­pected in the coun­try over the week­end and will lead a five-day pro­gramme with the academy’s play­ers and coaches set to ben­e­fit from the coach­ing course.

And Saruchera said the Ir­ish­man’s visit to this part of the world is good for our foot­ball.

“He is very ex­pe­ri­enced and knowl­edge­able about foot­ball. I have at­tended two to three re­fresher cour­ses that he did. Tac­ti­cally, he is very good and knowl­edge­able coach. It’s good for our foot­ball,” said Saruchera.

Saruchera also said such ini­tia­tives are im­por­tant for the de­vel­op­ment of the game and noted that the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion whereby ju­nior de­vel­op­ment is not taken se­ri­ously is a ma­jor set­back.

“Nor­mally I don’t want to talk much on the ad­min­is­tra­tive side, but we are lag­ging be­hind in terms of de­vel­op­ment. We need to have a (func­tional) struc­ture, we need to see the Pe­ter Ndlovus of to­day play­ing from ju­nior to se­nior teams,” said Saruchera.

BN Academy di­rec­tor Bhekimpilo Ny­oni said they have had pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences through their in­ter­ac­tion with coaches from out­side the coun­try which has helped in the im­prove­ment of their play­ers.

“It has been a great plea­sure to have gone over­seas and work with Uefa coaches. It came to my mind that if I in­vest in bring­ing these coaches this will ben­e­fit more our lo­cal academy coaches as they will be ex­chang­ing notes. This will also ben­e­fit our academy play­ers in their de­vel­op­ment tech­ni­cally and tac­ti­cally.

“In De­cem­ber 2017, Ahmed Ali of West Bromwich Al­bion Academy came, in April 2018 Grant Brown of Foot­ball CV Academy UK and now Alan Nixon is start­ing this Mon­day.

“As the di­rec­tor of the BN Academy I have seen change in the ap­proach by my coaches to more pro­fes­sional and en­deav­our to see more. It should be noted that these coaches don’t come cheap, but the ben­e­fits out­weigh the in­vest­ment,” said Ny­oni.

FC Plat­inum head coach de­vel­op­ment, Ja­cob Chavhungama, said en­gag­ing ex­perts is the way to go.

“Nat­u­rally, the most im­por­tant thing for de­vel­op­ing a player is to ex­pose them. And the nor­mal sit­u­a­tion will be to make sure they go out­side the coun­try to lead­ing elite leagues, in par­tic­u­lar Europe be­cause that is the main mar­ket we tar­get where there is rich value in terms of re­wards for any as­pir­ing player.”

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