Local coaches laud Barca clinic

HARARE - Castle Premiership coaches have expressed gratitude at the knowledge they gained at the just ended two-day course with Spanish giants FC Barcelona coaches Isaac Oriol Guerero Hernandez and Daniel Alsina.

The two Azulgrana coaches arrived in the country on Monday morning as part of a programme which was facilitated by Delta Beverages, the official sponsor of the local Premiership through their brand – Castle Lager.

The two-day refresher course saw participants which included coaches and club captains from all local top flight clubs going through a number of skill and technique sessions geared at improving their game and strengthening the quality of football in the country.

Several coaches who spoke to the Daily News yesterday noted that the two Catalan coaches were quite resourceful and had really imparted to them with modern coaching techniques.

“I think this is a good programme for us local coaches. Credit should go to Delta Beverages for arranging such a high profile course like this,” Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa said.

“We have benefitted a lot from this and I hope it will go a long way in improving our type of play. But like these guys were saying, there is need to start from the grassroots and maintain the team’s philosophy for a long run.

“We need to have structures. It’s not a one day thing and it needs a lot of planning. We hope football administrators in the country will learn one or two things from this clinic. The moment we realise the importance of grassroots structures the better.”

Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu feels sponsors must have more of these coaching clinics as it will equip them with new coaching trends.

“We have benefitted a lot and we would like to thank the sponsors for awarding us such an opportunity,” Kaindu said.

“Some of the things they are saying we have tried to do it and some of them we have seen them. We have to understand this is a system and it starts from the youth. The likes of Xavi, Iniesta and many others, they started playing at very young age.

“I think if we can copy one or two things from these guys it will definitely take local football to another level.”

Bantu Rovers coach Methembe Ndlovu said: “Like they say learning never ends it’s an opportunity to get new ideas and trends in football so it’s great that we have spent time with my colleagues in the coaching fraternity and get to pick their brains on the current trends in football.

“So all in all this is a win-win situation we hope to take a lot out of it. We are lucky enough at Bantu Rovers that we do have junior structures and have been loyal to our type of play but our loyalty has been put to test at the moment as we are not getting the results that we want.

“We have established a way of play which we have been using for the last four or five years, hopefully we will find a way to adapt without throwing out the system that we have created from our junior structures up to the senior levels.

“As Bantu Rovers we are committed to the passing game and methodical build ups we are not going to throw that away but we have to adapt and improve on our system of play on it but the core of our philosophy is going to remain as passing game.

“The only problem that with the clinic has been the timing of the programme which has come at time when we are concentrating on the league and also its happening at short space of time that will be able to apply it in the current season.

“But nevertheless, we want to thank everyone who has made this program possible as it is not always every time that you get an opportunity to get such staff from the club such stature of Barcelona being around and this will go a long way in developing our football as country.”

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