Innocent Kurira, sports journalist
LOCAL football coaches as well as their counterparts in the Cosafa region stand to benefit from the regional body’s partnership with La Liga Santander as a number of workshops have been planned for them.
Specialized masterclass workshops for professional coaches will provide expert knowledge from some of Spain’s leading tactical minds.
This is the second year in a row that tacticians across southern Africa will be able to tap into the expertise of coaches from one of world football’s leading nations in a series of online sessions, which will help them broaden their base. knowledge of the latest gaming trends.
Zimbabwe were represented by Triangle Coach Taura Mangwiro, Mighty Warriors Mentor Sithethelelwe Sibanda, Irene Mwanza, Dynamos’ Tonderai Ndiraya as well as Zifa Technical Director Wilson Mutekede at the previous event last year.
There will also be sessions for grassroots coaches around the Cosafa area to help them on their journey and growth in football.
Some of the professional coaches participating during this year include Banyana Banyana Head Coach Desiree Ellis, Bafana Assistant Coach Bafana Helman Mkhalele, Swallows FC Tactician Dylan Kerr and the Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies duo of Jerry Tshabalala and Agnes Nkosi.
The coaches leading the sessions are Saúl Vázquez, Senior La Liga Football Program Development Specialist, RCD Espanyol Director of Football Francisco Rufete, La Liga Football Projects Coordinator Carlos Casal and Deputy Director of CD Alavés Academy Francisco Pérez.
Topics that will be covered and discussed include building a task progression for a game model, individual player evaluation processes, data analysis applied to football, and the training process in a professional academy.
“We are once again delighted that our La Liga partners have brought together such an impressive array of experts and topics for our coaches in Southern Africa.
The inaugural workshops were so successful last year and I am sure those who attend in 2022 will also benefit from the list of presenters this year,” said Cosafa General Secretary Sue Destombes.
Marcos Pelegrin, general manager of La Liga Southern Africa, said the workshops were part of the organisation’s aims to improve the skills of coaches in the region.
“As part of our continued strategy in Southern Africa, La Liga, together with Cosafa, aims to increase the tools and resources that players, coaches and administrators can access in order to diversify the views and ways of applying football strategies and tactics to develop the world view that already exists on the continent,” said Pelegrin.