Mosimane has coaching vision

2011-11-29 22:28
Pitso Mosimane (Photo provided)
Cape Town - The second day of the Carling Black Label Coaches’ Workshop which is being run by Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane was completed at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus and proved another fascinating look into the science and psychology of top-level coaching.

The sponsor has hacked Mosimane in his vision to unearth future Bafana Bafana coaches from the lower leagues of South African soccer.

The course, which includes 36 coaches from around the country, started on Monday, November 28, and runs through to Friday, December 2, and attendees will learn the latest trends in international coaching and take away with them the knowledge acquired not just by Mosimane, but leading figures in the South African coaching, sports science, sports management and sports psychology.

“This started for me two years ago as a one-day workshop where I would travel to the different SAFA regions and host local coaches,” Mosimane says. “That way I lectured around 200 coaches from the fourth tier of South African football, those at the grassroots end of the game in our country.

“But thanks to the support of Carling Black Label, this year we have been able to turn it into a week-long programme that I believe will be hugely beneficial to the coaches who attend and, if they take it all in, could be the launch-pad for a successful career in the Premier Soccer League or even higher.”

Mosimane believes that the course schedule has a bit of everything for those in attendance and gives them a grounding into what is required to reach the very highest level today.

“We started on Monday with SAFA technical director Serame Letsoaka who went through the vision of the organisation from now to 2022 and how that affects coaches in the different structures. This laid out how we intend to have more coaches in schools and how we intend to continue their development beyond this week.

“I then gave a talk about the role of a coach as a leader in the modern game and the key attributes they must have. After that, SAFA coach Frans Mogashoa gave a practical demonstration of the tactical and technical aspects of coaching.

“Today we had a session whereby myself and Serame Letsoaka spoke about the lessons learned in football at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. What the latest trends are to come out of the game, the different styles of attacking and defending, what were the positive aspects of Spain, and the evolution of football, specifically with the German side.

“We also looked at why it should take countries like Spain and Netherlands, which have generally always had superb youth programmes in those countries, so long to reach the Final of the World Cup. Spain for the first time ever and Netherlands for the first time since 1978.

“I then did a presentation on the Bafana Bafana philosophy, how we train, how we play. What I expect from players in the national team. Another SAFA coach, Steve Coetzee, did a presentation on the factors of performance, technical aspects, tactical, physical conditioning and the psychological side.

“Finally, Grant Johnson gave a talk on the theory of goalkeeper training and then on the key attributes needed in top goalkeepers. As you can see we have covered a lot in two days already, a variety of subjects, and tomorrow we have experts from the University of Johannesburg giving lectures on sports injuries, exercise sciences, sports psychology and sports management.”

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