Futsal coaching lessons on cards
Tadious Manyepo Sports journalist
RESPECTED Zimbabwean futsal expert based in England, Philip Zulu, is urging authorities to bring futsal football instructors to deliver coaching courses in the country this month.
Zulu made a name for himself as a grassroots football coach in Leeds, England, and has since linked up with the Seychelles Football Federation where he works as a consultant.
And, touched by the difficult situation of football development in this country, he decided to bring in highly qualified experts to teach Zimbabwean coaches lessons based on the philosophy of futsal.
Futsal is a game based on association football, a variant of mini-football played on a hard court, smaller than a football field, and mainly indoors. It has similarities to five-a-side football and indoor football. Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper.
And Zulu intends to bring Brazilian Junior Roberti to lead the Futsal coaching course in Zimbabwe.
“Yes, we want to set up structures for national grassroots development programmes. Super Eagles Futsal (England’s Zulu team) intends to bring an instructor, who is an excellent coach trainer and also a coach with good experience and exposure in the world’s top futsal leagues, to assist in mentoring training coaches and referees who will lead those instituted leagues,” Zulu said.
“This new development aims to raise awareness to a high degree of awareness by showcasing the huge differences that exist in our traditional way of coaching football, which to a greater extent lags behind in terms of solid and comprehensive training. players to master competitive skills, techniques and creative thought processes.
“We will approach the relevant authorities of the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Leisure to try to engage them to try to share, dialogue and agree on the planned training program for futsal coaches and its wider implications for fluid, rapid and strategic development trends.
“Our youngsters have been ill-prepared and poorly coached, so development has been negligible. Our primary concern is to foster a high degree of a robust coaching philosophy that brings out intelligence, critical thinking in terms of results d early learning (early childhood development) and the developmental progression of these young children into youth football where we have a host of issues that have decimated our game.
“We lack gravity in designing modules, activities and programs that give our young people the opportunity to learn, train and adapt to the natural rhythm of their growth as they grow into the tender age of 6 to 9 and 10 to 13 during their formative years. progress in their youthful growth patterns. “We are aware of the Covid-19 viral escalation of new variants, so we have taken a wait-and-see approach in trying to pinpoint the right time frame, but we are planning for this month of March.”