Dar coaches attend SportPesa football coaching course

01May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Dar coaches attend SportPesa football coaching course

THIRTY two soccer coaches have started a three-day clinic under the supervision of English Premier League giants Southampton FC technical staff.

Southampton FC Partnership Manager, James Newbigin, instructs domestic coaches that attended a clinic conducted by the club at the Jakaya Kikwete Youth Park in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Gaming firm, SportPesa, sponsors the clinic. PHOTO: SPORTPESA

The coaches have been picked from various clubs in Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar for the course, dubbed Coaches to Count On, which is organized by gaming firm, SportPesa Tanzania.

They have been sponsored by SportPesa Tanzania, with Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) coordinating the training.

Southampton FC Partnership Manager, James Newbigin, said they have been impressed with the development made by the country in football.

Newbigin said the serious investment in technical staff and qualification of the senior national soccer team, Taifa Stars, in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) are one of the positive signs of the game’s development in Tanzania.

Other coaches, who are conducting the training are Andy Martino (Southampton FC) and Jason Holmes.

Newbigin also said that hosting of the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Tanzania is a sign of serious nation in football and called on TFF not to be satisfied with the stage and the federation should increase efforts to promote the sport.

He said there are so many coaches, who have the international standard, and the task ahead is for the national football governing body to prepare more refresher coaching courses for improving the trainers’ skills.

“These kinds of the trainings develop the coaches’ skills and philosophy. They will learn the aspect of the game as well as the new teaching methodology. Coaches are required to apply these in their teachings,” Newbigin disclosed.

SportPesa Director of Administration and Compliance, Tarimba Abbas, said they are proud to be a true football stakeholder in the country and their target is to make the game attain the highest development by investing in technical and other related football fields.

Tarimba moreover urged the coaches to use the training for the benefit of the game.

“This is not the first time to have this kind of training, Everton technical staff also had the same training for the youths and Everton legend Steven Pienaar did the same during his visit,” Abbas said.