Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Coaches not given enough respect in Botswana

It has become standard practice to always put the blame on the coach every time a team loses in Botswana.

Many times after several games of dismal performances, the coach’s head is put on the block. Even when he wins, credit normally goes to the players and less to the coach.

Speaking recently at the official opening of the WIAWA elite course, Director of Sports, Falcon Sedimo, also shared the same sentiments, noting that coaches are given less accolades during matches.

“Coaches are given less credit when a team loses. Coaches are said to be less able but the moment the team wins players are good and the coach is forgotten,” he said.

Sedimo added that, without coaches, leagues can’t be as competitive as they are hence people should start acknowledging the good work coaches do. Govinden Thondoo, a highly experienced French and European-trained coach educator who has also handled both CAF and FIFA coaching and instructor courses and has been the Chief instructor during the WIAWA elite course, noted that the response coaches in Botswana have towards football is positive.

He explained that the main problem facing football in Botswana is not coaches but mainly the lack of training facilities, proper planning, and poor club administration and, in some cases, lack of a coaches committee. “Without proper training facilities, it is difficult to have proper training and for those who have them, you find out that it is because of lack of proper planning. Coaches would be in the dark, not knowing when the competitions will start hence hindering their preparation process,” he said.

He noted that another reason might be because there are no coaches committees where all the coaches can meet and discuss the problems they are facing and find possible solutions.

“It is very important for coaches to come together once in a while and address their issues as well as finding a way forward,” he added, adding that development should start at a younger level when the youngsters are still amateurs.

“Furthermore, I think club administrations should improve. Training sessions should also improve and be scheduled on a routine basis as this also might help improve the overall football in the country. Players need to know exactly when their training sessions are and not to be called in anytime,” he added.

Phillip Makgwengwe, a local CAF and FIFA-trained coach and educator, explained that the reason why football in this country is still amateur is because of the mentality of the people running the sport.

He noted that the BFA is always being, adding that the government attitude towards sport is more political.
“Our government’s attitude towards the sport is more political than corporate,” he said, pointing out that it is so because of lack of training facilities.

“There are no facilities starting at club level; there is a lack of sufficient resources and sponsorship. Big companies aren’t showing enough support as they do in some countries,” he said.


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