Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Do local players shun coaching?

What happened last week in local soccer circles between two top teams left many people surprised.
The coaches of the league champions and his runner up swapped teams, leaving many people wondering.
It all started following the departure of the Rollers coach, Rahman Gumbo, to Centre Chiefs and, a few days later, the Chiefs coach, Wesley Mondo, who had already left Chiefs on mutual terms and was already back in his native Zambia, was announced as the new Rollers coach.

Interestingly, both coaches are foreigners and have been in the country for not more than two years.

Gumbo, who hails from Zimbabwe, won the league in his second season at Rollers while Mondo has just had a season at Centre Chiefs.

The obvious argument is whether such a development adds value to local soccer.
Would be Gunners coach, Daniel Nare, told Sunday Standard that the developments are a sign of the foreign dominance of the local league. He said nobody is to blame but Batswana themselves.
“I do not want to point fingers at the Botswana Football Association (BFA) or soccer authorities. We have had so many good players who were household names in their time but where are they now as far as coaching is concerned? The onus is on the players if they want to become coaches and they have to keep on knocking at the BFA doors demanding courses. A coaching course cannot come to you but one has to go out to get it,” he said.

Nare also added that no matter how good one was during the playing days that should be put aside once one ventures into coaching.

“Coaching is a complex job and one should start at the bottom. Coaches should start from the lower divisions where they would correct their mistakes without pressure and if one starts at the top, he is bound to fail. Before I got where I am now, I started at Lobatse Senior Secondary and then Maletamotse and that is when I got to the Premier League,” he said. Nare said even though the coaching job among Batswana is seen as a part time job, that attitude must change if local soccer is to be at par with other countries.

One soccer personality, who preferred anonymity, pointed a finger at local teams, saying they do not give local coaches a chance.

“Many teams are now in the hands of foreign coaches because local teams do not want to give local coaches a chance. We have many good local coaches in the country but they are just roaming the streets,” he said.

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