Coach wants to empower youth

2016-10-26 06:00
With Kagisho Matile (right) is Thabo Manong, the u.20 national squad head coach, who attended a Fifa Youth Coaching Course with him. Photo: Supplied

With Kagisho Matile (right) is Thabo Manong, the u.20 national squad head coach, who attended a Fifa Youth Coaching Course with him. Photo: Supplied

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Kagisho Matile, a local u.15 FNB coach in Galeshewe, has big plans to empower local soccer players from a young age, after undergoing the first Fifa Youth Coaching Course in Gauteng.

Matile plans to use every bit of know-ledge he obtained from the recent course, to the province’s advantage.

Fifa hosted the coaching course from 3 to 7 October to put more emphasis on their 2022 vision of educating more male and female coaches before their deadline.

The course aimed to teach new principals of attack, defence, and the physical and theoretical part of youth training.

According to Matile, the president of the South African Football Association (Safa), Danny Jordaan, emphasised that the aim of the course was to try and prevent failure of the youth in their future sporting careers.

“If we are failing at youth level, how will Bafana Bafana improve?

“That is why we need to educate as many of the youth as possible,” Jordaan said.

The course, at which Matile was the only coach who represented the Northern Cape, also dealt with different aspects of training youth in soccer.

Matile said he felt humbled for being recommended by the local football association, Safa, the provincial Department of Sports and the South African Schools Football Association, to take part in the course.

He promised to do his best to empower his province.

“I really learned a lot from this course.

“I really appreciate the fact that I was the candidate in whom everyone placed their confidence to take soccer in the province to greater heights.

“I am also pleased by the knowledge that many communities and coaches are set to benefit through Fifa’s continuous courses that are in the pipeline.

“If you did not get an opportunity this time, your time is coming,” added Matile.

Matile has appealed to parents and communities of Galeshewe to continue encouraging the youth to take part and to persevere in sports.

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