A10-day Basic Advanced Football Kenya Federation/Confederation of African Football coaching and referees course got underway in Busia on Monday.
The course which also includes volleyball coaches and referees, to run for seven days, is attended by Kenya Prisons and National Men’s Volleyball Coach, David Lung’aho, the man who has transformed volleyball in the country to greater heights for over two decades.
FIFA/CAF instructors for the coaching course include Fred Serenge and Hillary Musundi while instructors for the referee course are Damaris Kimani and Margaret Omondi.
Mr. Musundi took coaches through football structure in the country and its leadership, noting that development process is necessary for the game and practical coaching methodology.
He outlined qualities of a coach that include his or her ability to communicate to the players, knowledge of the game and ability to observe and correct.
Mr. Serenge on the other hand took participants through football structure which he noted helps coaches on what to train. He emphasized on the four pillars which include technical, physical, tactical and mental.
It was a great moment for some participants as their leaders joined them in solidarity. Chakol North Member of the County Assembly, Dalmas Onjole said it was a kind gesture by Sports CS, Ababu Namwamba and Kenya Academy of Sports to sponsor the training.
” As the lover of sports especially football and volleyball, it is a good gesture to help our boys nurture talent at grassroots level,” he said, noting that it’s a chance of a life-time which they should capitalize on to the maximum.
Mr. Lunga’ho was optimistic that the volleyball course will help raise the standard of volleyball in Busia County to enable it reach its peak compared to football which has recorded an impressive trajectory.
Lunga’ho who coached the national team Malaika Stars for 13 years until 2016 led the ladies national team to many victories locally and internationally.
The Kenya Academy of Sports which has financed the course is represented by Sports Talents Development Officer Wekesa Patrick Busuru on behalf of CEO Dr. Doreen Odhiambo.
Football Kenya Federation has managed to spearhead coaching courses countrywide that have benefited over 3000 trainers.
By Absalom Namwalo