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Tiya Somba-Banda

Malawi National Football Team Coach Mario Marinica is training TNM Super League coaches in modern ways of analysing matches  and opposition teams through videos.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Technical Committee Chairperson Tiya Somba Banda said the move is aimed at developing local coaches’ capacity to perform at the highest level.

“There is a big gap that needs to be filled for our top coaches to catch up with their counterparts in other countries. There are modern ways of analysing games through video cuttings and we want our coaches to be competent in that area. The current state of affairs puts them at a disadvantage when they come up against foreign teams.

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“We have a big challenge with the use of computers among our coaches and we want to bridge the gap by bringing in experts, headed by our national team coach, to help our coaches in that aspect,” Somba Banda said.

Fam Technical Director Benjamin Kumwenda said there will be a computer skills workshop specialising in video analysis and presentations for all Super League coaches before the new season kicks off.

“These are dynamics of modern football technology. Most of our coaches are challenged in the area of computer literacy and presentation of issues in the coaching industry. It is therefore very necessary for us to engage them,” Kumwenda said.

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National Football Coaches Association Chairperson Aubrey Nankhuni said the workshop has come at the right time as teams are on recess.

“Nowadays, it is very important for coaches to always familiarise themselves with new coaching methods and all the technological aspects of the modern game. As the mother body for all coaches in the country, we are very happy with this arrangement. We look forward to seeing our coaches enhance their computer literacy skills in video game analysis,” Nankhuni said.

The other facilitators at the course, which is expected to run from February 9 to 11, will be Marinica’s assistants Clywd Johnes and Patrick Mabedi.

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