FAZ Holds high Level FIFA Goalkeeping Course

FAZ is hosting the first ever FIFA-facilitated Goalkeeper Coaching Course aimed at building capacity among local goalkeepers and coaches in Zambia.

This is the first-time that FIFA is spearheading such a course in the country that is being facilitated by FIFA and CAF goalkeeper training instructor Alejandro ‘Alex’ Heredia.

Heredia, who has travelled the length and breadth of the African continent, previously served as South Africa, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper coach, said innovative ways of coaching goalkeepers were required in the modern game.

“We have talent here and good goalkeepers and I think what is missing is a little bit of education because this is one of the areas most neglected in football. Most of the times we are training on the side of the field or behind the goalposts,” Heredia said at the official opening of the five-day course.

“But modern football is not like that. With all the technologies available such as VAR, we need to involve the goalkeepers and I am happy that FAZ is talking of introducing a school of coaching (which) is vital. Not many countries in the continent have this opportunity and I hope all of you can utilise this opportunity because it is the progress of Zambian football and in our case the goalkeepers.”

And FAZ president Andrew Kamanga, who thanked FIFA for the coaching gesture, said there was need to close the gap quickly and get as many coaches trained as possible to keep football on the right path.

“With these programmes, we need to continue supporting coaches and give you modern technology and methods of how you handle the game. We remain hopeful that we will have enough personnel in the near future to ensure that football development does not stall,” Kamanga said.

“Today’s programme is critical in building capacity among our coaches. Goalkeeping is one area that has been overlooked and as an executive, we will continue to invest in this field by ensuring that we create structures and opportunities for goalkeepers to thrive.”

Kamanga also said the process of introducing the FAZ coaching school has advanced and the school is expected to be launched early next year.

“We will bring the instructors from Croatia under the partnership agreement so that we train our coaches locally but giving them the international best practice as this will be the quickest way for us to get a retain on the investment we continue to provide to coaches,” Kamanga said.

“I must assure you that we will not relent, we will implement the FAZ coaching school next year and this will cut across all coaches specialised in Under 10, 12, 14, 16 18 and 20 as well as professional side for entire development path of young players including women will be catered for through the coaching curriculum which we are going to introduce.”

Among the notables attending the course include Zanaco FC goalkeeper Racha Kola, NAPSA Stars’ Phillip Banda, former Chipolopolo goalkeeper Kalililo Kakonje and Copper Queens goalkeeper coach Yona Phiri.

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