Coaches will impart skills

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Jacob "Terror" Sephooa and Johannes "Yester" Khomane are among the top soccer coaches who will conduct a seminar for Soweto clubs in Pimville tomorrow.

Phil "Chippa" Mogodi, pictured, South African Football Association Soweto regional president, said the seminar will take place at the Development Centre. It starts at 9am.

The other prominent coaches involved in the project include Mike "Nanana" Ntombela, Ephraim "Shakes' Mashaba and Johannes "Ryder" Mofokeng.

"A number of veteran coaches approached us after the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Tournament to request a gathering with our clubs," said Mogodi.

"The gathering is specifically for soccer coaches working with amateur clubs in Soweto. The aim is to talk about how to improve soccer in the township.

"Though it was agreed that the standard of the tournament was high, they raised concerns about a number of issues.

"The concerns that they raised included the style of play used by various clubs, arguing that some of the methods were outdated, the tactical and technical awareness of the players, behaviour of both the players and coaches.

""One of the things that was emphasised is that coaches working at amateur clubs must attend courses organised by Safa on a regular basis.

"Some were also concerned about the fitness of some of the players during the tournament. We appreciate their input and hope it will help Soweto soccer grow.

"We want soccer in Soweto to be more professional by the time we host the 2010 World Cup."