COSAFA, in partnership with LaLiga Santander, are hosting specialist Masterclass workshops for professional coaches providing expert knowledge from some of the leading tactical minds in Spain.
It is the second year in succession that tacticians from around the Southern African region will be able to tap into the expertise of coaches from one of global football’s leading nations in a series of online sessions which will assists in broadening their knowledge base in the latest trends in the game.
There will also be sessions for grassroots coaches around the COSAFA Zone to assist them in their journey and growth in football.
Some of the professional coaches attending include Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis, Bafana Bafana assistant coach Helman Mkhalele, Swallows FC tactician Dylan Kerr, and the Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies duo of Jerry Tshabalala and Agnes Nkosi.
The coaches leading the sessions include Saúl Vázquez, LaLiga’s Senior Specialist in Football Programs Development, RCD Espanyol Football Director Francisco Rufete, LaLiga’s Football Projects Coordinator Carlos Casal and CD Alavés Deputy Academy Director Francisco Pérez.
Topics which will be covered and discussed include building a task progression for a game model, individual player evaluation processes, data analysis applied to football, and the training process in a professional academy.
“We are once again delighted that our partners LaLiga have put together such an impressive array of experts and topics for our coaches in Southern Africa. The inaugural workshops proved such a great success last year and I am sure those who attend in 2022 will benefit equally from the line-up of presenters this year,” COSAFA General Secretary Sue Destombes said.
Marcos Pelegrin, LaLiga Southern Africa Managing Director, says the workshops are part of the organisations aim to upskill coaches in the region.
“As part of our continued strategy in Southern Africa, LaLiga, with COSAFA aims to increase tools and resources that players, coaches and administrators can have access to in order to diversify the views and ways of applying football strategies and tactics to grow the world view that already exists within the continent,” Pelegrin said.
“We are very happy that all the stakeholders attending these Masterclasses remain of a very high calibre, from both African and Spanish standpoints, and we look forward to a frank and dynamic
exchange of ideas and techniques as LaLiga continues to positively impact the development of football in Southern Africa.”