A GERMAN fitness trainer Laura Daras is in the country to conduct sessions for women football coaches.
REPORT BY HENRY MHARA SPORTS REPORTER
The courses have been facilitated by Zifa technical advisor Klaus Pagels and will be conducted in all the provinces around the country.
Yesterday, Daras had a session for the Northern Region coaches in Harare where 30 participants, including national women’s football coach Rosemary Mugadza and her assistant Nkululeko Dlamini, were in attendance.
Also present were Mighty Warriors technical advisor Maxwell Jongwe and national Under-20 women’s football team coach Langton Giwa.
“It’s a one-day programme where I will be teaching the coaches basic techniques on keeping their players fit and basic things like stretching and warming up of players before the match.
“The problem is that most of the fitness coaches in football these days train techniques for athletics and not footballers,” said Daras.
After the Northern Region, Daras will head to the Eastern Region on Sunday, then proceed to the Central Region three days later. She will conclude her trips with a visit to the Southern Region on Friday next week.
Pagels, who early this year brought into the country the highly-regarded German instructor Erich Rutemoeller for a seven-day refresher course for all Premier League (PSL) coaches, said participants should follow what they are taught in these courses.
“I am a little bit disappointed because last time we had a well-respected coach Rutemoeller here for the PSL coaches and he showed the coaches a lot of things, including different types of warming up exercises for their players before any match.
“But when I go to football matches, sometimes I ask myself why he was here.
“I don’t see many things that he taught (being applied) and it’s a little bit disappointing,” said Pagels.