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Pasuwa off to Barca coaching clinic

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WARRIORS, coach Kalisto Pasuwa has been given an opportunity to attend a coaching clinic in Zambia, where the Spanish Premier Soccer League giants Barcelona philosophy will be showcased.

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA

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Zimbabwe Under-23 coach, Nation Dube and Mighty Warriors coach, Shadreck Mlauzi will join Pasuwa for the coaching clinic starting on November 9.

The course comes as the Zimbabwe coaches prepare for major tournaments next year.

The Warriors have qualified for the African Nations Championships to be staged in Rwanda, while the Mighty Warriors are on their way to Rio for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

The coaching clinic was organised by Castle Lager in partnership with FC Barcelona. It will be held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka and will run from November 9-12.

Coaches from the host nation as well as Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Tanzania will also take part in the course.

Each of the countries has been invited to send three coaches to the clinic.

The course was held in Zimbabwe last year. It will also see coaches from FC Barcelona coming to the continent to help improve the standard of football in Africa through the skills and knowledge exchange training camp.

“Castle Lager has a long-standing commitment to the development of football in Africa. As part of our partnership with FC Barcelona, the additional benefit is the community involvement, which is being done through the clinic. In 2014, the first edition of the coaching clinics was held in various countries, and this year its designed to focus on more time spent with face-to-face interaction in one location. This will also allow for the training to be longer and more integrated than it was last year,” Alistair Hewitt, general manager regional brands at SABMiller, said.

The training sessions comprises theory and practical segments. The coaches will learn crucial coaching skills, and will have a unique opportunity to be taken through an in-depth session that explains FC Barcelona’s coaching philosophy through an interactive workshop session.

The theory will be supported by practical sessions, which will involve the coaches being able to observe and apply what they learn in a real training session with players from the Zambian national teams.

“FC Barcelona is a firm believer in knowledge exchange geared towards the development of the game of football. We are proud to have partnered with Castle Lager to run this training clinic in Zambia. Africa has some great talent, and we are honoured to be able to play a role in grooming the talent, through enhancing the skills of the coaches from the different countries,” Oscar Grau, director of FCB Escola said, when commenting on FC Barcelona’s involvement in the coaching clinic.

Premier Soccer League chief executive, Kenny Ndebele welcomed the coaching clinic.

“Thank you to Castle Lager and FC Barcelona for your continued support for the further development of football in Africa. We are confident the training programme will go a long way towards improving the coaches’ skills,” he said.

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