Muyoti, Kimani hail FKF coaching courses, call for concerted efforts
- AFC Leopards coach Antony Kimani is also elated to have taken part in the courses and says the high number of former players who benefited from it is equally inspiring.
Two young Kenyan Premier League coaches Nicholas Muyoti and Anthony Kimani have hailed the Football Kenya Federation organized coaching courses noting it will go a long way in building the capacity of former players.
“Some people assume that if you were a player, then automatically you are qualified to be a coach. However, that is not always the case. The transition from playing to coaching is a process and needs knowledge.
“In this regard, I am glad to have attended the CAF ‘C’ level course with a number of former players. It was very educative and went along way to build our capacity,” said Muyoti, adding that he would like future coaching courses to involve coaches’ associations.
In the meantime, AFC Leopards coach Antony Kimani is also elated to have taken part in the courses and says the high number of former players who benefited from it is equally inspiring.
“It was an important training. It has raised our knowledge and put us at another level. Seeing a number of former players undertake the same training was also refreshing. It built their ability to coach even if they are not already doing it now,” said the former Mathare United player.
At the same time Kimani admitted that his club were left poorer following the departure of striker John Makwatta who left the club to pasture greener pastures with Zambian giants Zesco United.
“Makwatta was a leader on and off the pitch and his personality was very inspiring to the younger players. We definitely missed that when he left for Zambia,” he added.
Tom Juma, another former international praised FKF for organizing the course.
“There was a big vacuum as previous regimes never bothered to organize for such courses and the most recent ones have made a different even at the grassroots level. And when you look at the numbers trained, you realise there are many people and that it will make a big difference in their lives.”
Bidco coach, Antony Akhulia, another beneficiary of the programme said he had learnt new techniques that helped him improve his coaching skills.
“I benefited a lot. It has helped me to look at coaching from a different perspective,” said Akhulia who recently helped Bidco to qualify for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).
Other coaches who have benefited from the coaching courses in the past four years include Evans Mafuta (Nairobi Stima Asst. Coach), Rix Kanuli (Shabana Asst. Coach), Ibrahim Shikanda (Bandari Asst. Coach), Kinero Abdalla (Modern Coast Asst. Coach), Godfrey Oduor (KCB Asst. Coach), Charles Okere (Tusker Asst. Coach), Fred Ambani (Wazito Asst. Coach), John Amboko (Nairobi City Stars Asst. Coach), George Maina (Naivas Coach), and Pascal Ochieng (Posta Rangers Asst. Coach), among others.
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