The time and resources invested by the current Football Kenya Federation (FKF) office to train trainers have had a massive impact on coaches and will soon starting showing, says Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza.
Baraza, who announced his retirement from active playing three years ago to take up coaching is among the tacticians who have benefitted from the FKF project to empower over 2000 coaches per year from the very basic level upwards.
Passion and knowledge
Now an established coach at the 2009 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions, the former Kenyan international says before the FKF program, most of them were only pushed by their passion for the game but are now better empowered, especially when it comes to knowledge of what he calls the modern game.
He says the federation should consider spreading the coaching courses even more and cast their net even wider to ensure more and more of the coaches at the grass roots level benefit from it.
“FKF has done a lot in empowering and improving coaches’ knowledge and especially at the grass roots level. Earlier, we had coaches just working because of their passion for the game but today things are different. FKF bridged that gap and now while they have the passion, there is also the knowledge of the modern game because football keeps evolving.
“As coaches we have managed to upgrade, and we want more and more of such opportunities as we go into the new year, and beyond. The federation needs to go even further and target more coaches without formal training,” he told Soka.
At the moment, the federation, under the guidance of UEFA Pro Instructor Erich Rutenmoeller, is running a two – week training for coaching instructors with the target being to get 60 instructors who will then be deployed at the grass root level to train more coaches.