Coaches challenged by women’s football

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The Sasol KwaZulu Natal League has presented women in football with an opportunity to develop and work on their dreams.

It is the coaches who have a lot of work, having to instill the mindset of football to their players and take them step by step on how to become renowned footballers.

With three rounds of football already done and dusted in the league, coaches are finding the transition from men to women’s football very challenging.

Lindelani Ladies coach Nkosinathi Vilakazi reveled to FARPost that coaching ladies is a new experience for him and it requires patience.

“There are a lot of challenges, if you come with the mentality of coaching guys, you will struggle with the ladies.

“Women are sensitive, they think with their hearts not their minds, so you need to be close to them and understand them.

“With them you need to be consistent with your philosophy and approach, also there is no room for freedom to players. They don’t take kindly to criticism.

“So it’s a bit of a challenge to coach women, they are not like men whom you just give instructions and then let them play,” said Vilakazi.

Lindelani Ladies walloped Sapphire Ladies 11-0 on Sunday at John Dory Stadium.

Meanwhile, Westville United Ladies coach Vusi Chamane also believes it takes time to instill something new to a women’s team.

He told FARPost that women need patience and care, while they prefer demonstration more than words.

“It’s a bit different, in terms of ladies there is no sense of urgency they take time to learn.

“Aspects like ball control take time with them, it’s better to show them and play with them so that they can see that it’s doable.

“Fortunately for me, I’ve coached men before coming here so it’s easy to generate this thing,” added Chamane.

Westiville United Ladies maintained their impressive start to the season with a third victory of the season as they trounced Umlazi Arsenal 5-2 on Sunday at Chesterville Stadium.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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