FIFA Trains Ugandan Coaches Ahead Of New Juniors League Season

The FIFA Youth Coaches Course 2019 is underway at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru. A total of 29 coaches are getting equipped with the modern trends and skills of the game to use in going forward as they go about their roles.

The five-day course that was officially opened by 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoye on Tuesday is being facilitated by Danish FIFA instructor Kim Poulsen and has an impressive five ladies as part of the class.  FUFA women development officer Joan Namusisi, national women football team ‘the Crested Cranes’ head coach Farida Bulega and one of her assistants Olive Mbekeka are some of the ladies in attendance.

Danish FIFA instructor Kim Poulsen (R) with one of the coaches Olive Mbekeka.

Other participants are mainly youth team coaches of the Uganda Premier League sides that are going to be playing in the rebranded FUFA U17 Juniors league.

According to Poulsen the purpose of the course is to help the participants become better coaches by appreciating the role they play in the development of players and teams while getting acquainted with modern football trends such as attacking and progression, shapes and organization, tempo and physical fitness, attacking football, mental aspects, flexibility among others.

FUFA 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoye (L) being presented with a special gift from FIFA by Kim Poulsen. Mugoye graced the opening ceremony of the coaching course

‘As FUFA we have the vision of becoming the number one footballing nation in Africa on and off of the field and we believe we cannot achieve that if we don’t have the best coaches on the continent. It is, therefore, our hope and belief that this FIFA Youth coaches course will go a long way in improving our coaches who and to the desired standards that will help us achieve that vision’ Mugoye commented

FIFA instructor Kim Poulsen showing participants some tactical sessions off the board

‘You are a very lucky group because as you are well aware we have a dream of playing at the 2026 FIFA World Cup and we believe some of the players who might be playing on that team are being handled by you right now. It is therefore imperative that you get acquainted with the modern skills and trends of the game’ He added.

The course that will end on Saturday is coordinated by the FUFA Football Development Director Ali Mwebe and Jackson Nyima-the FUFA Human Resource and Capacity Building Manager.

Planning for football development in Uganda. L-R Kim Poulsen, Jackson Nyiima and Ali Mwebe at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru
Participants in a group photo with the FIFA Instructor Kim Poulsen.

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