30 local coaches complete FIFA course
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The course participants of the FIFA Goalkeeper Basic Training Course in a group photo with instructor Hamad Amer Al-Yami. – FADHIL YUNUS
THIRTY local coaches recently completed a basic goalkeeping course accredited by FIFA, which was led by FIFA Goalkeeping Instructor from Saudi Arabia, Amer Hamad Al-Yami.
Former national goalkeeper Ibrahim bin Haji Abu Bakar has shared that his participation in the FIFA Goalkeeper Basic Training Course is geared towards coaching prospects in the hopes of developing top goalkeepers of high calibre.
“Combined with courses and experiences, it will assist new players to rise up in the international scene,” said Ibrahim on the side lines of the closing ceremony of the FIFA Goalkeeper Basic Training Course at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) House yesterday.
The former Wasps shot-stopper said that participants who joined the course possessed the competence to fulfil their roles.
“Even if they never spend a second in competitive football, they realise the needs to be a coach once they join the course,” he said.
Ibrahim spent years of playing professionally at a high level in the old Malaysian League when the national team embarked on a golden age of football. However, he had only been accustomed to the foundations of being a player and now only starting to make use of the teachings needed to make the grade as a top goalkeeping coach.
“Back in the days, I was a player and I was not deeply involved in the world of coaching. Once I got involved in the coaching side, whatever instructions or training patterns brings its specific interpretations to develop both the player and the coach”, he continued.
“Each footballing nation such as Germany, Italy and Spain usually hold goalkeeping courses, where there are goalkeeping coaches in place.”
He added that there is a ‘system’ practised by FIFA in contrast to past experiences citing examples on how to improve saving, positioning, aerial balls and one-on-one situations.
Meanwhile, fellow participant Haji Mohd Iqbal Fakhri bin Haji Damit said that the most important thing that he learnt was how to handle the psychological part of coaching at the grassroots level.
“Everyone all over the world is a good coach. But how you handle and talk to the grassroots especially the Under-15s and the Under-17s are most important,” said Haji Iqbal.
The guest of honour at the event was Haji Morni bin Haji Zakaria, Executive Committee of NFABD, who later presented certificates to all the participants.