It’s Only Under Mwendwa That Goalkeeper Coaches Have Been Trained, says Webo

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The quality of goalkeeping in the country has improved significantly under Nick Mwendwa, as a result of the programs designed by his administration to benefit local coaches, a Kenyan goalkeeper trainer has said.

AFC Leopards goalkeeper trainer Lawrence Webo showered Mwendwa with a lot of praise, saying his effort had led to marked improvement in the country’s goalkeeping standards.

“I want to thank the federation for the efforts they’ve put to ensure that at least this time round the goalkeeper coaches have had proper education about goalkeeping,” said Webo.

In 2019, the federation unveiled a novel initiative, the first of its kind in the country, when it took 54 local coaches through the much needed professional training in goalkeeping.

“I can say for the first time, since I started playing football in Kenya, we’ve never had such a course. This is a plus for the federation and, at least, it has shown its commitment in what it aspires as far as football is concerned,” said Webo.

The course, conducted by German UEFA Goalkeeper instructor Frank Thieltges, targeted Kenyan Premier League, National Super League, and Women Premier League goalkeeper trainers.

Webo believes that the beneficiaries are now well equipped to impart knowledge at the grassroot.

“With such a training we’ve had, it’s good to go back to the grassroots to teach up coming goalkeepers an hope on the near future we shall have good goalkeepers who can compete at the club, national and even international level.

The program was part of an education initiative taken up by the federation to train 10,000 local coaches, who upon successful completion, received certificates in Basic/Advanced Coaching. Mwendwa’s administration also said it would create a pool of local coaches with CAF C, CAF B, and CAF A within two years.

During its launch, Andreas Spier, who was the FKF Technical Director at the time said that the initiative would serve its purpose in delivering local coaches to the job market.

“It is our belief that the course will not only help build capacity but will also bridge a gap that has in the past denied local coaches job opportunities both home and abroad,” said Spier.

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