Win players' hearts, Sputla' tells Chuchu'
MBABANE - Former Manzini Wanderers head coach, Mlamuli ‘Sputla’ Zwane has advised his succe-ssor Elvis ‘Chuchu’ Chiweshe to win the players’ hearts in order to succeed at the ‘Weslians.’
Zwane, in an interview with this newspaper yesterday, said to have the love of the players is the first step Chiweshe should take.
"If you bring the players closer to your heart, they will fight for you, thus the team will succeed. Do not be hard on them because by doing that you will be killing their confidence," he said.
The coach also advised the Zimbabwean mentor to communicate well with all the structures within the team, including the supporters. "The new coach should act as a father figure to the players. By doing that, the players would be able to share their problems with him like for example when they haven’t been paid their salaries. In that case then he would be able to talk to them and encourage them not to lose focus, but to work even harder," he said.
He further advised Chiweshe to stick to direct football if he wants to foresee good results. "The coach shouldn’t aim at playing good football ala Spain but should focus on direct football which would definitely bring the desired results. I also think he has been given a short contract, so trying to emulate Spain would be suicidal for him," he said.
Zwane, however, said it was difficult for coaches in the country to discipline players because they are only regarded as coaches, but not managers like in other countries. "In Swaziland a player is employed by the team and thus we as coaches cannot directly discipline an offender, but the team does, which isn’t good because we are the immediate supervisors of the players," he said.
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