28 February 2019 – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) alongside the South African Football Association (SAFA) concluded the workshop on Device Monitoring Physical fitness performance for most African countries on Thursday, 28 February 2019.
After a four-day workshop of intensive theory and practicals for Anglophone and Francophone countries, many coaches, referees and physical trainers from around the continent said they were eager to implement the GPS System within their respective countries.
Catapult’s Sales Director Kieran Dannatt expressed excitement at the prospects of growth in African football and stated that although many of the participants were on different levels on the modern day science of football, there is hope for the future.
“We have had very good four days here in South Africa and have enjoyed interacting with all the participants from around the continent.
“We noticed that some participant had a lot of knowledge about the GPS System and there were some who are still grasping the idea but we as Catapult we are very happy to have introduced this system to African countries,” said Dannatt.
Calapult believes that the best way to ensure that the GPS System is effective to the Member Associations is to focus on the youth and development of players.
“We believe that to ensure that African countries breed elite players, the youth structures should be the main focus.
“If we can ensure that players are tracked from a young age, they will be better developed and equipped at senior level. If you can track a player from youth level, it will be better for development to see the growth, maturity and structural development,” concluded Dannatt.
CAF has begun workshops with this four-day course which took place in South Africa as the pilot project and are hoping to have more in the near future to improve the state of African football.