The Sierra Leone Premier League Board has held a one day refresher training for all Premier League coaches ahead of the league’s kick-off on Friday. All the coaches were trained in coaching and the rules of the game.
The training was facilitated by Leones Stars coach, John Keister and CAF certified Referee Instructor, Alhaji Abdul Rahim Sanusi.
During the one-day meeting, coaches were trained on tactics which included attacking, defending and ways to get the best out of players. The facilitator for the session, John Keister praised the standard of coaching in the country and the crop of talents on the touchline.
Speaking about the aim of the training, Keister said, “I am hoping that the fans will see different ways of working and how these coaches will get the best out of their players and impact games.”
The national team coach also said he will be monitoring to see how much difference the refresher course will have. When asked, what he will be specifically looking for, he said:
“Am looking at how these coaches will look to deliver their sessions, how they are going to manage situations on the pitch, managing the game, what their organization is going to be like and what they will do to create more situations to affect the games,” Keister said.
FC Johansen coach, Abdulai Bah (Kaloga) praised the initiative of the training and said it came at the right time.
“This is a good one and it came at the right time. It is good we have refreshed our memories and I believe these new innovations that we have learnt will go a long way in helping us during the season,” Bah said.
Referee Trainer and Assessor, Alhaji Sanusi also took the coaches through the rules of the game and some new adjustments. His session touched on the offside rule, concussion protocols and the relationship between coaches and referees among several other issues.
“This was important because it has been a while and some of them might have forgotten some of the new laws. So, it is good we did this and we have had a lengthy discussion about these issues,” Alhaji Sanusi said.
Sanusi also promised that the standard of refereeing will be much better this season and referees will be held to account when necessary, for their decisions.
The training has almost wrapped up preparation for the 2021 league season which will feature 18 teams.