I have read of the sacking of the two coaches of our two soccer teams. I do agree that it was time to look for other alternatives seen not only in the recent performances of the teams but also the time coaches have been on board.
However, my concern lies on what will follow. If new coaches are hired and teams remain what they are now, I don’t think we will have solved the problem.
Personally, as a football fan, when I look at the team we have now, especially the big wasps, “Amavubi,” I doubt any coach can lead them to anything tangible.
I base my concern on the age of players (which is often a version different from reality), the training they undergo when they are preparing for important matches, their day to day life in national clubs and in the society.
I remember once his Excellency Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, saying that, if it was necessary we could even withdraw from any kind of competition and take time to train our young Rwandans who would later become dedicated players.
It is sad to hear that a player has gone home and has not reported for a match, yet people are still relying on him two days before an important match!
It is also sad to hear that while a player was on duty, playing for the benefit of his country, he incurred a health problem and this has not yet been sorted out today.
I hope that recruiting new coaches will go simultaneously with looking into these matters. Until then Rwandans should not expect to have a better team like the ones we’ve had in the past.
Oxfam Great Britain