FORMER professional soccer player Zunaid Mall will be aiming to inspire the next generation when he conducts a workshop for schools' coaches in Motherwell today (2pm).
Mall will host the Metropolitan Insurance clinic in partnership with the South African Schools' Football Association (Sasfa). It will take place at the NU2 Stadium, with a total of 30 coaches from all nine zones of the Nelson Mandela Bay region attending.
Mall is a former National Soccer League (now the PSL) player, turning out for Dynamos, and a co-founder of the Soccer School of Excellence in Johannesburg.
He has obtained Safa's level three coaching certificate and a Confederation of African Football (Caf) licence.
The workshop will come ahead of the Metropolitan Sasfa Cup provincial under-16 finals at the same venue tomorrow (8am).
In keeping with the company's holistic policy of community youth development, a life skills component forms part of every Metropolitan- sponsored tournament.
Mall will teach on what it takes to be a modern-day tactician, involving intensive theoretical and practical training. He said the workshop would give teachers the ability to plan their training sessions with players.
"It will highlight what they must do when they need to train a team," Mall said yesterday. "We will also provide life skills and [advice on] how to handle the finances of a team."
Sasfa Mandela Bay secretary Dumza Thyse said the workshop was a developmental initiative sponsored by Metropolitan to empower teachers with coaching skills.
"We appreciate the bold step taken by the sponsors to equip schools' coaches with football knowledge for the benefit of our future soccer stars," he said. "We hope the teachers will make full use of the workshop."