Zimbabwe: Counselling Sessions Bear Fruit for Dynamos

Sports Reporter

DYNAMOS assistant coach Gift “Umbro” Muzadzi has hailed efforts by the Premiership football team’s administration to engage mental coaching experts who have helped in the psychological realignment of his players.

The players were kept in an anxious state for close to eight months as football activities were abruptly banned in the country owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

They had to rely on individualised programmes drawn up and forwarded via virtual means by their coaches.

So stressing was the prolonged break that some if not all players in the Premiership including those from the Glamour Boys ended up engaging in some social vices as well as some unconventional “money-games”.

When top-flight teams were given the all-clear to resume group training, some six weeks ago, most players were very much disoriented and needed intensive mental coaching.

And Dynamos, who this year have made tremendous steps towards attaining professionalism, have engaged the services of counselling specialists who have been working with the players once every week.

“I should admit that the players were out of shape when they returned to group training some six weeks ago. Of course, as coaches, we were giving them individualised training programmes via virtual platforms during the prolonged period of inactivity but the more the players take without playing competitive football, the more they lose concentration,” said Muzadzi.

“The players were not only rusty when we finally resumed group training but they were both physically and mentally unfit. You would see that we were up for so many challenges.

“But, I would like to thank the administration together with the team partners for putting together resources for the counselling services which the players are receiving on a weekly basis.

“If there is anything we needed to address before going anything, it had to be the players’ mentality. They were disoriented in every respect. They needed more mental coaching and we are glad the team management engaged specialists in that field to deal with that key aspect of the game.

“I am very happy that as we speak there are significant changes to the mental aspect of the players. They are now more focused on their game and I should say they are back to almost the same level they were at before lockdown back in March.

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