A BASKETBALL coach from United States, Daniel Brandel, yesterday conducted a coaching clinic organised by Church Sports Recreation Ministries at Bulawayo Club for the Disabled courts.
The programme which was attended by 18 coaches from around the city, continues today with basketball players also expected to attend.
Brandel, a basketball coach for Sports Ambassadors organisation, explained the reason for his visit in the country.
“Sports Ambassadors is an organisation established in 1952.
It sends volleyball, football and mostly basketball teams to different countries around the world. When the teams get there, they play the sports and then there is sharing of testimonies and good news about Jesus Christ.
“This time I had to come alone because it is very expensive for the whole basketball team to travel. But the main reason I am here is because I want to help coaches to develop their coaching philosophies.
“This includes talking about how to win a game, skills and drills that will help them become better coaches. It is also to help them teach players on how to play the game more efficiently,” he said.
Brandel said he was looking forward to today’s session with players.
National co-ordinator of the organisers Benjamin Kawadza said they were happy that they had managed to bring Brandel to Bulawayo.
“In our organisation, we use sport as a vehicle for people to reach Jesus Christ. We want to teach sports through a Christian way. Today’s programme (yesterday) focused on coaches while tomorrow (today) coaches will be putting what they learnt into practice.
“We will also have players participating tomorrow (today),” he said.
Zimbabwe basketball women’s national team coach Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu, Southern Mavericks’ Joe Mujuru, Mxolisi Ndlovu, Mayibongwe Ncube, Tendai Keith Dube and Samuel Mutsvanga were some of the coaches who took part in yesterday’s programme.
Brandel has worked with Churchill High School, Girls’ High and Waddilove on his previous visits to Zimbabwe.
He has travelled to countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Cameroon and Togo on the programme and is expected to leave the country for Botswana on Thursday.