UDSM seeks to produce qualified match analysts

03May 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
UDSM seeks to produce qualified match analysts

THE Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is committed to producing well-trained and qualified match analysts in the country.

University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)'s lecturer, Jonas Tiboroha.

One of the department's senior lecturers, Jonas Tiboroha, stated in an interview that the country has very few qualified match analysts and the institution is training many match analysts who will help in the development of sports in the country.

He said the majority of local match analysts lack scientific experience and data to back their analysis.

Tiboroha also disclosed that it is not good for local match analysts to only use eyes instead of recommended equipment.

“The Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences is committed to producing match analysts who are competent and qualified, we want sports in the country to develop in all aspects,'' he said.

The former Yanga Secretary General issued the statement at the end of a seminar organized by Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Technical Director, Oscar Mirambo, at UDSM and participants included students at the Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences.

He hailed TFF for involving UDSM, saying the faculty has a lot of experts who can develop sports in the country.

Tiboroha urged local clubs to use qualified match analysts who will be responsible for reviewing teams' opponents' previous matches to determine the latter's strengths and weaknesses.

“Any club in the country can have a match analyst, but the only problem is that the equipment known as Instat, which is used to analyze matches, is very expensive. Locally only Simba SC, Azam FC and Yanga can afford the equipment as its annual subscription fee is more than $7000,” he said.

He also disclosed that the other course to be conducted by UDSM in conjuction with TFF is expected to be held two weeks later.

Meanwhile, the UDSM lecturer disclosed that TFF and UDSM will soon roll out certificate, diploma and degree courses for sports coaches, managers and administrators.

He said the courses will take local football to greater heights.

Match analysis gives coaches objective information which is used to optimise team and player's performances.

It involves analysts using software like events during matches with a view to helping coaches understand the effectiveness of game plans and strategies, as well as understanding team and players' strengths and weaknesses.

Advantages of analyzing matches include giving factual, objective match information.

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