Arsenal to coach Rwandan female coaches

By Clive Kyazze

The deal that cost over £30M over three years didn’t only have East African country Rwanda advertise on the left sleeve of the English Premier League side Arsenal divided opinion.

While many thought it was a case of the poor sponsoring the league, no one wanted to hear about what Arsenal was bringing on table apart from members of their men’s and women’s teams visiting Rwanda at some stage.

Well, looks like the move is starting to yield dividends that will start with Arsenal FC youth coaches will train female coaches under the theme “coach-coaches” in 2020.

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A coach from Arsenal instructs Rwandan football coaches at a theory session during a five-day coaching clinic in Kigali, Rwanda | XinhuaNet Photo

This was revealed by Simon McManus, a coach with Arsenal youth teams at the closing ceremony of the five-day coaching clinic for 50 coaches that took place at Federation of Rwanda Football Association (Ferwafa) headquarters on Friday.

“Next year we shall have training only for women, and it will be the first of the kind,” McManus was quoted by www.newtimes.co.rw.

Ferwafa head of football development Alex Redemptus Nshimiyimana praised the Visit Rwanda partnership and impressed that the country is starting to benefit from it.

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Rwandan football coaches receive instruction from a coach from Arsenal at a theory session during a five-day coaching clinic in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, Feb. 22, 2019 | XinhuaNet Photo

“We are happy to see and have women stepping in to benefit from this 5-day clinic. We are proud to have these few graduating in this course, the plan is to organize an all-women coaching clinic next year in order to reduce the gender gap in our football,” Nshimiyimana said.

According to MCManus, Over 50 coaches from schools around Rwanda, were taught physical attributes, coaching knowledge and Arsenal tactical styles from attack to defending.

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