By Thomas Odongo
With the second round of the Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) 2017/18 season due to kick off this weekend, coaches of the top flight league have hinted that club football is key in the success of the national football team.
In a meeting held earlier on at the Rubaga based Tavern Woods, Uganda football clubs' coaches who are united by the umbrella body, Uganda Football Coaches Association (UFCA) highlighted some of the excesses in local football in an attempt to review the first round of the AUPL.
Among other issues discussed in above meeting include conduct of coaches, players’ attitude towards the game and professionalism.
''Football is about style of play, entertainment, goals, fitness and professionalism. What you see in the national team is what happens at club level,'' UFCA Chairman Stone Kyambadde noted.
The bond between the media and team officials was also highlighted.
''A coach does not need to call the media to provide them with the match day lineup. He needs to make use of the club's media team to disseminate information while the coach focuses on the game. You need to be confident while addressing the public through the media," FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein noted.
Hussein urged coaches to learn how to communicate both internally and externally with their club officials, players, referees and other stakeholders.
Other issues discussed included player physical fitness, tactical abilities, nutrition and talent identification right from the grass roots.
The coaches resolved to put into practice the style of play that enables players to express themselves especially after crossing the half way line.
The coaches were also urged to concentrate on being more tactical if the current statistics are to be enhanced.
With various issues being digested in this meeting, the aim was to improve on the national football team because what happens in club football will automatically manifest in the national team.