Going back once again to last weekend’s league action, there were players that were substituted and came into matches to turn the game around. One of the main reasons for players to be introduced into a match is to change the complexity of the game and bring in a new dimension. This, SportPesa ambassador, Doctor Khumalo has touched on in his weekly Clubhouse Column.
“The strength of the bench determines how far a team can go and achieve. Again, when one of the players gets yellow-carded, it can force the bench to make a forced tactical change because a second yellow means an early shower for that particular player. That player might be substituted or moved to a less ‘dangerous area’ where the player won’t have to do as much tackling or risk getting a second yellow.
“We need to understand when and how substitutions are made. A substitution can also be made to run the clock down when protecting our lead, and also take the momentum off from the opposition team that might be throwing everything at you, in search of an equaliser. A lot of people don’t understand this and will question why a coach brings a player on when there (are) only two minutes or so to play.
“Sometimes coaches sacrifice their best player on the field and people will question that decision, only to find that the coach is already thinking about the next game. Sometimes you play two games in a short space of time and you need to keep your team fresh.”
To read more on what ‘16V’ has to say on the discussion of substitutions, get yourself a copy of this week’s Soccer Laduma, issue 1091.