On many occasions, we have heard about players lacking confidence in themselves when faced with certain situations on the field, while sometimes coaches face the same fate as they try to keep a squad together.
This week, SportPesa ambassador, Doctor Khumalo choose to get involved on the topic of confidence and how important it is to have confidence growing on the football front.
“What do you mean when you talk about confidence in football? A player confidence, a coach confidence or a supporter confidence? Confidence is a feeling you have that you’re ready to face whatever comes your way.
“When I look at a situation, which is something I went through as a player, coach or the technical director, having observed a lot of things around the football fraternity whether it is local or international, I must say confidence plays a major role in your results.
“From a distance, you can easily tell that a certain team is going to win just by looking at their body language. Every coach loves a player who feels he is ready to encounter anything. When we talk local football, from the elite league to the amateur level, are our players only confident when they come up against so-called bigger teams?
“Do they only save their confidence for ‘bigger occasions’ and have no confidence or consistency when they come up against ‘smaller’ teams? The confidence fuels the intensity and how the team performs.
“For example, a team that will play against one of the big five teams and go on to win, does winning that game mean their season is over and they’ve achieved everything they’d set out to achieve? Certainly not because one game doesn’t make the whole season.”
Khumalo continues to chat on the topic in the SportPesa Clubhouse column in Soccer Laduma, issue 1094. Be sure to check it out and read about what he had to say on the match between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs!