Newly-appointed Chippa United coach Farouk Abrahams believes his ability to understand what goes through players’ minds will be the cornerstone of future successes.
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The Chilli Boys announced on Tuesday that Abrahams is to be given a two-and-a-half year contract, having taken charge of the team on a care-taker basis for the last couple of months.
Formerly Chippa’s goalkeeping coach and founder of the Farouk Abrahams Goalkeeper Academy, this is Abrahams’ first job as head coach in the modern era of the PSL, although he has significant experience as a manger in the old NSL, as well as having been a top shot stopper in his own playing days.
Abrahams previously coached Santos and was employed as a player-coach by Maritzburg United, where he took the club to four cup finals and to a runners-up position in the league.
For Abrahams, both theoretical coaching courses and general life experience are important arrows in his managerial bow.
“I spoke with Clinton Larsen and we were saying how your struggles and victories you have faced in life are some of the best coaching courses.
“I’m also a keen student of the game and I’m on an international coaching forum on the internet which includes Jose Mourinho and some other top coaches,” he told PSL.co.za
Crucial too is the ability to manage the team’s psyche as a whole, and to have the interpersonal skills needed to unlock the full potential of each individual player.
Again, general life skills and life experience are important in this respect. The ability to be able to mix with people from all walks of life is also of huge benefit.
“I’m a motivational speaker and have studied psychology – the mental side of the game is very important,” he explained.
“It’s a continuous process, because a player can be fine one game and then flat the next game.
“I come from the same walk of life as many of the players, I was part of the [apartheid] struggle in the townships, I can mix with aristocrats and the township guys.”