Kisumu — Ever questioned why globally famend soccer icons like Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Lionel Messi put on GPS vests throughout coaching?
Effectively, the reply to this query is straightforward. – to trace and measure their efficiency on the sphere and produce helpful knowledge on the identical.
Sporting a GPS vest is designed to observe how the gamers are working, so gamers and coaches are capable of analyze knowledge resembling whole distance, prime velocity, variety of sprints, dash distance, energy, load, depth, and a lot extra.
And for the primary time in historical past the Chapa Dimba, a nationwide soccer event for girls and boys aged between 16-20 years, launched state-of-the-art tools to analyse knowledge for aspiring younger budding gamers.
The person behind the GPS vests higher often known as Catapult One is none apart from IMG Communications Director Charles Gacheru who underscored the necessity for development in sports activities expertise.
Requested what impressed the thought to introduce expertise on the evergreen Chapa Dimba ranks, Gacheru remarked: “The thought is to shine a lightweight on the native expertise.”
Gacheru goes on to clarify that they’re now capable of generate knowledge from Safaricom Chapa Dimba Ntournament whose metrics are globally accepted.
“What we now have seen with Tusker FC -who use comparable expertise -is that gamers know they’ve been monitored and once they have a look at the place they’ve dropped off their mindset modifications. Stakeholders together with the coach of Harambee Stars have seen the expertise and discussions are ongoing.”
“Safaricom are literally main the best way; as an illustration, the Harambee Starlets are getting ready to Ladies’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification and may they make it and end within the prime 4 within the continental occasion, then they qualify for the World Cup.”
“So, we’re pondering in a different way. We’re asking ourselves what function can this expertise play on these fairytale Starlets’ marketing campaign? So these are a number of the discussions we’re having proper now.”
Gacheru is overly excited by the truth that the Pamoja bid which handed the three East African international locations; Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania the rights to host the AFCON has come to fruition.
“As we envisage present on dwelling soil on the 2027 AFCON, the million-dollar query is: How do Harambee Stars put together for the continental showpiece utilizing expertise?”
By and huge, Gacheru is pleased that sports activities science is regularly making its method into the African continent, therefore lofty ambitions for our younger gamers aspiring to ply their trades abroad.
He’s additionally glad that sports activities science is taking on the world and it doesn’t matter what you wish to do these days, it’s a must to measure it. Africa, and by extension, Kenya are not any exceptions.
“For example, how have you learnt that you’re a good 16- year-old feminine footballer. In the event you can measure sure metrics then you’ll be able to examine your self and know the way you’re performing towards one other lady in Uganda or In South Africa or a woman who performs for Chelsea or one other lady enjoying in different profitable leagues worldwide,” Gacheru continued.
He goes on to clarify that folks perceive it.
“Whenever you have a look at sure gamers and their metrics, individuals perceive what it’s all about.’
-Who makes use of this knowledge?
Gacheru goes on to clarify: “The info is helpful for the coaches who utilise it to bolster gamers’ efficiency, to coach gamers so you realize who is excellent in sprints, who is sweet with their work charge. In order a tactician you’ll know the place to enhance.”
“Scouts can have a look at the information and really know what sort of participant he’s about to determine with. A participant right here could be within the shedding workforce however the knowledge tells us tacticians want to take a look at that participant or a workforce might have misplaced however they might want to have a look at that participant, by and huge.”
Gacheru can also be excited that by Chapa Dimba, the college going girls and boys can use the information to supply for scholarships in abroad Universities.
“Similar to tutorial credentials in College, individuals choose you along with your grade and the identical now applies with the GPS vest expertise.”
As a md of a Kenya Premier League membership, and when scouting for gamers expertise comes into play.
“These members of Chapa Dimba- empowered by Safaricom- can have a soccer CV of their very own and ship it to a College in America or to a workforce in Sweden: a few of these members could have a strong CV after we attain the finals construct by knowledge to create info that that is globally acceptable.”
“The data generated from Chapa Dimba will certainly be priceless to the gamers, the groups and scouts. We all know these days after we are watching F1 and different international sporting occasions, after we are watching golf, there’s knowledge. On the finish of all Premier League sport gamers are even given statistics.”
Gacheru is glad that the Chapa Dimba initiative will go locations given good group and its newfound aspect on expertise.
“We’ve to thank Safaricom for taking the initiative to place collectively such a fantastic event as a result of what this event principally does is it provides alternative for footballers each girls and boys on the grassroots stage to return out and be seen to compete for one thing however a very powerful factor is for them to showcase their skills.”