- The Kenya National Under-17 team manager Nick Yakhama urges the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to organize a seminar to educate clubs’ technical directors (TDs) on their roles to avoid conflicts with coaches.
The former AFC Leopards and Western Stima coach Yakhama think regular disagreement and divisions in the camps should be addressed genuinely and soberly in a forum organized by the federation.
“On several occasions, technical directors seem lost and have time and again usurped the roles of tacticians,” said Yakhama
Yakhama, who is the current Vihiga United’s technical director, warned against his counterparts interfering with the roles of their coaches.
“The Technical Director and the coach play different roles. A coach handles the team on a day-to-day basis and he is result-oriented. He also selects the team to play and is answerable to the management in as far as performance is concerned,” revealed Yakhama who is attached to Cecafa’s technical department.
According to Yakhama, who has been TD at Nakuru All-Stars and Zoo Kericho, the technical director’s role is to deal with youth programs at the club and work closely with the club leadership in as far as long term planning is concerned.
“The technical director is also charged with ensuring there’s continuity at junior levels and once in a while can advise the coach on a few things although the final decision rests with the latter. Technical TD’s should keep off coaching,” he explained.
He called on Michael Amenga, FKF technical director, to shed some light on the role of TDs to help solve the standoffs which have become common.
“Coaches have the final say when it comes to recruitment and the philosophy of the senior team. They are charged with the responsibility of identifying players who can fit into his system. Clubs mess up when they fire the head coach and hand the reigns to the technical director,” he added.
Yakhama’s idea was supported by Ligi Dogo technical director James Omondi. “In Kenya, people do not understand the role of the TD yet they are clearly defined. They are taken as head coaches. The TD complements the coach in analyzing games and is free to give his/her input but the coach makes the ultimate decision,” Omondi observed.