The South African Senior Women’s National Team (Banyana Banyana) is making use of state-of-the-art video analysis support as they look to do South Africa proud against the world’s top female football-playing nations at the London Olympics in July.
“The Amisco programme is used by the FIFA Technical Study Group and by 11 PSL clubs and international brands such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Hamburg, Inter Milan and many more,” said Amisco video analyst Wade Benn.
The South African Senior Men’s National Team (Bafana Bafana) has also been using the programme over the last few months, with the coaches singing its praises.
The programme takes the emotion out of decision-making and allows the coaches to prepare thoroughly for training and matches through not only remembering what they previously saw of players, but by allowing them to analyse video clips and statistical research.
“Each of the four matches played by Banyana Banyana at the recent Cyprus Women’s Cup, has led to a 31 page report, providing the coaches with in-depth information on elements including the team’s strengths and weaknesses, goals scored and conceded, possession retained and lost. The coaches will also be getting a tournament report summing up strengths and weaknesses, and key tactical and statistical points from the Cyprus Women’s Cup,” added Benn.
“I can see a major improvement in certain areas of Banyana Banyana’s play over the past two months since Amisco was actioned, with the coaches using the information to place focus where on-field matters need to be rectified,” said Benn.
‘The players’ match intelligence is also improving as they are able to see the decisions they could and should have made, and how to position themselves on the field.”
Cape Town-based Benn has been working with the Sasol-sponsored Banyan Banyana team since early February. He has also worked with PSL sides Ajax Cape Town, Amazulu and Moroka Swallows.
Benn is not the only supporting structure that has been introduced by the South African Football Association (SAFA) to Banyana Banyana ahead of the Olympic Games in London. The support staff now comprises of a technical advisor, an assistant coach, goalkeeper coach, team manager, physical trainer, doctor, physiotherapist, biokinetics specialist, masseur and two kit managers, as well as a media liaison officer, a security manager and a video analyst.