30 January 2018 06:58
CAF on Tuesday, 30 January 2018, organized one-day seminar for medical officers and physical trainers of the five African teams qualified for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 at the Maamoura National Sports Centre, near Rabat.
There was a presentation on ‘Fieldwiz’ kit technology, where the participants were given theoretical and practical training on its usage.
The theoretical part was led by Julien Moix and Jan Laïs, both Managers at Fieldwiz, who explained the importance of the kit and its modus operandi.
Also present was Vice President of the CAF Medical Committee, Dr. Yacine Zerguini, who lauded the move, an initiative of CAF President Ahmad and members of the Executive Committee.
“This is the first time that CAF has made such a decision, for the qualified teams of a World Cup. For me, it’s a historic decision,” Dr Zerguini noted in his welcome address.
The practical session was done on the pitch with players of the Moroccan U-19 team training at the technical centre. Each player was equipped with a fieldwiz kit (a bib with a GPS), and played against each other for two halves of 15 minutes each.
It allowed the participants to learn how to operate the kit and especially to retrieve data from the technological device and to exploit them for a better follow-up of the performances of the players.
It should be noted that CAF has decided to distribute the fieldwiz kit to the other 49 Member Associations.
Julien Moix (Manager, Fieldwiz)
I am here at the request of CAF to explain how the Fieldwiz kit works. CAF sees far and wants to help its teams with this very advanced technology. The Fieldwiz helps teams in four different parts. First of all, there is medical follow-up and the physical part. Tactically, it allows coaches to improve player positioning. And finally, there is also the psychological component because it allows the coach to establish a healthy competition since with the fieldwiz, all players work, no one can cheat.
Patrice Beaumelle (Assistant Coach, Morocco)
It's a very important kit for us. It will allow us to follow the players on a medical, physical and even at the tactical level. For us coaches, we can track the positioning of our players and make adjustments during training. I want to thank CAF for this commendable initiative.
Mohamed Aboela (Team Doctor, Egypt)
On the medical side, this kit is interesting. It allows the doctors to follow the players and the evolution of their state of health. It's a good thing and it will enable us to progress in Africa through the usage of technology.