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What Are MYTHS in Nepalese Football (Columnist Nissan Magar Writes..)
Jul 11, 2017 08:35:34 AM - What Are MYTHS in Nepalese Football (Columnist Nissan Magar Writes..)
Nissan Magar, certified coach based in UK

There have been many myths in Nepalese football, and due to sluggish development within ANFA and Nepalese football, these myths continue to scar Nepalese football till today.

Below are sample of myths:

Myth 1: You shouldn’t eat meat on the match day.
Truth: On match day, you should eat moderate amount (though not excessive) of protein, and high carbohydrate diet (complex carb). Eg. Chicken/tuna pasta few hours before would be ideal. Protein is required to rebuild and repair muscle damage that is caused by intensive physical activity.

Myth 2: Strength training will result in increase in muscle size, which will slow a player down.
Truth: Strength is the foundation of many physical traits, especially POWER, and preventing injuries. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of strength training, especially during off-season in professional football. In Nepal, it can be tailored for individual players depending on the amount of tournament matches being played.

Myth 3: We should play this formation or that formation. Eg. We should play 3-4-3 because Chelsea won the title playing that. We should play 4-4-2 because Leicester City won the title with that formation.
Truth: While coaches should be a continuous student of the game and seek to be up to date with new stuff. However, your formation and tactics shouldn’t depend on the best team in the world. Rather, it should depend on the qualities, strengths and weaknesses of your players and your oppositions’. I am not saying you shouldn’t take innovative ideas from the best teams. I am just saying you shouldn’t be blinded of your players’ attributes and impose your entire system based on what is currently on trend.

Myth 4: To get match fit or last the whole 90 minutes, you need to be able to run for LAPS and LAPS.
Truth: Gone are the days where fitness was defined by a player’s ability to run for long distance. Modern game is all about intensity and quality. Everything is short, sharp and explosive. Everything is done that directly relates to an event that might occur in a match. Every drill has a purpose. Midfielders, strikers and defenders they need to have individual coaches.

Myth 5: Static stretching (holding a stretch for longer than 15 seconds) before training and matches.
Truth: This is a COMMON one. Studies have shown that static stretching before physical activity decreases POWER output. This means static stretching should not be done in your warm-ups. I have talked to Sport scientists in Leicester City FC, and they’ve told me that they no longer do static stretching before training and matches.

Instead, dynamic stretching, muscle activation and other mobility drills should be done. They are proven to be more beneficial. Static stretching, however, is beneficial after matches and trainings, and in your free time as a means of increasing flexibility and recovery strategy.

Recommendation to ANFA

Instead of believing people’s opinions etc, we need to look at scientific evidence if we are to progress. Other developing countries like India are using the power of sport science. No wonder, they’re at 96 in FIFA ranking as I write.

There are loads of Nepalese living abroad who study are or have studied sport science and other sports related studies in World class universities.

I would love to see the government and ANFA introduce an incentive programme to bring them to Nepal, and utilise their skills for the betterment of Nepalese sports (just not football). I would favour this POLICY than investing $10,000 per month on foreign coaches.
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