Fiji Football Association’s Technical Director Ravinesh Kumar is the first Fijian to be accredited with an A-License coaching certificate.
This means that Kumar is now the highest ranked local coach in the country in terms of qualification.
Kumar says this did not come easy as he had to go through a lot of hard work.
“My coaching career started as a high school coach when I used to coach. Then my interest grew when I was the assistant coach for Ba and learned a lot from the then coach Farouk Janeman. I have a passion for football which has brought me this far but for me it is now a challenge.”
The former Nasinu rep says being a technical director and continuing to practice coaching was a huge challenge for him.
“I would like to thank Fiji football who allowed me to practice my coaching. It was tough but I knew I could do it. I would also like to thank the districts of Ba, Lautoka, Tavua, Labasa and Dreketi who allowed me to practice coaching with their teams.”
Apart from this, Kumar had to sacrifice a lot more to achieve his goal.
“Family time, time with friends, all had to be sacrificed. It wasn’t just an 8-5 working day for me but I had to go the extra mile. This thing has not come overnight and it took a lot of dedication and hard work.”
He adds that he has plans to impart his knowledge to the other coaches in the country and not move out of the country.
“Well I want to give back to the country from which I have gained so much. My aim is to groom seven to eight coaches to be up to par with the current standards.”
There are a few other coaches in Fiji who are currently in the process of getting their A-License coaching certificate.
Fiji Football Association President Rajesh Patel congratulated Kumar and encouraged other coaches to follow the same path.
“For football to be developed on the field, we need good players but we also need good coaches. Ravinesh is a great example of what Fiji FA has been trying to do all this while. Things like these will only help us grow as a football nation.”
Patel adds that other coaches should take advantage of Kumar’s learnings and learn as much as possible from him.
“We have some very good coaches in Fiji but they need to get these qualifications to be recognized. It is very important to further your knowledge in anything you do and football is no different.”
Kumar’s license expires in 2020 and he will need to keep practice coaching for renewal of his certification.