NPL preparations on track for Development and 18’s squads

NPL preparations on track for Development and 18’s squads

The pre-season is heating up and FUSC development and Under 18’s squads continue the build up to their NPL debuts, and preparations are going along nicely. We sat down and spoke to Coaches Malcom Tshuma and James Coffey, as they put the last pieces in place for their sides ahead of the NPL opener with Floreat Athena at the end of the month.

Under 18’s Coach Malcolm Tshuma said it’s been a good preparation. “I’ve been very happy with our preparations so far in pre-season, and we’ve faced some quality opposition in Bayswater, Inglewood, Sorrento and Perth – established NPL teams who should have no problems making the top four this season,” he said.

“Whilst our main objective in pre-season is to condition the players for the regular season, we showed signs that we can compete against the big boys in this league. I really like the dynamic of this team. Highly motivated players all itching to represent this wonderful club at the highest level of youth football in the state. We are all working hard to ensure our brand of football in line with the club’s philosophy are on display during the season.

“We know it’s going to be a tough league but the team welcomes the challenge. As the new kids on the block we are going to enjoy this experience and I know the players can’t wait to test themselves against the best players WA has to offer in their age group.”

The Forrie youngsters played Morley Windmills last weekend and drew 2-2. First half goals from Nathaniel Otte and Jackson Nyatsambo gave them a 2-0 lead at half-time, but Morley managed two late goals to draw the game. “Although we didn’t play our best football, we were the dominant side throughout the game and created numerous chances which we failed to convert,” Tshuma said. “Overall it was a good workout for the boys and our main objective was achieved which is to make sure everyone is match fit and available for selection in our first NPL game v Floreat.”

The 20’s Development squad coach James Coffey is also happy the way the side is tracking. “Pre-season so far been a successful campaign, with results being par with our progression. We certainly are competitive and progressing with our fitness that is continuing to improving. Our outlook for pre-season is not based around results but generating the understanding of our structure, fitness and most important the combination plays between each other,” he said.

“With some new inclusion into the squad it has help the level of intensity to our training. We certainly have areas of improvement but there is no understanding that this season will be easy. The squad is in tune with what is required to be competitive at this level each weekend, and we are progressing in all departments on and off the field to achieve this. Next few pre-season game will be fine tuning the squad to ensure we start off competitive in the season opener.”