“The miracle trainer” gives voice to arrange his troops. Abdelkhalek El-Ouardi was born without limbs, but his passion for football allowed him to become a coach, as you can see in the video at the top of the article.
He started playing as a goalkeeper at the age of 7, with other children from his village. Growing up, Abdelkhalek El-Ouardi realized his observation skills, and began to give advice to his partners.
It was at this point that “the miracle coach”, as his colleagues call him, thought of converting to coaching. He started his career in 2010, with local neighborhood teams.
“From 2010 to 2014, I gained significant experience as a coach, and participated in local and regional tournaments. Thank God, last year, I was appointed to lead the U15 group of the team, said the coach to Reuters. He officiates with the under 15s of the Club Jeunesse Ben Guerir, which plays in the Moroccan second division.
Abdelkhalek has a reputation for being firm but fair with his players, as evidenced by his assistant Omar el-Wardi. “Off the pitch Abdelkhalek has a kind and pure heart, a person of high moral character. On the field, he is the same but more strict with me and the players. He doesn’t like chaos and negativity ”, clarifies his assistant.
The 26-year-old does not intend to stop there, and hopes to have the opportunity to coach higher-level teams. This is also what Wafae Tara, colleague of Abdelkhalek El-Ouardi hopes for.
He praised the coach’s ability to cultivate talent on the pitch, and hoped that “the Royal Moroccan Football Federation [aide] people with disabilities to obtain diplomas in sports training and management ”.