Our Coaching Staff

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Introducing Sinisa Cohadzic - Senior Coach

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Sinisa is back as Senior Coach for his fourth year with Alamein FC and is hungry for silverware after finals appearances in the three previous years. Sinisa brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to Alamein Football Club (AFC). His playing career began in his home country of Serbia where he made the senior team of Radniki Nis in the first division. Later, after migrating to Australia he played for Heidelberg United in the National Soccer League. He then became a football nomad taking on professional stints in both Serbia and Poland before returning to finish his playing career in Australia with various Victorian Premier League and State League clubs. Sinisa has various coaching qualifications with his most recent being the AFC/FFA/UEFA A licence and the FFA Conditioning Licence. He has coached a variety of junior and senior teams since 2005 with his most recent senior experiences being with Ballarat Red Devils in 2013 (SL 2 N/W), Ashburton Women’s S.C. (WPL) in 2014 and Ashburton United (WPL) in 2015. In 2016 Sinisa coached Alamein FC, one of the 8 inaugural teams in the newly formed Victorian Women's National Premier League. Sinisa’s coaching style engenders an attacking and entertaining brand of football which is calculated to create a high number of goal scoring opportunities. It is a possession based game of “Effective Football” with high tempo short passing and good movement which aims to dominate possession and control the game. When not in control of the ball he expects the team to press hard aiming to win back possession and quickly transition into attack. This approach requires total commitment from players and to facilitate the learning experience at training Sinisa plans and prepares each training session well in advance. In the last four years with both Ashburton and Alamein teams the players have assimilated Sinisa’s approach. In 2015 Ashburton United finished second on the Women’s Premier league ladder after an unbeaten stretch of 12 matches leading into the finals. In 2016 Sinisa took the newly formed Alamein SC to second place on the NPLW ladder and into the finals. In 2017 and 2018 Sinisa again coached Alamein FC into the NPLW top 4, but the team was unfortunately unsuccessful in their elimination final against Galaxy United (2017) and South Melbourne (2018). Read more....
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Introducing Mark Cassar - Technical Director

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Mark brings a wealth of football experience and knowledge to the role of Technical Director at Alamein FC. He has over 30 years of coaching experience, during which time he has held several coaching positions across many levels of football. This includes the Australian National Soccer League (Senior & Youth), Victorian Regional Academy Centre’s, Victorian State Representative programs, NPL Youth, Senior State League, Senior Community and for two years the Technical Director role at Southern United FC in the WNPL. Under his guidance there have been several players who have both represented Australia and played at the professional level of football. Mark also currently works full time with FFV as a Regional Zone Development Officer in the Gippsland region. His role encompasses many aspects of football working across 22 Clubs. He facilitates and delivers FFA Community Coaching Courses and has an excellent understanding of the FFA National Curriculum. He has also been instrumental in establishing and implementing the Talented Player Pathways across the Gippsland region, which includes working with local Sports Assemblies / Academies and strengthened relationships with ‘A’ & ‘W’ League Clubs. He has also been a driving force in the growth and development in Gippsland of female community participation, female coach education, community clinics and female Talented Player Pathways. This also included the foresight to extend the reach of the WNPL in securing the first WNPL fixtured match in Gippsland in 2017. Mark is a self-driven individual with a continued willingness to learn, innovate and implement strategic goals. Along with his strong leadership skills he has an outstanding record of achievement. He has the ability to manage and effectively develop people both individually and in a team environment. Amongst his many skills, Mark isqualified to deliver FFA Coaching Courses, has an excellent understanding of the FFA National Curriculum and currently holds an FFA / AFC Advanced 'A' licence.Mark's philosophy is guided by four simple life values - Integrity, Respect, Honesty & Trust. Read more....
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Introducing Daniel Foden - U19 Head Coach and Senior Assistant Coach

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Experienced and established coach Daniel Foden has been re-appointed as U19 Head Coach - Senior Assistant Coach to Sinisa for the 2019 WNPL season. Having finished Runners up in 2017 with the U18 @ SMFC, and having a stellar first season with Alamein that saw his team very competitive, he has one eye on the 2019 trophy. Read more....
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Introducing Andy Burnett - U16s Head Coach and Senior Assistant Coach

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Alamein FC would like to proudly announce the signing of the U16 Head Coach and Senior Assistant Coach to Sinisa Cohadzic for the 2019 NPLW season, Andy Burnett. Andy is an experienced B licenced coach and has spent the last two years coaching at Bayside United FC. Under the guidance of our Technical Director Mark Cassar and Senior Head coach @sikic10 Andy will be given every opportunity to grow and further his own development as a football coach. Congratulations on your appointment and welcome to the Alamein family Andy. Read more....
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Welcome Nader Shukri - U14s Head Coach

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Alamein FC is proud to announce the signing of its new U14 Head Coach Nader Shukri. A passionate and dedicated professional sportsman, with a background in playing professional football at the highest level Nader has been fortunate to have trained in a number of countries across the world. Nader has also played professionally in the Qatar, Jordanian, Egyptian and Spanish Football Leagues. While playing the world game his passion has always been coaching and developing Junior footballers. For 5 years he coached with the Right to Play Academy while being supported by UNICEF helping under privileged kids age 5 to 16 with coaching and supplying equipment to them to further their soccer skills and knowledge in Asia, Africa and Europe. He is currently also Coaching with Football Star Academy and Coach Approach were he has been since 2012. He is a passionate and dedicated individual that sets the standard high for his players. We wish Nader a successful time at Alamien in 2019 and will follow his progress closely. Welcome Nader. Regrettably current coach Eugene had to step aside due to health reasons which the club has been very supportive with. He will continue at the club in an Assistant Coach capacity. Read more....
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Welcome Eugene Van Der Westhuizen - U14 Head Coach

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Alamein FC would like to proudly announce the appointment of their U14s Assistant Coach for the 2019 NPLW season: Eugene Van Der Westhuizen. Eugene is a teacher at Ashwood High School and an experienced coach in his final stages of completing his B license. Eugene is life member of the community club Mount Waverley City SC, where he undertook various roles in developing the club to where it is today. Eugene was a junior coach at Knox United and now he is looking forward to working with the U14 Alamein FC team under the guidance of Technical Director Mark Cassar to continue his own development as a coach and more importantly help with the football development of our U14 players. Welcome Eugene to the Alamein FC family! Read more....
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Introducing David Risteski - U12 Head Coach and U16 Assistant Coach

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Alamein FC would like to proudly announce the signing of David Risteski as its U12 H /Coach and U16 Ass Coach for the 2019 NPLW season. David is a full time high school Health and P. E. Teacher, and comes to Alamein after 4 yrs of coaching junior boys at Preston Lions. David is currently completing his C Licence. David is well ahead in his football development than most men of his age. He is a grounded individual committed to ensuring our teams and players reach their footballing objectives. We are thrilled to have David whose appointment consolidates a talented and inspired group of AFC coaches for 2019. Welcome David and we look forward to you playing a pivotal part in the development of the girls. Read more....
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Introducing Sing Kik Li - High Performance Coach

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We welcome Sing Kik Li as our new High Performance Coach. Sing Kik Li holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Management and a Masters in High Performance. He is an active personal trainer and power lifter. Sing Kik Li has a wealth of experience as a high performance coach with Box Hill United, the U19s Victorian Futsal team, Green Gully FC, the Melbourne Dragons Futsal Club and Acceleration Melbourne (ACE Performance) Read more....