Former Croatia women’s international, Tihana Nemčić, is taking over fifth division side NK Viktorija Vojakovac- not as a cheerleader, but as manager. The 24 year-old Nemčić also models on the side.
Is this just a publicity stunt or is Nemčić serious about coaching in Croatia? She just recently graduated from the University of Sport in Croatia this past spring.
“I am the head coach and I have full liberty to create and plan the team’s tactics,” Nemčić said. “If a woman and a man have the same professional qualifications for a coaching job, I see no reason why I should not get into male football.”
“We listen to her,” Viktorija player Tiho Jagušić said. “She is very strict at training.” Nemčić got interested in the sport when she used to follow her boyfriend to training. “I was watching him play, how he played … and then I started to play myself and it has become part of me to this very day,” she said. “This is a big challenge for me. I have had some experience with kids, but with men’s teams — no.”
Nemčić, who was among 15 finalists for the beauty title of Croatia Miss Sport in 2008, does face a particular challenge in coaching the men. “We have a rule,” she said. “Boys go in to change. When they are finished, one of them comes out and calls me in. I would never put myself in the situation to walk in on them inside the dressing room.”