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T&T Futsal Team fall 7-1 to Costa Rica in friendly, King scores consolation item

The Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Futsal Team fell 7-1 to Costa Rica yesterday in the first of two friendlies at the Scotiabank Arena in Alajuela.

Defence Force attacker Dylon King scored the lone goal for the twin island republic, with a flicked header off a lofted Che Benny pass.

The National Futsal Team, coached by American Constantine Konstin, are preparing for the 2021 Concacaf Championships, which kicks off in Guatemala on 3 May. The four semifinalists from the Concacaf Championship qualify automatically for the 2021 Fifa Futsal World Cup in Lithuania, which runs from 12 September to 6 October.

Photo: Futsal coach Constantine Konstin at the 2018 Youth Olympics with the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s U-18 Team.

“It was a real eye opener for the players,” said Konstin, who selected only one player, Jameel Neptune, with prior international experience. “It was the first opportunity to ever play a real Futsal game with referees and a clock stopper… They are very happy and excited they participated in this first game. 

“They were fired up but they were a little nervous at the beginning… But they feel really positive about how the game ended.”

Trinidad and Tobago National Futsal Team: Andre Marchan (GK), Kern Caeser (GK), Willis Plaza, Dwight Quintero, Mark Ramdeen, Dylon King, Aaron Lester, Sean De Silva, Jameel Neptune, Keston George, Keron Cummings, Che Benny, Adrian Welch, Darius Olliviera.

Staff: Constantine Konstin (head coach), Paul Decle (assistant coach), Dunstan Williams (goalkeeper coach), Nigel Roberts (manager), Stephen Bernard (equipment manager), Mark Lewis (trainer), Roger Ryan (medic).

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