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UFCTT slam NC’s ‘illogical’ appointment of Konstin as Women’s coach, demand technical committee

“[…] You will not go to a doctor to do a root canal or a dentist to do a heart surgery, why then hire a Futsal coach with no experience in 11 v 11 to coach your Senior Women’s Team? 

“[…] The growing concern for the UFCTT is the shortcomings of the normalisation committee in terms of their lack of ability to make rational decisions based on logic. How are we also to have confidence in them to solve the debt problem of the TTFA—the area in which they are supposedly experts, with little or nothing to show to date?”

The following is a media statement by the Unified Football Coaches of Trinidad and Tobago (UFCTT) in response to the Fifa-appointed normalisation committee’s decision to hire American Futsal coach Constantine Konstin to coach the Women’s National Senior Team:

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

On hearing the news about the appointment of a Futsal coach to lead our Senior Women’s Football Team, we were checking our calendars to see if it was April 1st, or maybe Ashton Kutcher was trying to reboot his reality TV show, Punk’d, by tricking the whole of Trinidad and Tobago. 

This is how absurd the hiring of Mr Constantine Konstin looks to the Unified Football Coaches of Trinidad and Tobago. 

The Normalisation Committee and anyone else responsible for this appointment has demonstrated ineptitude far beyond technical matters. The appointment defies simple logic. 

You would not go to a doctor to do a root canal or a dentist to do a heart surgery. Why then hire a Futsal coach with no experience in 11 v 11 to coach your Senior Women’s Team? 

The UFCTT wants to understand what is the objective and intention behind this appointment. With two friendly games just weeks away, what does the coach bring to the Women’s programme? 

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team players utilise EPTS devices during a training session.
(via TTFA Media)

These are pertinent questions seeing that his results from his last Futsal tournament were unflattering. 

What message does it send to the players, who are the most important people in all these considerations? Also, this will certainly be another devastating blow to the morale of the coaches of Trinidad and Tobago—dealt to them by the NC just five days after commemorating World Mental Health Day. 

Another question to be asked is this: does the NC, the people responsible for selecting the coach, know that these are different games, with different rules and tactical principles? 

These questions leave us befuddled. The growing concern for the UFCTT is the shortcomings of the NC in terms of their lack of ability to make rational decisions based on logic. 

How are we also to have confidence in them to solve the debt problem of the TTFA—the area in which they are supposedly experts, with little or nothing to show to date?

Photo: Fifa-appointed Normalisation Committee chairman Robert Hadad.

The effects of improper technical decisions threaten to destroy the product which the NC is charged with administering. Specialised attention is needed to secure our football programmes because, if the current trends continue, there will be nothing left over which to administrate. 

The UFCTT calls on the NC to appoint a competent technical committee, which is the body mandated by the constitution to handle technical matters. This will allow the NC to focus on the administration and economic issues while the technical committee focuses on rebuilding football in Trinidad and Tobago. 

The UFCTT remains committed to assisting the work of the NC and playing our part to restore football to a standard where we can once again challenge for regional titles at all levels.

Editor’s Note: Fifa-appointed Normalisation Committee chairman Robert Hadad controversially announced the dissolution of all standing committees after his ascension to the helm of the TTFA. As such, the Normalisation Committee has operated with only the specialist advice that it specifically requests.

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