CONSTANTINE Konstin has been appointed interim head coach of the national women’s football team.
A statement issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) on Wednesday said, “Konstin, who most recently led the TT men’s futsal team at the 2021 Concacaf Futsal Championships, will now lead the senior women’s team into two friendly internationals versus Panama later this month.”
These two matches will serve as warm-ups ahead of the February 2022 Concacaf women’s qualifiers.
The TTFA added that they “will continue to evaluate the (head coach) options available” in preparations for the Concacaf tourney.
National women’s team assistant coach Charlie Mitchell and the current staff will provide support to Konstin in his new role which runs until November 30.
Last Wednesday, Konstin’s predecessor James Thomas resigned from his role as national women’s coach after just five months in charge.
He left without ever playing a game for TT and has since taken up a role at a club in the professional women’s league in the UK.
Konstin however, worked extensively with the men and women’s futsal teams in Portland and also served as head coach of the national women’s Under-18 futsal team at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Argentina.
On his appointment, Konstin said, “I am extremely honoured to have the opportunity to be part of team TT again as women’s national team interim head coach.
“I can’t wait to get back to TT to be working side by side with the players and staff who already have a great foundation in place.”
Additionally, normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad said that Konstin had always been committed to TT football and futsal development.
“We have been having regular discussions with him on how that (futsal) may take shape headed into 2022.
“So when the situation arose with James Thomas’ sudden departure, Konstin kindly accepted this caretaker/interim role until November,” said Hadad.
The TT women’s team plays Panama at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on October 21 and 25 as both teams prepare for the Concacaf women’s qualifiers.
Both teams will be housed at the nearby Home of Football in a bio-secure environment.
These matches have also received approval from the Ministry of Health.