Futsal coach focus on basics as preparations continue for Qualifiers

The Trinidad & Tobago futsal men’s team has switched their training venue to the International School of Port of Spain (ISPS) as they continue to prepare for the CONCACAF Futsal Championship in Guatemala.

Head Coach Constantine Konstin commented on switching venues in an interview with the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association (TTFA) media. “We have adapted, when we first started, we had to be on a slab of concrete. We were able to start there and we know it’s tough to play on concrete and when it rains it’s even tougher. The players and coaching staff adapted and finally the moment arrived, the International School stepped up to really help us in a huge way so I am so happy for that.”

The American coach gave an insight as to what is being worked on during the training sessions. “I am not trying to emphasize on too many formations; the main thing…I’m trying for them to understand is to pass and move. Gradually as they do that, they will realize it’s not soccer anymore but more like basketball and hockey with our feet. In those sports you can’t just stay there…you constantly have to be moving and rotating on offense and defense.”

He continued, “I’m also emphasizing how to play man-to-man defense, zonal, mixed, low-pressure, high-pressure and little by little we are getting it.”

Konstin concluded, “We are going to bring down the pool to 25 players with the 14 players that are going while the other 11 players will be alternates. Gradually we will prepare the players. We are going to head to Costa Rica, 10 days before the competition in Guatemala so the players can actually have an experience of playing against a high-level futsal team like Costa Rica.”

The competition is carded to be held in Guatemala from April 30 – 9 May, 2021 which is a qualifier for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, Lithuania in September/October 2021. The 10-day competition in Guatemala City will be played at the Domo Polideportivo and Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium. The two venues selected have a long Futsal history after hosting multiple international competitions, including the 2000 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

The current training squad before it is trimmed in due time.

Russell Alfred, Keston Guy, Dwayne Edwards, Omri Baird, Denrick Eve, Cyrano Glen, Kareem Perry, Jokiah Leacock, Kwesi Peterson, Shane Hospedales, Nicholas Alfred, Sean Da Silva, Yohance Marshall, Kevon Woodley, Justin Sadoo, Daniel Diaz, Adrian Welch, Curtis Gonsalves, Jelani Felix, Andre Marchan, Reon Moore, Aaron Lester, Dylon King, Aaron Enil, Jean-Paul Rochford, Devaughn Humphrey, Rhondel Gibson, Trevin Caesar, Kelvin Henry, Darnell Hospedales, Anthony Charles, Keron Cummings, Tyrone Charles, Jamal Creighton, Jabari St Hillaire, Aikim Andrews, Kadeem Corbin, Ross Russell Jr, Jameel Neptune, Sean Bonval, Willis Plaza, Atulla Guerra, and Noel Williams.

Futsal Team Staff:

Head Coach – Constantine Konstin

Assistant Coach – Paul Decle

Goalkeeper Coach – Dunstan Williams

Manager – Nigel Roberts Equipment Manager – Stephen Bernard