Konstin elated with T&T performance; Costa Rica crowned Champions

Trinidad & Tobago men’s futsal team head coach, Constantine Konstin was a pleased man after the performances of his team at the CONCACAF Futsal Championships that was held in Guatemala.

T&T did not advance from the group stage; they went down to Dominican Republic 6-2 then lost to the host Guatemala 4-3 in one of the best matches of the tournament.

Commenting on the later match, Konstin said, “I haven’t seen a game like that in CONCACAF in years. It just shows you what the potential that Trinidad and Tobago have. We finalized this team together two weeks ago. What these guys have accomplished in two weeks is amazing.”

The American coach continued, “TTFA has to keep building upon this! Futsal can be a big-time future for the country, for the communities, especially in the schools, getting the kids playing futsal both boys and girls.

He concluded by saying, “That is a no-brainer, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to put this on. I highly recommend that TTFA start building futsal courts and leagues so that, one day, TTFA can win a World Cup in futsal.”

Costa Rica completed a hat-tricks of CONCACAF Futsal Championship titles after defeating the United States 3-2 in the final on Sunday night at the Domo Polideportivo de la CDAG in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The clear favourites throughout the tournament, Costa Rica have captured four titles overall at the regional tournament. They were crowned champions in 2000, 2012, 2016 and 2021.

However, the Costa Ricans got their toughest challenge of the tournament in the final against the Americans. They were made to battle from behind after an early goal was scored against them by Lucho Gonzalez.

The two-time defending champions equalized though an item from Daniel Gomez and took the lead via Juan Cordero. The Americans did not falter as usual, by tying the game 2-2 through Zach Reget.

Shortly before half-time, Daniel Gomez notched his second goal of the night for Costa Rica which was also the winning goal of the match that crowned them champions at 3-2.