“I was very surprised and excited when I got the word that I was appointed. I immediately accepted because I thought it to be a great challenge and a very exciting moment for Trinidad & Tobago women’s football.” Said newly hired interim head coach of senior women’s team Constantine Konstin.
Konstin has been to T&T on numerous occasions for various futsal coaching stints over the last four years for both male and female teams. He arrived in the island on Friday to take charge of his new role until November 30.
The Normalization Committee of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association appointed Konstin this week as a replacement for Welshman James Thomas who left the job after five months for greener pastures at Bristol City women’s team in the UK.
Konstin who coached the men’s national futsal team in May for the CONCACAF Futsal Championship has already met with his new staff. He said, “I had a zoom meeting with my staff, and I wanted to find out their point of view. They have been doing a great job and there is no sense right now to come in at this moment and disrupt everything. So, I’ll come in add some things but not going to change anything right now.”
Konstin boasted about his coaching experience by saying he has been coaching at Westside Timbers Women’s WPSL for the past seven years as well as the Portland Thorns FC academy for the last four years.
He also added, “A few years ago I coached the National B team for the men and 17 out of 18 of the guys went on to play in the Major League Soccer. I have been around men and women football for a very long time.”
Konstin will be overseeing the two friendly matches against Panama on October 21 and 25 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad. The CONCACAF Qualifiers were shifted from November to February by the governing body.