By Neto Baptiste
President of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), Everton Gonsalves, stopped short of rubbishing recent “talks” between seemingly out of favour head coach Michel Dinzey and the FA’s General Secretary, Rohan Hector, hinting that the body is looking for “another person” to fill the position.
Gonsalves, who spoke recently in the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show, said the discussion between Dinzey and Hector was “nothing of substance”, adding that the German-born coach is only trying to make amends after realising the error of his ways.
“The talk that [Rohan Hector] had with Mr Dinzey is nothing of substance that would be encouraging us to look in that direction, and that is all I will say on that. When you are holding out talks, you don’t just come and talk after you realise certain things are happening, you must be proactive and professional. If you have an issue, then come to us because we have always had an open door policy and if you’ve come to the realisation that you may have made an error, then that’s for another discussion for another time. But we are looking forward in terms of our continuous development of our national teams and if someone walks away from a job, or gives the indication they are walking away, then maybe it’s time to look for another person,” he said.
Hector, during a recent appearance on the show admitted to having discussions with Dinzey after the coach had announced his resignation to players back in November last year. It was reported that the US-based coach announced his resignation to senior national footballers following the country’s 3-2 victory over Aruba in the CONCACAF Nations League in Curacao on November 19.
According to Gonsalves, the FA is in no rush to make a decision on the next head coach, but he revealed that a number of countries have reached out to the association in hopes of facing the senior national team in a number of warm-up matches ahead of the Gold Cup.
“We are setting up our itinerary for 2020. There are a number of Gold Cup-bound teams that are looking for friendlies and, as soon as we can clarify when and where, we will play, then we will start to put that motion in place. But I can tell you that we have had a multiplicity of applications from as far as Russia to as close as Antigua and Barbuda for the position, and so we will look and see what is the best fit,” he said. Antigua and Barbuda won three of their six matches in Group C, League B of the Nations League, failing to qualify for the 2020 Gold Cup. The team, however, managed to avoid relegation to League C, a fate suffered by Aruba after they finished at the bottom of the standings without a point.