Gonsalves: Coaches Show Interest In Top Job

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By Neto Baptiste

Since news of the pending resignation of US-based German coach Michel Dinzey broke in November, the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) has received a number of applications for the country’s highest coaching job.

This is according to president, Everton Gonsalves, who said he has not had the opportunity to properly peruse all of the applications and inquiries about the availably of the position.

“I have had a multiplicity of applications, so I have just have them there to go through because you know we are winding up our year-end. We have our financial statements now so we have to get ready for congress to present our financial statement and bring our year to a close. It might not happen before Christmas, but we will do that and then get into all of our budgeting and out things to get ready for 2020,” he said.

Reports broke in November that both Dinzey and his assistant coach, Lenny Hewlett, announced to members of the senior national team following the country’s 3-2 victory over Aruba in the CONCACAF Nations League in Curacao, that they would tender their resignation.

The resignations, further reports said, should have followed the senior team’s friendly against Guatemala in that country on 21st November.

Gonsalves, a former national striker, said he has not received anything in writing from either coach.  

“We have not received any [thing] in writing from anybody but ABFA football is not only romantic, it is passionate and fantastic and as you know he [Dinzey] resides in Germany but he has to come and say exactly what is the position because I can’t go by rumours,” 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. Coupled with their unflattering results in the Nations League, Antigua and Barbuda were beaten 8-0 by Guatemala in their friendly encounter.

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