By Neto Baptiste
A decision is expected this week as to who will be the country’s next technical director for football and, also, who will head the coaching team.
This is according to President of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), Everton Gonsalves, who said the body’s technical committee, of which he is also head, is slated to meet within the next three days to finalise some decisions.
“Head coach, technical director, management, training start date and where. Protocols to facilitate the training sessions, women football activities and, outside of the technical committee, the constitutional committee will look to engage in consultations this week with the various divisions,” he said.
Reports have indicated that former coaches Tom Curtis of England and Serbian Zoran Vranes have both expressed interest in one of the vacant positions while there are also reports that former Benna Boy, Mikele Leigertwood of England, has also shown interest.
Gonsalves, who did not confirm or deny those, said preparations for the start of training sessions at both the FA’s technical centre in Paynters and the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) are being finalised.
“The locker rooms are in the final stage of completion at the technical centre so that is one of the areas. The ARG will go through some sprucing up this week in terms of the field area because the goals are still down there, the locker rooms are still down there, still in excellent condition, so that’s another area.
“We know Super 40 is coming so we will … not to burden our facilities … look at three facility fields to stagger the training sessions,” he said.
Antigua and Barbuda will contest Group A of the CONCACAF qualifiers alongside El Salvador, Grenada, Montserrat and the US Virgin Islands. The Benna Boys are scheduled to face Montserrat on March 24 before taking on the US Virgin Islands three days later. The Benna Boys will then round off their group campaign against Grenada on April 6.