Dexter Skeene, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the T&T Pro League was named chairman of the Technical Committee by David John-Williams, the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) on Wednesday.
The announcement was made minutes before the committee held its first meeting at the TTFA’s offices at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. The TTFA’s technical committee comprises—Dexter Skeene (chairman), Dr Alvin Henderson (deputy chairman), Bertille St Clair, Errol Lovell, Jinelle James, Stuart Charles-Fevrier and Muhammad Isa.
John-Williams also announced that Trinidad and Tobago’s senior women’s Team will face Costa Rica in two warm-up matches in Costa Rica as part of preparations for the Olympic qualifiers on January 25th and 27th.
On the establishment of the technical committee, the TTFA president added: “It covers a wide area and we are quite confident in the expertise and capabilities of the members of the technical committee. Charles-Fevrier will oversee the youth arm of the technical committee, Bertille St Clair (Tobago), Dr Henderson is the deputy chairman, Lovell will be in charge of the goalkeeping department and Jinelle James will there for the women’s game.”
He said the TTFA’s technical committee would be responsible for making decisions as it related to the various national teams. John-Williams added that Skeene was named as the committee’s chairman as the TTFA’s constitution stated that the chairman must be a member of the TTFA board of directors of which Skeene is.
“That is their responsibility. I don’t intend to be an executive president even though I have been functioning as an executive president in the first month. But yes, the technical committee will be in charge of that mantle and I have a lot of faith and confidence in the people that the executive has placed on the technical committee and we hope will do a good job,” John-Williams added.
Meanwhile, T&T women will open their CONCACAF Final round account against Guatemala in February 11th. They will face Canada on February 14th and Guyana on February 16th. The top two teams from the two groups will advance to the semi final round with the two finalists advancing to the Rio Olympics 2016.
“It’s a tight schedule. The plan is to play the two games in Costa Rica on the 25th and 27th and then go straight to Houston,” John-Williams added.
“I think it’s important that in the short space of time that we have a team that can gel and a team that is together. It’s a different challenge from the men’s team and we will try to work around all those challenges to see what best we can get for the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Team.”