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Shabazz resigns as Women’s coach

Published: 
Thursday, August 9, 2018
T&T Girls Under-17 Coach Jamal Shabazz, centre, gives instructions to a player.

Unable to take the country’s Women footballers further, National Women’s coach Jamaal Shabazz has resigned as head of the Women’s programme which includes an under-17, 20 and the senior teams.

His resignation comes 13 months after he replaced Italian Carolina Morace and her staff at the helm of the local women’s programme. The senior footballers are preparing for the World Cup qualifiers.

In a letter addressed to general secretary of the T&T Football Association Justin Latapy-George yesterday, Shabazz said he was preparing for a different role. Shabazz said, “After careful consideration of all the factors surrounding what is required for this team to go forward, it is in the best interest of the team and the country, that I step aside and allow for someone who can bring more to the table at this point.”

He added, “A major part of my life has been given to developing the women’s game as a coach. Now I think Allah has a different role for me to play in the development of the game locally and regionally. I will remain a staunch supporter of this team in particular and women’s football in general.”

Shabazz’s under-20 team just missed out on advancing out of the group stage at a Concacaf tournament at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva last year while his senior women won a hotly contested Caribbean Football Union Women’s Challenge at the same venue earlier this year.

However, his senior women, intending to its outing at the recent Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games as preparation for the qualifiers finished winless in four matches, losing three and drawing the other game.

The team is scheduled to begin action in the qualifiers from August 25 and it is unsure who will be Shabazz replacement to date. Guardian Media Sports understand Anton Corneal is likely to take the team through the qualifiers until a new coach is found.

Shabazz believes there are coaches right here within our shores who are capable of assuming his position as coach. He, however, explained that to take the women’s game forward, we must enlarge the pool of players. “And this will be done through the NLCB Elite Programme by the T&T Football Association, which is a major step in that direction.”

WALTER ALIBEY
 

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