Tim Kee hoping to have Beenhakker in T&T soon
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee is confident local football’s governing body will be able to secure the services of former T&T coach Leo Beenhakker soon.
Tim Kee revealed that Beenhakker had turned down several bigger countries in the CONCACAF regional in preference to T&T.
“Mexico was one of the people, when we were talking with him, who were knocking on his door,” Tim Kee told CCN TV6 in an interview yesterday, “and he flatly told them ‘no’, he’s coming to Trinidad to work with the Trinidad (and Tobago) Football Association.”
“I would think that with the resources we will have, I hope we will have Mr Beenhakker entrenched once more, because that is just a function of finances now,” the Port of Spain Mayor and TTFA head said. He added that Beenhakker’s presence is only one part of the TTFA’s development thrust for this year.
Via TTFA press release yesterday, Tim Kee said 2013 was a year of some progress, and added that 2014 promises continuing development for football.
In a New Year’s day message to the public, Tim Kee said there was a lot to be optimistic about despite the team’s failure to qualify for FIFA’s signature event this year.
“I feel this way notwithstanding our not appearing on the field of play at the World Cup finals in Brazil,” Tim Kee said.
Tim Kee saw progress, as T&T are back as the number one ranked team in the Caribbean and ended 2013 ranked sixth in CONCACAF, in contrast to being tenth in the Confederation when he was elected president in November 2012.
He commended the supporting technical and administrative staff members, including TTFA technical director Anton Corneal, who trained and certified over 250 coaches here, with special emphasis on primary school pupils throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Tim Kee, though, lamented the lack of support of corporate Trinidad and Tobago.
“Sadly, we have not had one cent in sponsorship, partnership or support from corporate Trinidad and Tobago. As we pursue our 2018 World Cup qualification programme among Pan American, Olympic and other CONCACAF and FIFA tournaments, we request support from all,” he said.
The TTFA boss also extended condolences to the family of young Akeem Adams, who died on Monday.
Tim Kee concluded by saying that the TTFA didn’t intend to lower expectations to meet performances.
“We expect to be the best we are capable of and do what is necessary to make it a reality,” he said about the TTFA’s 2014 goals.