T&T football captain Karyn Forbes says it is imperative a proper structure is built for women’s football in the country.
The Tobagonian player made the comment on the Morning Shot on CNC3 yesterday, two days after the T&T Football Association (TTFA) sacked head of the women’s programme Stephan De Four.
Asked to comment on the decision to fire De Four, Forbes said she respected the board’s decision but said it is now time to build the women’s game across the nation.
“It’s a result-oriented sport and a new administration is on board and they deserve a fair chance,” she said.
“I think if that’s their approach towards it and they feel that’s best, I think you have to take the good with the bad sometimes and there are things you don’t have control over.”
While it remains uncertain who will be taking over at the helm of the women’s game in T&T, Forbes said the constant chopping and changing was not helping the game grow for women’s players. She also said changing the nature of contractual agreements with coaches will aid in preparing teams better.
“I think with a proper structure in place it will help. I think now, having long term contracts in place I think it can only help because by having the long term contracts, the coaches have time in order to prepare the team so hopefully that’s the drive that they are hoping to go forward with. In that way, the teams can get some sort of preparation going forward into these competitions rather than a month or two before,” Forbes said.
Despite all the challenges the women’s game has been going through, Forbes remains optimistic about 2020.
She said, “I think we always have the potential, it’s just making sure that we have a coach in place that able to prepare us ahead of time.”