The Normalisation Committee has appointed Angus Eve as Head Coach of the Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) and Men’s U20 National Team.
The FIFA appointed Normalisation Committee (NC) of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has re-appointed Angus Eve as Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) Head Coach ahead of the CONCACAF Nations League 2022.
Eve was appointed as interim SMNT head coach prior to the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Prelims in June, following an unsuccessful qualification campaign to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He and his staff then led the team through the Prelims and earned qualification to the 2021 Gold Cup Group Stage. Eve’s term as interim head coach concluded at the end of August 2021 and the NC has taken the decision to appoint him on a full time basis, initially until 31st March 2023.
Following the team’s enterprising performance at the 2021 Gold Cup, the NC analyzed the reports coming out of the competition, the leadership strategies employed and the team atmosphere and concluded that Eve should be given the opportunity to continue his work for the CONCACAF Nations League campaign. If the team earns promotion from Nations League B to League A, Eve’s term will be extended to the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
On accepting the position, Eve told TTFA Media “I’m really grateful for this opportunity to continue to serve the country in this new capacity. I am very grateful and excited about the work.”
NC Chairman Robert Hadad stated, “Angus earned an opportunity because of his desire to help Trinidad and Tobago football, his success in the last few outings and the potential that he has shown. He is passionate about our football and we see this as a relationship where the team and Angus can grow together and be successful.”
Eve will also be given oversight and lead the Men’s U20 National Team as part of the strategic plan for qualification to the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which is being held in Mexico, USA and Canada. The TTFA began development of this plan in 2020 and will continue with a keen focus being placed on the Men’s U20 players and pathway to the Senior Team, as we build towards 2026.
“It is really important that we develop this project from U20 to Seniors with our target of 2026. I am happy to lend my experience as I know each set of players and we can work on getting the blend right,” said Eve. “It now gives us the opportunity to develop the younger players and provide them with enough exposure heading into the World Cup 2026 which will be in this region.”
NC Chairman Hadad stated, “Angus knows the U20 players and is extremely decorated in youth football from his time in the SSFL. He has shown that he can relate to and get the best out of the young players. And though his time was short so far, he showed that with the Senior Team as well. So this was viewed as an ideal fit as we target development towards qualification for the 2026 World Cup.”
The Men’s U20 Team will begin training very soon in preparation for the CONCACAF Men’s U20 Championship which will be held in November 2021.