St. John’s, Antigua – With less than a week before the Bennagirls kick-off their campaign in the Inaugural Women’s Caribbean Cup Finals, Women’s Coach Rowan “3fives Isaac” and Manager Joella Potter-Isaac, held talks about their expectations.
So far, the team is beginning to show a lot confidence, as the finals in Trinidad and Tobago draws near. The ladies have been preparing for the finals in Miami Florida at KICS International.
They are also exuberating high levels of energy and passion at training, as they look to overcome the tough task ahead. ABFA Media took time to speak with newly appointed female head coach.
The former national striker gave us his views on team before the highly anticipated kick-off on Wednesday the 20th August versus Martinique. How do you about feel about coaching females specifically?
“Well to be honest it wasn’t something I had planned but as a coach you have to adapt. Coaching females was not something I saw myself doing after I retired from the game a few years ago. But it has been a positive and good learning curve for me as everyday you understand how different it is when training females.”
Are you impressed with what you’ve seen over the past few months ?
“Extremely, I’ve seen most of the older girls before but, to see that we have so much new talented young female footballers only speaks well to the work the ABFA and of course many of the clubs have been doing. We know in the past football here in Antigua was male dominated but now more girls are kicking the ball than ever, So this can only be beneficial for female football in Antigua.”
What are your expectations for the team?
“We going to win the group (with a confident smile), I think this group has a lot of talent and once they work hard as individuals for the team, themselves and apply what we have been teaching we should do well in our first match.”
Although the head coach is a male, the women’s senior team has some girl power. Former national player and now Manager Joella Potter-Isaac feels that the squad is ready to impress the nation.
“I think the girls well make everyone proud when they begin the tournament. Being a former national player myself I can say that this group will put on a good show and the fans can expect an excellent display.”
Potter-Isaac who attained her Concacaf “D” License in Grenada last year said that preparations technically and administratively has been satisfactory.
“Being involved as a player previously I think that no one can complain about how the FA has handled our preparations. Everyone always wants to do a lot more but so far myself and the coaching staff are satisfied.”
The Antigua and Barbuda Female National Team will battle in Group B against host nation Trinidad & Tobago, St. Kitts & Nevis and Martinique from Wednesday, August 20 – 24, 2014.
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