Falopa on board
. . . but technical director only given six months contract
Brazilian born Marcos Falopa has been contracted by the Barbados Football Association (BFA) to be the new technical director for the organisation over the next six months.
Falopa, a veteran FIFA-accredited coach of 35 years experience, was introduced to the media by the BFA president Randy Harris during a briefing at the National Stadium today, and said he would like to help with the improvement of football in Barbados as much as he could.
“No [it is not enough time] but everything takes time. I will be here for six months, maybe more, we know it is a short time but we know we can do something. We also started coaching courses and we need more of them,” he said.
Falopa pointed out he would like to see a festival for boys to play and more programmes in communities for youngsters to develop their game. He made mention of former and present international players like Pele, Rivaldo, Ronaldo and even Messi from Argentina who came from small communities in their respective countries and who turned out to be great international players.
Falopa who is no stranger to the island having visited back in 1983 to conduct a training session under then president of the BFA, Adrian Donovan, said the facilities were much better compared to when he visited years ago and should be good enough to work with.
Harris said his organization was mostly concerned about the development of football on the island and as a matter of urgency they wanted to train local coaches.
“If you go to school and you have teachers that are not well trained they would give the wrong message. So basically we are going to license our coaches and I want to say here right now that there is a myth going on in Barbados over the years that coaches who go on short-term coaching courses are not licensed or qualified. What we are going to do is start with the D licence and then we will go on from C, A and B,” Harris said.
He noted that one thing he would like to see come out of the partnership with Falopa were more coaches being trained over the next six months.
“I hope we would have qualified coaches not just at the national level but also at our club level especially for Premier League and Division One because we have a number of coaches who have a good grasp of football but they were never trained. So basically I want to see as many persons in Barbados trained, especially in the secondary schools, and we would like to see teachers get training also,” he said.
Harris said the BFA would take advice from Falopa on national selection and hopefully get some local players attached to clubs overseas whether it was in North America, South America or Europe. Falopa’s stay in Barbados could be extended after the six months depending on what transpires during that period, and in collaboration with FIFA.
Harris explained: “I am very glad that he is here for six months and I know with the assistance of FIFA we can cover the cost of six months and if things go well as I expect them to then we will appeal to FIFA again to continue.”
The BFA boss added that fellow coaches from around the Caribbean could feel free to take part in the coaching sessions if they so desired.
“We do not mind assisting but basically this is a national situation where a coach has come to help our national development. If for any reason our neighbours would like to attend any course or session in Barbados we would be happy to have them,” he stated.
During the briefing it was also revealed that Emmerson Boyce would be returning to national colours. Boyce, 34, born in England to Barbadian parents, first earned his international call-up in 2008 and has played four times for the national team. Boyce, who plays as a right-back or in the centre of the defence, had his greatest triumph in 2013 when he led then Premier League side Wigan Athletic to a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the final of the FA Cup. Boyce has taken leave from Wigan to represent Barbados in their imminent engagements.
Falopa will have his hands full when the Barbados senior team travel on September 1 to compete in the Caribbean Football Union’s Championship Cup. The local boys will play in group one against Suriname, Bonaire and host Martinique on September 3, 5 and 7 and return home on the 8th.
The squad is Jason Boxill, Kerry Holder, Dario Weir, Barry Skeete, Andre Bourne, Akeene Browne, Romelle Burgess, Ricardo Morris, Arantees Lawrence, Mario Harte, Kyle Gibson, Armando Lashley, Rashida Williams, Emmerson Boyce, Ranaldo Bailey, Sebastian Hunte, Jamal Chandler, Carl Joseph, Chai Lloyd and Ramario Harewood. Fabian Wharton will manage the team, head coach is Colin Forde, assistant coach is Randolph Cox and trainer is Azard Weekes.