Saintfiet and Morace appointed Head Coaches of T&T Men and Women Senior Teams

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is today pleased to announce two major appointments for its Men and Women Senior National Teams.

The TTFA welcomes to the organisation, Ms. Carolina Morace who has been appointed as Head Coach for our Women’s National Senior Team and Director of Women’s Football and Mr. Tom Saintfiet who will take up the position of Head Coach of our Men’s National Senior Team.

These and other announcements were made at a Press Conference hosted by TTFA at the Courtyard Marriott in Port of Spain.

Morace, age 52, served as  Head Coach of Canada’s Senior Women’s team from 2009-2011. She led Canada to winners row at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup and qualification to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was also Head Coach of the Italian National Senior and Under 19 Women’s Team in 2000-2005. She became the first woman to ever coach a Men’s Professional Team – AS Viterbase of Italy in 1999.

Morace played for the Italy Senior Women’s Team between 1978-1997, scoring 105 goals in 153 appearances, making her debut at age 14. She set a record for both men and women, being the first and only player to score four goals in a single match at Wembley Stadium. She was also the first player to score a hattrick at a FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991 and became the first woman to be inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.

Morace holds a UEFA Pro License and is a FIFA Instructor. She is currently a FIFA World Ambassador for Women’s football and is also a lawyer and television football commentator.

She will begin her duties on January 16th, She will be joined by an overseas assistant coach for the senior team who will also serve as head coach for the Women’s Under 20 Team. The members of Morace’s incoming staff will also include an assistant coach for the Women’s Under 20 Team who will serve also as the head coach for the Women’s Under 17 team. Those coaches will also be responsible for the Women’s Under 15 team while Morace will also oversee the Coach Education Program for local women’s football. Morace will be on a two and a half year contract.

Trinidad and Tobago Men's Team head coach Tom Saintfiet holds up a T&T shirt at today's Press Conference. Photo by Anthony Harris.
Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Team head coach Tom Saintfiet holds up a T&T Shirt at today’s Press Conference. Photo by Anthony Harris.

Saintfiet, age 43, is from Belgium and was a player between 1983 and 1997 before going onto become the youngest manager (head coach) in Belgian Football at the age of 24. He is the former head coach of Finnish Premier League club RoPS Rovaniemi. At the international level for country, he is the former Head Coach of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Yemen, Malawi, Togo and Bangladesh. He is also a former Technical Director of the Nigerian Football Association.

Saintfiet also coached the Qatar Under 17 Men’s Team to third place in the AFC Asian Championships and qualified Qatar for the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in 2004.

He holds a UEFA Pro License and has a Bachelor in Sports and Business Psychology. He speaks English, French, Dutch and German with basic knowledge of Arabic, Afrikaans, Faeroes and Spanish.

There were other announcements made at the Press Conference today.  Justin Latapy-George was announced as the new General Secretary of the FA by President John-Williams who also disclosed that Jamaal Shabazz has taken up the position of Coordinator of Technical Programs for a three-year period. Further updates will continue to be made on this website.

Tom Saintfiet’s CV 

Saintfiet’s first address to the Media following TTFA appointment

See Video of announcement of  Morace’s appointment