GERMAN OTTO Pfister is set to be appointed as the new coach of the Trinidad and Tobago football team, according to a report on the football website Goal.com yesterday.
The report, quoting from the De Telegraaf newspaper from Germany, stated, “the 73-year-old has been tasked with leading the Soca Warriors to the World Cup in 2014.
“The TTFF (Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation) had been looking at a shortlist of candidates which included Johan Neeskens and former Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz, but, it is Pfister who has landed the job after contract details were finalised with the TTFF,” the Goal.com story continued.
“He will offer a hoard of experience having coached at two World Cups with Togo in 2006, and for Saudi Arabia in France in 1998.”
Sources close to the TTFF refused to confirm or deny the story but they revealed that Pfister is a frontrunner to replace Russell Latapy as coach of the national team, but an official announcement is set to be made on April 5.
Pfister is one of Germany’s most successful coaching exports, and was voted Africa’s Manager of the Year in 1992.
He has been to four African Cup of Nations competitions with Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Zaire, Cameroon and Ghana and reached the African Cup of Nations final twice, with Cameroon and Ghana. In 1991, Pfister has won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with Ghana, and he has also won the Under-19 African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast (1983) and led Togo in the 2006 World Cup. Pfister also guided Saudi Arabia to the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
He has won the league title in two different countries (Egypt and Lebanon), and the domestic cups in four different countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Sudan).