Montreal native Alexandre Kénol has been named the Head Coach of the Haitian National Futsal Team for the upcoming CONCACAF Futsal Championships in Guatemala.
Kénol, founder of the both the LF5E league and Cinque Stelle Futsal Club, was selected to take the reigns after first helping as an assistant before stepping up to the Head Coach role.
“At first I was helping the team with administration items and the person that was supposed to be the head coach had too much work and I offered to help and take the lead. I am very passionate about my community, the sport and feel this will really help benefit Haiti and grow futsal there,” said Kénol.
The creation of the Haitian Futsal Association was the brainchild of fellow Montrealer Alain Grégoire who is also the President and coach of Tigres Futsal Club. Both him and Kénol have been working hard to get the squad prepared for the tournament that starts on May 3rd. No easy task with the heavy restrictions of the on-going pandemic still in full effect.
As a result, the majority of the team will be made up by Haitian players based in the Montreal-area, including Sporting Montreal star and GM Shaquille Michaud.
Having been drawn into Group C, Haiti will be familiar with a few faces on the court as they are also in the same group as Canada. They will play each other on Thursday May 4th. Costa Rica is the third team in the group after the Dominican Republic were moved to Group A to balance out the tournament.