Navy head soccer coach Ken Niumatalolo on the present time blasted the Pentagon for permitting the Air Power Academy to play two games within the Commander-in-Chief’s Cup sequence despite the Mountain West Conference having postponed the rest of its soccer season.
“I’m determined I’ll win reprimanded,” Niumatalolo said at his weekly media session. “I’m correct the head soccer coach, however that’s how I in actuality if truth be told feel. It’s now not tremendous.”
Niumatalo, a Honolulu native and broken-down College of Hawaii quarterback and assistant coach, joked that if he persevered to pursue the sector, “My next interview may well very neatly be coming from Hawaii.”
The Mountain West Board of Directors launched on Aug. 10 that its individuals would lengthen the 2020 tumble season, announcing, “The autumn sports actions plagued by on the present time’s likelihood consist of males’s and ladies folks’s corrupt nation, soccer, ladies folks’s soccer and ladies folks’s volleyball (with the exception of the uncommon circumstances enthusiastic with the militia service academies).”
Nonetheless now not until Monday, when Air Power assign out its schedule itemizing an Oct. 3 game with Navy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and a November game at Army-West Point, became once it publicly confirmed the games may well well be performed. They’re the handiest two games the Falcons will play.
Navy, which competes within the American Athletic Conference and is defending the trophy it received last 12 months, has an 11-game schedule. Army, an self reliant, is playing 12.
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk urged the Annapolis Capital Gazette, “The request of tag has repeatedly been Air Power and whether or now not they’d field a crew. There became once some request of within their management as to whether or now not it became once appropriate to conduct out-of-season observe to that degree to play two games.”
Niumatalolo said, “The attach else within the nation would you play for something of worth and all people’s schedules will now not be the same? This is the No. 1 ingredient we battle for every 12 months, the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. We’re playing a fleshy schedule. You received Air Power playing correct two games? I don’t mediate those other folks (within the Pentagon) care.”
Niumatalolo said, “I if truth be told don’t accept as true with any intention who made those choices. Maybe guys who ought to be making choices on more considerable issues than soccer… They made this a militia deal. It’s now not a militia deal.”