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Football / 2019 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship
« Last post by Tallman on Today at 10:30:18 AM »
Trinidad and Tobago placed in Group F with Haiti, Panama, and Cayman Islands for the 2019 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship.

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Football / Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Last post by Flex on Today at 05:44:43 AM »
Hotel Normandie considers run on TTFA’s accounts after winning $750k judgment; Look Loy: TTFA effectively bankrupt.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


The legal and financial woes of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) have intensified with Hotel Normandie joining the list of creditors weighing up a run on the football body’s finances.

Last month, attorney Tamilee Budhu gave TTFA president David John-Williams two weeks to satisfy a judgment for over TT$750,000 awarded to her client, Hotel Normandie. However, it was not until Sunday 7 April—just 48 hours before the deadline—that John-Williams, via his general secretary Camara David, revealed the debt and legal threat to his board.

Although details are scarce, Wired868 can confirm that Hotel Normandie won a High Court judgment against the TTFA on 26 February 2019 for TT$751,682.90. Justice Carol Gobin also ordered the John-Williams-led body to pay the hotel’s legal fees of TT$1,606.38

Almost two months later, the TTFA has paid neither and Budhu pointed out that, according to the Remedies Creditors Act, the local football body is obliged to also pay interest which increases by TT$102.97 for the hotel and 22 cents for the attorney on a daily basis.

At the time of writing, the TTFA owes an additional TT$4,736.62 to Hotel Normandie and TT$10 to Budhu.

“In light of the foregoing, please submit to my office on or before 9 April 2019: a certified cheque made payable to ‘Hotel Normandie Limited’ in the sum of $754,669.03 (together with the additional interest accrued up to the date of payment),” stated Budhu, in her letter to the TTFA on 26 March, “and a certified cheque made payable to ‘Tamilee Budhu’ in the sum of $1,606.38 (together with the additional interest accrued up to the dates of payment).”

TTFA Board members Keith Look Loy and Sharon Warrick told Wired868 they had never even heard of the Normandie judgment before last Sunday and the board played no role in the football body’s ultimately unsuccessful legal defence.

“The TTFA Board was not aware of that before; we don’t have anything to do with these cases,” said Warrick, who represents the Women’s League of Football (WoLF) on the board. “I came on the board on the 21st of April last year and there is lots of stuff that I learn about in the media although I’m sitting in the board room.

“And I just know there are other things that will come out that we are not privy to as well; and that is why I keep calling for transparency and accountability.”

On Friday 5 April, Look Loy, the Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) president, urged his colleagues to support his call for an emergency Board meeting to address allegations of commingling of funds by John-Williams, which emerged during a recent court hearing with the National Futsal Team.

John-Williams, via his attorney, allegedly told the court that US$24,000 in the TTFA’s First Citizens Bank account was his personal money. Master of the Court Shurlanne Pierre rejected the request due to a perceived lack of evidence.

Pierre ordered First Citizens Bank to empty all seven of the local football body’s accounts and hand over what was there—minus banking fees—to 15 former National Futsal players and their five technical staff members and attorneys.

The decision saw the Futsal contingent awarded TT$270,871.33 from a judgment of over TT$500,000. They are expected to return to court with another garnishee order for the remaining sum.

Look Loy said the TTFA is in crisis mode and urged his colleagues to act.

“If members do not support my call for an emergency Board meeting in these circumstances,” stated Look Loy, in an email to the board that was copied to John-Williams and David, “then the TTFA Board is complicit by way of continued inaction and is truly useless.”

Thus far, five board members have supported Look Loy’s request for an emergency meeting. The six petitioning members are: Raeshawn Mars (Northern FA), Colin Partap (Central FA), Joseph Taylor (Referees Association), Julia Baptiste (Pro League), Warrick (WoLF) and Look Loy (TTSL).

The TTFA Board has 13 members and more than half must support the call for an emergency meeting for it to be triggered, according to the constitution. It means Look Loy is short of just one signature.

The other seven board members are: Ewing Davis (vice-president), Richard Quan Chan (Southern FA), Anthony Moore (Tobago FA), Bandele Kamau (Eastern FA), Sherwyn Dyer (Eastern Counties FU), Selby Browne (Veteran Footballers Foundation) and John-Williams (president).

“It is quite clear that the TTFA is in a financial crisis which will only deepen, as there are court cases in the pipeline including that of former general secretary Sheldon Phillips,” said Look Loy. “When you can’t pay your office staff then that tells you how bad things are. We have the National Under-17 Team preparing to go into a tournament soon. How do we finance this team?”

Look Loy claimed that there is growing concern among members of the proposed merged league, involving Pro League and TTSL clubs, about the TTFA’s financial status and how it might impact on them.

The league, tentatively christened the ‘T-League’, was due to kick off in June and seeks to bring local top flight football back under the direct supervision of the TTFA for the first time in over two decades.

The seven-member Commission to guide the T-League is chaired by businessman Lindsay Gillette, who is the current Swimming Association (ASATT) president and ex-Petrotrin chairman, and includes Anthony Harford (independent), Jamaal Shabazz and Brent Sancho (both Pro League), Look Loy and George Joseph (both TTSL) and Moore (TTFA).

Last Wednesday, the Commission selected former TTFA general secretary Justin Latapy-George to run its administrative arm.

Look Loy said members of the Commission are concerned that the money earmarked to run the T-League can be seized by the TTFA’s creditors if it is put into the football body’s accounts and want a meeting with John-Williams to address their fears.

Moore, according to Look Loy, told the Commission that the TTFA’s emergency committee will meet soon to address the issue. However, as Wired868 pointed out in February, only one from 16 TTFA standing committees is active at present.

“Moore said he was in touch with the president and the emergency committee of the TTFA will call a meeting soon,” said Look Loy. “But that is a fiction [because] there is no emergency committee! They are trying to forestall the signatures that would force such a meeting to be called. You ask them when and they reply: as soon as possible.

“[…] The president and his cohorts are fiddling while Rome burns.”

Look Loy described the TTFA as effectively bankrupt and urged local football stakeholders to act decisively to address John-Williams’ supposedly disastrous stewardship.

“The TTFA might as well be bankrupt because it cannot receive or spend money,” said Look Loy. “Another aspect of this is the growing vulnerability of the Home of Football to creditors. Other than old computers and bibs and balls, the one asset the TTFA has is the Home of Football; and it is increasingly likely that [creditors will move on the recently completed technical centre and hotel].

“The ripple effect of all that is happening is provoked by the bad management style and substance of David John-Williams [and] it is only going to get worse. I cannot see how it can continue this way for another seven months until the election in November.”

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Football / Re: Richard Fakoory Thread
« Last post by Tallman on Yesterday at 04:46:52 PM »
A Range of Impressions about the Man from Rangers – Richard Fakoory, a Primer in Quiet Engagement
By Chambi Sey


The landscape of personalities across football in Trinidad and Tobago is peppered with egos that are less guardians of the game’s best interests and more protectors of their patches of dominion. It is also salted with other temperaments, willing masters to willing serfs and willing serfs to willing masters,  who are ultra cautious of those who do not render them patronage and tribute or relevance and survival. Richard Fakoory, to my assessment, was neither of these defensive, sharp-edged and unfortunate dispositions. He was approachable, collaborative, down to earth, engaging, frank, humble, transparent and non-triangulating. He appreciated that football would outlast him and that his responsibility was to the enduring greater good of the sport locally, rather than to the convenience of his fleeting present. In my estimation, this is one reason why he resisted participating in the arms race of escalating player wages that often lured fine players from his club on to perceived greener pastures, but that also occasionally bounced them back to Rangers as prodigal sons.
 
As it turns out, Richard was being pragmatic, not malicious. Over the years, rejected by fans and elusive of investors and sponsors, the artifice of a properly monetized and commercialized professional league in Trinidad and Tobago has persisted only as a subsidized illusion. In sum, Richard’s decision-making was “tempered ambition” that resisted what Wall Street types would regard as market insensitive impulses.

In the face of the recent injections of UEFA ASSIST expertise, we, the collective people of football, just had been receiving a sense of comfort by Fakoory’s presence in the room, during the transitional deliberations aimed at reconfiguring the governance model within domestic football in Trinidad and Tobago, at the moment of his passing. As such, his departure presents as untimely, particularly in the instance of inserting a check and balance on the overreaching of others who possess penchants for the excessive exercise of power. If we regard football as the community project Richard envisioned, his passing should encourage us to redouble our efforts to leave no stone unturned in binding to family, village and nation, and to achieving for the good of the game, rather than for the exclusive benefit of self and acolytes.

My first impression of Richard Fakoory was that he was not a person one should or could bullshit, and that was fine by me. My second impression of Richard Fakoory was that he was economical with words, deliberate in his thought, a practitioner of attentive listening, not one to rush to decisions, and a man committed to whatever path decided and commitment agreed. My third impression of Richard Fakoory was that he was a meticulous and proud record keeper of the provenance of the footballers who played at Rangers across the decades.

While I cannot profess to having known Richard for a comparable period, it is testament to his manner that I sense that I knew him for much longer than the brief years I did. He made communicating easy. He shared insight-filled anecdotes that were occasionally related to football and always pertinent to life. And, the importance of family shone through his being. Unknown to him, within my household, Richard was affectionately “the cousin” and I anticipated that one day the ‘cousins’ would meet and engage their legacy of diaspora. Lamentably, that will not happen.

In addressing attendees at the Minnesota State Fair, some days before assuming the presidency in the wake of William McKinley’s assassination in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt, then Vice-President of the United States, popularized a saying that he, perhaps conveniently, attributed to African oral tradition: “speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far”. The adage is sometimes amended to state: “walk gently, speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far”. Although soft-spoken and perceptibly gentle, Richard Fakoory did not need a big stick to affect outcomes; and, his temperament ought not lucidly to have been confused with weakness. He went far and, as some will testify privately, frequently beyond.

To his credit, he recognized that a vacuum in Trinidad and Tobago’s social order needed to be filled in order to preserve hope and possibility for those distantly situated from the chalices of plenty and he set about leveraging sport as a constructive tool of opportunity and community and national engagement. In the context of the evolution of football in Trinidad and Tobago, it is certain that he acknowledged that footballers needed to live rather than merely to subsist. However, although the persistent challenge of making that happen has never been exclusively his alone, in some ways he was rendered a silent standard-bearer of achieving that insulating responsibility, long before a visit by Anthony Bourdain kindled public expressions of private truths.

The T&T Pro League brass are said to be seeking to identify ways in which to honor Richard Fakoory. Agreeing with him or not, one less than elaborate way to do so would be to honor Richard by recalling his voice in future discussions and by injecting his perspective into issues mooted for discussion. Richard Fakoory’s legacy merits at least that.

In my goings and comings, I meet many people who are interesting in their own right, yet who leave no discernible, compelling or distinctive, impression. Richard was not in that category. Following the ceremony marking the pairing of MIC Institute of Technology and Rangers, I had the privilege of touring MIC-IT’s physical plant with Richard and what transferred was the projection of his humility in an otherwise arrogant society and his precise appreciation of the tenor and condition of Trinidad and Tobago.

When the phone sounded and the caller informed of Richard’s passing, instantly it reminded me of the indispensability of dotting and crossing my i’s and t’s today, without any presumption of certainty in deferring life’s puzzles until tomorrow or next week. It is my hope that players such as Che Benny, Micah Lansiquot and Kathon St. Hillaire will embrace that mandate and can press on to extract all the benefits of the football gifts and potential they possess. Mr. Fakoory would want it so.
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Football / Re: TTFA News Thread.
« Last post by FF on Yesterday at 02:56:16 PM »
What absolute shit is this??

Who Andre Baptiste think he fooling?
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Football / Re: Republic Bank National Youth Football League Thread.
« Last post by Flex on Yesterday at 12:35:14 AM »
Febeau hit to SKHY, Devin Seales deal for Malabar, Gio’s bitter taste of Ginga; Trincity stay unbeaten
By Roneil Walcott (Wired868).


The SKHY FC Under-11 team and FC Ginga Under-15 side were among the big winners as action in the East Zone of the Republic Bank Youth League (RBYL) continued at Constantine Park, Macoya on Saturday 13 April.

Meanwhile, Trincity Nationals remained perfect in both the Under-13 and Under-15 divisions, although their day was sullied somewhat due to a broken hand suffered by Hirshil Parks in their tense 2-1 victory over Crown Trace’s Under-13 outfit.

Trincity snatched the winner against Crown Trace in the 53rd minute of the hour-long affair, as attacker Zion Chariandy tucked away from close range after goalkeeper Jordan Neaves failed to convincingly deal with a right side free kick from Keshon Charles.

Charles’ ears were ringing all game as coach Shanelle Warrick constant stream of bellowed instructions seemed to centre around ‘Charlo’. The tidy midfielder had a hand in Trincity’s first goal too, as his 17th minute corner was perfectly met by Tyrese Ironside to put them ahead.

However, after the game, focus quickly shifted to the injured Parks.

“Hirshil got a tackle and I believe he landed badly, and he fell and broke the hand,” Warrick told Wired868. “When Hirshil got injured I saw that a few of my players were shaken up. But I had to tell them reboot and let’s go again. And I think they got the victory for him.”

‘Charlo’, Chariandy and their teammates certainly answered Warrick’s call, and their next task is to pray for the speedy recovery of their ‘soldier’ Parks. On the playing field, Warrick hopes they can emulate their 2018 Under-14 team which won the National title.

“The overall goal is to win out the RBYL in the Under-13 and Under-15 divisions,” said Warrick. “We are the last year champs in the [Under-14s] so we are hoping the Under-13s can join them this year.

“The Under-13s have a goal to accomplish and for the Under-15s it’s even harder because they are the defending champs and everyone will come to beat them.”

Trincity’s Under-13 game was tense in every sense of the word. However, their Under-15 ‘contest’—if it could be called that—with Diem Sporting Academy was as lopsided as they come. Both Jkwan De Bique and Christian Walker helped themselves to a couple of goals as they hammered Diem 8-0.

Trincity Nationals have now scored ten unanswered goals in this year’s Under-15 division.

Diem fared far better in the Under-11 division though, as they showed grit and determination in an exciting 1-1 draw with Extreme LH. It was Diem’s first point of 2019 and they got it in some style, as Kenroy Burgin arrowed a wicked, low free kick into the far corner in the final minute of the encounter—after seven year-old attacker Eli-Akim Nelson was bundled over outside the area.

Just seconds before, the Extreme LH players and fans were jubilant as Oneil Dyer’s left-footed strike looked likely to give them their third straight win. However, Burgin had other ideas, and his superb set piece sent parents scampering along the sidelines in wild celebrations.

Diem coach Bernard Garcia did not join in the frantic celebrations, but he could not hide the elation from his face.

“Yes it was a nail-biter. We lost the first two games and this is the first result we got,” Garcia told Wired868, as he smiled from ear to ear.

On 6 April, Diem suffered a heavy 10-nil defeat at the feet of SKHY, who racked up their third straight victory on the weekend with a 6-nil drubbing of Febeau Government Primary School.

All and sundry are looking up to SKHY in the Under-11 Division at the moment, as the boys in yellow have racked up 20 goals without any response.

Diem have altogether different aspirations at present and, despite being short one player against Extreme LH on Saturday, they dug deep to get their first result.

“The effort was really good. The guys really stuck together,” Garcia said. “It was about keeping them together and getting them to play for another and that’s what they did today.”

And what about the tiny Nelson? He could almost fit into one of the defenders back pocket. Garcia told Wired868 that size doesn’t matter.

“These are more like our Under-8s, 9s and 10s who are playing in this Under-11 tournament,” Garcia said. “Nelson is 7 years-old. We give all the players exposure. Once we realise that they can handle the physicality of the game, size and age isn’t going to be an issue.”

Another Garcia—Giovanni—certainly showed that size wasn’t an issue in the Under-11 Division, as the diminutive Matura number ten bagged a hat-trick in their thrilling 3-3 tie with Ginga.

‘Gio’, as he was called by his dad and teammates, started the game with a bang, scoring twice inside the first five minutes.

However, Ginga, who are unbeaten after three games in the division showed their mettle as goals by Zwade Alleyne, Mecki Clarke and Ky-mani Hazel brought them level at three apiece by the 40th minute.

Still, a determined Gio almost had the last say for Matura with a dangerous set piece in the penultimate minute of the 50-minute encounter. Hacked to the ground by a couple Ginga defenders, well outside the area, Gio dusted himself off, grabbed the ball and took about ten paces backwards as he lined up the free kick.

The run up resembled the prelude of an Alzarri Joseph or Oshane Thomas delivery, and Gio’s focus was intense. The Matura player strode to the ball and spanked an audacious left-footer off the woodwork; and his teammate Valiant Lewis failed to live up to his name, as he somehow put the rebound over bar from close range.

Gio left the field in tears, as the result, coupled with the alleged rude words of an opponent, left him visibly distraught.

In other Under-11 results, Malabar Young Stars edged out Crown Trace 3-2 thanks to a second half double by Renaldo Noreiga, while Maracas United defeated the San Juan Jabloteh 1-0 courtesy a strike on the half hour mark by Zade Castillo.

Jabloteh, perennial powerhouses at youth level, are having a tough time thus far this year, with their defeat to Maracas coming on the heels of a 3-1 defeat to Extreme LH on 6 April.

While Jabloteh are already a household name across the country—arguably even across the region—Ginga are trying to establish their own reputation and leave a good taste in spectators’ mouths at the same time.

The RBYL newcomers suffered a 4-1 defeat against Matura in the Under-13 division and trail table-toppers Trincity and FC Santa Rosa—who are both on six points. However, in the Under-15 Division, Ginga are adding much flavour, as they racked up two consecutive wins.

On 6 April, Ginga edged out Rosa, 2017 National Under-15 champions, by a 2-1 margin. And on Saturday, they showed that victory was no fluke as they trounced Cooper’s Coaching Academy 6-0.

Kyle Waldron was the chief architect of Ginga’s success with a hat-trick while Ronaldo Rogers and Malique Gould also helped give opposing goalkeeper Randon Baptiste a torrid time between the sticks.

Malabar joined Trincity and Ginga on six points in the Under-15 Division, as they outclassed SKHY in the second half of their encounter to emerge 3-1 victors.

Malabar attacker Devin Seales grabbed a double with goals in the 47th minute and second half stoppage time. Seales’ first item was particularly pleasing on the eye as he tricked his way past a SKHY defender on the left side of the area before thumping past goalkeeper Michael Bassarath from a tight angle.

SKHY—bar their midfielder Darion Marfan—looked void of ideas in the second half. Marfan, sporting an unmistakable afro, was a cut above his teammates, and seemed to glide past opponents in twos and threes.

Marfan grabbed a deserved but bizarre goal too in the 52nd minute, as his free kick from near the half line comically bounced over the Malabar goalie and settled in the back of the net.

Try as he might, Marfan couldn’t create further uncertainty with his left foot, as Devin’s late effort sealed the contest.

Malabar have their work cut out for them in a tight Under-15 group though, as they have played one more game than both Ginga and Trincity, and the ‘Big Cannons’ of Santa Rosa are certain to come back in fiery mood after the Easter break.

RBYL East Zone Results (Saturday 13 April)

[All games played at Constantine Park, Macoya]

Under-11

SKHY FC 6 (Cordell Edwards, Isaiah Morris, Joshua Miguel, Kimanni Baldwin, Nathan Thomas), Febeau Government Primary 0;

Extreme LH 1 (Oneil Dyer 48), Diem Sporting Academy 1 (Kenroy Burgin 49);

Crown Trace 2 (Kerron George 30, Kesawn Charles 49), Malabar Young Stars 3 (Deshawn Headley 22, Renaldo Noreiga 34,38);

San Juan Jabloteh 0, Maracas United 1 (Zade Castillo 30);

Matura Re United 3 (Giovanni Garcia 1, 4, 33), FC Ginga 3 (Zwade Alleyne 9, Mecki Clarke 32, Ky-mani Hazel 40);

Pizza Hut Round MVP: Giovanni Garcia (Matura Utd)

Under-13

Crown Trace 1 (J Edwards), Trincity Nationals 2 (Tyrese Ironside 17, Zion Chariandy 53);

FC Ginga 1 (Isiah Neptune 52), Matura Re United 4 (Jequan Brown 17, 60, Khaleel Campbell 23, Anderson Isaac 48);

FC Santa Rosa 1 (Kadeem Lansiquot 38), Express FC;

Holiday Snacks Round MVP:  Daynel Wolfe (Express FC/goalkeeper)

Under-15

Trincity Nationals 8 (Omari Flanders 9, Jkwan De Bique 18, 34, Christian Walker 35, 52, Riley Hill 49, Keshawn Lashley 69, Caleb Hill 70), Diem Sporting Academy 0;

Cooper’s Coaching Academy 0, FC Ginga 6 (Kyle Waldron 7, 18, 62, Ronaldo Rogers 34, Malique Gould 51, Amari Phillips own goal 55);

Malabar Young Stars 3 (Andrew Income 38, Devin Seales 47, 70), SKHY FC 1 (Darion Marfan 52);

Pizza Hut Round MVP: Kyle Waldron (FC Ginga)

South Zone

Under-11

Moruga FC 4 (Jayden Lopez 4, Jordan Julien 12, 35, Anderson Julien), Uprising Youths 1 (Akeil Vesprey);

Brickhouse Sports 3 (Riley Dhalai 15, Mikhail Bullock 29, Josiah Simmons 32), Princes Town SF 1 (Dario Walkes);

Marabella Family CC 1 (Gianluca Bauley 31), Gasparillo Youths 0;

Pt Fortin Youth SA 5 (Tsean Simon 12, Andel Gabriel 15, 20, Mickhiye Alexis 29, OG 40), San Fernando SA 0;

Under-13

Giving Back SC 6 (OG 1, Akeal Neverson 23, Israel Mascall 26, Tyrel Alexander 32, 50, Asa Peters 57), Tiny Mikes FC 1 (Cedric Charles);

Pt Fortin Youth SA 1 (Joshua Alexander 4), Uprising Youths 0;

Darius Coaching School 1 (Justin Charles 3), San Fernando SA 2 (Soshillo Niles 6, Bryce Nero 57);

Moruga FC 1 (Joshua Eccles 39), Princes Town SF 1 (Tyrique Williams 19);

Under-15

Moruga FC 2 (Santana Smith 2, Tyrique Lucas 31), Mayo Youths 0;

Ste Madeleine Strikers 4 (Donavaughn Lucas 25, Jah-malee Barclay 55, Jabarie Forbes 61, 65), Gasparillo Youths 1 (Ricardo Williams 28),

Dunstan Williams SA 3*, IBG Academy 0;

*—Game awarded by default

North Zone

Under-11

T&T Maestros 8 (Jediah David 5, 22, 23, 29, Darell Phillip 10, 14, 28, 34), Trendsetter Hawks ‘II’ 0;

Laventille Utd 3 (Rodney Pattron 16, Gershom Chase, Kymani Bain 40), Excelente FA 0;

Rosary Boys FC 1 (Jaydon Joseph), Trendsetter Hawks ‘I’ 3 (Malcolm Young [2], OG);

Football Factory 1 (Deron Blackman 33), Laventille Utd 0;

Pro Series 7 (Jasai Theophilous 6, 11, Zain Griffith 12, Hashim Portillo 13, 16, Blaine Popwell 19, Dakari St Hillaire 33), North Coast SCC 0;

QPCC 3 (Caden Trestral 5, 10, Lucas Simon-Thompson 48), Santa Cruz Utd 1 (Isaiah Audain 8.)

Pizza Hut Round MVP: Hashim Portillo (Pro Series)

Under-13

Trendsetter Hawks ‘I’ 4 (Zion Harley 20, Kyle Williams 30, Isaiah Thomas 55, Ryan Radellant 60), St Mary’s College 1 (Nigel Clarke 47);

QPCC 2 (Christian Moses 52, Saul Rojas 60), Empire FC 1 (Josiah Fernandes);

Trendsetter Hawks ‘II’ 3 (Marcus Young 24, 58, Micaiah Thomas 28), T&T Maestros 0;

Holiday Snacks Round MVP: Isaiah David (T&T Maestros)

Under-15

RSSR 6 (Jasiah Isaac [2], Zair Samuel, Nada Baird, Khufu Mohammed, Khalil Cain), T&T Maestros 0;

St Mary’s College 2 (Jace Callender, OG), Trendsetter Hawks ‘II’ 1 (Kenton King)

Laventille Utd 2 (Cory Smith 25, Joel Grant 54), North Coast SCC 2 (Abraham Kirk 15, Josiah Ross 29);

Trendsetter Hawks ‘I’ 5 (Christian Calder 13, 40, 44, Theo Crovador 42, Akeil Auguste 55), QPCC 0;

Pizza Hut Round MVP: Abraham Kirk (North Coast)

Elite Under-17

Trendsetter Hawks 3 (Kahim Thomas 8, 17, Jude-Anthony Johnson 78), Jaric Titans 0;

Prisons FC 1 (Jaheim Denis 46), Marabella Family CC 1 (Jesiah Thomas);

Petit Valley/Diego Martin Utd 3 (Khesu Mitchell 30, OG 39, Kaeil George 55), Giving Back FC 1 (Trevon Augustine 67).

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Buju Banton Thread
« Last post by Flex on Yesterday at 12:23:55 AM »
Buju can come to T&T
By Ryan Hamilton-Davis (Newsday).


Internationally acclaimed dancehall artist Buju Banton, who is set to headline the I Am Legend concert this weekend, has been given permission to enter the country.

Banton, along with Wayne Wonder and Luciano, was officially allowed in today, by order of National Security Minister Stuart Young, according to a tweet by the ministry.

Last Thursday, Young announced at a post -Cabinet press conference that Banton would have to apply for an exemption to enter T&T because of his criminal history. Banton was released from a US prison on December 7 after serving close seven years for a drug-related crime.

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Football / 2020 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifiers
« Last post by Tallman on April 17, 2019, 09:38:25 PM »
Trinidad and Tobago drawn in Group B of CONCACAF Caribbean Men’s Olympic qualifiers
TTFA Media


Trinidad and Tobago has been drawn in Group B of the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament. This country will come up against US Virgin Islands, Cuba and Barbados. This is the Caribbean phase of qualifiers from which the leading teams from four groups will advance to the CONCACAF Final Round following which the top two nations will qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica Haiti and Antigua & Barbuda were pre-seeded into positions A1, B1, C1, and D1 respectably, as the 4 top Caribbean teams on the FIFA- Coca Cola Ranking for the draw which took place on Wednesday morning.

The competition will be played in a group stage phase for the Caribbean and in a home-and-away series for Central America. Two teams from the Caribbean and three teams from Central America will qualify to the Men’s Olympic Qualifier final round.
The preliminary round of the Men’s Olympic Qualifier will take place in four venues in the Caribbean and in the six PMA’s from Central America from July 17 to July 21, 2019.

For the Caribbean, the Qualifying Group Phase will be staged in four (4) host countries. It will consist of four (4) groups of four (4) teams. The four (4) winners of each group will advance to a final play-in matches and the winners of the two play-in matches will qualify to the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying final stage.. In Central America, a home-and-away series will be play between the six (6) participating teams. The three winners of each series will qualify to the Men’s Olympic qualifier. The preliminary round will be played in the same window of July 17 to July 21, 2019.

The 2019 Championship will be the 15th edition of the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the quadrennial international age-restricted football tournament organised by CONCACAF to determine which men’s under-23 national teams from the North, Central American and Caribbean region qualify for the Olympic football tournament.

The eight berths were allocated to the three regional zones as follows:
• Three teams from the North American Zone (NAFU), i.e., Canada, Mexico and the hosts United States, who all qualified automatically due to them being the only teams in the region
• Three teams from the Central American Zone (UNCAF)
• Two teams from the Caribbean Zone (CFU)

Football at the Olympics is an older tradition than the World Cup and it will return for the 27th time when the 2020 summer tournament rolls round. Some of the world’s most iconic footballers have graced the Olympics, including Lionel Messi, Neymar, Andrea Pirlo, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.

A total of 16 teams will compete in the men’s football section of the 2020 Olympics.

Japan qualify automatically as hosts and they will be joined by 15 other national teams drawn from around the world.

The top four teams from the UEFA Under-21 European Championship qualify, with three coming from the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations and three more qualifying from the AFC U-23 Championship.

Two teams will represent South America in the tournament with the CONMEBOL pre-Olympics tournament deciding which and two teams will also qualify from the CONCACAF region in Central and North America.One team from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) will reach the Olympics.

The Americas have dominated the latest Olympic football tournaments.

🇦🇷Argentina – 2004, 2008

🇲🇽Mexico – 2012

🇧🇷Brazil – 2016

The women’s football section will see 12 teams compete for gold, but qualification is somewhat different to the men’s.
Japan qualify as hosts and they are joined by Brazil, who won the 2018 Copa America and New Zealand, who won the 2018 OFC Nations Cup.

Three more teams will be drawn from the 2019 Women’s World Cup, two from the CONCACAF qualifying championship and two from the AFC qualifying tournament.

One team will come through the CAF qualifying tournament and another will be decided in the CAF-CONMEBOL (Africa-South America) play-off.
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Football / 'Gangs' in football now
« Last post by Tallman on April 17, 2019, 09:22:06 PM »
'Gangs' in football now
By Andre Baptiste (T&T Guardian)


As T&T was drawn against the USA again in yet an­oth­er tour­na­ment, I could al­most hear the col­lec­tive yawn from a group of men in this coun­try, who seem on­ly in­ter­est­ed in what foot­ball can do for them and not what they can do for foot­ball.

Can we de­scribe them as a "gang" or should we say some­thing else? That is a de­bate worth lis­ten­ing for in the next few weeks.

Some of these in­di­vid­u­als, who have sad­ly been de­scribed re­cent­ly as prob­a­bly, false prophets, jok­ers or pre­tenders, would have rep­re­sent­ed this coun­try at one time or the oth­er but now that their best play­ing days are be­hind them, they are still strug­gling to stay in the lime­light with ir­rel­e­vant di­a­logue and mis­placed words. Did some­one say, once a foot­baller on­ly a foot­baller?

Imag­ine if you may and if you care that is about foot­ball on the field of play, that the ma­jor­i­ty of our lo­cal play­ers have been in­ac­tive for al­most four to five months in terms of league foot­ball, whether at Pro League or Su­per League lev­el.

It is safe to say that there is noth­ing pro­fes­sion­al or noth­ing su­per in what is be­ing de­scribed as plans to amal­ga­mate the two leagues. As can be ex­pect­ed, it ap­pears every­one is wait­ing on some de­ci­sion to start some­thing with much more con­cern with ap­par­ent­ly de­fend­ing his or her own beat­en up turf.

It is ab­solute­ly shame­ful and sig­ni­fies to every­one, why it is that a lot of ad­min­is­tra­tors are not trust­ed in var­i­ous sports in this coun­try and in the re­gion. It is easy to talk but ac­tion speaks loud­er than words.

If I did not know bet­ter, then I could be­lieve that this was an in­ten­tion­al con­spir­a­cy by well-known fig­ures, to en­sure that cur­rent na­tion­al foot­ball coach and goal-scor­ing hero from Bahrain, for­mer play­er Den­nis "Tallest" Lawrence and his staff are em­bar­rassed at the up­com­ing Gold Cup.

How­ev­er, when last I checked, it was Team T&T that is wear­ing our na­tion­al colours and hope­ful­ly, that should mean some­thing to peo­ple who pur­port to know bet­ter.

What a lot of these "men", seem to have for­got­ten, is that many per­sons are well aware of their con­cert­ed plans and there­fore a lot of re­spect has been lost if not al­ready erod­ed and per­haps that is why some of their com­plaints, no mat­ter le­git­i­mate or not, will be tar­nished by their ob­vi­ous ap­par­ent self­ish be­hav­iour. It is not too late though to change all of that.

So this is the cur­rent re­al­i­ty.

First­ly, T&T will play against USA, Pana­ma and Guyana in Group D at the Gold Cup, with lo­cal play­ers who will most like­ly have on­ly played three or four friend­lies as their match prac­tice ahead of this en­counter.

Sec­ond­ly, while foot­ball burns on the field, all we hear is gun talk about this and that off the field, who wants to be in charge, who should be in charge and who can do what, if in charge, re­al gang­land it seems.

Third­ly, our lo­cal foot­ballers mean­while are earn­ing no mon­ey and there­fore are be­ing forced to find oth­er ways to earn a liv­ing so they can sup­port their fam­i­ly.

Giv­en all of the above, we have to ask why the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is not in­volved and the an­swer is that it again ap­pears those at both the Pro League and Su­per League, do not be­lieve that is a "wise de­ci­sion". But mean­while our lo­cal foot­ballers are in­ac­tive and frus­trat­ed and quite nat­u­ral­ly are won­der­ing if dur­ing this process to es­tab­lish a new league sys­tem, there is some promised fund­ing from UE­FA or FI­FA.

It is a rel­e­vant and per­haps ex­treme­ly per­ti­nent ques­tion in light of the con­cern for many with be­ing paid for their ser­vices es­pe­cial­ly with so many cred­i­tors aris­ing from ap­par­ent­ly nowhere re­cent­ly.

Sad­ly, no­body cares enough to at­tempt to in­ter­vene in the mat­ter and in­stead, we the pub­lic wrong­ful­ly will de­mand suc­cess from Lawrence and his squad de­spite the ob­vi­ous lack of match prac­tice. That is just how the peo­ple of this coun­try be­have, many times pass­ing judge­ment with­out all the nec­es­sary facts.

It is ac­tu­al­ly ridicu­lous that there is not a greater out­cry by more. But I want to bet all of you, read­ing this to­day, that if it was friend­ly char­i­ty match, then all these so-called for­mer foot­ballers from the past, would be the first set en­quir­ing about play­ing, about uni­forms, about food, about drinks and every­thing else.

We have be­come too self-cen­tred in this coun­try and there is a mis­guid­ed opin­ion that talk­ing loud helps but let me con­vince those with those er­rant thoughts, that it is the com­plete op­po­site.

When the pub­lic was re­cent­ly asked about what was wrong with sports in this coun­try, they all point­ed to cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tors and many who seek to be ad­min­is­tra­tors or re­turn­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors, in oth­er words, the pub­lic can see the cloth you wear or the lie you pile.

What is hap­pen­ing with the se­nior na­tion­al foot­ball team should con­cern these peo­ple if they re­al­ly be­lieve in foot­ball in­stead of agen­das and sad­ly, there are many in the me­dia for their own per­son­al self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion that has fall­en prey to such. What can be said, soon the truth will set all free.

The good thing is that af­ter the last few weeks in lis­ten­ing to the pub­lic on the ra­dio and tele­vi­sion, is that there is now an aware­ness of the re­al­i­ty that is foot­ball in this coun­try, that a few do not care about our foot­ballers but rather them­selves. I get the feel­ing the pub­lic can name this "gang" if asked.

Lawrence though, giv­en his up­bring­ing and train­ing from over­seas, is not al­low­ing the many ob­sta­cles be­ing placed in front of him to de­ter his pur­pose, and the process­es he and his team have put in place. It is sad when peo­ple for­get that their lega­cy is now be­ing writ­ten and it is one filled with self-in­ter­est for foot­ball and no care for its fu­ture and it does not mat­ter, where you were ed­u­cat­ed or if you played foot­ball in the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s, it is be­ing doc­u­ment­ed and I ex­pect a strike back soon.

A lot of in­tel­li­gent per­sons have stat­ed that it is a case of a lot of jeal­ousy and while some have learnt hard life lessons, oth­ers on­ly seek to de­stroy at all costs, re­gard­less of the in­no­cent as­pir­ing foot­ballers that are be­ing hurt dai­ly by the be­hav­iour of a few.
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