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Football / Re: Home of Football Thread
« on: Today at 08:26:19 AM »
What does it profit ah man if he going thr HoF? It appears each TTFA  believes that a monument to their legacy could also fill gaps in their lockets-

Please let's not see the HoF follow the same fate as the Centre of Excellence - these should be public institutions  not private ventures  for those seeking to profit from football in TnT

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Football / Re: Women Warriors Thread
« on: November 20, 2021, 09:15:48 AM »
Where’s the roster  ???
tBD pending:

Availability of players with documentations
Bookings of flight by NC
availability of funds for players
Availability of funds to feed players
The status and payment of all coaches
Selection of  players  finishing exams
Availability of players who have " Jim boots" to travel with

Pick any of the above and you will u derstand that is how  football business is done in TnT

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Football / Recycle versus development
« on: September 16, 2021, 09:03:52 PM »
Very interesting phenomena I am observing in most of our athletic programs.There seems to be a reliance on recycling athletes who have past their prime. Witness the make up of our recent olympic team, our netball team, and national football teams.

What is this trend indicating about our athletic programs? Look at our neighbours JA- is li,e they have an athletic factory.

We had  7 years since 2014 to develop formidable players  for the some s national team yet we are  looking at veterans to anchor this team? Look at the shift and success of Canada's menand womens team- youthful and successful.
How do we get there?

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What about Track & Field / Re: I love T&F but where are our Youths?
« on: September 08, 2021, 06:49:02 AM »
How do we get back on " track"? what is happening locally and with athletes on international scholarships?

I read about the lack. Ofathletes not meeting Olympic qualifying standards yet I witnessed athletes from lesser known track and field countries competing with some horrid times-  I saw sprinters from countries like India and Kenya at least getting international exposure and we are sending over the hill and in some cases injured athletes to compete?

We do have some knowledgeable folks who knows what it takes to get our athethes to where we ought to be-
Let's reexamine our national program from the school to community level and begin in earnest to build rather than critize.
Instead of asking what the country can do ask what can you do for your land of birth! instead of asking where is the next great one or who is there to coachbegin with who is there andbuild what meets the eye.

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Football / Re: Jamaal Shabazz Thread
« on: September 08, 2021, 06:36:55 AM »
Sounds like a football coup :rotfl: :frustrated: :rotfl:

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Football / Re: Angus Eve Thread.
« on: September 08, 2021, 06:31:55 AM »
Congrats to Coach Eve on the appointment- you know the shelf
life of national coaches in TnT is little under three years. It's a results dictated position with little or no glory.

However  here is a golden opportunity not to just coach two teams but to build a men's national football program. Hopefully the consistency in implementing a system of play a  competitive philosophy and a culture of success could be nurtured and cultivated locally.

Choose assistant coaches wisely - maybe someone who has garnered some international experience with innovative strategies- No former coach of St Lucia please!!'  no recycling of old
Let's be progressives d build a formidable program from now with2026 in mind- every practiceeverygamefrom now on shouldbe like a qualyfing 2026 match.
Good luck and best of success in days to come.

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What about Track & Field / Re: I love T&F but where are our Youths?
« on: August 22, 2021, 12:03:17 PM »
Never have been so proud of Jamaican  athletes accomplishment on the world T&F stage- what their  junior and senior women are doing is astonishing.

We inT& T could learn a lot from " put of many one"
Yet we struggle with " Together we Aspire Together we achieve"
Since a certain opposition leader was in power and through a policy of divisiness  and public stupidity of disrespect we just can't seem to find a way to be back.

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What about Track & Field / I love T&F but where are our Youths?
« on: August 20, 2021, 04:14:36 AM »
I love track and field since  my youth- running in informal village games - sprinting down streets  during Sunday church events.
Clamouring around TV to watch  international  events in the 60's watching athletes representing T&T on the world stage feeling that sense of pride- what accomplishments from our small country.

Then my career allowed me to share my passion- coaching track in Canada- experiencing being part of a system supporting youth athletics- what a novel idea!
Today I am up in the wee hours of the mornings to watch the u 20 youth world championships in Kenya- astonished by the mere presence of three athletes so far from T&T while Jamaica continues to have a presence in multiple events - sprints hurdles etc and doing well- non traditional track countries like India in multiple track events and I ask myself WTF has happened to our program? Where the F are our athletes  who are on scholarships abroad?

Could someone shed some light on why we are so under represented at an event like this?

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Football / Re: TTFA appoints senior women's team coaching staff
« on: July 29, 2021, 07:01:53 PM »
TTFA appoints senior women's team coaching staff
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday)


THE T&T Football Association (TTFA) has appointed its senior women’s national team staff which will work alongside head coach James Thomas.

Thomas will lead a team consisting of Charlie Mitchell (assistant coach and performance analyst), James Baird (goalkeeper coach), Joanne Daniel (manager), Terry Johnson-Jeremiah (equipment manager), Atiba Downes (strength and conditioning coach) and Aqilya Gomez (rehab specialist).

A statement issued by the local association on Wednesday said the positions were filled using a robust recruitment system of candidate reviews and interviews by a selection panel consisting of TTFA technical director Dion La Foucade, women’s football director Jinelle James, former national player Richard Chinapoo and coach Thomas.

The panel reviewed the candidates’ applications and created a short list for each position. The short-listed candidates were then invited to an interview process where they were assessed on their credentials, tactical knowledge, coaching style and ability and willingness to learn.

Downes and Gomez were evaluated using a similar process under the guidance of the TTFA’s Return to Play Medical Committee.

Commenting on the process, Thomas said, “For us to get back to being competitive on the international stage, it was crucially important that we provide the players with a safe, respectful, competitive and challenging learning environment, and to do that we followed a thorough and rigorous recruitment process for all staff positions.”

Thomas was appointed national team coach in April. He holds a UEFA A License and a UEFA Elite Youth A License, previously served as assistant coach and performance analyst of the Wales women’s team. He also worked with the Wales national performance squad, as well as Wales' Under-19 and U-17 teams.

He added, “For our team to perform at a level acceptable for the nation and its fans, we need them to become learners. Learning every session, every day, every game to become better players.

“For this to happen, we needed to surround the players with staff that also are dedicated to their own learning every single day and continually wanting to better themselves.

“We cannot ask and expect the players to push and challenge themselves to be better every day, if the staff don’t do the same. We have to be the standard setters.”

All of the selected candidates were then recommended to the normalisation committee for appointment and accepted contractual terms that were affordable to the TTFA, given its financial constraints.

Mitchell, the only additional member of staff who is a non-resident, will be available for training camps and competitions and his services as a performance analyst will also be made available to other national teams such as the senior men.

Over the last few weeks, a training pool of approximately 60 players across T&T underwent medical assessments with the assistance of TTFA’s partner HealthNet Caribbean Limited and fitness assessments, overseen by Movements Mechanics, to determine baseline health and fitness levels.

Thomas is scheduled to select his final local training squad in early August after holding training sessions in each island. This was facilitated with the support of the Tobago Football Association.

Additionally, the TTFA will be launching the Women’s National Team Coach Mentorship Programme very soon to increase the platform and opportunities for women coaches.

This will provide opportunities for ex-national players through FIFA’s Women’s Development Programme for coach education and development.

The candidate will also be mentored by Thomas, work with the newly appointed staff as an assistant coach and benefit from workshops and pitch side training in performance analysis and overall coach development.

Thomas said that there are nations much smaller than T&T on the FIFA Rankings that are ranked much higher because these nations and their coaches recognise the importance of coach development and education to benefit their national teams.

He said, “This is why I have also suggested and been working behind the scenes for a few weeks on a women’s national team coach mentoring programme for talented local coaches, and I’m really encouraged that the TTFA has been so receptive to the proposal.”

“I want to leave the women’s national team and the coaches dedicated to their development, within the T&T women’s football arena, in a stronger place than I found it.

“I believe this mentorship programme can improve both the players and coaches for the benefit of the National Teams for years to come, which is something I am hugely passionate about.”
I am not familiar with any of the coaches named to this program so I will not comment- I have one question:

Do we have any qualified females that could have been considered as an assistant ?

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Brother Resistance has died
« on: July 21, 2021, 02:03:06 PM »
 Trinidad Daily  Express
Brother Resistance has died
Wayne Bowman Jul 14, 2021 Updated Jul 14, 2021 

Lutalo Masimba (Brother Resistance)


Cultural icon Brother Resistance passed away last night at WestShore Medical Private Hospital, Cocorite.

Resistance (Lutalo Masimba), who was president of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) had been ill for some time, but never stopped or slowed down his presidential duties or cultural and social activism.

Resistance was also a pioneer of rapso, a sub-genre of calypso developed in the 1970s and he served as a mentor to many of today’s popular rapso artistes. He was a founding member of the Network Riddim Band.

The Queen’s Royal College graduate from Laventille was also very active in the Black Power movement during his days as a student at  The UWI.

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guatemala (18-Jul-2021)
« on: July 18, 2021, 11:52:02 PM »
Its so easy to be critical than to be correct-  I putting this to rest as  expectations were close to what was expected given the turmoil , the preparation and the availability of players, I think the team availed itself well. I am encouraged by the  progression on the youthful and primarily local  flavor. We are short in some attacking players and  in  being assertive and stronger on the ball but with these youths those things will come.
All the best Warriors- I like how allyuh hold allyuh own. Is not like we got blown out. El Sav is the only team that give we little headache.
 Doh sweat we coming back stronger. Eve ah know you eh getting ' the kinda  dough that 'Pull stones ' partner getting but yuh hung in there and  kept the team morale up. Experience  at this level is  all good . You deserve some time to build on what you have going here.
 All the best to all Warriors and fans- I gone till next time.
Rubbish, you are a shameless troll. angus played 5 games won a decisive game drew three and lost one, he was under the same set of circumstances as fenwick due to injury and inavailability, in fact he had molino, hodges, reon moore and frenderup who missed the last two games, yet of the 5 games, fenwick lost a friendly to the usa, won two games and drew two but was dismissed.

 terry had to deal with the same set of circumstances due to covid and all the other difficulties surrounding it, so no excuses, just be a man and accept that eve isn't ready for this level. and parking the bus against mexico is no great feat, it would have been better to lose to them and turn around and won the other two games. i call that a wasted effort. i say no to angus as well.
Actually I go back to the old board and have been around for awhile
Why do t you just go hang out with your buddy and pull stones

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guatemala (18-Jul-2021)
« on: July 18, 2021, 10:41:59 PM »
We let 5 points evaporate during the tournament. 5 points would have won the group.

Young team young team- these are growing pains
I hope in a year or so  that narrative will change

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guatemala (18-Jul-2021)
« on: July 18, 2021, 10:25:13 PM »
 Its so easy to be critical than to be correct-  I putting this to rest as  expectations were close to what was expected given the turmoil , the preparation and the availability of players, I think the team availed itself well. I am encouraged by the  progression on the youthful and primarily local  flavor. We are short in some attacking players and  in  being assertive and stronger on the ball but with these youths those things will come.
All the best Warriors- I like how allyuh hold allyuh own. Is not like we got blown out. El Sav is the only team that give we little headache.
 Doh sweat we coming back stronger. Eve ah know you eh getting ' the kinda  dough that 'Pull stones ' partner getting but yuh hung in there and  kept the team morale up. Experience  at this level is  all good . You deserve some time to build on what you have going here.
 All the best to all Warriors and fans- I gone till next time.

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Thanks for the fighting spirit- sense of pride and a willingness to fight for TnT. Keep  focus on the  journey; the learnings along the way and the acquisition of skills, mental toughness and professionalism to get to the destination.

We have had some close games-  leading up to this. Let's work on finishing- getting hungry and assert  our will on others.
Best of luck moving forward. I will be taking a break from this.

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Football / Whet's Next for the TTMNT?
« on: July 18, 2021, 09:22:03 PM »
 Well with no  WC22 and no GC, what's next for the team in it  evolution? I am seeing signs of progression and some talent to work with. We could be more:
 1. assertive on offence
 2. Close down faster on  opposition space
  3. more aggressive on offence
  4. stronger on the ball- we are getting pushed off the ball too easily
 5. Find that  center that  holds up defense and  is a threat  up the middle
 6. creative midfielders

I think with  what Eve is doing he may be staring to build a strong local squad . I like his authenticity- He  does not come across as  being bombastic; egotistical; or knows it all. If anything, he has to be open to possibilities and not be short sighted when it comes to  talent from all areas.

I hope we could see a focus on:
 1. a strong local development squad
 2.  revamp of  regional rivalries- North South- east west- Tobago squads
 3. Regional competition  for team selection-
4.  Foreign players will have a squad and will have to  be part of a regional team selection
 5. No automatic  '  friend ting' to make squad. Have to compete to make team.

Hope we could have some friendlies against regional rivalries to keep a local squad game sharp. Best of luck moving forward- WC 26 we coming with a bang!


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The power of belief- the capacity of confidence and the will and determination can yield and manifest positive results-
 Keep your heads up visualize success and play as if you were a number 1 FIFA ranked team- what would that look like? How would you approach the game?

Stop harping on the limitations of the past month but on the Ira les of what can be given this opportunity- starts with a belief in self and others around you.

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guatemala (18-Jul-2021)
« on: July 16, 2021, 08:28:48 AM »
Anther test coming up- Guat did put up a fight against Mexico and had some offensive attacks going- at this stage in our development no team is a pushover- even today if we faced Anguilla or Bangadlesh we would be in for a test.
Hope to see improvements in:

striker position- some one has to step up and create havoc in the box
 We need to be more of an offensive threat
3. Our offensive build up and attack have to be evident as we press forward and keep pressure on defence
4. Need some creative flair up front
5 - our midfield trio needs some work- not defensively on the ball not offensively controlling or setting up the attack

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs El Salvador (14-Jul-2021)
« on: July 16, 2021, 08:17:08 AM »
WATCH: Trinidad and Tobago Interim Head Coach Angus Eve speaks with local media after Trinidad and Tobago's 2-0 loss to El Salvador.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/8crQwz94gA0" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/8crQwz94gA0</a>


I have generally been pleased with the coach's candid comments on the games so far. However I'm not buying into the comment that El Sal being further ahead in WC qualifications  compared to TNT is a factor. Mexico is in  also further ahead and  ranked in World top 15.
For years our national teams have been plagued with weak defensive structures and players- our Achilles heel. However there seems to be some focus to rectify this. The defensive lapses against El Sal. exposed us here again.
What I'm seeing from this team which is troubling are:
1. A lack of a legitimate striker
2.  No major offensive threat
3. Our offensive build up and attack  except for the Montserrat game is stymied  for the most part.
4. We need some creative flair up front
5 - our midfield trio needs some work- not defensively on the ball not offensively controlling or setting up the attack

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Hang in there Warriors- keep fighting finish strong.

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs El Salvador (14-Jul-2021)
« on: July 15, 2021, 12:28:46 AM »
Hey look- given all the circumstances - you hung in there -  could have been 1-1 Or a 0-1 loss

With the way this team is progressing  we may run out of games to getting to our peek.
Goals were soft but this is all learnings here-hold yuh heads up Warriors. The sample size to judge is really small.- four games.
2 W
1 Draw
1 loss

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: July 11, 2021, 11:34:15 AM »
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F3VsVEeiu8E
What wrong with these fools !!

 What you see wrong with getting pumped up or celebrating  a morale victory?-  No ah damn thing wrong with this!!
I eh sure if the coach before would have allowed this expression and celebration  which is who we are
To cast aspirations on the way the team celebrated after a hard fought draw is callous on your part.





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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: July 11, 2021, 01:37:29 AM »
Frankly, I couldn't care less about they passing or the lack of scoring opportunities we  did not have or  anything else- to me is the result- We did what we  had to do to get a point!!! Did we look like world beaters? did we look out classed?
 
But say what if Mexico with all the fire power could not put us away, that is a moral victory. And at a time like this in our football let's take this and  be content for the team.

Some work to do  with the midfielders and defenders- Still too much space for  opposition to run through. Too many gaps in the defense for men to shot through. Need to close in on  opposing attackers and drive them off the ball. We allowing too much space for attackers.  This result should give us the confidence to stand up and paly with more assertion  next game.

p.s.    Ah  wonder how Pull stones and partner TF  feeling or what they thinking? ah sure Eve eh getting 20 K us!!!! :rotfl:

keep the fires burning

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: July 11, 2021, 01:36:52 AM »
T&T needs a bulldog player to beat or tie Mexico..

Mexico is superia but cannot play under physicality.

Jelani Peters is shit and Neveal Hackshaw and Curtis Gonzales is overweight and too slow.

Justin Garcia is a better leftback than Ross Russell Jr.

Jesse Williams needs to start and push Alvin Jones up the wing.

Reon Moore over Marcis Joseph.

Hashim Arcia over Andre Fortune.

T&T good for 8.

Not being negative, its reality.

Corona, Herrera, Salcedo and Moreno go kill them.

Angus Eve is a f00cking joke, only one replacement Noah, he dreaming from his playing days where he had many good players around him, not like now.

 :cursing: :yellowcard: :yellowcard: :yellowcard: :banginghead: :banginghead: :banginghead:

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 Congrats on holding Mexico  to nil- what a moral victory-  we jut reversed roles with the Bahamas- when they held us to nil.

So today was our turn to pull it off. We did not lose and if we could build on this, we could start the  positive playing it forward.

Way to  fight it up Warriors and Marvin P that was one of the best performances ah ever see  Yoh in the national jersey  :beermug: :beermug: :beermug: :beermug:

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: July 11, 2021, 01:16:20 AM »
 Frankly, I couldn't care less about they passing or the lack of scoring opportunities we  did not have or  anything else- to me is the result- We did what we  had to do to get a point!!! Did we look like world beaters? did we look out classed?
 
But say what if Mexico with all the fire power could not put us away, that is a moral victory. And at a time like this in our football let's take this and  be content for the team.

 Ah  wonder how Pull stones and partner TF  feeling or what they thinking? ah sure Eve eh getting 20 K us!!!! :rotfl:

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs French Guiana(06-Jul-2021)
« on: July 06, 2021, 09:29:03 PM »
Yuh know Sometimes yuh win ugly then again sometimes  you lose when everyone expected you to win.
But say what we accomplished phase 1 - qualify to group - just needed to  get what we wanted to accomplish.

Under the circumstances- well done- is only two games and the competition ahead is much tougher but we got take the moral victory.
Congrats team - players and coaches- playing against Mexico is what each player should  be dreaming of.

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Congrats- all the best moving forward to Team and Coaches

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs French Guiana(06-Jul-2021)
« on: July 06, 2021, 06:15:45 PM »
take it for what it is- sometimes you win ugly and sometimes you lose some unfortunate ones which could have  been within your grasp.
Today we got a result we needed as oppose to  last month when all we needed was a goal. So I simply say congrats and with two matches down and  a little more  details to work with the coach has  accomplished in two games what was set out before him. Next  another test. Got through 'Common Entrance '  not GCE.
 :rotfl: :yellowcard:

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To the players and coaches- all the best in the game today- Positive  vibes  to  take with you  in the next chapter.

We are ' Warriors' WE GO FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

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Takethe winfor what it is - a victory to be celebrated. Nuffsaid - next game - well done to the players and coach- it's a long road to get to the destination .

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