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Football / Re: TTFA News Thread.
« on: November 30, 2022, 10:48:53 AM »
Omit from consideration:

Kelvin Jack-- why? what administrative skills come to mind?

Terry Fenwick- disaster----- eurocentric thinking- there  appears to be an arrogance which has not been influential in winning friends and influencing others

Brent Sancho- how  successful was he at running pro league team -  did his political affinity prove successful-  was his foray as an administrator one to be emulated?
David-John Williams= had a chance and well let's jusy say this ship has sailed on

Football / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup Thread
« on: November 30, 2022, 10:39:45 AM »
 Brazil- Take it all

Football / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup Thread
« on: November 27, 2022, 10:23:07 PM »
  Teams  I would love to see go down-
- All European Teams
- Argentina- most racist South American  Country

 Great to see that the first 5 goals for England  in its first game- Five different black players- Yeah
 Love the defeat  that Germany- Argentina Belgium suffered
 Love the fact that the less physical teams  like Japan and South Korea bringing pace
 African nations need to step up
Ecuador- nice surprise

What's your yardstick? Rigorous examination may lead you to revisit support for Brazil or reconsidering exclusion of Brazil from the list.

Let me add some fuel: you mentioned Ecuador. Compare Ecuador to Brazil and ask consistently how come the most afro-populated nation on the continent has a relative paucity of black players in its ranks?

The supposition is that this is based purely on an ethnic representation-  I do welcome the European teams with diverse players. However I am  more  in objection to the ' Eurocentric'  bias and alleged soccer/ foot ball supremacy as touted by many media and  followers who absolutely  glorify  and  to some extend nullify that football supremacy is a given to European teams.

Football / Re: Gary Griffith Football Thread
« on: November 27, 2022, 04:25:57 PM »
all right I with he on this call out-

Football / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup Thread
« on: November 27, 2022, 04:23:21 PM »
  Teams  I would love to see go down-
- All European Teams
- Argentina- most racist South American  Country

 Great to see that the first 5 goals for England  in its first game- Five different black players- Yeah
 Love the defeat  that Germany- Argentina Belgium suffered
 Love the fact that the less physical teams  like Japan and South Korea bringing pace
 African nations need to step up
Ecuador- nice surprise

Football / Re: Anton Corneal Thread
« on: August 27, 2022, 08:34:04 AM »
TTFA congratulates Corneal on FIFA appointment.
TTFA Media.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) wishes to extend congratulations and best wishes to Anton Corneal on his appointment as FIFA Regional Technical Consultant for the Caribbean Region.

Corneal will take up the position on a full-time basis from September 1st, 2022 and will assist Trinidad and Tobago among other nations in the Caribbean.

The TTFA is now in search of a new Technical Director and the position will be advertised in due course. Corneal had been appointed as TTFA Technical Director on February 1st, 2022

Corneal will be responsible for overseeing FIFA projects in over ten countries among them being United States, Canada, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Among Corneal’s main responsibilities will be:

To oversee technical leadership programs in the respective countries.
To assist with the technical leadership programs in the respective countries.
To assist with the organization of webinars, courses and workshops on site and online.
To assist with the mentorship programs in the respective Member Associations.
To assist the high performance team with the implementation of the high-performance programmes
To assist with the analysis and verification of on-demand courses that may be requested  by Member Associations in the region
To be in regular contact with the Technical Directors of the Member Association.

In a response to the appointment, Corneal told TTFA Media, “This is another opportunity to serve and assist countries in the region and the development of the game throughout. It remains a passion of mine to continue assisting with the development of our region and I am looking forward to working with each of the Member Associations on this path onwards.”

Corneal will continue to work with and advise the TTFA on technical matters and coach education initiatives under his new role.

 Help me to understand what competencies and what past achievements qualifies him for this position?  Our National teams are floundering despite the technical expertise  in our back yard? How  does this  parlay into a regional appointment? How would football in the region benefit from this appointment?  This smells like some kind of ' hush' money deal.

Football / Re: T&T Coaches Abroad Thread.
« on: August 18, 2022, 03:26:27 PM »
No problems- In TNMT all badges are welcome- whether you earned it as a boy scout or from an unknown source or otherwise, you can coach any team just apply to TTFA or Normalization committee and ask for  payments in US $$$ and man  you good to go.
 References not necessary-  are you prepared to be  underpaid as a local? are you willing to work for deferred payments? if yes to any of the above apply within. Results not  important. as long as your services are available for a low cost.

What about Track & Field / Re: Commonwealth Games 2022
« on: August 17, 2022, 09:21:01 AM »
Quote from: Deeks link=topic=66961 :D ;).msg1004513#msg1004513 date=1659498888
It's really time to rethink these ' Common Wealth Games'  seems now like a glorification of  an old British colonial empire hosting those who were once colonized!!!!
Is this reason to celebrate and host? Should this  even exist under this banner? In the opening  ceremonies- even had to sign ' God Save the Queen"

 I recalled even  in standard 7 back in the days lining up in rows and standing in teh hot sun to sing this at school. I refused- and quickly  teacher playing  colonial master  cracked a whip on my arse for not singing!!!!

Why do I need to glorify the  royal masters who reigned domination over the colonizers? and today with this realization I watch  these games with a new awakening of what it symbolize  )- just my opinion

There is nothing wrong with the games. It is just that our sports sucks and we don't or can't even win bronze medals. At one time it was real important. But now it has be relegate a tier down. The World TF championship is more important, at least for TF athletes. Evn PanAm games has dropped to tiers. But it is important that our athletes participate.
Apps, ABT, soon you would stop writing English and move back Africa. Yet careful dem doh frustrate yuh by being happy to participate in the games. “ God save everybody oui “ . I looking on the bright side, colonization as bad as it was, made me born Trini 😆 God is good, even with the few of us he saved on the trip. Now if we could only help the rest of the Caribbean win everybody.

This is  not a back to Africa movement but rather a  rethinking of what  the concept  of " Commonwealth" means today and what it stood for. Much like when it was the British Empire Games.  It maybe through colonization we wre all here today but  celebrating the leachy of Colonization and parading around  with ' rule Britannia' and 'God Save the Queen' is antiquated - If anything Britain should be  provide repatriation funds and riches taken from the colonies back to the  lands.

Find a different name for the  games and remove the stigma of people who were once enslaved and victims of imperialism, plundering and  looting of the riches of these lands.

What ever happened to teh Pan American games?

Football / Re: Autopsy of TnT Football
« on: August 17, 2022, 09:13:50 AM »
Watching some u20 women's world cup- Costa Rica- getting blows from Spain and Brazil but I cant help see their fighting sprit and  some of their more  rotund players  are hustling , competing and moving like players. When I observed our team, we look like pee wee players running and chasing. We cant even string together two passes!!!
Look its time for a ' wake' for TnT football. Well at least a wake up!

What about Track & Field / Re: Commonwealth Games 2022
« on: July 29, 2022, 09:10:12 AM »
It's really time to rethink these ' Common Wealth Games'  seems now like a glorification of  an old British colonial empire hosting those who were once colonized!!!!
Is this reason to celebrate and host? Should this  even exist under this banner? In the opening  ceremonies- even had to sign ' God Save the Queen"

 I recalled even  in standard 7 back in the days lining up in rows and standing in teh hot sun to sing this at school. I refused- and quickly  teacher playing  colonial master  cracked a whip on my arse for not singing!!!!

Why do I need to glorify the  royal masters who reigned domination over the colonizers? and today with this realization I watch  these games with a new awakening of what it symbolize- just my opinion

What about Track & Field / Re: Helpful Tips for T&T Athletes!
« on: July 28, 2022, 06:31:41 PM »
 Springer; yuh think athletes could boost or lose energy is dey  bull before competition?

What about Track & Field / Re: Commonwealth Games 2022
« on: July 28, 2022, 06:30:42 PM »
Commonwealth  Games- now we getting up to our speed. World Championships and Olympics- is like we blight

How could our world class athletes drop off so quickly meanwhile Dominican Republic picking up pace.

What about Track & Field / Re: Babes of T& F
« on: July 28, 2022, 06:27:56 PM »
Best young talented  good looking Jamaican Sprinter: Brianna Williams
props to A.B. good work with this athlete; yuh sure that eh yuh family? all yuh have some similar looking expressions upon winning ;D.

Football / Re: FIFA News Thread.
« on: July 24, 2022, 09:52:15 AM »
One really has to wonder how is it that one entity could monopolize the governance of this sport? Operating like the IMF,  if you pump up assets in countries, you most likely have to protect those assets and look for returns.

There is such a dependency on some countries for FIFA funds  and if you are astute enough, and be loyal enough, there appears to be opportunities for  monetary gains-  I am sure that if one was to do the research you could unearth those Local footballing  entities with leaders who have profited from football- be it with real estate assets  or otherwise; at the expense of football development and or progress.

TNT ' golden period'  is over -2006. Every one who was supposed to gin from that well orchestrated planning- seeding of teams  playoffs  go  their just rewards but at the end of it all- our football governance  has entered  a dark period; our national teams have faltered and we are led by a Normalization committee who has not unveiled any substantial plans  of how to get us back to a competent stage of governance.

No one seems to be asking questions- how long is this supposed transitioning suppose to occur? What will a transition look like? What have been accomplished to this date to right the ship? who has held this caretake committee  accountable for operations? Is there a role for government to play is  demanding accountability?

Why and how did FIFA get the powers to  operate like an imperialistic entity and hold  countries at ransom? Are the  football assets in each country owned or controlled by FIFA?  are governments in some way puppets to FIFA?

Like professional leagues in UK, Europe and North America, what if countries wanted to  have independent  world tournaments  not sanctioned by FIFA? I think after these years, it it time to  revamp and  counties rid themselves hostage of  a monopolizing world body  that acts like a super power in this sport!!!

What about Track & Field / Re: Babes of T& F
« on: July 19, 2022, 08:24:10 PM »
 Someone please post my  favorite woman's sprinter : quiet, cool , best smile, and quietly beautiful 

 Mujinga Kambundji

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Women's Championship Thread
« on: July 17, 2022, 12:46:45 PM »
  does anyone know when the NC will  restore  governance back to a TTFA board? well guess we eh need ah TTFA  the NC operating like one - ent dat the normal way we does operate. Good of FIFA to rename we football governance as a Normalization.

 good to go- One of them appointed find the football el dorado and cric crack  story done

Football / Re: Women's Football Discussion Thread
« on: July 17, 2022, 12:43:26 PM »
An NWSL education’: America’s impact on the Nigeria women’s team

Nigeria team picture during the 2022 Womens Africa Cup of Nations game between Nigeria and South Africa at Stade Prince Moulay Al Hassan Stadium in Rabat, Morocco on 4 July 2022 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
By Nick Miller
Jul 14, 2022
Ifeoma Onumonu and Toni Payne go way back. They knew each other when they were kids, before they even started playing football in college, Onumonu for the University of California and Payne at Duke. They played together for the USA Under-23s side in 2017. They dreamed of one day playing at the highest international level — maybe even in the World Cup.

They did not think that would happen in Nigeria shirts.

But they are one game away from qualifying for the 2023 World Cup, and three victories from helping the Super Falcons clinch an extraordinary tenth Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title in 12 attempts.

“That’s the craziest part about this sport,” Onumonu, a forward for New Jersey-based NJ/NY Gotham FC in the National Women’s Soccer League, told The Athletic after Nigeria beat Burundi 4-0 in their final group game of the latter tournament.

“You never know where it’s going to take you. We both find ourselves in a place where we couldn’t have imagined. It’s crazy how paths diverge and come back together.”

Onumonu and Payne, who plays her club football for Sevilla in Spain, are two of five US-born players in the Nigeria squad competing at the tournament in Morocco, under Texan coach Randy Waldrum. The others are Toni’s younger sister Nicole, Houston Dash defender Michelle Alozie and goalkeeper Yewande Balogun.

Another six – including Leicester-born defender Ashleigh Plumptre — have played in the US at some stage, either in the NWSL or in college, meaning nearly half their squad were born in or undertook a significant part of their football education in America.

It’s not uncommon for those who have African heritage to choose to play for the land of their families rather than the country where they were born. Morocco’s squad, for example

Nigeria by no means rely only on those players.

Indeed, both history and the quality of their squad suggests they would still be favourites for this tournament without them. The brilliant Ajibade has been their player of the tournament so far. Captain Onome Ebi is a rock in defence and if you get past her, you’ve still got fellow centre-back Osinachi Ohale to deal with. Christy Ucheibe has just won the Portuguese title with Benfica. Six members of this year’s squad have four WAFCON winners’ medals — veteran midfielder Rita Chikwelu has five.

This year, they have had to cope with losing arguably their biggest star, Asisat Oshoala — currently with Barcelona, and formerly of Liverpool and Arsenal — to a knee ligament injury after their first game. Oshoala was top scorer in 2016 and player of the tournament in 2014, and while losing a player of that calibre should theoretically be a significant setback, Nigeria are one of the few teams in the tournament who can absorb a blow like that.

“We’re playing for her, we’re playing for the nation,” said Ajibade. “Emotionally she’s here with us.” When asked if there was now more pressure on her to be the team’s star player in Oshoala’s absence, she said: “Everybody on the team is a star player.”

While nobody in the Nigeria camp will admit to concentrating on anything other than these next few games, starting with a quarter-final against Cameroon in Casablanca today (Thursday), the big target is the 2023 World Cup.

WAFCON doubles as World Cup qualification, and its semi-finalists are guaranteed spots in next year’s tournament in New Zealand and Australia.

Despite their continental dominance, Nigeria have never made it past the group stage of a World Cup, and beefing up their squad with these US-based players, to complement the likes of Oshoala, Ebi and Ajibade, is part of the drive to improve their record on the global stage.

For the moment though, Waldrum, Onumonu, the Paynes and the rest of the squad have Cameroon and a 10th title in their sights

And to think at one time- when we had to beg borrow and scrounge funding for the wormer's team this  man,  coach Randy Waldrum almost had us  at the cusp  of a WC appearance. I was at  the stadium in POS on that evening- hoping cheering like crazy. Yet what did we do, TTFA drop the services of  the coach.

Football / Re: Autopsy of TnT Football
« on: July 16, 2022, 09:43:08 AM »
 Another consideration to consider is our ' current reality' in regards to : our players' poll and depth of talent.
 When I read about some of the Jamaican players ( their goalie for example), they are playing at a higher level and possess  additional skills compared to our players.  Our coach made this point. This is the hand he was dealt with. Let's be clear , I'm not at this time defending the coaching, I'm simply saying that given the talent pool, we were up against some odds going into this tournament. The nature of sports however shows that upsets and players playing beyond could pull off wins when no one expected.

Questions to consider:
  • Do we have a robust  scouting system?
    Are players who are eligible to represent TnT find it an attractive option?
    What is required of our  players to be at the next level?
    Is it the national coaches job to develop and skillfully work on skill development or to put systems in place and tactilely prepare teams for the opposition?
     What is the role of assistant coaches in skill development?
    Surely coaches at this caliber of play could recognize ahead of a match the level and quality of players on a squad.- Coaches players alike have access to YOU TUBE- you could see what the opposition  is like.

    Despite the odds, how do you prepare yourself to face what appears insurmountable odds? No way are you facing teams you have not seen  in today's age!!! Positively you can give a better account  of yourselves. You may not win but at least we could be competitive and put up a better fight- that has to come from within each player. That has to come with motivation from within and for externally - the coaches.

    There is no room for excuses else we might as well abandon all spending on teams and concede  each tournament to the likes of USA, Canada, Mexico  Costa Rica  and right here in we yard - Jamaica.

     Simply put , we have to do better with the assets we have- stop looking at deficits and start building on strengths-  build inward from the experiences of our coaches lived experience, provide resources for knowledge coaching acquisition- focus on player skill development and develop some positive promotion of athletics- football in our nation.

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Women's Championship Thread
« on: July 14, 2022, 09:31:48 AM »
is licks until they get serious. just look at haiti and jamaica, they have less infrastructure and resources yet they are out performing us on every level. all these monkeys like to spend their money on is feting and a good times, but things to lift our quality of life, no one cares. it's shameful.

I find it very offensive that you could refer to people as baboons and monkeys.

Football / Re: Autopsy of TnT Football
« on: July 14, 2022, 09:27:25 AM »
" pull stones" still peeved by yuh boi TF getting sacked? why  resort to denigrating  citizens by referring to them as dummies and ' baboons"

Football / Autopsy of TnT Football
« on: July 13, 2022, 08:10:46 AM »
As the autopsy continues on  yet another demise of a national team failed attempts, it looks like the easiest targets are: coaching, TTFA, and of course for some political pundits blame the government.

 While each element may have  contributory factors in success or lack of success- in my opinion a critical factor begins with the heart and soul of  the player. I  have coached for over 20 years and on a team you have the skilled players,  and you have some supporting cast that would run all day through a wall to provide the talent with opportunities.

Witnessing the Hattian and Jamaican teams on ' you tube' I was moved by the display of  comrade,  team desire, will, spirit and  team togetherness off the field, in the locker room. On teh field, you saw the same desire, will, determination and belief!!!

Sadly, I saw no evidence of this from our own- a leader was lacking-  witness the Jamaican Shaw- the team rallied around her leadership.
 Let's reexamine the whole picture- first our coaches,  we have talented players who have amassed experience playing abroad and under different coaches in charge of our teams-  coaches don't play the game-  coaches don't manufacture players. Give KJ the Canadian team to coach today and  if that team performs  lousy under his watch would you then  attribute that to coaching?

 Bring the Canadian women's coach  here in TnT give her the same team as we have now and if that team  is able to win under her  is that as a result of the coaching? See the point?

 As a coach you are given the hand you are dealt with-  There is only an infinite number of players in teh pool at the level required for team selection. If the players we selected were the best one can only imagine what the talent pool looked like.

As players there are certain intangibles that one cant teach- desire, will, determination - comes from within. Motivation to some extent can be instilled- circumstances- coaching. But a player's will desire to be better; to work at their game  to learn  has to be driven from the inside out.

Supportive structures- governing bodies - developmental programs-  technicians. funding,  communities, fans all in their own way play a vital role in instilling a sense of national pride and development of player and sport- Once more I look at the national programs and support in Jamaica.
We have many lessons to learn before we get once more to the top of the hill. We beer take off the ' duncy  cap;  STOP blaming and  focus our energies on SOLUTIONS.
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Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Women's Championship Thread
« on: July 13, 2022, 08:08:59 AM »
  When will we show support for those who  continue to make efforts to share what they have learned back to our shores? Yes sadly a prophet is never honoured in their own country- Witness all the former glory players who have amassed vast international experience and played under a variety of coaches.
Given the opportunity to come home and coached,  we have continued to make them sacrificial lambs in the slaughter house of TnT football_
tried in vain list: Corneal , Lawrence, Latapy, John, Hart, now we jumping on Jones and Edwards- to name a few.
these are players who have proven their worth over time- represented TnT . could we not provide support to let them prove over time what a winning program could look like?

Football / Re: Women's U-15 Team Thread.
« on: July 12, 2022, 09:27:44 AM »
Trinidad and Tobago may opt out regional youth tournaments due to financial and visa woes
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday)

TRINIDAD AND Tobago may opt out of the forthcoming Concacaf Girls Under-15 Championship and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Boys Under-14 Challenge Series owing to financial constraints and visa issues.

The girls’ tournament kicks off in Tampa, Florida, US on July 31 while the boys’ competition takes place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in August.

A statement issued by the T&T Football Association (TTFA) on Sunday said that, “After much deliberation, we are now facing the possibility of taking the very tough decision of withdrawing.

“A number of factors have contributed to this decision including challenges in securing the necessary travel visas to the United States along with financial constraints for air travel to the US and Dominican Republic.”

It added that since the venue for the Girls U-15 Championship was announced on June 6, the TTFA tried valiantly to get the necessary documents in order.

“Despite our best efforts to communicate with all relevant stakeholders, even prior to that date, we have been unsuccessful in obtaining US travel visa appointments for 20 players and staff, while being cognisant of the well documented backlog of applications for US travel visa matters, as a result of the covid19 pandemic.”

The statement said the TTFA has also been engaging with the Sports Company of T&T for assistance in obtaining the necessary funding for air travel to the two tournaments.

The TTFA stated that it “acted in good faith and proceeded with the preparations for the respective tournaments through our High Performance programme for the respective age-groups over the past few months.

“The TTFA will continue to explore available options and will keep you updated on any further developments.”

The association said that it has worked closely with stakeholders to meet all requirements necessary for the participation of its national teams in the various international competitions.

“Over the past two years, several of our teams have competed in different tournaments ranging from the senior men’s and women’s World Cup qualifying campaigns, the U-20 men and women, the U-17 women, the beach soccer men and futsal men’s qualifiers,” the statement added.

 Do we have an U13 team? what about a U10? what about a pee wee team?  why are we even bothering with tournament when we don't have legitimate  developmental football programs 

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Women's Championship Thread
« on: July 12, 2022, 09:23:51 AM »
  Like  year before when I flew in to see the games at  Halsey Crawford stadium; that was the closest we ever came to qualifying ( American Coach back then...).   I was going to fly down to Mexico to take in these games and provide support- good thing  I  just  spent time camping and  got the same smell from the  outhouse/ latrine  without having to spend all dat money.
 next year....... next time... same sh.... t different pile

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Women's Championship Thread
« on: July 08, 2022, 09:11:11 AM »
 You go to war with a slingshot up against cannons- yuh go get your arse  blown up fuh goals doh matter who coaching-

One of the poorest economies in the Caribbean- Haiti looking dat good- tell meh what de fak is  really doing with football development in TnT?
Getting downright embarrassing

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Women's Championship Thread
« on: July 05, 2022, 10:57:00 AM »
 Here is a Canadian perspective on how they see their chances: " ah mackoing' dem

Football / Re: Women Warriors Thread
« on: June 26, 2022, 04:21:15 PM »
T&T Senior Women off to Monterrey.
TTFA Media.

This country’s Senior Women’s Squad, led by head coach Kenwyne Jones will depart for Monterrey on Wednesday for a residential training camp ahead of the Concacaf Women’s Championship.

T&T will do battle with Canada, Panama and Costa Rica in Group B of the 2022 Concacaf W Championship (CWC) in Monterrey from July 4th.

Jones will travel with a training camp squad with the Final 23-Player Roster for the tournament to be announced in due course.

The tournament is part of the Confederation’s new women’s senior national team ecosystem and is scheduled to be played in Monterrey, Mexico, between July 4-18, 2022. It serves as the qualification tournament to the FIFA Women’s World Cup (FWWC) 2023 and, as part of an exciting new format, the Champion will qualify directly to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Group A: United States, Mexico, Jamaica, Haiti
Group B: Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago

Jones’ squad faced Panama in two friendlies in Couva last October, drawing both games 0-0 and 1-1 with Panama netting a late equalizer in the second outing. Panama however came away 3-0 winners when the two nations met in the 2018 Final round of qualifiers. Current squad members Liana Hinds, Karyn and Kimika Forbes, Rhea Belgrave and Lauryn Hutchinson were part of the side back then.

After round robin group stage plaY in Monterrey, the top two teams in each group will move on to the semifinals and in doing so, qualify directly to the 2023 FWWC (four teams). Meanwhile, the third placed teams in each group will qualify for a 2023 FWWC Intercontinental Playoff (two teams).

The semifinals, final and third-place match will be played in a single elimination format, with the Champion qualifying for both the 2024 Paris Olympics and the inaugural Concacaf W Gold Cup, to be held in 2024. The runner-up and third-place teams will also square off in a Concacaf Olympic play-in series, scheduled for September 2023. The winner of that play-in series will also qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics and the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup.

Watch Press Briefing with Kenwyne Jones ahead of T&T Women's Team departure for Monterrey

See Preliminary Team Rosters click here
Is there a  significant  player with international  experience who just recently scored about 30 + plus goals  missing from the names among this team?  I eh want to K reate any Confusion  but ah feel that both coach and play could come to a resolution and do what 's best from team and country.

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 26, 2022, 04:17:39 PM »
any link ?


found one

Eve- mr coach STOP the  excuses about experience etc-  on any given day; with  discipline, motivation a solid system conditioning  you never know what could happen.

Now if the coach is saying that CR had  experienced players  who were playing at a  WC level or  who were  way more advanced than our players,  could the same be said that a reason for our demise is the fact that our coaches and coaching lacks the depth of experience at a higher  international level which is required to  get out teams beyond playing yard football?

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 24, 2022, 07:12:33 AM »
Not sure that any results  could attest to greatness or malaise to describe our national teams.  We are not reigning champions in the region nor I don't believe we instill fear among teams in our zone.

 Generally speaking to establish this sense of being a powerhouse starts with  a progressive  improvement from one game to another. We have to build from success and learn from setbacks.

 Understand that "Great moments are born from great opportunity, and that's what you have here  as a team and as a player. That's what you've earned here . One game; understand that  if we played some of these so called 'BIG TEAMS'  ten times, they might win nine. But not this game, not  this time ."

Go out , and run with them;  stay with them, and  shut them down because you can. You , have to see yourselves as the greatest U20  football team TnT has produced.

You prepared yourselves for this moment to be  players—every one of you, and you were meant to be there . This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great football team the other countries have  . Screw 'em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it!"

Football / Player selection Player choice
« on: June 19, 2022, 09:27:11 AM »
There are some interesting points being raised  in terms of player selection here.

Look if Trini born players who are plying their trade abroad  in any way possible achieved an opportunity as a result of playing for the national team do they owe TTFA or the general public for that matter service to the national team?
  •   A player should have a choice  to decide whether playing for the national team is at the risk of being injured and  jeopardizing his livelihood. This begs the question- do  football governing bodies take out insurance policies- ( Lloyd's of London) to insure players and duly compensate them in the likelihood of an injury which could be career threatening?
It is disconcerting to see players who refuse  a call to duty for the national team yet quite understandable if they are obligated to  cub teams and or if they are not TnT  by birth. 
  How patriotic, motivated and opportunistic is the payer when making that decision if he is attached to a foreign club or foreign born comes into play.

Hence In my opinion it is imperative that player development and national team selection have amore robust structure to harvest local talent.
 Resurrect     - Regional rivalries- North - South for example.
Create a robust selection process locally  - with regional tournaments at least five time's throughout the year

 Foreign born  players - tryouts- with foreign camps and   team tryouts.
Ensure players are compensated for service and insurance are in place
 Representing the national team  should be an honor and a call to duty-  If as a result of representing the team a player  is able to advance their career or achieve  a club contract, I think their ought to be some stipulation that if called upon and selected for national duty, that this is deemed  reciprocal obligation.

 At the end of the day it is the player's choice, there is no  legal conscription to  serve national football duty but here is a moral imperative to  do what you can for your country of choice.


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