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Football / Re: PL: True pro league or developmental?
« on: April 05, 2021, 06:54:18 AM »
Rethinking player and program development in TnT - how best  can we harness the raw talent and potential we have?

Football / Re: MLS & PFL : ah partnership made in Heaven?
« on: April 05, 2021, 06:51:27 AM »
We talked about this and yet we still in
The same place- imagine if each TnT pro league team was a development team for a foreign base club- think of the potential in terms of player development- skill development -

There is already a TF thread- why is this a seperate thread?

Football / Re: We are not in this alone-Brave Warriors
« on: March 26, 2021, 06:53:22 AM »
Congrats to the team and coaching staff- Its one game but what a fitting way to begin the campaign amidst all that transpired leading up to this point.

No opposition should be underestimated - stay the course keep the flag flying- A victory like this gives us something to build on.
Now for the next one - Brave warriors go forth.

Football / Re: Terry Fenwick Thread.
« on: March 25, 2021, 06:28:44 AM »
One day, we will analyze and discuss what led up to the events of 1990. Including why many TT ppl were disenfranchised with the situation of the ‘80’s. Mostly why such events should be avoided and by extension the real reasons behind today’s criminal elements.
I would only say, as this is a football forum, thank god, Mandela didn’t go before a firing squad, just because they could do it. Otherwise Africa may not have gotten a World Cup. Not all ppl of any sect or group are hopelessly bad, not all good either. Some youths might mean well but don’t realize what they getting into. Not an excuse for anybody (not even Shabazz), but the young can be easily led astray, why there are young gangstas all over the world. Many start off with good intentions, until the shit hit the fan, then everyone smell bad. We have t
o save the ones we can.

With all due respect - the cause and the system which gave rise to Mandela's actions is paramount and could inno way equate to those who led or were part of an act of treason against the government.
Where innocent lives were lost as collateral damage? You had army leaders whose sworn oath to defend and protect a nation not act in ways to disrupt - armed insurrectionist against unarmed citizens - some of whose lives were lost.
Yet  some of these same insurrectionist were then given land and build fortified compounds under the guise of a religion to establish cells fro which to create the seeds of gangs as we know it today.  The aftermath and messaging of that event in Trinidad showed that anyone could get away with the highest form of treason and be rewarded.
 The situation in SA and Mandela was not even close- the causes of oppression were of different magnitude. So while there is always a root cause or motive for actions - a story which may have been told - a messaging used to incite action- look at how Trumped incited the masses- Hitler's  propaganda another- in my opinion our judicial laws were too lienent in dispensing justice-

Today is the same judicial laws which again permitting criminals to walk freely - when corruption among high ranking officials could remain unpunished because the law is being used to bufffer a verdict then we are in essence allowing  lawlessness-
in TnT we all have " back stories" - why has there been no conclusive soluntion to the insidious ambush and killing of Dana Seetahal? We have speculation- what was the big reason?  What ever happened to a former sports minister under the previous government- he fled the country at one time? What ever happened to a former attoney  General?

You have someone today again who was in some way part of these events leading teams and talking bs about coaching yet himself achieved short term minimal success without sustainable results- in many ways he is part of what I am seeing as " mercenary coaches" plying their trade to countries who do not have the local expertise or who cannot afford the big names- so opportunities are afforded and these so called coaches parlay their skills to the highest bidder yet for all their knowledge and expertise they are unable to create success in their homeland but now want to spew venom on the present situation.
Nah in my personal opinion this joker will never be a credible source to speak about coaching. He should consider himself fortunate that he was given an opportunity at a second life - to run a club- and don't forget all the football equipment and balls that were taken after the JW years and turnover in the TTFA.
Validibity credability moral character are components / traits you look for in a coach and if the foundation is compromise so shall the structure.

Football / Re: Terry Fenwick Thread.
« on: March 24, 2021, 03:11:31 PM »
But why ? Only the arm chair coaches have opinion ? Only Fenwick and he smartman agent have right to speak, and say who can come and go ? But yuh will tell your own who has served to hush , because he made a 1 wrong step. BsC and Shabazz do they community service more than any 'to be paid' coach we ever had, and any landed immigrant coach. They could advise as they please, take it or leave it. Sometimes I leave it, but still listen. No way, I was standing -far less, keep coming back - for TTFF, TTFA  nor normalization committee bs. Many did, and so we throw dem under the bus. Ah mean AB, disagree with him(dem), but let dem talk.

You may be past 1990- but the legacy of that act has laid the foundation for the preponsity of criminality  in today's society- too bad those mutinous treacherous tyrannous actions were not dealt with in a more severe manner- I.e firing squad.

Yep. I think we are well past 1990 in the context of a man's opinion about football. Plus, it is not like Fenwick didn't have strongly asserted opinions when Shabazz and others were in the hot seat.

Football / Re: Jamaal Shabazz Thread
« on: March 24, 2021, 03:07:41 PM »
What's going on with St. Lucia and WC qualifying?

St Lucia footballers demonstrate before SLFA office against withdrawal from World Cup qualifiers
By Leighton Levy (sportsmax.tv)

National footballer players in St Lucia demonstrated in front of the St Lucia Football Association (SLFA) headquarters in Castries today against the country’s withdrawal from the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

They also protested the absence of communication between the players and the association and the disrespect shown to the country’s local-based players, who they feel were not even being considered for the qualifiers.

St Lucia was to have played Nicaragua in Nicaragua today in Group E of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Pushed to the point of frustration, the players marched to the SLFA office in Castries calling for the resignation of SLFA President Lyndon Cooper.

Bearing placards saying ‘Lyndon Cooper must go’, the players are of the view that the SLFA president told FIFA that the pandemic was the primary reason behind the decision to withdraw from the World Cup qualifiers. However, they believe otherwise.

Zaine Pierre, who has been representing his country for about 12 years now, and who believes Cooper has done nothing to improve local football in Lucia since he became president, told media outlets covering that protest that there were indications from last year that they would not be playing.

“These guys had no intention to take part in the World Cup. I remember clearly about a year ago this president was like, ‘the chances of us qualifying is slim and it makes no sense,' so right now Covid is just an excuse for them to pull out,” said Pierre, who said in recent times the national team won two games, drew one and lost another yet the president said that that was not good enough.

Pierre also indicated that the SLFA does not respect local players preferring instead to use those playing in the lower leagues in the United Kingdom for any campaign. It is believed that travel restrictions would have prevented those players from travelling to St Lucia to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers.

Pierre told Sportsmax.TV that the federation did not contact any local clubs seeking the release of their players for training camps despite the fact that some of them had as much as 15 years experience representing the country.

The midfielder, who was also quoted in a story published yesterday on Sportsmax.TV, saying they had heard nothing official from the SLFA regarding the qualifiers, showed Sportsmax.TV a message he said the president sent him afterwards via Whatsapp saying, “Who told u that u was part of St Lucia team and any team was call by the SLFA to be release by their club for national training…”

What is particularly frustrating for Pierre and other locally-based players, is that the SLFA’s decision to withdraw from the qualifiers robs them of the opportunity to play in a World Cup competition when they are in their prime.

“We just need an explanation as to why,” he said.

Police eventually broke up the protests in the early afternoon.

Efforts to contact St Lucia’s Minister of Sport Edmund Estaphane were unsuccessful. Sources indicate that he was off the island on Wednesday.

1990 insurrectionist move - storm government house  and take over - part of a DNA for some people

Football / Re: Terry Fenwick Thread.
« on: March 23, 2021, 09:33:41 PM »
Shabazz: Fenwick good club coach.
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express).

HAVING himself been at the helm of national teams with inadequate resources, Jamaal Shabazz believes former England defender Terry Fenwick must shield his footballers from things taking place in the background.

“The national coach must also be a manager and not a complainer,” Shabazz declared when speaking on the latest edition of the Ascension football show with host Joel Villafana.

Shabazz, who has coached national teams of T&T, Guyana and St Lucia, along with T&T’s women’s teams, thinks some of the negative issues surrounding the Trinidad and Tobago men’s national football team is due to Fenwick’s attitude and inexperience at international football.

Shabazz also condemned the Englishman’s objection to a particular journalist being at a national team’s press conference. He said it also exposes Fenwick’s lack of international experience.

“A journalist could ask him (anything). How he responds is totally in his jurisdiction. I don’t believe in censuring who could come the press conference and who can’t come the press conference. Rubbish! Could he have done that in England?”

Shabazz has been through issues similar to which Fenwick faces with the national team, including managing inadequate resources. “He’s got to be more solution oriented. ‘Okay, this was not in place. What do I do next?’ If I as the national coach go complaining, then who solves it?” queried Shabazz. “The national coach must be the driving force behind the solution. After the game (it’s) okay (to complain).”

Having been on the island for 21 years, Fenwick has won club titles at Caribbean level with San Juan Jabloteh and Central FC, but has yet to gain a point at CONCACAF level with these teams.

Shabazz suggests that Fenwick might be bowing under the pressure to prove himself. “He has brought something to club football in T&T. That, I respect,” Shabazz conceded. “He brought a level of intensity when he came with Jabloteh and he won the (Pro) League. But he has shown a propensity to be able to only coach teams that have money...that could get the best players.”

“I respect him as a (club) coach. He is very intense, he is very competitive, and he knows what he wants to do. But he has not coached international football and it is as new to him as anything else,” Shabazz opined.

“Playing at international level and coaching at international level is two different (things),” Shabazz added. “As a competitor and as a warrior, I give Terry Fenwick full credit. But he is very inexperienced, as we are seeing now, as a national coach.”

Mental game - coming from another coach at this clos time to competition-  once a destabilizer still one- once  it's In the blood to  destabilize and create  havoc- still dey since 1990- focus o your own team and stop betraying TnT
Simply put  shut de Fck up Shabs

Football / Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« on: March 23, 2021, 11:02:52 AM »
WATCH Belize National Team ambushed in Haiti en route from the airport to their hotel

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/_GhALpEzaiM" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/_GhALpEzaiM</a>

Context on Belize's COVID-challenged WC preparations.

weird Sht... don't they have an army that could be called upon to escort these teams and be at the stadium?

Football / We are not in this alone-Brave Warriors
« on: March 23, 2021, 11:01:04 AM »
Over the past few months, many fans, including myself have  questioned, the government stance, team selection and make up and the governance  of the TTFA. Not all are without just cause. however today I was reading an article from TSN webpage regarding the Canadian Men's national team- I found some very interesting comparisons to  what is happening with  our team as well. SEE BOLD below:

Canada Soccer announced the roster Tuesday, delaying the announcement until all the players could arrive in camp and meet COVID-19 protocols. The games, both to be held in Florida because of pandemic-related travel restrictions, mark the oft-delayed start of World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region.

Assembling the roster from around the globe given the current conditions has not been easy.

"What a mission to get that roster in, what a mission," coach John Herdman said with a sigh. "It's been crazy."

The Canadians, ranked 73rd in the world, open Thursday against No. 169 Bermuda in Orlando before facing the No. 193 Cayman Islands on Sunday in Bradenton in first-round Group B play. They will have to play at least 18 more games if they are to make it to Qatar 2022.

Ten of the 24-man roster are 24 or younger, including the 20-year-old Davies. There are two teenagers in Theo Corbeanu and Jayden Nelson, both 18.

The roster has a combined 343 caps with Atiba Hutchinson (84), Milan Borjan (49), Samuel Piette (49), Cyle Larin (31) and Junior Hoilett (27) accounting for 240 of them. Davies has 17 caps.

Seven players
— Corbeanu (Woverhampton Wanderers), Ricardo Ferreira (unattached), Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United, Frank Sturing (FC Den Bosch), Joel Waterman (CF Montreal), Alistair Johnston (Nashville SC) and Cristian Gutierrez (Vancouver Whitecaps) — are uncapped.

Another seven have single-digit caps.

"The goal is always to select the best players — players playing at the highest level, players in form, and then to also look at some of the prospects," Herdman said when asked about the youthful roster.

"It is a young team and it is where we're atThere is a lack of experience in here," he added in an interview. "I mean that's normal and there's some things that we're going to have to learn together. But at the same time we've got some really experienced guys in Atiba Hutchinson and Junior Hoilett and Milan Borjan. Those guys, that sprinkling of veterans gives us that wise head and, I think, a real strong leadership core."

So having read this, I will personally  take some chill pills and hope for the best  and  encourage our TnT players to do the best they can in representing TnT during this global  pandemic. You are brave and dedicated Warriors.

Football / Re: Kelvin Jack Thread
« on: March 22, 2021, 04:42:49 AM »
 As a player, in my opinion, this player turned coach never exluded overwhelming confidence. From the article and interview, it apeears that his commitment is more like he is doing TF a favour rather than bringing a passionate desire to parlay some skills and knowledge to the team.
if already we are learning g that he had issues with money then that is ah red flag. Need more red white and black to complete the picture for me

Football / Re: Daniel Phillips Thread
« on: March 22, 2021, 04:32:08 AM »
Dumb move at such a young age. Should have come along when he was a little more established and had more power. Those clubs hate when an english born player choose to play for another country as they see it as lowering their value. Especially if that country isn't highly rated.

Hope he isn't victimised for this decision.

It's the player's prerogative - I could only surmise as to the politics of playing or even getting an opportunity  to represent England .As someone else mentioned, there have been overtures to well established foreign players who were deemed as greater possibility to represent a foreign country, yet they held out form the TnT invite and still were not given an opportunity it's to represent the country of birth.

I don't believe that those who saw an opportunity and took the chance to represent TnT were ever " victimized" - that is speculative and unwarranted.

I could see  potentially one backlash if a player  turned down an invite to play for his country of birth and chose TnT instead -  however I don't know of any such situation where that may have occurred.
Kudos to the young man for contributing to his ancestral homeland.

Football / Re: Beach Soccer Thread
« on: March 22, 2021, 04:22:10 AM »
This is refreshing to read and to listen to the views and approach of this beach football coach - humility, understanding, empathy. How did the TTFA select and procured his services?

 Could this be shared with our Men's national coach? Could. An arrangement be made to have TF sit observe and  learn from this coach?

Football / Re: World Cup illusion
« on: March 16, 2021, 09:16:52 PM »
People still living with an illusion?
Real delusional thinking in here!!!

Football / Re: Impact of culture on our Success?
« on: March 16, 2021, 09:15:51 PM »
Don't ignore the impact of culture

Football / Re: Impact of culture on our Success?
« on: March 16, 2021, 06:49:18 AM »
these boys could ball if they want too, but the federation and the coach has to treat these players right. you can’t be owing players and treating them shabby by putting them up in two star hotels with inferior equipment and prison tactics, fenwick also has to stop acting like an emperor and before open and accommodating, or else he would get the Dennis lawrence treatment and results.

pull stones, you are saying things that have been happening to players since we started playing WC. There are some but few exceptions. I have not read Gally's book. If anyone has, did he mentioned the fiasco in Costa Rica 1969 Concacaf Nations tournament? The players rebelled. They were in sub standard hotel while the officials were in five star hotel. When they came back TTFA suspended players and the trainer Trevor "Burnt Boots" Smith(also a newspaper columnist). Smith had backed the players. So pull, there is precedent with TTFA and players when it comes to basic compensation. And yes, quite a few players have let the team down with their behaviour on many occasions.

How much more do we need to see to be convinced that there is an embedded pattern , customary norms dictated by our  instutions  which encompasses  our social behaviours , reactions, approaches , beliefs  and habits that results in the way we approach the notion of achieving  success in football in this country.
Search the site threads for each qualifying campaign and you will find the same issues being debated - the hopes of a nation ebbs and flow- TTFA  coaches players discussed to infinity yet history repeats itself- when do we step out and look inward at the cultural frame from which our thinking lies to see what's driving us to the beliefs and approaches we take?

Football / Re: World Cup illusion
« on: March 16, 2021, 06:36:08 AM »
Maybe the possibility may never come to fruition of a Unified Caribbean Team but could you realistically see a Caribbean team  ever making it to the final two at WC much less to win it!!

End of the fairy tale. The World Cup brought to you by-Fairy tale International Foreign Agents aka FIFA/ football mafia.

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« on: March 16, 2021, 06:29:05 AM »
I wonder who else guyana called up ? I know taylor richards(doncasterrovers) is elligible for guyana and grenada  and fredricks of west ham can also play for guyana .. One thing about guyana is that are recruiting young players .We only know of two players called up primus  ??? and phillips(out injured) ... Has shaq moore made the switch?how about  john bosotck he been playing regular now is he getting a call  nick deleon has he received his passport ? .....

Guyana have called Matthew Briggs who plays for Vejle BK in the Danish Superliga
Shaq Moore has not made the switch
Bostock is getting some minutes for Rovers, but he has only played three full games. I think he's looking to solidify himself at the club.
After all these years, I would be surprised if we ever see Nick DeLeon play for we

Do t think Deleon would be an asset at this point in his career- his last year's  outings were not overwhelmingly impressive.  Don't think we could default to riding and hoping that players like these would be the answer.
We paying aman 20 k us to make mountains out of molehills - to placate an illusion that a ragtag bunch will get us to WC!  Sorry for the first time - I see little hope of us getting by the first round- my opinion- my hope is that the  current players put up a fighting chance and prove me wrong .

General Discussion / Re: Racism Thread
« on: March 15, 2021, 07:00:23 AM »
For too long in North America the issuseof racism seems to be centered around black white.at what point will we ever see  representatives of electric raciliazed individuals ontvshows like the bachelor? Or in  commercials?

When  will leaders apologized for swaying public opinion and inciting hate?  We still have a leader who swore that she uttered " a blank man....... in reference to another leader"  and like sheep there is a  herd who  obidently stood and defended these statements. Why would any sane rational person support leaders or individuals who overtly display or articulate blatant racial discord?
Birds of a feather Fck together -ooops  I said Flock

Oh how the corrupt among us live to prevail: to continue to plant their seeds of  dysfunction and corruption.

Football / Re: World Cup illusion
« on: March 15, 2021, 06:43:02 AM »
The Caribbean nations will have to become politically united into one Federated State (Federation. We know what happened to that.

Dude, in Your dreams!!!!
It is as much a dream asTnT  ever winnng a WC, quaffing for one or even  getting by teams in the Carribean, given our current approach- selection of team, program development,Community and cooporate sponsorship. Administration and coaching, players commitment and accountability.

In terms of its operation and control of governing ,bodies, its loyal insiders, the bidding process, alleged corruption, could FIFA  be akin to  a MAFIA like  body operating what appears to be legitimate governance and total  control of football?
what is the  possibility of cooperations brining nations together to host a world tournamentversion of a WC? A nonsa ction FIFA event?

Football / World Cup illusion
« on: March 10, 2021, 08:17:37 AM »
Dreams hopes fantasies and desires- then there is reality. From the inception of a WC, every football nation has yearned for this Holy Grail. Every minnow to giants among nation believe that they have what it takes. However, the fact remains that i reality there are predictable nations who will  come close and those who will go through a formality of qualifying only to shatter the hearts of a nation.

What is the possibility of TnT ever even coming close to a quarter final play? We can't even with any conviction lay claim to be a regional dominant force or a giant among CONCACF!
This farcical attempt every  four years to build some hope is quickly becoming a nightmare  of a dream - an illusion of sorts - The entire fabric of a WC is in many ways a highly organized- ooops orchestrated event with back door bidding wars- alleged payoffs for hostings  and money being allegedly laundered among different levels of executives and governing bodies - all under the guise of FIFA- "Foreign Investors For All"

It is rather a grand delusion that invites and supports those who play the odds and cheer for the u derdog hoping against all that the perennial favourites or top five nations will suffer a humiliating defeat. Given the overall structure and inequities of funding, player talent, resources and opportunities, the advent of a Caribbean nation ever appearing  in a final two is at the best a football mirage.
The farcical show and fracas of qualifying  standards and Playoffs is once more evident to keep minnows at bay and  reserve the rite of passage to the WC to nations of privilege - Depraved nations are left to seek desperate measures to attempt to equal the playing field- the recent announcement by Jamaica to immerse their team with foreign nationals who because of lineage is good enough to represent- YnT is no different- we put our hopes that those from far away lands will bring us a prepriev for our football local debacle.
These actions once more support the giants and further constrict the growth development opportunities and hope of local football.
Our association pays a coack20k US to coach a national team and then the ultimate betrayal occurs when the team is not good enough- recruits are brought in- there is something fundamentally flawed in how this occurs every  four year cycle?

Could the TTFA  take the money spent on coaching select top players send then abroad for playing and development and let them be the core of the national team- each year local players who earn a qualifying standard will be sponsored by TTFA to earn an opportunity to a foreign contract. This is fully disclosed and understood-  the illusion of trying to home grow talent  pay a coach ridiculous amount to break an illusionary spell  can be averted.

The drunken and hypnotic madness that we can rise among the ranks in this decade seems to be just that- with the present state of foot ball intnis nation our dose of reality lies in finding some semblance of glory if we could win a fete match against the likes of Anguilla- a country on the brink of starting their own illusion of  some day parading on the WC stage.

Let's inoculate against the illusion - watch the WC on our television sets and relishintne thought that there maybe better hope for us if we were united as Caribbean nations and have a regional team- like cricket
 to have any consistent regional representation at a WC.

In terms of its operation and control of governing ,bodies, its loyal insiders, the bidding process, alleged corruption, could FIFA  be akin to  a MAFIA like  body operating what appears to be legitimate governance and total  control of football?
what is the  possibility of cooperations brining nations together to host a world tournamentversion of a WC? A nonsa ction FIFA event?

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« on: March 09, 2021, 09:11:13 PM »
Maximo: ‘Jaguars’ can surprise T&T.
T&T Express Reports.

The Guyana senior men’s football team will be highly competitive against Trinidad and Tobago in its first FIFA World Cup qualifier fixture and has a good chance of delivering a surprise, according to “Golden Jaguars” head coach Marcio Maximo.

Guyana face Trinidad and Tobago away in Group F of the first round of CONCACAF qualifying on March 25, followed by a home match against the Bahamas on March 29.

The domestic-based squad is currently in training — five days a week — at the Guyana Football Federation National Training Centre in Providence.

“We have a good chance to deliver a surprise. Trinidad has a track record as participant of the World Cup before, but nothing intimidates us. We know that a difficult challenge awaits us but that is encouraging and motivating us to do better,” Maximo said.

“We go with a good possibility to make a surprise and we will be very competitive. You can’t predict a win but what you can predict is a competitive game. We hope that we will take full advantage of this game. It is not only Trinidad, it’s the Bahamas, St. Kitts and Puerto Rico. The qualifiers are not the starting or finishing with Trinidad so we should make a good start to motivate us for the rest of the qualifiers,” he added.

Only the winner of Group F progress to the second of three rounds of qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Maximo said he was impressed with the level of commitment shown by the squad as players work hard to regain fitness and secure a place in the final squad, after a prolonged layoff due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“If you train hard with intensity, with tactical discipline and technical discipline, and a physical effort every day, that is reflected during the match,” the former Brazil U-20 and U-17 coach said.

“With our locally-based group, I can see a big development, according to the commitment, intensity and knowledge. They are growing in each training session.”

The former Tanzania, Cayman Islands and Livingston coach supported the GFF’s policy of providing greater opportunities for domestic talent to break into the national squad, as well as bringing in the best overseas-based talent possible.

“Following the Federation’s policy, we need to give a chance to more local players to be part of the group. Internationally-based players are very important for us, with their experience, knowledge and tactical discipline, but together our group also has to be realistic about the development of football in Guyana.”

“Now more than 50 percent of the players are Guyana-based, so we are improving our local football as well as the hope of players to participate and even to go to international markets, especially the younger players.” said Maximo, who worked with Brazilian stars Ronaldo and Ronaldinho during his time with the Brazilian set up.

Maximo said he could sense an increased interest and level of support among the public as the World Cup qualifiers edge closer. “When we go in the street, or take a taxi, I see that people feel more interested in football. I see more people with more hope in the Golden Jaguars now,” he added.

—Courtesy Kaieteur News

Don't think this will e a surprise- in my opinion we are the u dergogs going into this campaign

General Discussion / Re: The eye of the 'Tiger' or fall from Grace
« on: March 06, 2021, 07:28:07 AM »
Praise d Tiger- the man is like ah Cat as his namestake -  he has more lives than ah cat- then too d man like he fair skin cat- wait  ah wonder-  ever seen ah tiger with ah female panther?

Well the man resilience and ah char wait for the Tiger to be prowling on the go.f course in the future-

Football / Re: Beach Soccer Thread
« on: March 06, 2021, 07:18:51 AM »
Ex Barca player appointed T&T Beach Soccer coach.
T&T Guardian Reports.

Former Barcelona and Spanish beach football star Ramiro Amarelle is T&T's new beach football coach.

The 43-year old, is expected to officially take up his appointment later this month, after arriving on local soil last week. Amarelle will begin T&T's preparations for the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in Alajuela, Costa Rica in May.

He will be joined by assistant coach and analyst Jaime Paz in a few days while Maria Gordo, another assistant and mental coach, is already in T&T undergoing quarantine at the Home of Football in Balmain Couva.

All three coaches will serve for the preparation phase, as well as for the CONCACAF Qualifiers, which run from May 17-23 at the Complejo Deportivo FEDEFUTBOL Plycem, in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Amarelle, who spoke to the T&T Football Association media upon his arrival said: “It is an honour for me and my assistants to get this opportunity to prepare the national beach soccer team of T&T for the CONCACAF Championship.”

“It is an exciting challenge that will require a total team effort. We are looking forward to working with all the players, the other members of the staff and everyone at the Federation to make this the best possible preparation of the team,” he added.

“Of course the main ambition is to qualify but this will also be a process to improve beach soccer and create a better environment and awareness for beach football in the country. We will aim to improve many different aspects of the game here,” Amarelle noted.

Twelve nations will contest the early stage of the qualifiers, namely Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, T&T, Turks and Caicos Islands and the USA.

For the group stage, the 12 participating teams will be divided into three groups of four teams each. After a round-robin play-off between May 17-19, the first and second-place finishers in each group, and the two best third-place finishers will advance to the knockout stage.

The knockout stage will begin with the quarterfinal matches on May 21, followed by the semifinals on May 22.

In addition to qualifying for the competition’s final, the two semifinal winners will earn a spot in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Russia 2021. The final is scheduled for May 23.

T&T reached the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Championship in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Mexico is the defending Champions.

Amarelle is also a FIFA instructor and advisor and holds a UEFA Pro License coaching badge.

The rest of the T&T team’s technical staff comprises Ryan Augustine (Player/Assistant Coach), Dr Jason Pilgrim (Athletic trainer), Dr Oba Gulston (Team Manager) and Yuri Chapman (Assistant Manager/Kitman)

With the way the TTFA does operate maybe some of these expertise could be on loan to the national team? I am sure we could use ah mental coach- all man book in fun therapy session- starting with head coach- next each player- I think there was a time when for a footballer growing up in TnT the biggest dream was to wear the national colours - to bleed red white and black- to take on any team - to represent - to hear - "forge from ....... in -
So yeah Leah we see how this one will play out- but the set up sounding like all in place.

Football / Re: Impact of culture on our Success?
« on: March 06, 2021, 07:09:18 AM »
Latest news regarding alleged players dissatisfaction -  ummm go back to top of this thread and tell me how all this is indicative of cultural ways of doing things?

The system is flawed- from selection of coach- to players - to preparation- recepie for disaster. All at a price way above paying a man 20k USA a month forthat kinda ah approach- I am surprised that more folks are not questioning  that market value being paid for what we have seen and heard  about team preparation to this point?

But yuh know the familiar cultural refrain: " it done so- what we go do" setups - ent we like bacchanal- ent is commess ineverything we do?

Football / Re: Impact of culture on our Success?
« on: February 23, 2021, 06:32:23 AM »
Ah boi - culture- I eh know how many inhere could remember the sayings-
" who doh hear go feel"
Is like we " harden"
We get cat in bag

Yes think of all the cultural ways in which this WC campaign is aligning with how we does do things- ent we like it so? What we go do ent it happen already? 

What has changed ? Team selection? Reliance on foreign aid?/ players? Last minute  preparation?  Yeah who is to blame ? We get what we sow? Ent we does either blame TTFA  or the coach Year in doh matter who dey? Time we look at  the cultural contex u der which we operating- Leah we seek first to undestand from  this context of how we operate in establishing success of football in this country. Ever watch how our players does turn and blame and buff up each other fun mistakes? Whey dat coming from? We have a foreign born coach who has been indoctrinated into our ways of knowing that instead of instilling a different cultural approach we seeing ah regression and default to normative cultural ways of doing things-
Folks time for some serious overhaul.

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« on: February 23, 2021, 06:14:10 AM »
Pot calling the kettle black! This same TTFA administration being alluded to is the same one that worked out a back door deal and landed the man ah 20k USA per month  deal to coach youths?

Success in TnT pro league is not equating with running a national team. I think we are witnessing one of the biggest catastrophes in the shaping, preparing and coaching of aNational team. What we are getting from this coach is a prelude and preparation for failure-

The first outing followed the same pattern of the past- assemble some locals - close to game time discard the majority and  jettison in foreign players and hope for instant success. That = cutarse
 Now facing of all Guyana- not Mexico Not even Jamaica and the frigging excuses start before we  even decide on where we playing. This is what we get for 20k USA per month!  This is the same man who li ed with dogs now the fleas biting he arsea d he start to bark -

Folks we in trouble- ah tell allyuh Anguilla ready to put ah licking on we- Watch the Bajans and all could take we down yes we have rescinded to a low when the expectations that one with his pedigree , one who has played  at the highest level, one who has coached and lived in our culture  could impart knowledge and experience and equate that into success-
Looks like TTFA get ah cat in bag deal- his concern about fans in the stands  is ah distraction ah deflection- fans doh play the game? This is not an Intercol match! WC qualifiers!!! Fck this is high stakes- Fck coach yuh players and stop trying to coach the TTFA. Like yuh want that job too?

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« on: February 22, 2021, 04:58:31 PM »
I never imagined or even  think dat a day would come when our  national  coach depends on home advantage against guyana  ...... :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\

A sad testament to how far we have fallen- you would think a 20k USA a month coach would stop  manufacturing premature  excuses prior to the game. Does not instill confidence nor inspire great hope for success.

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