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Football / Re: Who was de best players to ever visit T&T.
« on: February 07, 2020, 03:43:49 PM »
Pele , beckenbauer , Giorgio chinaglia , Peter osgood , Iloi , Charlie Cooke , Arnold zebeda , Phillipe  vorbe, a skinny man from Suriname name Edwin Schaal and peru's ( pele ) cubillas to name a few ... Too much to mention !   aye is real big name players touch down trini shores dem times ... De oval and king George the fifth park was we stomping ground for storming to see dem big name players lol  real crowd dem times

Football / Re: Shahdon Winchester Thread
« on: December 19, 2019, 08:26:36 AM »
Nah say it ain't so !  Ah still speechless and at ah loss for words . Ah really doh know what to say except this is truly sad . Nah boi am out for now !

Football / Re: William Wallace Thread
« on: December 09, 2019, 02:22:58 PM »
Brent sancho is a questionable character from my point of view ! One reason is his arrogance  was on full display once he became sport minister . Two faced to say the least . He comes across as an opportunist and self serving !  The worst sport minister to date ever appointed..... so plz doh recommend he to this new administration let the ppl go about  their earnest business of getting things in order .

Football / Re: Former TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee dies
« on: December 08, 2019, 11:08:13 AM »
Wow this is an absolute shocker ....... To all who knew him personally foremost his family I extend deepest sympathy , may the almighty give you ( the timkee family ) strength and comfort . God bless to the timkee family ! 

Football / Re: Mucurapo 1978, a team of lore.
« on: December 05, 2019, 08:13:23 PM »
Well boss yuh get it  live then ........ Ah telling yuh it was a real nice atmosphere on de day itself,  real vibes all de way to de finish ! Imagine one ah de John d players Harmon Lucas use to live not too from me , ah use pass down he street  and after meh team compre loss ah use to avoid he street like a plague cuz ah know is real talk ah go get . Lol

Football / Re: Mucurapo 1978, a team of lore.
« on: December 05, 2019, 02:43:20 PM »
Ur welcome vb....... Ah miss dem days wha ah like was....  it doh matter if is rain or shine as long as  is big game time is through de Savannah and down de road we heading  lots ah chit talk ... Lol  yuh know how it is !  Ah cud recall before I get to know clauzel  ... every time I listening de inter col coverage Is clauzel clauzel clauzel so ah say nah ah hah to see who he is so I decided then and there i going to see de youth play that was in  de league games .... .daiz  Before dey reach the intercol finals ........  I became ah instant fan not just of clauzel but de whole mucurapo team dem fellas was just impressive king , ah ent lying ask anyone who saw dem play! De funny Thing is I knew ppl from  both teams  but I had to pick  no devided loyalty thing yuh had to chose.   it was ah tough ting but yeah  that was it sweet days ah football memories to lay ah lifetime.....

Football / Re: Mucurapo 1978, a team of lore.
« on: December 05, 2019, 01:16:45 PM »
Ok  fellow forumites  I just want to add meh two cents about that intercol final between John d and mucurapo @ the oval in 78 , it was classic I cud never forget , de place was buzzing wid excitement as I write now I cud still visualize  de atmosphere  , even though I lost meh money on compre dat day I wasn't vex but I felt for dem compre players , some ah dem had to be lifted off the oval field  was real tears, is like they didn't want to leave de oval after de game , but hear nah , I real enjoy that game the standard ah football was worth every cent and the money ( I lost betting on mucurapo to win ) ah know meh team lost on that day , but they win ah lot fans  with their skills and talent . Hear nah ppl some ah meh pardners and I walk from Belmont to de oval dat day just chatting and prepping for dat game , laughing and talking chit as  we head through de Savannah down to de oval well  boi when we get there , de place was pack outside men was scaling dem oval wall like Olympic hurdles ( laughing ) dem mounted  police was having ah hard time controlling things outside  de oval , some ah allyuh go know wha ah talking bout .!  Dat game I will always remember . Clauzel goal was a classic  . In one smooth motion collecting de ball on he right foot back towards goal turning and hill ting dat ball wid he left foot Daiz all  ah want to say bout that , ok  I guess yuh  all  figure out de rest ... goalllll there yuh have it ladies and gentlemen... Eric white was real trouble . And meh boi dubisson was doing he ting in the middle of de park .  Eric white brother  Denzil white  was a special baller too   .. he was meh team mate at Belmont sec .....am out Daiz meh two cents 

Plain and simple is time for Dennis Lawrence to go .  If he thinks for whatever reason it's he who singlehandledly got tnt to the World Cup in 2006 , well then his reasoning  is way off . In any event it's time  for change , he need pack it in . That dull uninspiring style of football is not worth a dime !

Football / Re: TTFA Presidency Polls; The countdown to election begins.
« on: November 23, 2019, 12:16:30 PM »
Ah can't wait to see John Williams and the rest of his gangsters out and gone . It's nauseating to think we have to put up with another four years of this ridiculous conniving, arrogant man in charge of football in Trinidad . Ah hope de electorate is not fooled by all he trump like crap!

Football / Re: Emerson Dubison
« on: October 30, 2019, 03:03:10 PM »
What's up homies ? Is a while now I ent check in de forum , so today here I am ....blessings to all. I had the opportunity to see Emerson  dubisson play for mucurapo sec along with the humble rasta Ian clausel and Eric white, what a treat it was to dem youths at the time . Dubisson was de engine in midfield . A very special baller he was ! Not sure what really happen to de youth after he left mucurapo but he was definitely a standout baller!

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs St Vincent Game (29-Mar-2016)
« on: March 29, 2016, 08:44:03 PM »
 Ah cyar believe  some  ah de  outrageous  critiquing  ah seeing here  by some towards  Kevin molino . as well as de team ......  de  man was out for almost ah year  and  just coming back from ah serious  injury to join the national team  in world cup competition , damn  and man already  dishing out  all kinda negative on de  breddren ...... allyuh good oui ..   I jost hope de man stay healthy and get some playing time in order to regain some  confidence  so he can do the things  that made him   the player we all know he can be,  all i'm saying is  lay off the brother abit with de negative ,

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs St Vincent Game (29-Mar-2016)
« on: March 29, 2016, 07:42:11 PM »
 Once Again  to Coach Stephen Hart  along  with  his Tech / staff  and   his entire  warriors   Team  ,  nice win ,  and well done  ..     

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs St Vincent Game (29-Mar-2016)
« on: March 29, 2016, 04:53:28 PM »
All de best to Coach Stephen Hart  And  his Team of Warriors .....  Go do yuh Ting  Warriors   ... God bless

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs St Vincent Game (29-Mar-2016)
« on: March 28, 2016, 03:37:52 PM »
I just want to state i trust Coach Stephen Hart  and his   staff  to make ,  the  adjustments as is necessary come game  day  .....(  Tuesday )  .  As for Levi  Garcia  he himself had no issues coming in off the bench  and   making his contribution .   Don't panic  Homies !!!.    Keep the ideas  coming forumites ..

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs St Vincent Game (25-Mar-2016)
« on: March 25, 2016, 03:58:53 PM »
Welcome to International Football...and Thank you very much.
TnT 3 ( own goal..Levi Garcia 2 ( as a sub)..St Vincent 2.
Not The best performance..but i dont ever watch Miss World or Miss Universe....This is World Cup Qualifying Football..and sometimes it gets very Ugly...3 Massive Points...on to Tuesday in TnT...
tnt tnt tnt tnt tnt tnt

Well Said  big mag.....     

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs St Vincent Game (25-Mar-2016)
« on: March 25, 2016, 03:44:43 PM »
 All i want to say  to  Our  Soca Warriors  and the  Coaching Staff  is  Thank you all for bringing home the  win  and  3 valuable points .....  Now on to the next game  come Tuesday ... Right now ah just happy for  de  win / 3 pts ...  Get home safe  warriors   and  staff !   As For Young  Mr Levi Garcia  and teamates thanks again   well done ...

Football / Re: John Bostock Thread
« on: March 24, 2016, 04:26:21 PM »
Take it easy dey Big Mag .... doh  pelt no bottle  and buss no head  breds  :rotfl: everything go alright   no worries

Football / Re: John Bostock Thread
« on: March 24, 2016, 04:09:27 PM »
 Yuh right flex .     that should take care  business..       wonderful feedback

Football / Re: John Bostock Thread
« on: March 24, 2016, 02:44:15 PM »
 Homies  is Just a  ah lil oversight  or technical hiccup so to speak ...I'm certain  The F.A . Technical staff and Mr John   Bostock will get it all straightened out .!  Soon enough .   

Very interesting  Team  Selection  by Coach Hart ....Well boy  ... de competition  for spots on the   national team  has certainly   arrived   .....Ah love it   ....   great to see the players pool has grown   with potentially more  making themselves available  ..    Every man jack  must perform /  prove their worth  more now  than ever before !! 

Nicely done  DJW  for getting  such a  game  and against a high  profile team  as uruguay....  well done ...... after all  mr president  DJW  you'll get yuh compliment as due   congrats  again ..  !!   leh meh toast yuh for dat ... cheers  :beermug:  ah hope yuh ain't vex  wid we here no more :)

Football / Re: Why is it SO QUIET at that TTFA?
« on: March 07, 2016, 08:20:28 PM »
I spoke to one of his friends over the weekend, off course I can't call names anymore.

They told me he is upset with the attack he and his staff gets from SWO.

I am assuming this is the reason why he is ignoring you Flex.

You guys keep doing what you do in a decent way, DJW wants to tie everyone's tongue and SWO being a separate entity that he can't control makes his more upset.

They also told me, that after the both upcoming games that they will announce their plans for summer.

If  in fact >> DJW<<< is supposedly annoyed  by what he  considers an attack  on his current regime by forum members , then so be it ,  as mentioned before he is not exempt , as was those before him . DJW  knew very well the moment he chose to run for the Presidency  of the TTFA  . it should come as no surprise he'll be under immediate  scrutiny ..   why the silence mr president ?

It will appear that most , if not all  here on the forum  do agree that  the idea of having  a core  locally based   players  training can only in the long run benefit all involved ,!!    There 's no ifs  nor buts about  it .!  Many on this very forum are  providing ample ideas and suggestions  progressivly so , it is hoped the current TTFA  officials   drop by here ever so often   in order to read   and take note of some  super suggestions  from fellow forumites !!  leh meh just compliment  allyuh for keeping this board interesting ....

Building a local team could be a step in the right direction.
By Inshan Mohammed.

Time to bridge the gap.

When Trinidad and Tobago came tantalizingly close to qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals in Italy back in 1989, two things stood out to me that just couldn't be ignored.

The first thing was the fact that CONCACAF was only allotted two qualifying spots to the FIFA World Cup.  The second impressive fact was that the Trinidad and Tobago team which was made up of 100% locally based players who never played at a professional level; still managed to come within a point of qualifying for its first World Cup.

We must pay tribute to then head coach Everald Cummings for such a huge accomplishment despite the heartbreak in the end. The Striker Squad made a lasting impression on the entire country, the Caribbean and to an extent, the world. They caught the eyes of everyone who followed football and one must feel honoured to have witnessed the historic event.

The team did so well that it united the entire country and built fan support from the ground up. However, it was no easy task in building such a reputation. The Strike Squad eliminated Guyana and Honduras in 1988, and then finished the job the following year by eliminating both El Salvador and Guatemala. T&T also had impressive 1-1 draws with group leaders and World Cup bound teams Costa Rica and USA, to finish 3rd in the group from a five team home and away series.

Now, you're probably asking yourself, why bring this up now? Well, it's evident that with the current state of our football, T&T needs to go a step back in order to make two steps forward.

When you have a team that is comprised of mainly foreign-based players it's very difficult to play on a regular basis. This is due to the limited FIFA friendly match dates and the cost of flying players from across the world to exhibition matches. This is a luxury T&T simply cannot afford with its limited resources and support. Not to mention, the infrequency of games that causes the team to break any momentum it may have developed.

The last time the Soca Warriors won the Caribbean Cup was in 2001 and the team was mainly made up of locally based players. Despite one defeat to Martinique, T&T managed to beat Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and Barbados to cop the prestigious award for the late Ian Porterfield coached-team.

To take it a bit further, the previous Copa Caribe Cup (1999) under Tobago-born coach Bertille St Clair, T&T also won the title with a squad made up of 97% locally based players finishing flawlessly with victories over Cuba, Haiti, Guadeloupe, Grenada and Jamaica. Let’s not forget that some of T&T's most successful local coaches such as Cummings and St Clair mainly had so called ‘B teams’ to draw from.

While not comparing players in anyway as circumstances were a bit different then, my main focus in this article is to highlight the importance of having a local core of players.  This local core can be supplemented with a few available foreign-based players and will no doubt do wonders for T&T by catapulting the overall squad to a much higher level.

When you look at CONCACAF teams like Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, USA and Mexico, they seem more serious about the game because they play matches outside of the FIFA window. These teams field mostly local players when their foreign-based aren’t available, and utilize their time, resources and leagues efficiently. Why can’t T&T do the same? As a T&T fan all you can do is shake your head in disappointment at this fact.

In my humble opinion I think the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) should do all in its power to provide coach Hart with a comprehensive local programme that will provide him with a foundation to build on and at the same time help him integrate and develop younger players coming up.

The current professional league is a dying one, with no money, infrastructure, gyms, crowd support and proper planning, it has been a major downfall to T&T players and though it provides employment opportunities, it can also stagnate local players’ development. Yes, we've managed to catch a few standouts who eventually go aboard and our clubs do relatively well at Caribbean level competitions, but that’s hardly a surface to gauge what our players can really do as they usually fail considerably at CONCACAF level competitions.

This is why having a local core of national players can help raise their level and make them better prepared for the rigors of domestic and international football.

After following the local league for quite some time, a few names stood out to me that can add value to a solid Soca Warriors A or B team. These players include, but are not limited to-

Ross Russell Jr, Aquil Selby, Jean-Luc Rochford, Andre Ettiene, Alvin Jones, Curtis Gonzales, Kishun Seecharan, Sean De Silva, Nathaniel Garcia, Kaydion Gabriel, Leston Paul, Neveal Hackshaw, Jesus Perez, Jabari Mitchell, Jomal Williams, Aikim Andrews, Shahdon Winchester, Kevon Villaroel, Jamal Jack, Jason Marcano, Jelani Peters, Jerwyn Balthazar, Makesi Lewis, Shackiel Henry, Kareem Freitas, Kadeem Corbin, Ricardo John, Ryan Stewart, Nathan Lewis and Brent Sam.

These are local players who I think can hold their own given the proper training, international experience and knowledge to know what it takes to become better athletes physically and mentally.

We've seen over the past two years that coach Stephen Hart has a knack for bringing out the best in players. He's experienced and intelligent, but is currently hanging on the edge of a cliff due to the lack of planning and support for him to provide the necessary coaching to his players, especially on the local front.

Many fans including myself have no idea what’s in-store for T&T football, as new president David John-Williams has been very silent since assuming his head position. His reluctance to speak with media outlets on main issues has been frustrating, however, I can only plead with him to do all in his power to help save our football (both men’s & women’s programmes) and get us back on track in the football world.

There are many positives to having a local core of national players in training. It is inexpensive to set up, it would give coach Hart a better indication of the capabilities of his local players and would better prepare the local Soca Warriors contingent for international duty.  This is an experiment that's worth the gamble.

   flex you absolutely spot on !.. I   myself have often  wondered why  that very solid and practical idea of having a core of locally based players  have not been selected   and kept in training for  the very reasons  you've  just pointed out , as a matter  fact it would  a mistake if the current administration ( TTFA ) should not consider  such a   super idea    ...   wonderful idea

Football / Re: RIP Jimmy Springer
« on: February 29, 2016, 04:05:58 PM »
 Sad news........... RiP  Jimmy Springer !!   To his Family and Friends  may the almighty creator give you strength and courage  God bless......... on a side note    Mr jimmy springer was an excellent ball player  and one who stood up for better playing conditions  for his teamates !! 

To Sean de Silva  Don't make any hasty decisions ,Keep your Goals in sight , impressive performnces do not go unnoticed ,  your turn will come .... you know what you need to do  to impress the national  team coach and staff ..... Don't pull a Ricky shakes  or let anyone influence any hasty decision to jump ship .. Keep the faith  and show the selectors what yuh made off ....  wishing you the very best

Football / Re: US ends T&T Women Olympic dreams.
« on: February 20, 2016, 10:28:49 AM »
Richard Hood  is not fit to be a national Coach . He is a real   ?  .. ok Clown ....and as for DJW Take note  we the people  keeping an eye on you for the selective choices yuh making .!!      .. Next up is  world cup qualifying for the senior men's team  .......the burning question is what sort of prep is being set in place   or will Coach Stephen Hart be given the tools necessary to prepare his troop of players for battle ..? Match iis not far away !  i guess we'll have to wait to see.....Lawd help we .   

Football / Re: Marvin Oliver Thread
« on: February 02, 2016, 07:30:52 PM »
Brent Sancho ...Who the  ???  do think you are ?.. aren't you the same individual  who sought justice , in odrer to be treated fairly?  Oh how things have changed . The shoe is now on  the other foot so as a result the cry is foul . what an irony Brent Sancho !!  The fact that  you have personalised your  attack on Mr Marvin Oliver  for his stance as it relates  to his contractual issues  @ central Fc does not require any reproach by you and or anyone else  mentioning  any thing to do with his house and any other personal related matters  ... thats uncalled for .!   

Football / Re: Clown Williams cancel the Costa Rica tour for the ladies.
« on: January 28, 2016, 04:05:45 PM »
DJW  ....WoW  ..... From all appearances  part of your immediate plans is to handcuff , as well place a muzzle on anyone/ in this case player/s  who speaks out , or point out any shortcomings  of yours and yuh administration ..  but hear this you  and your present  administration  like any others before you are not exempt from such .!! 

Football / Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« on: January 28, 2016, 03:44:50 PM »
Levi: Debut was dream come true.
By Shaun Fuentes (Guardian).

National Under 20 midfielder Levi Garcia says that making his professional debut for Netherlands top flight club AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredevisie has been a dream come through for him.

Garcia, who hails from Santa Flora entered the game wearing his number 28 shirt in the 68th minute in a 4-2 win over Feyeenord on the weekend. He eclipsed Dwight Yorke’s record of being the youngest T&T player to play in Europe.

“Making my debut was maybe the most important day in my life and my career,” Garcia said. “I was so excited that at one point I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. It was an amazing feeling and I would wish this could happen to any young boy who has dreams of being a professional footballer. I would tell any young man to go after his dreams,” he added.

Garcia said the advice from Alkmaar’s manager John van den Brom was to be himself on the pitch.

“The coach told me to just go on the field. No pressure. Play free and play your game. It was a big game for us so I was so excited but not afraid of the occasion or the challenge.

“My aim now is to be consistent and to stay in the first 18 for as many games as possible this season. I will be working to break into the first eleven and just try to keep getting better from there.

“The team is improving and doing well and I’m happy to be part of the set up. They have been taking care of me and it’s like a family here at the club. I couldn’t ask for more at this stage. Hopefully I can stay injury free and just keep improving and adding to my experiences as a player,” Garcia added.

AZ are currently tenth with 25 points on the 18-team table which is led by Ajax on 48 points.
It is the best possible piece of advice you have been given Levi Garcia by your Coach . to simply be yourself .<<< ... keep your head up and remain focus  young man . may god guide you along safely as you pursue your dream/s ... wishing you only the very best   / guidance  all the best  to you .

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