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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.


Football / Re: Bobby Zamora Thread
« on: June 19, 2022, 09:12:19 AM »
end of story

Football / Re: Friendlies for NMT
« on: June 13, 2022, 11:02:55 AM »
Must say the 'Normalization committee' running TnT in what is normal to how business gets done so no big surprise to see:
- The way teams are selected
- The lack of adequate preparation
- What accountability?

 When will the period of normalization end and we see a move to have  competency at the TTFA level- oops that eh ah normal   happening

Football / Re: Bobby Zamora Thread
« on: June 13, 2022, 10:59:53 AM »
Z could go fly ah Fricking kite-  It eh that he owe TnT anything any ways but the pure arrogance and self centerless and feelings that he is mightier than thou  is most disconcerting.
 Story done - 

Football / Friendlies for NMT
« on: June 11, 2022, 10:31:12 AM »
MY question:
 Why is is so challenging to arrange  games against formidable opponents who are close to us?

I see Canada playing a friendly against Curacao yet we  are  ignored?

Venezuela is right there and no friendly? Imagine the crowd  at the stadium? Immigration could check for illegals hahahhaha

 We have  Surinam close by  as well?

I realize ranking and the politics of opponents are factors but  I do think we need to start looking at what is happening in our yard if we are to be a force in the region.

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: June 03, 2022, 02:30:21 PM »
Yuh cyar be serious- this sounding like dey going fuh ah fete match. The ' Comedy of Errors' continues with TnT football.

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: May 26, 2022, 08:51:13 PM »
 Bring on Bangladesh- India- Pakistan?   we need the crowd supporters nah we need the games- well we should get that with Guyana. Heck why not Anguilla?
Why not take on Venezuela?  ent they closer? and could be a more formidable opposition?

Football / Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« on: May 26, 2022, 08:48:53 PM »
Maybe take on the challenge of TnT before you  aspire elsewhere- dare to go where others  have:"
Stephan Hart- Dennis Lawrence

Where others have avoided:

Stern John- Latapy

All these experts and we cyar put Humpty Dumpty aka TnT football together again?? nah sum thing wong

Why is it that we local ' star boys cyar make it  coaching in TnT?

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: May 26, 2022, 08:47:57 PM »
If you fail to prepare be prepared to fail.

Wait it little over a week and no squad named? no training? no prep? and we defaulting to old ways of doing.

Quickly round up some fellas and we go treat dis just like ah fete match-  what is the big deal? why people fretting dis is how we does roll.
 One coach for both teams- well we could either foster great program continuity or else have ah man trying to serve two masters and failing at each end.

Football / Re: Stern John Thread
« on: May 23, 2022, 07:11:32 AM »
man moving up the ' minnow's ladder"- watch out TnT pressure ;D :D

Football / Re: TTFA Debt Thread
« on: May 06, 2022, 11:16:19 AM »
Government should cease the assets of Centre of Excellence and  sell the property- monies from sale  help to pay of TTFA debts.

" render  unto Caesar what is Cesar"

" Rob Peter to pay Paul"

" Take the jacket from Jack"  who give ' Jack this  racket?"   oops jacket? ;D ;D ;D ;D

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: May 01, 2022, 10:29:06 AM »
Eve: Under-prepared Trinidad and Tobago U-20 men must be allowed to dream.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).

Trinidad and Tobago men’s Under-20 football coach Angus Eve believes the absence of local and regional competitive football for the past two years has put the national team at a clear disadvantage heading into Concacaf’s U-20 Championship in July.

T&T has been drawn into Group F alongside Mexico, Haiti and Suriname. Eve, who is also head coach of the national senior team, anticipates an uphill task owing to players’ lack of match practice since the pandemic hit in March 2020.

“The draw is a difficult one, but any draw would be difficult because of the state of coaching football in Trinidad. It’s well documented the kids haven’t played football for about two years. We just started back with them about two months ago after extensive screening,” said Eve.

Although under-prepared, the head coach believes the teams should make the most of this opportunity.

“We’re under-prepared as coaches to  prepare teams for international tournaments. I keep saying that. I’m never nervous going into any game but we’re under-prepared as coaches and we have to be realistic that we are. In this case, we need them to go (to compete), for their mental health.

“So they have something to look forward to. But we still have to send the kids and give them an opportunity to play because if you keep taking away their dreams, we build a society with no dreams and ambition,” he said. Our teams are build of  dreamers instead of competitors. While we dream others compete.

Currently, there are 14 locally-based U-20 footballers in active training, selected from over 400 screened players. They train alongside ten national senior players, to help fast-track their development.

In April, T&T scouts will travel to the US to seek out new talent ahead of the tournament. Eve said there are players with T&T roots training and playing with academies in USA, Spain, Germany and England who they “continue to monitor.”

The U-20 coach hopes to bring these US and European-based players to T&T, in May, to take part in development camps.

Eve, the most capped player for T&T, said there were two domestic U-20 tournaments scheduled to start this month but they have been postponed – further hindering preparation.

However, he is pleased with the efforts of the 14 players thus far.

“The 14 that we have, you can see that tactical awareness, the physicality in them, the way they’re playing. You have to remember when we go to this tournament most of the players are playing in their senior leagues.

“If not, some of them are already outside (playing abroad) already. This is the challenge we have here for not having organised football for the last two years.”

Eve said several Concacaf U20 teams have already started hosting camps to prepare for the competition.

After the group stage, the top three teams from each advance to the knock-out round (16) and join the four teams that qualified directly from last November’s Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship qualifying: Curacao, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua.

This tournament will combine qualifying for both the 2023 FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup and 2024 Paris Summer Olympics into a single event.

The four semi-finalists of the U20 Championships will qualify for the World Cup in Indonesia, while the tournament’s two finalists will qualify for the 2024 Games.

Eve said 2020 finalists Mexico remain group favourites while Suriname have gone on a massive recruitment drive for players based in Holland. Haiti, he said, is “traditionally, very difficult.”


Group E: USA, Cuba, Canada, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Group F: Mexico, Haiti, T&T, Suriname

Group G: Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Aruba

Group H: Honduras, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda

WATCH Press Briefing with Angus Eve on 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Qualifiers

When does preparation and planning begin?  Do we have a5 year plan? or even a 1 year plan?

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship Thread
« on: May 01, 2022, 10:21:43 AM »
Coaches urge public: Be patient with junior athletes
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday).

SPORTS coaches are predicting it will be a long road back for T&T junior athletes to fulfil their potential again, and the public should curb expectations after two years of pandemic inactivity.

Sports in T&T finally got the green light to resume at all levels in late January – national athletes, club level and those just eager for a “sweat.”

From March 2020 to January 2022, only national teams and athletes training for international competition were granted public health exemptions

Young athletes in T&T felt the brunt of the pandemic as no sports were played at school level.

Over the last two months, many national teams have represented T&T at regional level with less-than-ideal preparation.

The Under-17 women’s football team just competed at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championships in Dominican Republic.

Before their last match against Mexico on Wednesday, T&T head coach Jason Spence spoke about the lack of programmes in place locally.

T&T did not make it past the group stage losing to Panama 5-1, Nicaragua 4-0 and Mexico 10-0.

T&T were on the back foot for the majority of those matches as the other teams dominated possession and were not shy to shoot from outside the 18-yard box.

Panama attempted 32 shots compared to T&T’s one effort on goal and in that match T&T only had 26 per cent possession.

Against Nicaragua, T&T were outshot 32-8 in a match where they had 38 per cent possession.

The Mexicans were also dominant getting 33 shots compared to one by T&T. In terms of possession, T&T had 21 per cent possession.

Prior to the Under-17 tournament, the T&T Under-20 women had a tough outing at the Concacaf Under-20 Championships in the Dominican Republic, which took place from February 25-March 12.

Spence was also at the helm of the T&T Under-20 squad. T&T suffered defeats to El Salvador (3-0), St Kitts/Nevis (7-2) and Canada (5-0).

Ex-Strike Squad defender and former T&T men’s Under-20 coach Brian Williams said the public should not be too harsh on the performance of the teams.

“We need to understand what is taking place and don’t make those kind of derogatory statements about the girls…but understanding the situation for the girls performance (is critical).”

Williams said no competitive environment is in place. “They don’t have a functioning women’s league in T&T for the girls to play and I understand when you have to take people who are not playing in a competitive league for the longest while and try to put them in a team, it is really difficult.

“We hardly have a real women’s competition in T&T, so the girls could really have true representation.”

The Fifa-appointed normalisation committee is now running local football and Williams said this is also preventing stakeholders from getting more involved in decision making.

“If the TTFA is made up of six or seven arms, then those six or seven arms should be functional and should have representation on the board of the TTFA so we can go forward.”

Long-standing youth cricket administrator Glen Dwarika also gave his thoughts on the topic. Dwarika, who led national youth cricket teams to titles in the past, is the chairman of selectors for the national Under-15 cricket team.

Dwarika said youngsters in T&T may take awhile to regain their competitiveness.

“It will be a pretty long time,” Dwarika said.

He said restructuring must take place at youth level to see a higher standard of play.

“The foundation needs to be started at the primary school…whether it be cricket, football or athletics you would not be able to churn out the quality players.”

Dwarika said children at primary school don’t play outside as much as previously.

He said athletes must also take personal responsibility to maintain their fitness.

“If you are a sportsman or sportswoman, in terms of your individual fitness you supposed to be spending enough time with your physical performance."

He said there is so much information available on the internet that athletes can tap into to help them.

He said children years ago were fitter and ate healthier foods.

“The environment was the natural gym where children used to walk at least two miles to get to school, that is not happening again…poor eating habits (is an issue). We grew up on fruits…all these are major factors that will contribute to the physical development.”


Trinidad and Tobago U-17 skipper stays positive after dismal campaign.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).

MARLEY WALKER, captain of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 women’s football team, hopes that the team can stay together, in the aftermath of their dismal showing at the Concacaf Under-17 Women’s Championships in the Dominican Republic.

The Jason Spence-coached under-17s only scored once in three games, while leaking 19 goals. They have struggled to maintain possession of the ball and this has been compounded by a porous defence. In three games, T&T have allowed 97 shots at goal while managing just ten strikes against their rivals.

The T&T team were humiliated 10-0 by Mexico in their final Group E encounter on Wednesday. On Sunday, TT were beaten 5-1 by Panama, and followed up that defeat with a 4-0 spanking from Nicaragua on Monday.

Walker, the daughter of a Trinidadian father and an American mother, said the Mexico game did not go as planned. “Credit to Mexico, they were very strong opponents to play against," Walker said.

"We're a new team, we just have to keep pushing together and (staying) together. It’s been a good experience for all of us. (For) a lot of us, it’s our first international experience so I think it was great to get out here and just work together as a team. We’ve come together in such a short time frame so it was a fun experience.”

This tournament continued a poor start, for 2022, for the T&T youth women programme.

Spence was also at the helm of the T&T Under-20 squad, during the Concacaf Under-20 Championships in the Dominican Republic, which took place from February 25 to March 12.

In Group F, T&T finished bottom of the four-team standings, after defeats to El Salvador (3-0), St Kitts/Nevis (7-2) and Canada (5-0).

On Tuesday, in an interview on the TT Football Association (TTFA) website, Spence expressed hope in the future of the T&T women teams, especially the Under-17 outfit.

“I must mention that this group of players is special and I firmly believe that this is the group who will bring smiles back to our faces in youth women’s football in the next two to four years,” he said. “They have big hearts and really want to do well. This, though, would require keeping the team together in training consistently year-round. They need stability."
It is easy to be patient with athletes who are maturing, showing potential and has teh drive and determination to compete- when those traits are evident  a loss or in this case every loss is alearning experience. However it is  not so easy to be patient with a coach  if the team does not show a significant structure to compete, defend, attack or to pass.

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