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Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs USA Game (6-Sept-2016)
« on: September 06, 2016, 10:03:29 PM »
he get a lesson tonight, let's hope he learn from it. I was more disappointed niether he nor Joevin was making much tackles defensively, although, they did run back to no avail. There was one point where you could see Hart telling a man pick up the space in the middle, and like the man wasn't going., luckily the ball didn't go to that US man on that instance. The boys good, they talented, but they all have much to learn to achieve their full potential, some will, and some won't. We have to face that reality. Long time Bakes ! How u doing ?

I cool man Max, how things?

I ent even touch the work rate... suffice to say there's an incredible amount of daylight between him and Christian Pulisic, but the latter did have a bit of a developmental head start on Levi.  My observation had more to do with his offensive prowess, and the huge reality check that was issued today.  Granted that Geoff Cameron is an PL starter for Stoke City... but he's also 31.  I was dismayed to see Levi get caught on the breakaway by a 29-year old Bradley... with about 1,000 miles on his tires, and never exactly known for his speed.

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs USA Game (6-Sept-2016)
« on: September 06, 2016, 09:39:44 PM »
All I will say is that we reach where we going when our most exciting prospect in 25 years can't dribble past Geoff Cameron and can't run past Michael Bradley.

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: July 24, 2016, 09:50:53 AM »
I will say this, I think CFU will be cueing to separate themselves from concacaf and plead their case in order to get two spots at the WC. Let's see what happens in the up-coming years ahead.

I don't think this is a very viable concept.  The CFU isn't strong enough from neither a competitive, nor a political standpoint to stand on its own as a Confederation.  Not that we would need to break away, we have enough votes to control CONCACAF, we just can't seem to avoid shooting ourselves in the foot when it comes to wielding that clout.

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: July 23, 2016, 08:53:07 PM »
ah heard some of the delegates didn't like de brash style of Williams. No Trinbagonian or Jamaican on the executive.   

That played a part no doubt, but Derrick owes a huge debt of gratitude to a Trini stalwart.

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: July 23, 2016, 08:25:46 PM »
DJW loose to Derrick 12-18 in CFU elections.Derrick promise Caribbean  pro league and livestreamimg of CFU matches

Pleasantly surprised.  Stunned really.  Infantino, Montagliani and John Williams conspired to achieve what they assumed would be a coronation. I won't call his name, but tireless lobbying behind the scenes by a true patriot to TnT and to local football, is likely what threw this monkey wrench in their plans.  I'm pleasantly surprised that most of the CFU membership was able to look past the naked ambition and snake oil potions being sold, to heed his warnings about AJW DJW.

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: July 13, 2016, 12:49:47 PM »
Bakes what's up boss? It's looking to me as if the interest of T&T football is not his main priority but rather a means to an end. I was hoping that if he wins The CFU position, he'll have to give up the TTFA one but it don't seem likely.

I good boss... yeah, unlikely that he'll have to give up the TTFA job.  Pity, DJW hardly qualified to run a mauby stand.  Imagine this man never even looked at the constitutional reforms that were passed before he ran for office.  No wonder it seemed so strange that he made "reform" a big part of his manifesto. 

Bakes, Breds, you appeared this morning like flash of lightening. How you doing?  I must confess, I am one of them who drinking a petit quart everytime ah read about DJW recent exploits. But the  guy from Tobago makes a valid point about TT cleaning up and mending fences with  Carib counterparts, especially those from the English speaking Caribbean. No TT official will get the kind of trust after the damage done by Jack.

Yeah Moore makes some good points but talk is cheap, it's up to the Board (the former ExCo) to push back and keep him in check.  See how easy they brush off the endorsement of infantino? "Inexperience" they chalk it up too.  Dem ent serious.  He knew exactly what he was (and is) doing.

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: July 13, 2016, 06:04:43 AM »
Anyone having buyers' remorse?

All of a sudden the last regime ent looking so bad anymore, ent?  Ah well, here's to 3 1/2 more years  :beermug:

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs St Vincent Game (25-Mar-2016)
« on: March 25, 2016, 07:04:41 PM »
I am stunned... not so much by the victory, but by Levi's debut performance.  Seems just a few months ago we were watching videos of him 'training' against boys half his size at Sherwood's academy.  Today he's a nascent star for AZ... and by the looks of things, for TnT as well.  Happy that Sancho didn't succeed in bamboozling this youth's family in that contract dispute between Sosa and Central.  Well done Levi :beermug:

What they say about opinions is really true yes.  Every FA gets developmental funding from FIFA on an annual basis.  In the case of the TTFA, last figures I'm aware of it was to the tune of $250,000 USD a year.  FIFA declined to make payment to any FA who did not have a TD on staff, so until and unless Tim Kee had hired Walkes (or someone else) FIFA was not going to make that payment.  They get a damn good TD at a reasonable price, now everybody bumping they gum about how it was such a bad thing that the old administration do.  Sometimes it pays to have a bit more facts before criticizing.

People giving Williams too much of a pass on this one.  This is nothing short of absolute disrespect for Walkes, his family and his situation, as well as a disregard for what's best for the FA.  It has been confirmed that there was a valid contract in place for Walkes, yet Williams from the get-go has been insistent on bringing in his own people.  Unless Walkes is absolutely unqualified for the position, and that's not at all the case, then he should be given the opportunity to fulfill his contract. 

Personal preferences might work when it's your business/toy that you're playing with.  In this case this is other people's money, namely TTFA money you're playing with.  Just as he disregarded Phillips' contract in refusing to honor it (after Tim Kee illegally breached it), Williams was eager to disregard the contract with Walkes, and now it will be the TTFA to pay.  They will be left paying two people for the same job.  Part of me feels this is him saying "oh, you feel we owe you money?  Well stand in line behind everybody else, whenever you get paid you'll get paid."

Football / Re: FIFA News Thread.
« on: March 16, 2016, 07:02:49 PM »

The TTFA had hired Miguel Trujillo to be their official match agent. I think he was the one who got the Uruguay match.

However, I heard that they had to let him go because of this.

Miguel Trujillo is very good friends with Jamal Shabaaz who recommended him to Williams and without doing any research, hired him.

I was waiting to see how long it would take for people to connect the dots.

Just can't believe a man like DJW will believe in a man like Shabaaz.

This is laughable on so many levels.  None so blind...

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: T&T Pro & College Scene
« on: March 12, 2016, 06:18:18 PM »
On January 5th, freshman point guard Khadeen Carrington (6-3) was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week. He also had a 11pts & assists performance in a previous game against St. John's.

Coming off the bench, Carrington averaged 14 points and two assists and was absolutely critical down the stretch in Seton Hall's win over Villanova. Carrington played hero in the Villanova victory. Down by two points with less than three minutes left, Carrington stole the ball from Nova's JayVaughn Pinkston and turned it into a fast break layup to tie the game. With the game again tied late, he put SHU back up with another layup. Then in overtime, he had his biggest moment, pulling a spin move in the lane and converting a layup off the glass to put the Pirates up one with 1:38 to play. He then calmly sank two free throws with under 30 seconds to go to put Seton Hall up three and up for good. He finished the game 9-for-10 from the free throw line and finished the week 16-for-18 there.

Meanwhile on January 13, Carrington was instrumental in Seaton Hall's late surge against Butler, scoring 14 of his season-high 20 points after halftime and adding two assists without a turnover in 36 minutes of action. However, the #12 ranked 'Hall' fell just short at the Prudential Center in overtime for its first home loss of the season, dropping a 79-75 to the visiting Butler Bulldogs in a wire-to-wire contest.

Jack hits 19pts!

Despite 19pts & 5rebs from 6-9 Kadeem Jack, Rutgers (10-9, 2-4) fell to Minnesota, 89-80, on Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena. Teammate Myles Mack was the sparkplug for Rutgers with a season-high 26 points and eight assists.

After halftime the Gophers started strong again, pushing their lead to double digits at 54-44. The Scarlet Knights cut into the deficit, but again Minnesota had a response, as consecutive threes pushed their advantage to 66-55.

RU responded with an 8-2 run as Jack converted a three-point play, making Minnesota's advantage 68-63. But the Gophers countered to extend that lead to 80-68.
A late push by the Scarlet Knights cut the deficit to 80-74 after a steal by Jack and finish by Bishop Daniels. Minnesota, however, would hold on for the victory.

Meanwhile, it was Jack tenth time in 17 games reaching double-figure scoring. His next game is Tuesday as RU host Michigan. The game will be televised live nationally on the Big Ten Network.

Hamilton top JUCO shot blocker!

Meanwhile, 6-11 centre Johnny Hamilton tallied 13rebs, 5blks & 12pts but Jacksonville Community College still went under 96-88 to San Jacinto College-Central on Tuesday 13th.
Currently, Hamilton has 51 blocks and enjoys an overall #1 ranking in NJCAA as well as in Region XIV conference where Jacksonville competes. He is averaging 4.6 blocks per game.

Hamilton, who is in his second season, previously played basketball for the Millennium Basketball Academy and St. Augustine High School in his native home land, Trinidad. During his domestic career Hamilton also led his club and former high school in block shots. He was also a member of the Ministry of Sport, Schoolaz Basketball team, which successfully completed in tournaments in Venezuela.

Watching Seton Hall vs. Villanova for the Big East Championship, and I see SHU player Desi Rodriguez with a tattoo of a shield with what looks like the map of Trinidad and Tobago on his left shoulder.  In looking him up I didn't see anything confirming Trini links, but interestingly enough it put me onto his teammate Khadeen Carrington.  Not only is Reynold Carrington his dad, but according to his official SHU bio, he was born in TnT in 1995.

Football / Re: Agent Contact
« on: March 02, 2016, 07:15:17 PM »
Also, Narada Wilson might be able to help, if not represent:

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YUMA beating victim visits Canada embassy
Trinidad Guardian

Jensen La Vende
Thursday, February 11, 2016

One of the victims of alleged abuse at the hands of Yuma security guards said yesterday she would not rest until she received justice for what happened to them on Carnival Monday.

In a brief telephone interview with the T&T Guardian yesterday, Nzunaki Tuitt, a Canadian national, said she went to the Canadian Embassy yesterday as she had promised to but was told she had to return with a copy of her police statement for the matter to be taken any further.

She added that two other women who were assaulted by the security guards were scheduled to leave the country soon but she would stay to fight the matter to the end. Tuitt said the two other women were making the most of their stay in the country but also would do all they could to ensure that they received justice. 

Tuitt, along with People’s National Movement (PNM) councillor Jason Alexander and Jenice Parker, along with another woman were  assaulted at Taylor Street, Woodbrook, on Monday afternoon by security guards working in the Carnival band after it was pointed out that Alexander belonged to another Carnival band.

A masquerader began recording the assault after he saw Parker being punched in the face by a security officer. It was this punch that forced Alexander, who had left the band having been put out by the guards, to return to defend his friend. However, he was severely beaten by the guards when he returned.

[He never had time to leave the band, so never 'returned'... that's how quick the attack on the women and then he himself, went down]

Alexander suffered cuts and bruises about his body from the attack while Tuitt also suffered some minor injuries.

The 49-second video was subsequently posted on social media and went viral, prompting YUMA management to issue a release apologising for the action of the guards. It also sparked a call from Opposition Senator Wayne Sturge for legislation to deal with the issue of band security.

Tuitt, who said she had been told the guards were fired after the incident, said she would not be allowing the incident to be swept under the carpet as someone must be held accountable for the injuries she and her friends sustained.

The T&T Guardian understands that the victims have all reported the matter to the Woodbrook Police Station but the incident occurred within the St James Police Station area so they must continue their complaint at that station.


A figure of speech sah! The "Joke" part was in ref to my personal comment and NOT the situation.

You really think I would condone violence of any kind?

Hope the criminals answer for their deeds!


I don't think yuh condoning violence, I just think that it was a little obnoxious to insinuate that the victim might have brought that on himself.  I don't know the fella, but watching the "advantage" taken place I was shocked and disgusted.  When I see the girl in turquoise I say, "but that look like Naki!"  Sure enough when I read the caption and followed up I found out it was her.  And I not putting her business out there as she has released her name to the press, after reporting the incident to the Canadian embassy and the police.  I'm just glad the victim is "somebody"... if he was a regular joe we might have never heard another peep about it.

And you would assume my comment was somehow politically motivated.

YES I saw the video. No need to defend or justify what I said as you full well know that people in position (NOT necessarily PNM, UNC or Gov't) for the most part feel they are entitled.

You may want to get your eyes checked as you selectively failed to see that I started off with "Jokes aside, that was nonsense."

Somebody get assaulted by a gang of criminals masquerading as 'security' and you see cause for "jokes"?  The girl in the turquoise in the vid is a friend of mine and the fella came in the band to say what's up to them during a lull.  Security tell him he need to leave and as he started to leave they were already roughing him up.  My friend spoke up and told them there was no need to push him, since he was leaving... and was promptly slapped in the face by one of YUMA's male 'extraction' personnel.  Her female friend came to her assistance and was knocked to the ground with a punch.  This is a man hitting women.  Thing to laugh at right? (An know yuh "didn't know".)  At this point the fella realized what was happening to his friends and tried to come to their assistance and was knocked to the ground, punched, hit in the head with a retractable baton, stomped about the head and body until the women he tried to protect had to literally throw themselves over him to protect him.

But you here talking about yuh hope is not because he feel he was 'entitled.'

Football / Re: Oliver Camps Thread
« on: January 20, 2016, 05:57:21 PM »
Bassarath starts petition to help Camps
T&T Newsday

A MOVE is afoot to galvanise the public into contributing to a fund which is being set up to prevent former president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) Oliver Camps from losing his house and other personal assets.

Camps, now in his 80s and seriously ill, has been given until January 21 by the High Court to come up with $3.8 million to pay Dutchman Wim Risjbergen after the ex-Soca Warriors coach took legal action against the TT FA to secure outstanding salary.

Now after Dr Sandra Camps, the daughter of the former Maritime General Insurance Company director has written to the daily newspapers making public her father’s unfortunate plight, one prominent sports official has come forward with a plan to help the sports administrator.

On Tuesday, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Azim Bassarath said he was willing to place the resources of the national sports organisation to solicit donations and erase the debt owed.

Bassarath said he felt that it was unfair and underserving of Camps to inherit a debt of the TT FA which has placed in great danger his property and assets, which he has worked hard to acquire throughout his life.

The cricket chief also said he was very concerned about the toll the long legal process and the consequences have had on the health and mental faculties of Camps, who according to his daughter have rendered him bedridden.

The plan outlined by Bassarath would entail a contribution of $1,000 by at least 4,000 persons, corporate entities, business organisations and the like which would adequately cover the amount of the court judgment.

He has also suggested any extra funds derived from the campaign could be donated to Camps to take care of his health concerns.

“I am calling on everyone who love sports, not only football or cricket, to show where their hearts are. This situation appeals to our humanity for a man who has spent more than half a century in the service of sport, having been the president of the national football organisation, is regarded as our most successful national team manager and has been a long-serving member of the legendary Harvard Club,” said Bassarath. Camps’ problems originated from a promissory note he signed as president of the TT FA for $480,000 (US) to secure the services of Risjbergen, after the historic 2006 World Cup where the former top Dutch defender was assistant to team coach and countryman Leo Beenhakker.

Bassarath said the TT CB, which he heads, will be guided by the response of the public to his humanitarian appeal, with the objective of creating a bank account where donations can be accepted for the Oliver Camps Fund, which will be administrated by delegated officers of the Cricket Board to ensure transparency and accountability.

“We are looking at encouraging all the other national sports organisations to play an important role, as well as the general public who support and love sports to make a tangible effort to help a fellow human being, a well-loved and trusted sports administrator who has served this country well over the years. It is the least we can do if we all come together and contribute what is a small amount in the general scheme of things,” said Bassarath

This is the right thing to do.

Thanks for the insight Bakes. How can DJW ask for a 4 year plan over 2 days? Waldrum volunteered is time and it's a shame to see he was treated like that. The man is a respected coach in the women's game, I wonder what's this new coach's resume?

I can't take any credit... it's being reported elsewhere by Lasana Liburd.  It's pretty clear that the failure to turn in the plan on time is pure pretext.  Waldrum himself states that DJW told him they wanted to go local within days of him taking over.

Perhaps it would be judicious for the TTFA to share as transparently as possible, the factors influencing the coaching change on the women's team. I can locate no evidence of that in the media release. Please recall, the public was told it's a new day at the TTFA. Act accordingly.

The word is that John-Williams requested a four-year development plan on a January 2nd (a Saturday at that) and gave him until that Monday (January 4th) to submit it.  Waldrum requested additional time and was given until January 6th (Wednesday) to submit the plan.  He submitted the plan at 1 am January 7th (Wednesday night/Thursday morning).  Was fired for turning in the plan 'late.' 

Ponder the insipidity of requesting something as substantial as a four-year development plan on the weekend, with an initial Monday deadline.  Ponder the insipidity of firing (arguably) the most successful WNT coach in history, for being an hour late with a writing assignment (like is college all over again).  Finally, ponder the insipidity of the excuse that you had to bypass the Constitution and use the ExCo to fire the coach, because there was no Technical Committee (whose responsibility it is to hire/fire the National Team coaches). This because you "had to take a decision" ...then naming a Technical Committee just two days later. What was the emergency?

Football / Re: Ah hear DJW hire Mohammed Issa & Jamaal Shabazz.
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:04:17 PM »
The fact that Lasana has been silent on this and other missteps of the new administration shows clear bias on his part.

Watch de ride.

Football / Re: SSFL Greatest Players
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:02:58 PM »
Though Nixon went to Green Machine.

Sure did... and in the late 80s, not the 90s.  I know b/c I was there... unless he transferred after I left.

Football / Re: The first thing T&T players ask for is money.
« on: January 11, 2016, 11:05:44 AM »
Reportedly over $1million USD will be missed out on as a result of this loss.  But the players get their Gold Cup checks though... that most important.

Football / Re: Oliver Camps Thread
« on: January 11, 2016, 10:59:42 AM »
Dreamer, this dancing on the man's grave is unbecoming, even for you.

General Discussion / Re: 2015 crime situation in T&T.
« on: December 28, 2015, 12:07:34 AM »
the elements of crime start with the disfunction of the family. Youths from broken homes turning to gang leaders to be their role models. A life where one has the desire to get rich quick instead of working hard for gradual success. With this type of mindset if things don't go your way then you look to rob and possibly kill to achieve the life you desire. And who to blame? Instead of looking in the mirror you blaming the system and others for keeping you down.

And what about those who importing guns and drugs into the country... them come from broken homes too?  The politicians and state employees/appointees and contractors who thiefing taxpayer money, them come from dysfunctional homes too? Or we only talking about crime committed by poor people?

General Discussion / Re: Registering a business in TT
« on: December 28, 2015, 12:02:55 AM »

I don't know if you have any feedback on this.

I have a Canadian passport and was trying to register a business as a TT citizen. It's taking a WHILE to get all the docs I need and I have to leave TT in a few weeks.

I was told by a Guyanese that he has a business here, he has no TT status and he has no disadvantage. However, he is Caricom.

To your knowledge would there be any disadvantage to me if the Co. is registed by a "Canadian citizen."


It shouldn't matter what your nationality is... registering as a TnT citizen shouldn't accord you any special privileges.

Football / Re: Keron Cummings got shot this morning.
« on: December 27, 2015, 01:37:55 PM »
Prayers and guidance for a full and speedy recovery.  Grateful to the almighty that his life was spared, and prayerful that he will be able to continue with a successful career.


Football / Re: The In Memory of Thread (Red, White, & Black)
« on: December 23, 2015, 09:21:13 PM »
Remembering Gwenwyn

Today we are gathered here to pay our respects to our Dearly Beloved Gwenwyn whose death last Monday was not untimely or unexpected, yet in his passing, there was still that element of shock.

Gwenwyn was born in Woodbrook, Port of Spain on August 19th 1941 to the late Marvin and Muriel Cust.  He dedicated his life as an Educator with the Ministry of Education. He taught and mentored hundreds of students during his 34 years of service, and excelled in his role as a regional Athletic /Sports Administrator for Elementary Schools throughout the nation.

Though physically small, Gwenwyn was giant-like once he stepped on the football field, a leader, tough tackler, skillfull, and blessed with an on-field vision that made him a star beginning with his days at Richmond Street EC, then at Tranquillity Boys in the Colleges A-Colts competition, well before the advent of the Secondary Schools League.  A boyhood Colts supporter, Gwenwyn spent three success-filled years with the youthful Belmont team, Luton Town in the NAFL, before moving on through “a scholarship” with Colts in the POSFL. He was also a selectee for the annual North-South all-star games and for the full National team, before transitioning into a Coach for the National Youth Team.

As an Educator, Gwenwyn was also involved with the administration of other activities and Sporting functions for his Morvant EC School, and partnered with teachers at other neighboring schools with similar programs. In his capacity as an Educator/Administrator, Gwenwyn touched the lives of many people including fellow teachers, students, athletes and numerous football players, far too numerous to name.

In his early childhood, Gwen attended the Cathedral with our family and served as an acolyte, while his other brothers sung in the choir. As an adult, Gwen became involved with St John’s Anglican Church as the Director of the Choir and served in that capacity until his passing.

In November 2008, Gwenwyn was invited by his former classmate, teammate, and friend Patrick Raymond, to host a Football Centennial Brunch at the Hyatt Regency and launch the formation of the Veteran Footballers Foundation, and for which he served as President until his passing. And last year, served as a member of the TTFA’s Constitution Review Committee of the Independent Football Reform Commission (IFRC), that was responsible for delivering the new TTFA Constitution, eventually ratified by CONCACAF, FIFA and the TTFA’s stakeholders.

Gwenwyn was also quite a ladies-man, and a party-animal too, and who could forget those wonderful parties at 21 Ajodha Street. Forever the optimist, when informed a month ago that his former Richmond Street classmate, Les Slater, was celebrating his 75th, Gwenwyn wished him well and said he was looking forward to his own, next year.

Gwenwyn is survived by his wife, Keren, his brothers, Erthwyn “Noble”, Gaveston and Elton, his children Cheryl-Anne Harris, Sean, Wyncia, Ciawyn, Isaiah, his in-laws, his grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. Gwenwyn also had two sisters: The late Edris and Germain – May they Rest In Peace!

Gwenwyn Cust was a loving Husband, Father, Brother, Son, Grandfather, Cousin, Uncle,

colleague and good friend to all who knew him, and he will be missed dearly.

Football / Re: FPATT Thread
« on: December 22, 2015, 02:32:53 PM »
Does FPATT still exist?
If it does, who's at the helm?
If not, is it being reborn to function again?
That's one vote that needs to be counted along with the coaches association vote during TTFA elections.
Represent people. Daiz 2 votes that could protect the country's football future in the next rongs and also now.

There is a vote reserved for the Players Association (but not coaches) once they become functional... but FPATT in trouble.  Harrison find a new horse to ride and so he's gone from advocating on behalf of players, to being part of management now.  Not only that, but Shaka, who was the un/official President of FPATT, allegedly offered his services to Kenwyne and the current players and they tell him "thanks eh, but no thanks."

Football / Re: 2015 International Tournament of Natal
« on: December 20, 2015, 07:59:23 PM »
None of this was really a 'surprise'... nor did it really have anything to do with his tenure with the Senior Women's team.


Interesting comments.

I still wonder if there are considered to be any other contenders for technical director, or as they say "director of football"
Also still want to know from the elders who would be good coach choices for the various teams above.
Btw, the crisis with Creece is not surprising. Either we doh vet coaches or we too broke to have unwounded prospects, as opposed to these characters who probably cyah find a wok based on their damaged reputations abroad.
Molesting children or druggin' them like Cosby is where you end up when you start on this slippery slope.
Parents eh tolerating anybody who has the slightest sniff of these character flaws.
In his case, iz all ovah the Internet. People knew long time.
Only in T&T.

This is the kinda shit that Lasana fostering.

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