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Football / Re: Who is our all time great?
« on: July 29, 2015, 10:45:01 AM »
It would have to be Yorke in the end because he led us to a World Cup and the international fame.

The rest would be "cult" heroes like how Garrincha is in Brazil, but Pele more famous outside.

I going with Latas, but I have only seen clips of Gally.

I putting the first incarnation of Stern John in my top 5 players too.

Football / Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« on: July 29, 2015, 10:42:36 AM »
Anybody have an idea of the standings in the WPL right now?

Football / Re: This is the first year T&T have not won a PanAm medal.
« on: July 28, 2015, 02:52:59 PM »
I start to wonder if we used to medal in the football every PanAm...Sam had me confused

Football / Re: Hart open to foreign-born players.
« on: July 28, 2015, 02:50:49 PM »
Wait why has is Samuel[?] (think he playing in the Middle east now, related to Andre) never play for we again?

Remember this? TTFF manager takes Jlloyd for a joy ride

Oh gawd I forget that boy. Textgate

Tallman...anywhere on this site we could list all the mishaps under Muhammed. I forgot that one as well.

In fact, maybe we should list at the instances when things actually work out smoothly under him...that list might be shorter

Football / Re: The gap in CONCACAF closes.
« on: July 23, 2015, 11:17:02 AM »
RF makes good points regarding the WC qualifier. It can also be likened to a league over a cup run. Anybody can win a Cup depending on form and luck. The league is the true test as to who is the best, in each country.

The big sides tend to last the course because of the depth in their squad.

TnT and JA: a few injuries here and there, a few players benching for their club sides, a red card and suspension along the way and that rhythm lost. Same as a side like Southampton looking good until January but people knowing they can't last the distance.

Mexico and USA are a class above, despite their failure in this cup. This is just based on their organisation and resources. Big sides who have their players only concentrating on football. Them men have their own cooks, their nutritionists, their sleep monitors, measurements of how much energy players expend per game etc

In terms of talent, yeah, we may have it...but we will still be fighting up amongst ourselves for that third spot.

Football / Re: Russell takes charge of Central FC
« on: July 23, 2015, 11:04:07 AM »
Not blaming him, just wondering what that meant in terms of the women's programme.

Football / Re: Russell takes charge of Central FC
« on: July 23, 2015, 09:59:03 AM »
So what that means? He won't be with the Women's team who stay in Canada to prepare for Olympic qualifiers?

How long has Zoran Vraneš been working with this team?

Think he started at the start of June aiming for a tournament in August and then TTFF said Olympic qualifiers were in June. Then the visa fiasco and the team change about 5 times...then more drama with the names registered by TTOC and players being withdrawn and replaced. So we really not sure how long he has had the group that in Canada now.

Football / Re: Russell Latapy Thread
« on: July 10, 2015, 08:17:26 AM »
Any rumours or where he gone to? I would hope he have something concrete before leaving...

So we getting a Gold Cup feed or not?

I think this is as pertinent a question as the Jordan one...

Football / Re: T&T Journey To USA To Face Latin Competition.
« on: July 09, 2015, 11:52:47 AM »
Well done Flex, well researched

Football / Re: 2015 Pan Am Games Thread
« on: July 08, 2015, 08:47:06 AM »
Any feedback on where the u-23 team staying and training?

Football / Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« on: July 08, 2015, 08:16:00 AM »
That Shanghai cup looking like is just a way of getting a sweat going while the league on hiatus due to pan am. Might be decent though. Some of them girls have skills

Umm...I really not sure if it's the reporters getting these quotes wrong or the administration playing the fool but...

 ...MINISTRY OF SPORT can't write Concacaf to request funds to be diverted for other programmes. FIFA don't deal with government (unless it is off the books to take bribes). Only Tim Kee could make that request. And TTFF have that right to say "govt interference" if they decide they don't want those funds diverted.

In other words, Sancho can only deal with the local arm unfortunately. Despite what he says, or hopes,  he can't go above Tim Kee head even if it seems to be in the best interest of the players and tax payers.

Football / Re: Who like the new TTFA strategy?
« on: July 07, 2015, 09:33:01 AM »
Anybody could really explain to me what going on with the TTFA, the Ministry and money?

The article regarding the Women says that : Concacaf gave money for the Gold Cup and airfare. What that have to do with Pan Am? Whether is $33, 000 or $100, 000?

Secondly, Sancho says they met 5 or 6 times and not once they ask for money for the Women...? So in all that talk, they didn't talk about all the national team programmes? Whatever money the Ministry give them was for just the senior team then?

Thirdly, Phillips say that TTOC was providing funding for Pan Am why he blaming the Ministry now saying the limited access to money from the Minsitry is what cause this and they had to ask Concacaf for an advance?

Why reporters just don't ask proper questions and stop accepting these non sensical answers?

How hard is it to say : Pan am games cost X amount of money per team. Either the TTFA didn't ask for X amount (in time) or they were denied the money. Simple as that. Is either they got the money from whoever and reallocate (thief) it or did not get the money from whoever.

Football / Re: 2015 Pan Am Games Thread
« on: July 07, 2015, 09:29:50 AM »
Anybody could really explain to me what going on with the TTFA, the Ministry and money?

The article regarding the Women says that : Concacaf gave money for the Gold Cup and airfare. What that have to do with Pan Am? Whether is $33, 000 or $100, 000?

Secondly, Sancho says they met 5 or 6 times and not once they ask for money for the Women...? So in all that talk, they didn't talk about all the national team programmes? Whatever money the Ministry give them was for just the senior team then?

Thirdly, Phillips say that TTOC was providing funding for Pan Am why he blaming the Ministry now saying the limited access to money from the Minsitry is what cause this and they had to ask Concacaf for an advance?

Why reporters just don't ask proper questions and stop accepting these non sensical answers?

How hard is it to say : Pan am games cost X amount of money per team. Either the TTFA didn't ask for X amount (in time) or they were denied the money. Simple as that. Is either they got the money from whoever and reallocate (thief) it or did not get the money from whoever.

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs Haiti Game (3-Jul-2015)
« on: July 03, 2015, 10:24:58 PM »
Tallman, where Joevin Jones played? Left side of the the 3 man midfield or winger or wingback? Also, who played in Kenwyne's role as the in the centre of the 3 up top?

Football / Re: 2015 Copa America Thread
« on: May 30, 2015, 03:41:29 AM »
Jamaica sending the same side to the Gold Cup after?

Is how much parents he alone have?

Football / Re: Jorsling rewrites T&T Pro League record books
« on: April 30, 2015, 08:47:29 AM »
I think he is the perfect stand-in to Kenwyne in order to keep the style of play when Kenwyne not around. (although I would bank on him scoring more than Kewnyne would.)
I prefer we play with neither, though. Willis Plaza and another speedy striker (or Molino in the hole) as opposed to the target man approach that we seem to use just to accommodate our one "big name" player.

I could be wrong, but no coach should be having to teach U20 National players to make passes,why, when or how, defensive & offensive coverage or how to play the game... We talking about U20 players like they are much younger, but although some maybe, they are men.

Well just judging from quotes I have seen, for example Ferguson about CRonaldo in the early years and people talking about Ross Barkley recently I think it is part and parcel of having young technically gifted players. When you young and talented,  u invincible. It not crossing your mind that you might lose the ball here when you going and beats a man. But they need to have that license to feel free to mistakes in order to develop.

While I recognise that somebody lost the player on the counter, I still feel the more criminal act at least from a tactical point of view, is to lose the ball when you have 7 men forward and expect your defenders to bail you out.

Trinidad still remains the only team I see who consistently always seem to have only defenders behind the ball when teams attacking, with our midfielders always seemingly running alongside the play.

Football / Re: Richard Braithwaite Thread.
« on: January 21, 2015, 11:03:49 PM »
Bertille, Braithwaite and I: Nakhid recalls two memorable Gold Cups.
By David Nakhid (wired868).

Former T&T football captain David Nakhid recalls the work of late manager Richard Braithwaite during two tumultuous Gold Cup campaigns

Wavering between reluctance and tacit acceptance, I feel an obligation to pen some of the experiences and times that I shared with the man commonly referred to by most players as “Manage” and the gentle, principled giant I knew as Richard.

My reluctance stems from the realization that we are a people of words unburdened by actions. How best then to procure the appropriate recognition and acclaim for a man who was without a doubt the best manager in Trinidad and Tobago’s football history—Richard would have hated that bit of hyperbole—from a public famous for its acquiescence to official dogma?

As our so called ‘leaders’ past and present—superfluous in everything but the basic principles and integrity needed for public office—are deified by a partisan public, the deserving along with their accomplishments are discarded only to be remembered upon their deaths with hypocritical sentiment and expansive eulogies.

I knew little of Richard’s personal life as he was a very private man. But I was captain of the National team for most of his six or so years as ‘Manage.’ It is Impossible then for me to reference Richard without referencing the Coach that he worked with for the better part of those years and the dynamics and sparks that emanated from that very successful relationship.

Bertille St Clair was not an easy man to work with. But then most principled people within a distinctly third-world mentality environment tend to be branded as ‘difficult.’

Bertille St Clair is a man of principle and integrity… and then some!

Richard, who was unassuming, diplomatic to the nth degree, visionary and, over all else, action-oriented, was the perfect foil to the stubborn, energetic, demanding, unapolegetic, highly-driven disciplinarian that is St Clair. Their union was an historic turning point in T&T’s footballing fortunes and direction and their statistical record is indicative of a productive connection.

At the time, our senior team struggled for even token support from a TTFF that, from the onset, placed obstacles in our way. There were no proper training camps, no access to proper training fields, inadequate training provisions and the list went on and on… Richard begged, borrowed and cajoled as we prepared against the tide for the 1997 edition of the Caribbean Cup.

Bertille and I put our complaints to the media several times but there was no reaction from anyone. As Bertille would accurately say: “If this was Mexico somebody house burning down!”

Richard always managed to get us through to the next level of training and our group of players, although not our best team, responded magnificently.

When we arrived in St Kitts, we were firm underdogs, our fiercest rival, Jamaica, was bound for the ‘98 World Cup and established favourites. Understandably, all their best players were there seeking selection for France. The TTFF ignored all requests by Richard and Bertille to bring back our best players. No money was the reason given.

Jerren Nixon, Peter Prosper and I were the only overseas players. Jamaica completely outplayed us for the first 45 minutes of that epic semi-final. Their extensive and well-financed preparations were evident. But Bertille’s impassioned talk at half-time and a typical low-key, matter of fact statement by Richard pushed us to turn the tables dramatically and remains with me to this day.

“Fellahs, Jamaica playing with their eyes towards France,” said Manage. “Allyuh playing for the next 5 years of your lives!”

Every player got Manage’s message. We knew the TTFF was waiting like vultures to fire Bertille and Richard and axe some of the “difficult” players involved. We went on to dominate the rest of the game including extra time and eventually beat a mentally and physically drained Jamaica on penalties. The lifting of the Caribbean Cup was a mere formality after that.

I never felt that (then TTFF general secretary) Richard Groden liked Richard, Bertille and I being the de facto leaders of the National team. To our faces, he and (then president) Oliver Camps were courteous and full of praise but their actions consistently suggested malicious intent. As we set out with the team on a pre-Gold Cup Central American tour, which Richard had incessantly pushed (FIFA vice-president and TTFA special advisor) Jack Warner to organise, we heard that the TTFF bigwigs said our team would be an embarrassment and we should return home.

Richard and Bertille stayed the course and convinced everyone to believe as we suffered defeat after defeat during our preparation. The results were splashed on the newspapers by the TTFF with accompanying remarks but no-one knew what we were doing.

Bertille had us training in the morning for a full hour and sometimes two before playing against teams also preparing for the Gold Cup. We lost to El Salvador (0-1), Guatemala (1-3) and Costa Rica (0-4) but there was a growing confidence among the team as Richard man-managed his heart out, acting as Manager, resident psychologist and educator.

Clint Marcelle and Stern John joined us as we received not a word of encouragement from TTFF or even a visit to our hotel. Gold Cup ‘98 witnessed the best football played by a T&T team at the region’s highest level tournament until now.

We beat Honduras 3-1 and left them wondering out loud at the post-game press conference if this was the T&T team they had seen two weeks prior. Mexico, who eventually beat Brazil 1-0 in the Gold Cup final, had a similar experience. Their famous coach Manuel Lapuente kicked over buckets of Gatorade on his way to the dressing rooms at half-time.

Mexico ran out 4-2 winners to eliminate us but only T&T was able to register goals against one of Mexico’s greatest ever teams. This was no second-rate team here, we knew we were onto something great.

Warner, ever the self-serving pragmatist, kept Richard, Bertille and most of the team amidst protestations from some of his own TTFF officials. But I had seen enough.

After beating Jamaica 2-0 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 28 March1999, I announced my retirement, furious at the lack of respect shown to Richard, Bertille and the local players.

Richard constantly implored the TTFF for help in implementing a comprehensive programme to prepare for major tournaments. Jack and the TTFF would host some overseas players in separate hotels (until Richard and Bertille shut that down) and paid some of us 10 times the amount paid to local players as match fees.

Richard’s insistence was the reason that player payments became more streamlined and equitable, which eliminated the rancour and bitterness felt towards some of the overseas players.

It was Richard’s call to me with Bertille in the background that pulled me back into the national set-up for the Gold Cup 2000. The pre-tournament trip to Morocco was a sign that we had a team of genuine difference makers. Russell Latapy was his usual genial self while news that Dwight Yorke would be joining us engendered a feeling of ‘our time now.’

The team put together by Richard and coached by Bertille went on to create history for Trinidad and Tobago at the 2000 Gold Cup.

There was little doubt as to which team was the better when we lost to the eventual winners, Canada, in the semi-final. My penalty miss proved decisive.

What was made known to the public by Jack and his TTFF cohorts were the huge amount of salaries being paid to the players, as the team held several meetings to seek better conditions for future players and less interference from Jack and his lackeys.

We would learn later who was keeping Jack informed about details of the meetings and that both Richard and Bertille were in full support of the players. Little is known to Jack and the public until now that Enrique Sanz, who was our Gold Cup liaison and is now CONCACAF general secretary, had formed a strong bond with Richard and myself and warned us what was ahead.

After victory against Guatemala took us into the Gold Cup quarter-finals, Enrique came to Richard, Bertille and myself and related what he had just witnessed in Jack’s VIP box. Groden, Camps, Jack and some other lesser known lackeys were jumping for joy when Guatemala scored while cursing when T&T scored and eventually won.

The look on Richard’s and Bertille’s face, I will never forget. These two battle hardened men had virtually experienced every low possible from a TTFF bent on seeing them fail; but this was unimaginable! Their disappointment and anger was palpable.

To Richard’s immense credit, he managed to pull Bertille and himself together and, very much against their wishes, I told every single player about what was witnessed in that VIP box.

Against all expectations, we beat Costa Rica in the quarter-finals and were coming together as a team. We knew that Jack effectively played a major part in Dwight not returning (from Manchester United) to play in the quarter-final or semi-final.

(Yorke played in Trinidad and Tobago’s three group stage matches but was allowed to return to Manchester United for the knockout stage although FIFA rules priorities a Confederation’s tournaments).

The die was cast. Richard, Bertille, Nixon and myself were axed. A team that I am more than certain would have qualified for the 2002 World Cup with most players in their prime was decimated on the whim of a football illiterate and facilitator of corruption.

Both Richard and Bertille, with their reputations and integrity intact, would make their returns and lay the foundation for T&T’s eventual successful run to Germany World Cup 2006. I knew Richard was as equally happy as he was heartbroken that we had qualified but that he could not be there as manager.

True to form and his immense character, he took it in his stride and never let on.

Bruce Aanensen, an all-round nice guy and affable enough, brought nothing special to the table as manager of the National Senior Team in comparison to Richard. But maybe I am being unfair to Bruce as Richard set the bar extremely high.

Other than the honesty and passion in carrying out his duty, I will remember our after-dinner conversations.

Bertille and I invariably were always demanding something to be better, changed, redone or brought in. Richard would look across the table and exclaim with a shake of his head and smiling from his heart: “Why de two of allyuh so damn miserable?!”

Rest in Peace, Richard. Be assured that your work done and it was done well. There are statistics for the lives transformed under your leadership.

But the ignoring of your own health issues to make sure you fulfilled the many demands placed on you and so that all conditions were in place for good performance can never be accounted.

Take comfort on your eternal journey knowing that you are loved and appreciated by those who knew and those unafraid to speak.

Your walk back into the dressing room for the last time is not alone or in vain but accompanied by those who hold dear Trinidad and Tobago football.

Football / Re: Richard Braithwaite Thread.
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:56:34 PM »
Nobody post the Nakhid story\obituary here?

I now watching the game on ESPN there...and after 8 years I now agree with Beenie for benchin Latas.

When that goal score, we were dominating the US. Attack after attack...then a flair player like Levi Garcia decide to dribble the ball when he had 7 red shirts around him. He lose the ball close to the USA penalty area, but big teams punish those mistakes. One counter-attack against two centre backs and a keeper and 10 other men dreams crushed because of one individual's decision.

I not blaming the youth because they say that is what experience brings and he wasn't dribbling in a dangerous area per se. But losing the ball there when he had men in support is what made all the diff.

That is also why Jose sell Mata for them kinda thing and why certain managers can't handle flair players well.

Yeah I have a 5 year old who insist on learning to bicycle after seeing an older cousin do it once. Every day when he home he insisting on trying. He very close to doing it but I have to keep a constant eye on him cause he trying it everywhere including the hard floor.

All the skills in the world he want to try but he find juggling to boring...

But as you say, the willingness to keep practicing after training is a positive sign

Football / Re: Youth Coaching Schools
« on: January 16, 2015, 06:20:35 AM »
I think Football Factory is Fenwick. They have sessions at CIC grounds and in central. Only saw a FB page for them

Football / Re: Time to convert back Cyrus into a striker.
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:38:08 AM »
LOL , I can only imagine Hart reading this and holding his head shaking it.

Allyuh really cannot be serious... 

Switch him and put Kenwyne back in the back...I doh feel it will make us any worse.

Football / Youth Coaching Schools
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:33:29 AM »
I looking for a coaching school in Trinidad for 5 to 10 year olds. What you all think are the best based on your experience?

W Connection
Jean Lilywhite
La Foucade
Ron La Forest
Football Factory

They have like a million hidden gems in different communities too.

Any recommendations?

Football / Re: Should Stephen Hart quit T&T?
« on: November 21, 2014, 05:55:24 AM »
Beenie ever took the job when he "recommend" Hart? Nobody should work for the TTFA unless they want to work for free.
You pay for what you get.
If I not getting paid regularly, despite the promise of backpay, the same performance and motivation will not be with me day in, day out on the job.

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