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Football / Re: Thread for Mexico vs T&T (02-Oct-2019)
« on: October 02, 2019, 08:58:26 PM »
Lets see how much the coach has progressed since the 6-0 rinsing we get from America in June. And how long DJW and his cronies can continue to keep up the shameless lie that 'we are making progress'.

Football / Re: Thread for Mexico vs T&T (02-Oct-2019)
« on: October 02, 2019, 08:30:09 PM »
God. Help. Us.

Even St Vincent winin on we now. Another richly deserved low, and the bottom still nowhere in sight.

Let dem wine. Thing is ... as a preparatory exercise the friendly was of more direct value to SVG than to TTO. SVG has fewer foreign-based players. Ultimately, when we compare what their squad versus Nicaragua looks like versus ours against Martinique, we'll see that our squad is the one with the marked difference. The friendly served differing ends for both nations.

With eight plus uncapped players nobody expected a great victory. However we find ourselves in a position where a Vincy coach feels empowered to defecate on the head of the federation. Again, richly deserved, but does not bode well for the future. You pointed out that when T&T U-15s were moved to another group to facilitate Jamaica's absence it appeared officials didn't even bother to go through the proper channels. There is a certain loss of respect that negatively reflects , and can sow discord

Even St Vincent winin on we now. Another richly deserved low, and the bottom still nowhere in sight. 

DL fall for the bait. DJW took a player who scored the most important goal in TT football history, and is turning him into one of the worst coaches the national team has ever had.

Blame DJW for many things, but how is he "turning [DL] into one of the worst coaches the NT has ever had?

By giving DL a job that he is not ready for.  And saying that he is doing a good job. Remember DJW comments after the gold cup.

Well, to be fair, DJW didn't want to give him the job originally ... for reasons that had nothing to do with his readiness to assume the responsibility. (Of course, his preferred choice is intimately part of this process).

Anybody feel Fenwick was going to lose as many matches and as unconvincingly as we have been witnessing?

not without loss of life...and he would do a better job scouting, selecting, and motivating the next generation of players

Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: August 09, 2019, 10:52:21 PM »
"T&T Coach Fevrier expressed his thoughts on the match to TTFA Media, “I am hoping that we could continue the work we have started, we obviously need a continuous strength and conditioning program for these boys and we also need to continue playing international games similar to the level we played today”

you had them youths for almost two years and you only now realize they need conditioning? most of these kids play like empty shells...no heart and no spine. the fact that they have no conditioning is 100% your fault. start picking players with a backbone

dais d whole ting it is clear dat dem boys was small for what, 13-15yrs olds hence my 1990 question......I remember when I enter school in 1990 we were fairly well built, then remember hittin form3 and d new form1s seemed, to us anyway, unusually small and was wondering where all dem 1st year chirren come from.........I use 1990 as a reference point, because to my mind form 1 to 3 children from then to this day seem unusually small....den again perception is hell of ting......d Godineau Bridge used to seem massive til ah see it from d outside.

for real they were nashy. noticed that during the costa rica game. the worst physical attribute imo was not size but the lazy and lethargic way they played. and i rarely throw blame at youth players. i watched guyana and haiti u-15s play like their lives depended on it, in sharp contrast to this lot. fevrier seems to be selecting and producing practice champs instead of game players. a size difference becomes exponentially worse when coupled with anemic, near comatose play.

Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: August 08, 2019, 01:04:44 AM »
"T&T Coach Fevrier expressed his thoughts on the match to TTFA Media, “I am hoping that we could continue the work we have started, we obviously need a continuous strength and conditioning program for these boys and we also need to continue playing international games similar to the level we played today”

you had them youths for almost two years and you only now realize they need conditioning? most of these kids play like empty shells...no heart and no spine. the fact that they have no conditioning is 100% your fault. start picking players with a backbone

Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: August 04, 2019, 11:54:49 PM »
Interesting decision by Fevrier to switch groups. Might have been beneficial to coaching staff and players to review the recent games against Mexico and Panama, then put strategies into place with a view to improving individual and team performance. That way a coach can put themselves to the test, and really drill down into how well each player can follow instruction, learn, and adapt under pressure.  But what do I know.

Portugal deal with the Bajans rough. We good to hold a 4+

Football / Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« on: July 29, 2019, 06:01:05 PM »
May 31 2018. Lol. Barely over a year ago


The Veteran Footballers Federation of Trinidad and Tobago laments the squashed opportunity of qualifying for the FIFA WC 2018, based on poor administrative decisions with respect to coaching appointments

The membership judgement on the poor administration, poor management, no accountability or transparency, generating enormous debt, and outright incompetent lawlessness of the TTFA will be eventually decided on the eve of the start of the FIFA World Cup, which will hopefully provide the removal of the discarded era of the Football Administration “Onemanism” and herald the adherence to the dictates of the new TTFA Constitution, eventually passed in July 2015—long championed by the Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFFOTT).


Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: July 25, 2019, 07:07:54 AM »
"Mean­while, Car­los Subero's 59th-minute strike earned Venezuela a 1-0 vic­to­ry over T&T on Tues­day at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um in an­oth­er prac­tice match be­tween the teams."

good work, much better result.

Football / Re: As­cen­sion Foot­ball League Thread
« on: July 23, 2019, 07:00:05 PM »
So is this a new tiered league or a tournament?

Football / Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« on: July 23, 2019, 06:56:05 PM »
Sometimes people do the wrong thing for the right reasons. Trying to add legitimacy to the smelly, toxic mess that is the TTFF will only help diminish your own standing

Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: July 23, 2019, 06:48:14 PM »
Zandolie, JW, DJW!!! We have to live with them. Right now is DJW. You have to deal with him. In a fractured society like ours, football at this juncture is not important. Life is!  In the Afro-TT community where 99% of the footballers originate, there is an unbelievable belief in self destruction. How these youths come out and participate, and in some cases produce international performances, is mind boggling. Then the lack resources from that sector of the society that has it,  and stand by the side (in many cases, quite rightly) is utterly painful. Imagine, Venezuela is in dire straits, There are Vens. coming to TT on boats to escape their version of hell. Yet their youths came and destroy our youths. Their "failed govt" found the resources for their sports program. Our govt is already straddled with the failed pro-league. Other sport organizations needs just as much attention. The money for the failed pro-league could have gone to these youths for longer preps. and competitive international friendlies.

I agree, more or less. Impoverished mindset (TTFA) + great talent (footballers) = poor performance. Bad admin produces sub-par results no matter the talent of the athletes. The 'resources' argument is a joke. 

Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: July 22, 2019, 07:30:44 AM »
Having listened to Fevrier's comments after the conclusion of the Mexico match, I think he has a clear picture of the U15s and I think his comments were really thoughtful, reasonable and honest. Unlike his experience with the senior team, I think if his U15s had 21 matches and comprehensive international exposure from Thailand to UAE to Iran etc., I think we would be seeing a U15 with a notable product even better than the many positives that were on display during these three matches.

There is evident talent among the U15s and we must not be discouraged by the results because there are players in the mix with football futures. What needs to change is how youth football is organized within the country or we just need to take all our talent abroad and train them in another environment.

Cant help but wonder if deeper but subtle cultural undercurrents inform the way we structure development.

It's well established that nation-states exhibit differing and measurable attitudes with respect to cultural building blocks such as respect for authority, attitudes to risk, hierarchy, learning, decision-making etc. These attitudes in turn dictate the form and structures of institutions and how information is communicated within them.

Here's a crazy thought... what if our collective attitudes arc toward low tolerance for learning and risk, high deference to authority, and high preference for structure over flexibility, stability over growth. Could the cultural expression  these values manifest as soothing ourselves with relatively risk free, highly structured practice sessions and eschewing the higher risk, less stable, maelstrom of testing players in actual games? 

Case in point :T&T is known to score high in deference to authority. The game bent to the will of Jack Warner for decades. Now we bending over for DJW. It's not coincidence both these individuals be act like a one man show. I think they expect deference in accordance with our predilection to show it.

IMO, unless your compass is oriented true, you will be lost, no matter how sophisticated the vessel.

Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: July 20, 2019, 12:17:41 AM »
This team has been doing a lot of work...but what kind of work? Fevrier is probably doing what Latapy did before him; produce practice champs....We need less camp time and more playing time. T&T players weakest areas are tactical awareness, spatial awareness, ability to think quickly, and showing unshakable belief. These thing don't come from 2 years of practice and drills.

They need more international games earlier in the development phase to apply and process what they learned. Then they need to face those same teams again, repeatedly if necessary, to accelerate their growth and confidence as players and as a team.

Moreover I think we have to move away from picking players based on physical skill in practice sessions and develop an eye for those players who show fight and can develop physical and mental skills. This is likely why coaches miss talents like Shaq Moore, Telfer etc. 

Opposing coaches invariably describe us as physical. That is telling, valuable, and actionable insight thatm invariably flies way over the heads of our administrators.

Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: July 19, 2019, 09:16:55 PM »
wait who is these boys nutritionist and physical trainers, ??? ??? ??? ??? against Vene dey looking like primary school kids getting out-muscled all over d pitch, yuh would swear we is d ones with severe food shortages  ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? :cursing: :cursing: :cursing: :cursing:

0-3 steups two years, no tactical drilling, physically weak, terrible

From Wired 868.com: Molino strikes as T&T tie Guyana; DJW absolves himself and Lawrence of blame
June 26, 2019

"And John-Williams, who previously described the Men’s National Senior Team as his ‘flagship team’ advised fans to pay attention to their Boys’ National Under-15 Team instead.

“Un­der this ad­min­is­tra­tion, we have de­lib­er­ate­ly said that we are go­ing to build from the ground up,” he told the Guardian. “I have said it, from the first day of my tenure, but I will close by say­ing watch our Un­der-15s play Mex­i­co, Venezuela and Pana­ma come Ju­ly.

“I think it will be some­thing in­ter­est­ing for the pub­lic to see where we have been chan­nelling our en­er­gies.”

Football / Re: Terry Fenwick Thread.
« on: July 03, 2019, 12:05:51 AM »
It's too bad this guy was never allowed to coach a national youth team. 

Football / Re: Who will be T&T's next coach Thread.
« on: July 02, 2019, 11:56:33 PM »
The question should be. Will DJW be challenged at the next election. If he losses, there will be wholesome changes. If he wins, the status quo will prevail.

Correct. Coaches operate within frameworks set by the management team. Poor management will result in subpar/underperformance relative to expectations no matter who is coaching or playing.


Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: June 27, 2019, 06:23:52 PM »
"With regard to competitions, each team has an identified number/minimum number of foreign participations and tournaments that are predetermined. In that organisational framework, you'll never get a U15 not travelling because the U19s have another priority."

Lol, does our FA work like that? The bossman himself said he was channeling "energy" into a team. Mexico, Venezuela etc coming over here and yet they can't put U-23s on a plane? Whether financial or political its clear prioritization/triage is being carried out.

Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: June 27, 2019, 11:13:00 AM »
Well DJW touting this team as special, saying this is where TTFA is putting all it energy. We go see...

A few weeks ago he stated the senior team was where the focus was directed.

There's a term I return to occasionally on this forum vis-à-vis the setting of policy and agendas. The term is "picking winners". It first gained currency in the context of governments and economic policymaking but it has application to say, picking the U15s as winners and discarding the U23s as losers.

How many guava seasons does the policymaker anticipate living through before all fruits supposedly ripen in a subsequent generation? Send a memo to the fans and tell them to return whenever you deem fit. 2030? 2034? ... after the golden generation has emerged so that the fans can brace themselves for the famine between now and then.

Picking winners is not an enlightened way of making sustainable comprehensive sports policy or of setting a federation's agenda, but it certainly would be appealing to someone with authoritarian inclinations and "Big Man-ship" tendencies who is running a national federation via an Emergency Committee that ignores that the "emergency" is the totality of the federation itself rather than one or two or three components of it's functioning.

"Non-democratic governments may — emphasize may — be better at picking winners and euthanizing losers, though I’m guessing dictators have other deficiencies that make them lousy capital allocators."

That's a quote from Canadian economist, William Watson writing in the Financial Post in November 2018. The article is titled "Our governments could pick winners, but they can’t resist backing losers". It's a bit thick reading but if you sift through to the middle  of the article, the relevance to the TTFA becomes clear.

Maybe from a fan perspective it would be strategic to trigger government intervention into the affairs of the national federation. Eventually that would pick the TTFA president and his collaborators as losers and the national community as winners.

Mr. Prime Minister, it's a winning proposition and a vote getter. Have you seen the response to the petition? It's a referendum on the land provided by the State to the TTFA.

One could make the argument that an FA is entitled to pick winners and losers. It is the FA's business to manage the fundamental problem of allocating resources among competing interests. But that's not really the issue. DJW is not picking winners, he is playing a crude, shameless smoke and mirrors by deflecting from a national humiliation. If you are deflecting then you aren't taking responsibility, regardless of how well the U-15s perform. As you suggest if the youths do well he can point to generational talent and claim it as superior preparation on the part of the FA

Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: June 26, 2019, 09:54:55 PM »
Well DJW touting this team as special, saying this is where TTFA is putting all it energy. We go see...

Football / Re: I want T&T tio lose Thread
« on: June 25, 2019, 10:23:03 AM »
Hoping to shame DJW and associates into action is a loosing strategy. Because they have no shame. No matter who the coach he will fail under this FA. And DJW ain't going nowhere. He will probably win re-election. The real shame lies with those who let this destructiveness happen. We let Jack and friends run amok in 1974, 1990, after the 2006 WC, and we'll continue to let it happen because football administrators in T&T generally lack integrity and courage.

Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: June 25, 2019, 09:56:16 AM »
"The tournament is scheduled to run from July 17- 21 with three (3) match-days, to be played on July 17 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, July 19 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and July 21 back at the Ato Boldon Stadium."

"T&T have been grouped with Panama, Mexico and Curacao for the group stage of the Concacaf championship at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida from August 4-12.

“Panama and Mexico are in our group and playing them in the competition at home will give all the teams a good opportunity to have a look at each other. By the time the Concacaf championship comes around we would have played against four very good opponents in the preparations,” Fevrier said."

Good initiative, but like most everything about historic and ongoing  TTFA administration decision-making it is flawed. You really have to question whether playing these powerful teams for the first time so late in the game, just before a tournament, will produce the intended benefits. Its takes time to absorb and reflect the lessons of such games. This should have happened about six months ago, with subsequent matches to guage progress happening now.

However beggars can't be choosers, and its still a great opportunity for the boys to build on going forward.

Football / Re: 2018 CONCACAF Men's U-20 Championship Thread
« on: November 13, 2018, 02:45:22 PM »
who is that fella with "deep pockets"?
jack had deep pockets. or at least he had his hand deep in OTHER people's pockets

Football / Re: 2018 CONCACAF Men's U-20 Championship Thread
« on: November 12, 2018, 07:23:50 PM »
Is there any private entity or entities willing to partner with the TTFA to form a REAL academy for Boys and girls, please step up. TT at this moment is unable to compete effectively in this competition.

I keep dreaming (BTW what ever happened to Dreamer?)

I keep dreaming that somebody with deep pockets and the clout (Respected by all) would set-up and implement a winning program which taps into and shocases our natural, god-given talent in football.

Someone who knows the rich history of our players and clubs competing and playing with some of the best in Europe.

I guess I am longing to see our Mbappe's and Latapy's and Judah Garcia's and Lincoln Phillips, and Gally Cummings type players be harnessed, live together in camps and produce football that would be the envy of the region, the world.

I still feel there is a better brand of football than Man City and Barcelonia which comes from "Friends" living together and having a deep chemistry borne out of kinship and selflessness (ala Kante).

But I confess. I'm a Dreamer. I feel like Dr. MLK Jr.

We already had a fella with deep pockets and plenty clout. Be careful what you wish for ;D

Football / Re: Who is Nicklas Frenderup?
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:35:07 PM »
DL is not interest in players born outside Trinidad and Tobago  i believe....

Not so sure about that...wasn't Lawrence the man who influenced Birchall to play for T&T. Dunno why he would have anything against foreign born

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Iran Game (15-Nov-2018)
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:27:39 PM »

4. Where de hell is Ranjitsingh?

5. WOW @Isaiah Lee

ent?!? angus eve rates him very highly and maybe got the ear of lawrence. it can't hurt to try a ting.

solid squad, but would have been nice to see one or two more fresh faces including ranjitsingh.

Football / Re: 2018 CONCACAF Men's U-20 Championship Thread
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:40:47 AM »

D same super league dat Djw tried to frustrate...in this instance I can't argue with lookloy holding his ground on the fee.....Andre is a disingenuous snake

I believe Andre's point is that the TTSL should have accommodated the U20 NT through national interest, but as you observe, the TTFA and its functionaries do not function in a vacuum or live in a world without consequences.

There are also parallel and similar critiques regarding other T&T national teams that Andre excludes. Did he do so selectively?

I thought the idea of the U-20s participating in the TTSL was a fairly reasonable idea and was disappointed
by their exclusion, but let us accept that idea for what it was - expedient and desperate in the lack of viable alternatives. It also strikes me that the proposal would have needed ratification by the Technical Committee rather than by fiat of the president or technical director.

The buck doesn't stop with the TTSL, it begins with the TTFA. And, in light of how things panned out for the U-20s, it seems that the TTSL averted a domestic version of the internationally publicized begging that occurred with the WNT in Texas and Virgina.

I thought it was a good idea too.... it was done with eve's u20s.... correct if I am wrong, back in day, but on principle, given the struggles to get the ttsl ratified, ttfa role in those struggles and the league's desire to maintain its rules and regulations, I can understand why hardball was played regarding the fee.

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2009 u-20 team played in the 2009-2009 super League under Zoran Vranes leadership. They went on to make the 2009 world cup. This time around it would have helped immensely. But to say the super league/look loy are to blame for the loss is disingenuous at best. Its not a good look for DJW. Good leaders don't need bottom-licking attack dogs. 

Football / Re: Judah Garcia Thread.
« on: November 07, 2018, 06:37:27 PM »
I watched him play in the CAC games and for a 17 year old who played against players 21 years old he did pretty good he is T&T future #10 just hire a good coach and keep away people like Shabazz ,Corneal ,L Philip ,S Hart and all them other clowns and he will develop into a great player.

you put shabazz in the same league as hart? whatever fine herb you smoking i want some

Football / Re: 2018 CONCACAF Men's U-20 Championship Thread
« on: November 05, 2018, 10:14:06 PM »
They did well to win their first two. It would have been an uphill battle to beat the U.S. on our best day, far less beat them after three months of no training. Our defensive naivete was on full display.

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