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Football / Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« on: April 06, 2021, 07:29:26 PM »
Another club player in the making?

Definitely not country. He make a man from Puerto Rico manhandle him for 90mins..... a baseball country handling a man playing in Europe top league for de entire game.

 :rotfl:


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Football / Re: Judah Garcia Thread.
« on: April 06, 2021, 07:26:14 PM »
WATCH: Highlights of midfielder Judah Garcia

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/FrUZ1QBEoG0" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/FrUZ1QBEoG0</a>

I see nothing good about this video, maybe he needs to hire a better person to do videos for him instead of highlighting some weak ass shots that was lucky to go in. He shows no technical ability and playing in India will hamper his growth.

I know he is better, playing in India is ok, but he needs to highlight better footage.


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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
« on: March 30, 2021, 08:33:24 PM »
Terry Fenwick needs glasses.

Neveal Hackshaw is overweight, slow and is not a left back, Robert Primus is.

Levi Garcia should have been sub.

Duane Muckette should start.

Jabari Mitchell, lord fadda, man need to score and Terry bring on he while Brent Sam, Marcus Joseph and Judah Garcia on de bench.

 :rotfl:


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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
« on: March 28, 2021, 03:59:41 PM »
Half time rating.

Nicklas Frenderup - 5 - Looks very comfortable and confident
Aubrey David - 4 - Doing he thing
Robert Primus - 3 - Playing out of position
Sheldon Bateau - 4 - Doing he thing but some bad passes
Neveal Hackshaw - 1 - This fat f00cker need to come off de field
Michel Poon-Angeron - 6 - Looks solid in defence midfield
Khaleem Hyland - 4 - Fighting, some bad passes here and there
Daniel Phillips - 5 - Solid player, need to ripe some more
Levi Garcia - 2 - Shithound
Ryan Telfer - 3 - Need more service
Joevin Jones - 3 - Over weight

Puerto Rico looks better overall and more like a team.

T&T playing to hurry but looks individually better.


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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« on: March 26, 2021, 11:49:36 AM »
Anybody who saw de game could give ah Touches game report on the game and each player go be appreciated?


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Football / Re: Thread for USA vs T&T Game (31-Jan-2021)
« on: March 17, 2021, 01:16:16 PM »
Fly all the way from Saudi for 1000 dollars!

Want $4000 US for a 7-0 lost in a friendly game.

Killers...


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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« on: February 28, 2021, 08:02:52 PM »
SOS to Dr Rowley! CMO accused of ‘sabotage’, as Warriors unable to train or book warm-up games
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


The Soca Warriors’ Qatar 2022 World Cup dreams are being stymied by the Trinidad and Tobago government’s Covid-19 rules and, according to football insiders, the Ministry of Health’s apparent reluctance to relax them for the Men’s National Senior Team.

There have been 107 million cases of infection worldwide since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, with 2.36 million deaths. However, the twin island republic has been widely praised for its response to the virus.

As of yesterday evening, the Ministry of Health reported 181 active cases of Covid-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, with 14 positives over the last 24 hours. The total number of infections here since last March is 7,631 with 136 deaths.

However, at least two persons closely involved with the national football team accused chief medical officer Dr Roshan Parasram of being too inflexible with the Soca Warriors. Both spoke on condition of anonymity.

The football team was granted a government exemption to play the United States in an exhibition match in Orlando on 31 January, which they lost 7-0—a joint national record.

Trinidad and Tobago head coach Terry Fenwick hoped to continue his team preparations with training sessions during their subsequent seven day quarantine at the TTFA Home of Football Wellness Centre in Couva. And the Englishman wanted St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica to fly in to face the Warriors in warm-up matches, as all three nations were quarantined there.

It turned out to be wishful thinking.

The Ato Boldon Stadium is a stone’s throw from the Home of Football. However, the Ministry of Health snubbed their request to train there and instead allegedly suggested they practice at a small field within the HoF facility.

Even then, there was a catch. The training was to be restricted to groups of five players; and, if they agreed, they would also have to spend an additional seven days at the quarantine facility.

“It is a cow field with old metal and pipe on it,” said the football insider, “and four feet of grass.”

“The field is not fit to train,” said a team member, who was part of the quarantine party.

The Home of Football, a controversial facility constructed under the guidance of ex-Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams, does not have a functioning gym. As a result, the players spent the last week largely confined to their rooms.

The national players who quarantined at the Home of Football were: Adrian Foncette, Josiah Trimmingham, Justin Garcia, Jamal Jack, Alvin Jones, Duane Muckette, Michel Poon-Angeron, Sean Bonval, Matthew Woo Ling, Jabari Mitchell, Marvin Phillip, Brent Sam, Jesse Williams, Hashim Arcia, and Gary Griffith III.

The quarantined staff members were: Derek King (assistant coach), Adrian Romain (manager), Captain Basil Thompson (logistics/safety and compliance manager), Dr Akash Dhanai (team doctor), Cassius Humphrey (fitness coach), Sion Cane (massage therapist/physiotherapist), Michael Williams (kit manager), Shaun Fuentes (head of media/communications), and Fenwick.

The mood within the camp worsened considerably when the players and staff members left quarantine on Tuesday, only to be warned that they could face prosecution if they left their homes over the next seven days—and training sessions are out of the question.

The players and staff, according to the team source, have tested six times in the past two weeks and every result was negative. Why then, they ask, are they still being stopped from getting on with the football programme?

“Basically, we feel we are under a big attack,” said the team source. “From the time we arrived in Orlando, we were in a bubble; and when we returned to Trinidad we were in quarantine. But now when we are looking forward to resume training, the [Office of the] CMOH is calling players and staff members and threatening them, saying they will visit their homes to ensure they are there.

“[…] I asked if I could send a breakdown of our negative results since we left to go to Orlando. They said ‘no’ and they are just following the rules.

“Basically they are saying this is their protocols and we have to abide by it.”

If any national player or staff member is found to be in breach of the Quarantine Act, the penalty is a fine of TT$6,000 and six months imprisonment.

“This is totally different from how the CPL (Caribbean Premier League) players were dealt with,” said a football insider. “Those players were allowed to train and move about the Hilton Hotel after just three days of quarantine!”

It is not a perfect analogy. During the four week CPL competition, the cricketers remained within the ‘bubble’ of the Hilton Hotel throughout. In contrast, the Warriors head home to their families after each session.

Still, the national footballers already have special dispensation to practice. Is it worth stopping them now—after their negative tests—but allowing them to train in a week’s time in virtually the same conditions?

And that’s to say nothing of the illegal training sessions and pick-up matches that occur almost daily around the country.

Neither Dr Parasram nor Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh responded to Wired868’s request for comment on the complaints.

But then a big part of the problem, according to the insider, remains the perceived aloofness of the Ministry of Health’s senior officials.

The Fifa-appointed normalisation committee, which replaced the TTFA Board in 2020, requested clearance from the Ministry of Health to host Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines for a three-nation tournament later this month. And, last week, they also sought approval to host Guyana for Trinidad and Tobago’s opening World Cup qualifier on 25 March.

In each case, they claimed that no response was given to the local football body.

At a press conference yesterday, the health minister said Dr Parasram was ‘in discussions with the football fraternity to deal with that issue’. He hinted it was a not a straightforward matter.

“We are very concerned about people coming into the country and not quarantining properly and possibly bringing in the new variants,” said Deyalsingh. “[…] So, the decision would be made in the best interest of protecting the safety of our population.”

It was not with the Warriors wanted to hear.

“The normalisation committee has been pleaded with the CMO to get a letter from the minister of health that they can send to Concacaf, granting approval to play World Cup games in Trinidad,” said the insider. “And the CMO has not responded. If that continues, we will get no practice games before the Guyana match and we may lose our home game—because of a simple approval we need from the Ministry of Health.

“Guyana is our toughest opponent in that five team group and losing the chance to play that game at home can be crucial… Whoever wins that game will virtually get through to the next round.”

The other three nations in Group F are St Kitts and Nevis, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

Fifa rules dictate that the TTFA has until 11 March to confirm it can host Guyana as well as the necessary Fifa match officials for the affair. If not, the game will be moved to a neutral venue.

Last year, the Ministry of Health facilitated the CPL competition—supposedly at the urging of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. The Warriors hope Dr Rowley acts again.

“We are hoping that the prime minister will intervene,” said the insider. “The prime minister gave a directive to host the CPL; and it was on his authority that the national team was given permission to train. At present, it feels like [the Ministry of Health is] doing everything to muzzle them.

“What we are seeing is disrespectful, embarrassing and a virtual sabotage of the national team by the CMO. It is a total contrast to what was done with the CPL.”

The Warriors, according to the team source, have not given up on getting their desired players based in the United Kingdom. Fenwick said he wants to recruit at least a dozen players from his homeland, most of whom are uncapped and don’t hold Trinidad and Tobago passports but are eligible due to parentage.

The UK’s Covid-19 protocols allow exemptions for ‘elite athletes’ to travel, without requiring quarantine on their return. But requests for that privilege are to be handled on a case by case basis by its health ministry, with the England Football Association also involved in the process.

Guyana is among 33 banned nations by the British government and no exemption is possible for travel there. The spine of the ‘Golden Jaguars’, including defender Samuel Cox and midfielder Neil Danns, play in the English lower leagues.

Fifa’s current protocols allow clubs to refuse to players for international duty once they will face more than four days of quarantine. If such players do not get an exemption from England’s FA to represent their adopted countries, their clubs can refuse to release them—regardless of what the Ministry of Health decides.

Still, the Warriors’ coaching staff remain hopeful.

“We have already reached out the clubs and it feels very positive for us,” said the source. “But again, we need to know where we will be playing and, at the moment, all of that is up in the air. We are not trying to burn any bridges but we will like to train, especially as we have all our negative results.

“We can create carpools for the guys to get to training and provide shuttle for those who don’t have vehicles. We have already been set back big time, but we are doing everything we can to have the best team possible for the Guyana game.”

The Warriors’ immediate future may owe much to Dr Parasram; and perhaps to Dr Rowley. And, certainly, to the Covid-19 virus.

RELATED NEWS

Deyalsingh: Safety first! Warriors’ WCQ home advantage in balance due to Covid rules.
By Fayola Bostic (Wired868.


Covid-19 restrictions may not have barred national sports teams from practising, but the pandemic could potentially have an early impact on the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign of the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Football Team.

The Soca Warriors are due to host Guyana in their opening game on 25 March, under new head coach Terry Fenwick. But a new Fifa ruling, plus the current non-commitment to providing quarantine exemptions for travelling teams, means the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) might be forced to concede home advantage.

At present, the TTFA is being run by a Fifa-appointed normalisation committee headed by businessman Robert Hadad.

Normal Fifa rules require clubs to release players to represent their countries on an international match day. However, as governments have enacted travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine periods to prevent the spread of the virus, Fifa created an exemption that allows clubs to deny their players leave to represent their home teams.

The new rules say clubs must release players except where: ‘there is a mandatory period of quarantine or self-isolation of at least five (5) days upon arrival’ either in the location of the club or the match venue. Clubs can also refuse to release players if there are travel restrictions to or from those locations.

That means if players don’t receive exemptions from travel restrictions and quarantine or self-isolation requirements, their clubs are under no obligation to let them play for their country teams.

In Trinidad and Tobago, the borders are closed to all but nationals, who still must apply for an exemption to enter the country. A returning national then faces a mandatory seven-day quarantine in a state facility, followed by another seven days of self-isolation.

The Warriors only emerged from quarantine yesterday at the Home of Football in Couva, since their international against the United States in Orlando on 31 January, which they lost 7-0.

As a host country, the Fifa rules require the TTFA to get exemptions for its players, the visiting team, and match officials to enter the country and skip any quarantine or self-isolation of more than five days.

With the match against Guyana carded for 25 March, that leaves the TTFA until 11 March to inform Fifa whether the T&T government will grant the necessary exemptions. The UK government, for instance, grants exemptions to certain ‘elite athletes’ to travel and play without quarantine.

The Warriors, who are also scheduled to play away to Puerto Rico on 28 March, could be forced to play their opening ‘home game’ at a neutral venue if the Dr Keith Rowley-led government does not play along.

Speaking at the Ministry of Health’s virtual media conference, Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said: “The CMO [chief medical officer Dr Roshan Parasram] is in contact and in discussions with the football fraternity to deal with that issue.

“We are very concerned about people coming into the country and not quarantining properly and possibly bringing in the new variants… So, the decision would be made in the best interest of protecting the safety of our population.”



Lasana is a very good writer but too much of his articles are more negative than positive.

He seems like he writes for clicks instead of fairness.

Need to be more balance instead of running down a quick dollar.

As bad as this is, he only makes it worse.

Liebud, bring some balance in your writing.


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Football / Re: Black Lives Matter Football Thread.
« on: February 04, 2021, 10:25:54 AM »
Howard
Cole
Van Dijk
Desailly
Lauren
Kanté
Viera(C)
Ramires
Henry
Drogba
Asprilla




Substitutes:
Hislop
Kompany
Walker
Townsend
Barnes
Mané
Yorke

Big team that, I forgot about Howard he was a boss for real, better than Shaka. James and Howard, going an fix meh team.

Townsend, Asprilla, he scored 9 goals for Newcastle  :rotfl:


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Football / Re: Black Lives Matter Football Thread.
« on: February 04, 2021, 10:23:04 AM »
Seeker, bring yuh team nah.



I always recall John Terry saying he never realised how important Makele was until he wasn’t there! I also read that his strength was closing down channels right from when the Opposition GK was looking to release the ball!!

It's a hard pick between Kante and Makelele, I will still pick Kante because he plays very well in modern football.


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Football / Re: Black Lives Matter Football Thread.
« on: February 04, 2021, 10:21:36 AM »
Seeker, bring yuh team nah.



Hey Sam, Gullit played nearly 50 EPL games for Chelsea around 1996!!

Oh shit, you right.


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Football / Re: Black Lives Matter Football Thread.
« on: February 03, 2021, 07:17:31 PM »
Hey Sam. Good topic! Personally, I’d start Kompany and James as well as  Guillet  and Makele (best DM I’ve ever seen!) I think John Barnes missed out on EPL? If not, I’d have him too! 

Glad to see you back bro.

I forgot about John Barnes, was trying to figure what Barnes Seeker talking bout.

Yes, Barnes must be on my list, will edit it.

Post yuh team FS.

Ruud Gullit never played in de EPL.

Makelele was one way, Kante overly better.


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Football / Re: Black Lives Matter Football Thread.
« on: February 03, 2021, 01:59:06 PM »
Seeker, bring yuh team nah.


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Football / Re: Black Lives Matter Football Thread.
« on: February 03, 2021, 01:21:19 PM »
My subs: David James, Rio Ferdinand, Vincent Kompany, N'Golo Kanté, Patrick Vieira, Jerrel Floyd Hasselbaink, Jay-Jay Okocha.

Seeker, Yorke cah make this side bor. Andy Cole and Less Ferdinand have better goal scoring records over Yorke.


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Maybe Matthew Woo Ling. He couldn't do much vs USA because by de time he came on de team was under pressure and already down about 6 love.

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Football / Re: Black Lives Matter Football Thread.
« on: February 03, 2021, 12:32:32 PM »
Is Black History Month and ah go choose de best 11 Black players to play in de EPL.

Name allyuh 11.
Tim Howard
Ashley Cole
William Gallas
Marcel Desailly
Kolo Toure
Thierry Henry
Sadio Mané
John Barnes
Michael Essien
Didier Drogba
Ian Wright


My subs: David James, Rio Ferdinand, Vincent Kompany, N'Golo Kanté, Patrick Vieira, Jerrel Floyd Hasselbaink, Yaya Toure.




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Fenwick have a lot of options he just need de support and de finances to make things better.

One lose and man here talking shit, de man admit he mess up, now give him de chance to fix it.

He have been in T&T a long time now and he knows de Trini culture and some ah de cry down mentality people around like Angus Eve have who will bad talk everybody just to get de T&T head coach position.

Terry was very successful for T&T clubs, he is organized and have a strong discipline, something we players lack now and in de past.

These players can make a instant improvement on T&T side, but Terry have to start now.

Joevin Jones, Khaleem Hyland, Daneil Cyrus, Levi Garcia, Aubrey David, Triston Hodge, Sheldon Bateau, Jomal Williams, Curtis Gonzales, Greg Ranjitsingh, Nathaniel Garcia, Judah Garcia, Mekeil Williams, Nicklas Frenderup, Kevin Molino, Leston Paul, Ataullah Guerra, Cordell Cato, Carlyle Mitchell, Kevan George, Marcus Joseph, Marcus Joseph.

Terry have to do everything in his power to get these guys because they can't make no other international team like, Desevio Payne, John Bostock, Shaquell Moore, Ryan Inniss and maybe Nick De Leon and Rory McKenzie.

Apart from Duane Muckette, Jamal Jack, Neveal Hackshaw, Alvin Jones and Ryan Telfer.

I feel Andre Fortune, Michel Poon-Angeron, Federico Pena, Leland Archer, Noah Powder worth a second and third look and keep a eye on Jonathan Jimenez, Michael DeShields, Ajani Fortune, John-Paul Rochford, Brent Sam, Justin Araujo-Wilson and Kobi Henry. Good players for the future.

We have so much players to choose from and most of them young and decent. The TTFA need to find a way to see these players and keep them in training somehow.

Jordan Riley, Akeem Garcia, Luke Singh, Daniel Carr, Shannon Gomez, Keston Julien, Shaqkeem Joseph, Andre Rampersad, Kathon St Hillaire, Kristian Lee-Him, Aikim Andrews, Che Benny, Molik Khan, Antwoine Hackford, Kierron Mason, Dante Sealy, Tyler David, Daniel Phillips, Jaiye Shep­pard.


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Football / Re: Preparing part-time players to compete with pros Thread.
« on: February 03, 2021, 08:17:19 AM »
This is the task Fenwick face.


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Football / Re: Thread for USA vs T&T Game (31-Jan-2021)
« on: January 31, 2021, 07:36:37 PM »
Who sponsor we team, foot locker?

Jamal Jack and Pena seems like we only good players, Pena have to cover DM and RB.

Alvin Jones is ghost.

Keeper trying but shitty as hell.

Fortune brothers needs a fortune.

T&T defence to slow.

Telfer not interested.

Bonval need to eat plenty roti.

We good for 10.

Ah wish we could get at least 3 passes together.


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Football / Re: Thread for USA vs T&T Game (31-Jan-2021)
« on: January 20, 2021, 06:56:24 PM »
Marvin Phillip is about 50 now?....  :rotfl:

Matthew Woo Ling never even played for a local pro league team farless for a foreign one, he father must be a Chinese association member who have money?.

USA go give we a quick 7 in de first half and then Fenwick go defend for de next half, he go park de buss and then say de team play good.

Adrian Foncette....  :rotfl:

Jamal Jack should be selling breadfruit in Tobago, that's he calling.

Gary Griffith son is a political move maybe.

Shackiel Henry scored plenty goals, in India cricket league.

Jabari Mitchell aim to play in Europe, he ended up jobless..

Michel Poon-Angeron never played pro football in he live.

Denzil Smith is de best blind goalkeeper I ever saw.

Shannon Gomez is injury prone.

Duane Muckette does pass good, but he vision limited and close by, he cah pass more than 5 feet.

Ah have a feeling Fenwick go call back Brent Rahim.


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Football / Re: Kits Thread.
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:11:22 AM »
TTFA settles with Avec Sports.
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


Monies owed to UK Sportswear supplies Avec Sports for a deal with the embattled T&T Football Association (TTFA) last year that was not honoured, has been paid.

Now discussions have started for a new uniform deal to outfit the country's national teams, scheduled to come from either Adidas, Puma, Joma, or a new company.

The payment of $15,000 pounds by the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee being led by chairman Robert Hadad, has now officially relieved the country's football administrators from the burden of another legal battle to add to the many Hadad and his committee members that comprise attorney Judy Daniel (deputy chairman) and businessman and former banker Nigel Romano, have had to cope with.

Then TTFA president William Wallace and his general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan had put pen to paper for a $25-million contract to outfit all the country's national teams, from the junior to the senior levels, with uniforms.

The other part of the contract required the football association to sell some 7, 500 in apparel, to benefit in part from the sale 80 to 20 per cent respectively, between them (TTFA) and distributors Sports & Games.

However, the deal fell flat following a decision by the sport's world governing body to replace the T&TFA with a normalisation committee on the basis that the Wallace-led executive had placed local football on the brink of insolvency and illiquidity before they were removed on March 17.

The contract was signed officially in January 2020, but the country was expected to benefit with its first tranch of uniforms on June 1 last year, a development that led to legal action by Avec, as the normalisation committee refused to continue with that contract and other deals by the Wallace administration.

However, on Monday, Hadad revealed to Guardian Media Sports that they were officially out of that deal."Directly speaking about Avec, we have already settled with Avec, we had a settlement figure from them and we have already dealt with that issue, so we are out of the contract with Avec officially. We settled with Avec for 15,000 pounds to get out of the contract because obviously, the implications long-term, would have been a bit more."

Meanwhile, with the country's senior team set to begin World Cup and Gold Cup qualifiers in March, the local football boss has already begun his search for a uniform deal that could come from either Adidas, Puma, or another unknown sportswear supplier.

"We are now in the process of seeking a new uniform contract, so we have been in discussions with a few uniform people. We would all be aware that to get into a new uniform deal would require a lot of work and definitely, we're looking for money."

"The TTFA needs some sort of contribution towards the TTFA and some sort of uniform deal in the next two years. I wouldn't like us signing anything longer than two years. One of the companies is a new one that we are talking to, one of them is Joma, Joma has an offer on the table, and we have reached out to Adidas also."

"You would be mindful that because of our low rankings, getting some of these people to contribute financially toward the association is where the dilemma is, so we are working through those companies right now. We have also reached out to Puma, I don't know where we are at with that one as yet as we haven't gotten an offer on the table as yet. So when we see the offers we will make a decision, and we have to make a decision quickly because we need the uniforms for March," Hadad said.



Hadad really think Adidas, Nike or Puma go sponsor a team rank over 100 in de world and we best players (Jones, Molino) is ova 30 years ole.

 :rotfl:

Put this thread is de joke section allyuh.


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Football / Re: Women Warriors Thread
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:09:53 AM »
Randy Waldrum without question and Maylee and Arin King as his assistants.

Talk done.

Why Shabaaz didn't say let a woman coach de women team when he was coach for them over 10 years, leh he hall he ass with that.

Pick the best person for the job, it's not about woman or man.


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General Discussion / Re: Democrat vs Communist Thread.
« on: December 21, 2020, 09:59:35 AM »
Why it have to be de American democratic way or no way?

If you try to run your country your way and America don't like it and stop trading, trying to breakdown your financial aspect of your country, they blacklist you and try to make the world hate you and make you look like the bad guy, same with Fidel Castro and Haiti.


53
General Discussion / Democrat vs Communist Thread.
« on: December 21, 2020, 09:56:42 AM »
BLAME MADURO
SEAN DOUGLAS


THE United States Embassy, in a post on its Facebook page on Sunday, was clear in who was to be blamed for the Venezuelan migrant crisis – that’s country’s leader Nicolas Maduro.

“The absence of a democratic system in Maduro’s Venezuela, ongoing systematic human rights violations, acute food shortages, precarious health systems, an electricity crisis, generalised violence and economic collapse are some of the key causes that have forced more than five million Venezuelans to flee their country since 2015,” the embassy stated in its post.

However, political activist David Abdulah hit the current US embargo, telling Newsday, “Let (US) Ambassador (Joseph) Mondello tell his government to give back all the money they seized from Venezuela and end US sanctions, and then he can talk about the international economy of Venezuela.”

Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dr Amery Browne was a bit more diplomatic when contacted for comment on the embassy’s post.

“It is not unusual for US missions in various parts of the world to issue statements that emphasize or seek to clarify US foreign policy and perspectives,” Browne said.

“With the incoming Biden-Harris administration and with Prime Minister Rowley becoming chairman of Caricom in January, the region can look forward to an even stronger focus on diplomatic solutions to difficult challenges that exist. We anticipate 2021 to be a year of peace and progress even as the world confronts unprecedented threats, such as the current pandemic, that demand a multilateral approach by all nations.”

The US embassy remarks followed Rowley declaring a “TT first” policy as the post Cabinet press conference last Thursday while the Caribbean Centre for Human Rights said Caricom nations could be asked to take some of the Venezuelan migrant burden from TT. There are over 16,000 registered Venezuelan migrants in TT at present.

The embassy said, “Many continue to attempt to blame sanctions, but the Venezuelan economy was in free-fall long before the United States began to impose sanctions in August 2017.” In 2013, food shortages caused a Venezuelan currency devaluation. By 2014 Venezuela was hit by both falling oil production, down from 3.0 to 2.3 million barrels per day and falling oil prices globally.

In 2014, the World Bank ranked Venezuela 181 of 185 countries in the ease of doing business, while the Heritage Foundation rated Venezuela 175 of 178 in economic freedom. Inflation raged at 100 per cent that year, said the statement.

By 2016, food imports fell by 71 per cent and medical imports fell by 68 per cent, the embassy alleged, with foreign aid such as the UN World Food Program blocked amid the hunger crisis.

The embassy said the Maduro regime was to blame for the Venezuelan people suffering dire economic, political, and human rights conditions, and fleeing their homes.

The embassy said US sanctions should limit the Maduro regime’s source of revenue, promote accountability and ensure the flow of humanitarian goods and services to the Venezuelan people.

“There are no sanctions or restrictions on the importation of food and medicines to Venezuela, while the Maduro regime uses its revenues to buy Russian weapons instead of food,” the embassy claimed in its release.

The embassy said the US was the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance during the Venezuela crisis, giving $1.2 billion since 2017, including $11 million to help Venezuelans living here.

An Opposition-linked commentator, who asked not to be named, told Newsday that Maduro and Venezuela had five problems to deal with. 

* It was hit by a drop in oil prices, but unlike TT, did not have a multi-billion dollar Heritage and Stabilisation Fund.

* Maduro was unable to sustain huge social welfare schemes inherited from his deceased predecessor Hugo Chavez, which left millions of Venezuelans hungry and in the streets.

* Amid an exodus of top staff, Maduro placed unqualified people into top posts at state oil firm PDVSA which led to huge drops in oil production, which was mortgaged to pay for debts incurred to keep the state machinery running.

* Venezuela could not sustain its huge foreign aid programme where it once gave Cuba 90,000 barrels of oil per day and gave easy terms to Caricom countries under the PetroCaribe programme.

* Maduro’s links to Iran, Cuba, Russia and China caused serious consequences for Venezuela’s trade and other relations with the US.


54
Football / Re: Terry Fenwick Thread.
« on: December 09, 2020, 07:58:55 AM »
Success in the pro league- check does that equals success at an international level? Does it warranty the salary he covertly negotiated?

How any other local coaches attained success but we're not awarded or paid that amount to coach the national team?

Why dint Hart or Lawerence bring himonstaff?

Bybeef is not with what he can potentially accomplish  but on what he is actually been paid-  I find it strange that no one sees the. Gross  negligence in 20k us $$$ a month

I shutter tothink what Lawerence was being paid or Hart?




Latapy was making 30,000 US a month and Lawrence was 20,000

What did they accomplished?

Stuart Charles, de same.

Fenwick is de best local coach for T&T right now and Derek King who is his assistant.

Good choice by Wallace.


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Football / Re: Terry Fenwick Thread.
« on: December 08, 2020, 04:58:44 PM »
Fenwick, despite other worries, is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Pro League, the man is qualified at least.

I eh go say that 100%, in de time span he was there he was very successful and he did breakout plenty of good youths, he is also not bias with players selection and he is discipline, something he will instill in we local players.

Derek King and Stuart Charles was successful in de league to.

De difference with King and Charles is they was successful with teams who had money, Joe Public and W Connection.

Fenwick did with with Central FC, forget about Jabloteh, because at de time they had money when Fenwick was most successful, but Fenwick team was mainly based on YOUTHS.

Cornell Glen, Primus, Molino, Kelvin Jack, Aikim Andrews, Khaleem Hyland, Akiel Guevara, Elton John, Josh Johnson, Devon Mitchell, Noel Williams, Karlon Murray, Nigel Pierre, Kerry Noray, Guerra, Kerry Baptiste, Jason Marcano, Trent Noel, Cleon John, Nigel Daniel, Lester Peltier, Micah Lewis, Sheldon Bateau, Cyd Gray, Ian Gray, Uriah Bentick, Jamal Gay, Leston Paul, Willis Plaza, Elijah Manners, Cyrano Glen, Michael Celestine, Duarance Williams, Cordell Cato, etc etc.

Resurrecting Whitley, Keyeno Thomas, Travis Mulraine and Marvin Oliver

He also break in Angus Eve as a coach.



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Football / Re: Terry Fenwick Thread.
« on: December 08, 2020, 08:49:57 AM »
Fenwick: T&T football team hampered by lack of $$
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday)


NATIONAL men’s football team coach Terry Fenwick has said a lack of finances has affected preparations for his squad, as the qualifiers for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the 2022 FIFA World Cup loom.

“We’re moving ahead as best we can, but I think everybody recognises here, that we’ve worked for a complete year almost, without any funding whatsoever,” said Fenwick, during an interview on Monday. “We still haven’t had one red cent from the TTFA (T&T Football Association), from FIFA, nothing.”

Fenwick said his own Football Factory had assisted the national training squad with equipment, while they have received drinks, water and ice from a few well-wishers.

“It’s only so far we can go,” said the former San Juan Jabloteh and Central FC coach. “A lot of the things that we’ll like to do are subject to budgets that are not in our hands (but) the normalisation committee's. We’re just awaiting word from them.”

In March, FIFA removed the TTFA executive, headed by William Wallace, and implemented a normalisation committee, chaired by Robert Hadad, because of the mounting debts by the local governing body.

FIFA suspended T&T from international football in September, after Wallace and his executive challenged their removal in the local High Court, instead of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland. It lifted the suspension in November.

The T&T team resumed training a few weeks ago and were involved in a practice match against a "select team," coached by former T&T midfielder Travis Mulraine, at the Police Barracks, St James on Monday morning.

“We won the game 8-0, against an older side, with an Under-23 team that I selected,” said Fenwick. “We’re doing what we can within the (covid19) restrictions.

“It’s important that people recognise that we’re doing this without a budget, without any money. It’s with the good intent of a lot of people, coaches included, that are turning up and helping out, without being paid.”

Asked about the attitude of the players, bearing in mind the financial struggles, and the impending Christmas period, Fenwick replied, “All of these kids have been training their socks off. We’re trying the best we can for the TTFA, the normalisation committee, to give the kids a stipend, something to take home for Christmas.

“It’s been very difficult for myself and my staff because these kids have come out, they’ve given their all. We (won Monday’s game) because my players were efficient, strong and structured, and playing to a game plan. But we’re under pressure because we haven’t gotten a budget.”

NOS@&&$$!??ht. check the salary they paying ah head coach  albeit unproven at the national  or international level!!!!!!
The man eh even win ah friendly but command that kinda money !!!!!
Fa&$$)(K. Doh come talking about the team  eh have money
He  monthly salary alone could subsidize the national team.

Yuh talking f00ckery !!!!!

He is the least paid coach for T&T in the past decade and he and all de other coaches in T&T eh get paid yet, over a year now and still Fenwick on de job, a local coach like Angus Eve woulda walkout already.

And he needs money to help the team and the players, any coach will need that.

I support Fenwick 100 percent, f00ck who vex.


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Football / Re: Shaqkeem Joseph Thread
« on: October 05, 2020, 05:07:54 PM »
Saw this player once, good player, need some protein though, T&T players does look like the they under malnutrition.

Good luck youth, let Levi Garcia be your inspiration. Don't look back, T&T football dead.


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Football / My favorite T&T striker in the past decade.
« on: October 05, 2020, 05:02:52 PM »
My favorite T&T striker in the past decade before Yorke, Glen and Stern.

Jonathan Glenn.

Something about this player I really liked.


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Football / Re: "You'll Never Walk Alone" - de Official Liverpool thread
« on: October 04, 2020, 04:43:18 PM »
Ah hear Bakes kill he self today? Allyuh eh read de news, we boy was scene hanging from a mango tree by Villa Capri with a ole Aston Villa shirt with Yorke name on it.

Aston Villa put some bull on Liverfool today.

7-2, nah.

Arsenal and Everton is boss this season.

Leeds United go surprise people.


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Football / Which player was de biggest asshole allyuh ever met in person?
« on: October 04, 2020, 04:35:05 PM »
For me, it was Cornell Glen.

He head was so far up he ass it was amusing.

Imagine if he did playing in de EPL.


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