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Football / Re: 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: July 17, 2021, 05:36:33 AM »
Suriname played well against costa rica ... Trinidad have fallen of badly ...Imagine a perofmance like that against mexico we are ranting and raving about...

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs El Salvador (14-Jul-2021)
« on: July 15, 2021, 06:09:28 AM »
Ah the elsalvador coach gave us no credit on the game against mexico

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs El Salvador (14-Jul-2021)
« on: July 14, 2021, 07:34:19 PM »
Angus Eve, you got it wrong this time, He start with 7 defenders against El Salvador....  :rotfl:.

Andre Fortune is no good.

Neveal Hackshaw is a good player but to slow.

The players look tired.

Hope they beat Guatemala and hope Mexico tie tonight.

This is a game we must not loose  but he leave marcus joseph and moore on the bench angus experiments to much

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs El Salvador (14-Jul-2021)
« on: July 14, 2021, 07:22:31 PM »

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs El Salvador (14-Jul-2021)
« on: July 14, 2021, 07:09:07 PM »
Hmmm moore not even testing the keeper . he has pace gosh he pick up a yellow now

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs El Salvador (14-Jul-2021)
« on: July 14, 2021, 06:18:49 PM »
In just two moves .... we under pressure

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs El Salvador (14-Jul-2021)
« on: July 14, 2021, 06:14:31 PM »
This is depressing to watch

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs El Salvador (14-Jul-2021)
« on: July 14, 2021, 06:01:00 PM »
they have us pinned down

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs El Salvador (14-Jul-2021)
« on: July 14, 2021, 05:27:00 PM »
Marcus Joesph not even starting and isiah lee no strikers eh  peter in holding mid ah he could experiment boy

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: July 10, 2021, 10:42:34 PM »

Football / Re: Daneil Cyrus Thread
« on: July 08, 2021, 03:36:08 PM »
Cyrus on trial at Genk following Beenhakker’s tip
T&T Guardian Reports

T&T defender Daneil Cyrus is now on trial with Belgium Premier Division club Racing Genk. Cyrus, currently attached to local club W Connection began his trial on Thursday and will be seen by head coach Mario Been.

Cyrus’ national teammate Khaleem Hyland is currently one of the starters and featured players for Genk. The trial followed after recommendation from TTFA Director of Football Leo Beenhakker following Cyrus’ solid showing at the 2013 Concacaf Gold Cup

“I got my visa to travel earlier this week and I’m ready for it. It’s an opportunity like this I’ve wanted and I intend to give it my best shot,” Cyrus said.

Racing Genk plays in the Belgian Pro League and they have won 3 Belgian champion titles in 1998–99, in 2001–02 and in 2010–11 as well as 4 Belgian Cups, most recently in 2008–09 and in 2012–13. In 2012 Genk made a profit of 28 million euro after participating in the Champions League group stage, and the Sales of players like Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne to Chelsea FC.

From a guy who had this opportunity

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs French Guiana(06-Jul-2021)
« on: July 06, 2021, 04:16:52 PM »
but wait no comments

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs French Guiana(06-Jul-2021)
« on: July 06, 2021, 03:55:40 PM »
Fortune has struggled at this level to much and NOAH powder  cannot even get a run

Football / Re: Kieran Ngwenya Aberdeen FC
« on: July 05, 2021, 03:06:54 PM »
Doh rub the salt in  nah asylum is just a friendly  we just need to make contact...

Football / Kieran Ngwenya Aberdeen FC
« on: July 05, 2021, 10:51:14 AM »
Born in Glasgow, raised in Edinburgh, nurtured in Aberdeen and now training in Blantyre.

For Kieran Ngwenya, there’s no doubt which country he calls home.

But the young Aberdeen defender got a taste of his family history last week after being picked for the Malawi national squad and joining them in Blantyre – one of the African country’s biggest cities.

Malawi is the birthplace of his father Bryne who is the Head of School in GeoSciences at Edinburgh University.

As well as Scotland and Malawi, the 18-year-old also qualifies for Trinidad and Tobago through mum Annette who moved here to study medicine.

And if Ngwenya continues the progress that has already taken him into the Dons’ first-team, he might have a tough choice in future when it comes to which country he plays for.

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Football / Re: Duane Muckette Thread
« on: July 03, 2021, 11:21:58 AM »
Very impressed with him, should be in Europe playing somewhere....... Belgium, Austria  somewhere.   

he started in portugal ...  i think he will sign with a usl club

Let's be clear. Yuh know how far down the ladder that club was? Not particularly definitive.

but he  was 19 20 at the time could have worked his way up the ladder

Football / Re: Duane Muckette Thread
« on: July 03, 2021, 08:44:38 AM »
Very impressed with him, should be in Europe playing somewhere....... Belgium, Austria  somewhere.   

he started in portugal ...  i think he will sign with a usl club

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Montserrat Game (2-July-2021)
« on: July 02, 2021, 09:29:31 PM »
Judah Judah  GOOOOAL

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Montserrat Game (2-July-2021)
« on: July 02, 2021, 09:03:07 PM »
Angus making terry fen look bad what the hell we were paying terry to do ... first game buit looking good so far

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Montserrat Game (2-July-2021)
« on: July 02, 2021, 08:53:15 PM »
they playingway better ...

Football / Re: Noah Powder Thread
« on: July 01, 2021, 06:34:20 AM »
has yet to get a fair shot .... on the NT

Football / Re: Angus Eve Thread.
« on: June 22, 2021, 10:02:08 AM »
hope you guys are seeing that gary griffith 3rd got cut and now angus will go on to pick a predominantly local squad come game day. from now on i'm just a voyeur observing behind the scene. i will reserve my comment until the end of the gold cup.

GG3 was never EVER good enough to be in the team  he could  not EVEN make st Mary's or trinity starting 11 .....

Football / Re: Gary Griffith Football Thread
« on: June 18, 2021, 05:17:40 AM »
In all honesty I can’t stand this lasana liburd bloke, as I said previously he loves way too much gossip and mix up. he always has a mark to buss and thrives on division, disturbances and negative occurrences. this man never highlights anything positive and up lifting, only bacchanal and sadness. won’t be reading anymore of his articles since he thrives only on creating even more hard feelings instead of encouraging healing. I’m pretty sure he’s happy the team flunk out, now he has enough ammo to write related stories all summer long.

Did you read the article ?

Football / Re: The truth about Griffith
« on: June 17, 2021, 03:27:48 PM »
The truth about Griffith (Pt 2): How CoP disrupted Soca Warriors, and weaponised TTPS platform
Lasana Liburd (Wired868)

Sometime during the course of Terry Fenwick’s tenure of Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team head coach, the players began an informal game in which they would try to guess when the English coach planned to slip Gary Griffith III into the national squad.

Usually, it was whenever silence shrouded the Englishman’s plans.

On 28 May, the players were asked to meet at the Piarco Airport to leave for Nassau and a decisive Fifa match window, which included games against The Bahamas and St Kitts and Nevis.

However, in an unusual move, Fenwick did not reveal his entire squad to the players and only allowed media officer Shaun Fuentes to forward his selections to journalists when they were already on the plane.

“I feel he will travel this time, you know,” one player told another.

And Griffith III indeed got the nod.

In the Bahamas, talk in the camp was that Fenwick promised to give Gary Griffith III 40 minutes of playing time, in what everyone felt would be the easiest game of the campaign.

Griffith III, according to a team source, asked equipment manager Michael Williams if he could wear the ‘number seven’ jersey for the Bahamas game. He repeated the request to team manager Adrian Romain.

Forward Ryan Telfer, who plays professionally for Atletico Ottawa in the Canadian Professional League, is the only player to feature in every match for Fenwick, and he wore ‘seven’ for each outing. In fact, he has played in that number since 2019 when he first broke into the national squad under then head coach Dennis Lawrence.

Griffith III, a rookie on the team who never played professionally, wanted the jersey for himself. His teammates were, at best, bemused.

But, unknown to the Griffiths, things were not working out as they intended in Nassau.

On the eve of the fixture, Fenwick consulted assistant coaches Derek King and Kelvin Jack as to which players should be omitted—as he sought to whittle his 25-man travelling squad down to the stipulated 22-man match day number. According to sources, King and Jack were unanimous that the first player to be cut should be Griffith III.

Did Fenwick ask King and Jack for their opinion on the team only so that he could blame Griffith III’s non-selection on his assistants?

How the teenager responded to his omission from the squad is now in the public domain. According to Griffith, I wrote that his son ‘stormed out of a disciplinary meeting’, which, he insisted, was a lie. In fact, the lie is that Wired868 wrote that at all. What I wrote is that Griffith III refused to attend ‘a team bonding exercise’.

“As he finished dinner, he got up and left, which is not normal protocol,” an unnamed player told Wired868. “You have to wait until everyone is finished and then you get an excuse from the coach. That night, we were having a team bonding exercise because [team captain] Khaleem [Hyland] had arrived earlier and it was the first opportunity we had with the entire squad together.

“Jesse [Williams] went to call [Griffith III] and he said he’s not coming. Then ‘Suggie’ (Justin Garcia) went and came back and said he’s not coming. Since I have been a national team player that has never happened, especially with the youngest player.”

Jack urged Fenwick to deal with the matter. The Englishman allegedly responded only that he ‘would have a word’.

The following morning, Jack took matters into his own hands and rebuked the teenager in the presence of his teammates. Griffith III replied, ‘Wham to you, boy?’ He then used his phone to record the assistant coach and 2006 World Cup goalkeeper.

“Men were in the line waiting to eat breakfast,” said the player. “It was the day of the game and things just got real tense. Terry [Fenwick] just said nothing at all about it and the mood was real heavy.”

At the time, Wired868 heard only that Jack had bouffed Griffith III on game day. That did not, I felt, warrant a stand-alone story.

However, on Monday 7 June, the police commissioner called. He was livid.

“You’re always writing all kinda thing that your sources tell you from in the camp,” Griffith told me. “So how come you didn’t write that the assistant coach, Kelvin Jack, virtually assaulted my son, eh? How come you didn’t write that he had his hand in my son’s face?

“How come you ent say anything when the British High Commission is now investigating a complaint against him for assault?”

I assured Griffith that I would check it out and I would publish anything newsworthy which I could support. Whatever I found out from my investigations, I would run.

Griffith’s tone softened immediately. He was only telling me for my own knowledge, he said. There was no need for me to investigate.

I insisted that he could not have it both ways. If the matter was as serious as he said, I would investigate.

As it turned out, Romain confirmed that the normalisation commission was investigating the incident, which I did consider to be substantial enough to warrant a story.

So it was Griffith who tipped me off about the row between his son and the assistant coach. However, sources or other external parties do not dictate the way I shape my story; that depends entirely on the evidence I unearth.

I asked the police commissioner to send me the video that his son took of the incident. He did not respond. However, an edited clip eventually emerged which showed that Jack was clearly angry but did not act in any way that could be interpreted as threatening to the player.

Further checks also revealed that, as the team prepared for a crucial World Cup qualifier that afternoon, Griffith Sr repeatedly contacted them to rage about Jack’s action and his son’s non-selection. The threats allegedly included his vow to reclaim bus route passes from the team’s support staff.

Feeling harassed, Jack blocked the police commissioner on WhatsApp. But the phones of several technical staff members were going off repeatedly.

“The man said he pulling all of his support from the team,” read one technical staff member, from his phone, “and he hopes the team lose.”

He claimed it was a message from the police commissioner.

It is ironic that Griffith, given how he spent the hours leading up to the match that sealed their fate, accused Wired868 of causing the Soca Warriors to be eliminated from the 2022 World Cup campaign.

On Monday 7 June, Griffith messaged me a photograph of Jack, bearing the caption, ‘The face of unemployment’.

Three days later, the Robert Hadad-led normalisation committee fired Jack and King, while Fenwick was sacked the following day.

Was the police commissioner, who was a member of the technical staff’s WhatsApp group, now a special advisor to the normalisation committee? Did he suggest to Hadad and/or his colleagues that it was time to dismiss the coaches?

Hadad and normalisation committee member Nicholas Gomez said, on Monday, that the decision to replace the coaches was made based on ‘affordability’ rather than on the team’s performances.

If the Soca Warriors defeat Montserrat and either Cuba or French Guiana next month, the TTFA would have been obliged to renew Fenwick’s contract for two years at an enhanced salary—from US$20,000 to US$25,000 a month.

However, there was no such extension or pay-hike clause in the contracts held by the national assistant coaches.

Neither Hadad nor Gomez explained why Jack and King were also fired while the rest of the technical staff remains in place, pending consultations with new interim head coach Angus Eve.

On 8 June, when Trinidad and Tobago closed their campaign with a 2-0 win over St Kitts and Nevis in the Dominican Republic, Fenwick selected Griffith III as an unused substitute. He had to settle for the ‘number 16’ jersey, as Telfer again wore seven.

Again, the players suspected what was coming. The coach kept the names of the 22-man match day squad from everyone—including, unusually, his assistant coaches—until they were already at the match venue.

Once there, Fenwick informed right-back Shannon Gomez, left-back Keston Julien and versatile attack Nickell Orr that they would be stand-bys rather than substitutes.

Julien plays professionally in Moldova but was struggling with a knee injury. His exclusion was not a big surprise. However, the 24-year-old Gomez, a former national youth captain, is competing in the United States second tier as a full professional.

Orr, 20, excelled at National Under-20 level and competed in the Cyprus second division this year. In contrast, Griffith has not played a competitive senior game since his stint with the struggling Stars in 2018.

Back in Trinidad and Tobago, the young talent who repeatedly failed to make Fenwick’s travelling squad were 17-year-old playmaker Molik Jesse Khan and 23-year-old midfielder Justin Sadoo.

Sadoo impressed at Point Fortin Civic and often earned plaudits during the local practice games organised by Fenwick. Khan made his Pro League debut for W Connection at 15 and left no doubt about his quality.

The 30-year-old Marcus Joseph, a two-time World Youth Cup attacker with a hammer of a left foot, was also ignored. There are some local-based players who suggest that, based on their training sessions, he might well be the country’s most in-form option at centre-forward.

The trio were among scores of talented players forced to look on from the outside as Griffith III toured with the national squad and his father boasted about his bright future.

In the age of the internet and mass media coverage, there remains no evidence of any kind of Griffith III’s football ability—other than the claims of a scholarship and Coleraine FC deal which were rebutted in Part One.

And what exactly was it like to be an independent journalist covering football during the Griffith III era?

In the past six months alone, I received one legal letter, two threats about being made ‘a person of interest’ in a police investigation and countless messages and phone calls from the police commissioner—helpful source today, furious critic tomorrow.

When Griffith III was an involved member of the national football squad, the commissioner reacted angrily to any story criticising it.

“Every article you put is always littered with negativity,” he once told me. “[…] This is why as a country we can never get anywhere.”

But when Griffith III was not very involved, the police commissioner was not only happy to criticise Fenwick and the national team but also leaked information for stories he later claimed to be ‘negative’.

‘Lol. You were very diplomatic,’ Griffith wrote, referring to Wired868’s match report after Trinidad and Tobago were mauled 7-0 by the United States.

Griffith III was an unused substitute for that match and his father insisted his son was one of the fittest players in the team and blamed Fenwick for using unfit players.

On another occasion, after I criticised the local football administration, the police commissioner had this comment: ‘You by far do the most research and get the most indepth (sic) I have seen in sport journalism. Too many of our sport reporters are lazy and […] get little other than quotes.’

After Trinidad and Tobago’s goalless draw away to the Bahamas, Griffith wrote:

‘Terry will blame covid. (sic) He will blame Hadad. [He] will blame David Williams. He will blame not getting paid. He will blame Shaun Fuentes. He will blame Liburd.

‘He will blame not getting the players who never had TT passports. He will blame [Keith] Look Loy. He will blame Andre Baptiste. He will even do like Milli [Vanilli] and blame it on the rain. But he will never look in the mirror to lay blame.’

A week later, Griffith blamed the team’s elimination on Wired868 and me.

Griffith’s constant ‘good cop/bad cop’ role-playing—I lack the qualifications to deem it ‘schizophrenia’—first took a dark turn in January when a Facebook user named Deonarine Deyal commented on a story involving his son: ‘What Gary Griffith III doing on that team because the coach got a firearm in record time’.

Griffith insisted that I should delete the comment. I refused on the grounds that it was posted on Facebook rather than on my website and I did not know enough about the matter to determine whether it was libellous.

Within hours, I received a phone call from a man who identified himself as Corporal Perez of the Firearms Unit. He said the police commissioner had told him to question me based on information I had on an alleged bribery matter involving the commissioner.

Griffith, according to the self-declared ‘Corporal Perez’, was directing an investigation into his own supposed bribery.

The lawman insisted that he had been ordered to speak to me, despite my protests that I had no idea who Deyal was and knew no more about his claim than anyone else who saw his post on Facebook.

There was a get-out-of-jail clause; the supposed Corporal Perez said I only had to say that I refused to cooperate and, since he could not compel me to speak, he would have to inform his boss that he could not do anything else.  And then the commissioner would be forced to sue me as a private citizen. The officer said Deyal chose that option.

I declined his offer, explaining that, as a journalist, I did not want to be on the record as refusing to assist a police investigation—even a silly, contrived one. So since I had no intention of going to the police station, the supposed Corporal Perez would have to come to see me.

I never again heard from the supposed lawman and I have no idea how he represented my official position.

However, Griffith sent me a pre-action protocol letter next, via attorney Keon Gonzales, which relied heavily on an exchange I had with Facebook user Timothy Christopher P Nokio.

Nokio, during a series of posts in the Wired868 Facebook group, insisted that I defend Griffith and delete the same comment that the police commissioner found offensive.

Nokio: Lasana Liburd, do you think accusing someone of offering and receiving a bribe doesn’t cross a line? How about accusing coach Terry of taking an inducement and big GG of giving said inducement. Does that cross the line?

Liburd: Timothy Christopher P Nokio, did the coach get a firearm? Is he a friend of the commissioner? If neither is true, then sure. If it is, then although borderline, it probably isn’t slander.

Gonzales, acting on Griffith’s behalf, claimed in his legal missive that my response insinuated ‘that the COP engages in unscrupulous and dishonest conduct by providing bribes for the purpose of securing a position for his son on the Trinidad and Tobago national football team’.

The legal threat did not go to my home address and, by the time I collected it, the police commissioner’s mood had long changed and he was again acting as one of multiple sources for local football tidbits.

I forwarded Griffith’s pre-action letter to my attorney and waited for the commissioner to mention it. He never did.

Another occasion when Griffith’s response to my work took a bizarre turn was when he felt that young coach and agent Joshua Lamb had been a source for two Wired868 stories.

On 9 December 2020, I wrote that SRP Keon Trim, along with QPCC, was conducting training sessions in breach of the Covid-19 regulations. Contacted by Wired868, Trim, who also served as an unofficial assistant to Fenwick with the national team, lied about whether he was flouting the health regulations. However, we had photographs to support our story.

Once more, Griffith was furious—but not at Trim. He insisted Lamb was the source of the story and was engaged in the same activity, only I had deliberately left him out.

Lamb was not the source. But I contacted the coach, based on Griffith’s accusations, and he admitted to also flouting the rules. So I did a follow-up story that outed Lamb as well.

Later that month, I also wrote about friendly matches that Fenwick’s Warriors were playing across the country. The national head coach allegedly asked teams, who were not training at the time, to leave out their experienced players and face them with mostly youths instead.

When the Warriors won the matches handsomely, with Fenwick often serving as referee, the coach boasted about the results on social media. His antics were criticised by several coaches, who spoke to Wired868 anonymously.

Griffith again insisted that Lamb was my source, although I said otherwise.

I remembered that exchange on 15 April 2021 when the police commissioner accused an unnamed local agent of ‘human trafficking’ during a TTPS press conference.

From his comments, it seemed obvious that Griffith was referring to former national youth players Jaheim McFee and Isaiah Garcia, who were in Egypt, on trials arranged by Lamb.

After speaking to McFee, Garcia and Lamb, I contacted Griffith for comment.

Liburd: Can you say how you’ve assisted or are trying to assist the boys? And why did you compare it to trafficking since neither player is a minor and nobody reported them missing or anything like that?

Griffith: Oh so trafficking is only for children? Keep talking. Some fight to defend crap based on affiliation. Now my official response, this is an ongoing police investigation. You seem to have in-depth knowledge of this investigation, so you would be contacted to assist us. Thank you.

Within an hour, Wired868 published an article which revealed that it was not a case of human trafficking but rather a trial gone horribly wrong in which both players felt badly let down by Lamb.

Minutes later, Griffith wrote back: Sorry bro. Spot on article.

If the police commissioner knew that it was not a case of human trafficking—as my story stated—then why did he say otherwise in the TTPS media conference?

Within days of Griffith’s public accusations, Lamb was fired from his job as Fatima College goalkeeper coach.

Did Griffith use his position and a TTPS media conference to try to cut down a perceived enemy? How could he blame Wired868 for destroying the national team’s World Cup chances when he not only privately praised our coverage but was sometimes the source of our stories?

(Wired868 has also published several of Griffith’s Letters to the Editor, both before and during his term as commissioner.)

On Tuesday morning, I offered the police commissioner the chance to recant his statements, which impute improper motive to Wired868 and concealed his own involvement and sentiments on our work.

To rebut him, I explained, I would have to expose communication between us that would otherwise have remained private.

Griffith did not respond. So Wired868 has.

Football / The truth about Griffith
« on: June 17, 2021, 03:25:58 PM »
The truth about Griffith (Pt 1): How Fenwick stage-managed Griffith III’s career, while seeking TTPS benefits
Lasana Liburd (Wired868)

A journalist learns quickly the importance of confidentiality and protecting one’s source. So it is an exceptional circumstance that leads me to now reveal one such informant, in a bid to defend my reputation against a curious onslaught by Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.

In a last-ditch effort to avoid pulling aside the veil, I messaged my source this morning and offered him a six-hour deadline to recant his public position that was compelling me to expose him.

You see, my source for the story about the confrontation between then Men’s National Senior Team assistant coach Kelvin Jack and 18-year-old footballer Gary Griffith III—which the police commissioner complained about at length in a TTPS media conference yesterday—was none other than Gary Griffith himself.

In essence, Gary Griffith sr leaked a story involving Gary Griffith jr to me. Then, when he saw the published article, he proceeded to attack the reporter, me, for even giving an ear to the source, Gary Griffith.

It is enough to make one giddy. Did the police commissioner just invent the fourth person?

Griffith yesterday made three main assertions regarding the football team. He claimed that my stories are essentially negative gossip, the fall-out from them had impacted on the performance of the national team and caused the demise of their 2022 World Cup campaign, and that his son was a talented player who was suffering because of the identity of his father rather than benefiting from it.

As a long-standing sport journalist, it is literally my job to explain why a sport team is doing well or poorly. So I am duty-bound to respond to this invitation to reveal what off-field business might have affected the fate of the Trinidad and Tobago national football team, particularly where Griffith III is concerned.

First, the most important question of all: is Griffith III good enough to be an elite level footballer?

I have been asked this repeatedly by readers over the past year. I always take pride in providing straight answers. But in this case, I could not.

Wired868 generally covers the Republic Bank National Youth League, the Secondary Schools Football League, the Trinidad and Tobago Super League and the Pro League. The norm is that players distinguish themselves in one of those domestic youth or adult competitions before they are considered for national selection.

Yet, before he was selected two years ago on the National Under-17 Team, led by head coach Stern John and his assistant Kenwyne Jones, I had never heard of Griffith III. To date, I have never seen him stand out in a football match at any level—nor has any of the coaches, players or reporters I have spoken to on the subject.

The police commissioner, like many proud parents, has trumpeted his son’s perceived accomplishments the ‘first and only TT national to get a full scholarship in England’, and ‘signed by Northern Ireland team Coleraine FC’.

Far from justifying his call-up, however, Griffith III’s CV has only raised more questions.

Unlike the United States, England does not have a competitive university football programme. In fact, English footballers who are not good enough to turn professional and want to further their studies seek scholarships to the US.

The reason that the likes of David Nakhid, Shaka Hislop, Brent Rahim and Leston Paul attended universities in the US is certainly not that they were not good enough to cut it at an English university.

But look closer still at Griffith III’s ‘scholarship’ to Sunderland College, which was announced by coach Terry Fenwick in a media release that was subsequently published by the Trinidad Guardian newspaper on 30 May 2019.

‘National Under-17 midfielder Gary Griffith III and Brandon Alves have been accepted in a scholarship programme in the United Kingdom with Catalyst Agency, Improtech and Sunderland College to pursue his (sic) football and academic ambitions through the efforts of the local club, Football Factory Foundation (FFF)…’

For starters, Griffith III was clearly never the ‘first and only’ person to get a scholarship. He travelled with Alves. Is it possible that his father did not know this?

Football Factory is run by Fenwick, who further declared to the Guardian that:

‘[…] Our aim is to fill that void and fast-track youngsters of T&T into life-changing opportunities for the future stars of T&T football. It is fitting that FFF, who have engaged and partnered with Catalyst Agency and Improtech since November 2018, is now partnered with the T&T Police Service (T&TPS).

‘The partnership between FFF and the TTPS will provide expertise, knowledge and experience in the upcoming Commissioner’s Cup and Scholarship Program to ensure a solid, professional and achievable program to project our program nationwide through the multiple police youth clubs.’

So Griffith III’s scholarship was part of a business arrangement between an obscure UK company, Fenwick and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service?

‘The son of Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith II was accepted,’ the release further claimed, ‘on his own merit for his abilities and commitment to work hard and smart to make it.’

Doth thou not protest too much, sir?

Coleraine FC is a top team in the Northern Ireland League, which is a semi-professional competition. Their players work during the day and train at night.

A Trinidad Express article further suggested that the team planned to stick Griffith III and his best friend Jesse Williams into their academy rather than have them compete for places on their adult first team.

Neither player was granted a work permit to join the team in any case, and they were never going to come close to meeting the criteria set by the British Home Office.

Is it likely that Fenwick and the other British middle-men involved were unaware of this?

But two things seemed odd about Griffith III’s dalliance with Coleraine. First, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) began announcing Griffith III as an employee of the Northern Ireland team from as early as July 2020. Yet, Griffith III’s and Williams’ trials with the club only took place in October 2020.

Clearly the TTFA, through its media statements, was passing off the young man as a professional player when he was not. But why was the police commissioner so certain that his son would be accepted by the team when, in the football industry, nothing is more uncertain than a trial?

(Up until last month, TTFA releases still claimed that Griffith III was a Coleraine player.)

The second thing about Coleraine that caught my attention was their kit sponsor: Avec Sport. It was the same sport apparel supplier that Fenwick’s friend and agent, Peter Miller, brought to the TTFA in a controversial deal signed without board approval and subsequently voided by the Fifa-appointed normalisation committee.

So although I could not speak directly to Griffith III’s qualities as a player, it seems clear that, whether directly or indirectly, Fenwick was involved in virtually every aspect of his football career. And that, simultaneously, Fenwick was enjoying—or seeking to enjoy—benefits from the TTPS.

The reason that Wired868 readers have not heard more about these odd links is not negligence on my part. In fact, Griffith’s professional relationship with Fenwick has been the subject of quiet probes for months. The commissioner’s knowledge of such investigative work was partially responsible for his angry rant on 4 June, directed at Trinidad Express journalist Denyse Renne, in which he vowed to withdraw all his beneficial support from the national team.

But more on that later.

Unsurprisingly, in June 2020, Fenwick named Griffith III on his first training squad as national head coach. The Englishman invited several national youth players supposedly to aid in their long-term development rather than to necessarily play them with the senior squad.

Young Griffith qualified on the basis of his selection at Under-17 level—in conditions where, with the youth team starved of funding by the TTFA, Griffith sr stepped in with TTPS resources.

However, in July, when Fenwick trimmed his training squad and Griffith III was still included, a school coach rang me.

One of his former players, he said, was in tears. The young man had worked hard and tried to please Fenwick as best as he could, only to be dropped. But what really deflated the Pro League stand-out was that Griffith III was still on the squad.

“It is not right what is going on here, man,” said the coach. “The youth man from the ghetto, giving his all, and you take his dream away from him because of blatant favouritism?”

The coach and I agreed to talk on the record. But when the time came, he had a change of heart.

“I talked it over and I feel if I say anything, they would only victimise the boy more,” he said

The coach might have no regrets about that decision. The axed player went on to regain his place on the national team and eventually earn a cap under Fenwick—something that Griffith III still has not managed.

Despite the school coach’s about-turn, I reached out to others who had worked with Griffith III. All suggested that he was not nearly good enough for consideration on even a national youth team, let alone a senior one. But none would say so on the record. They did not want the ‘top cop’ as an enemy.

Earlier this month, however, Wired868 received correspondence that revealed what it was like as a coach to have Griffith III around your team.

Ken Elie, a retired army warrant officer class one, is a former Trinidad and Tobago national youth team coach and one of only two coaches to win the TTFA FA Trophy while in charge of a second tier team, WASA FC.

In 2018, Elie was head coach of lower mid-table SSFL Premier Division team, Trinity College Moka. Griffith III, who went to St Mary’s College but never made their first team, transferred to Moka.

In October, Trinity College Moka principal Carl Tang called Elie into a meeting with Griffith. The topic was the coach’s failure to use the police commissioner’s son in his first team.

“It was a straight case of trying to undermine the selection process,” said a member of the Trinity Moka technical staff.

Wired868 was unable to reach Tang for comment. Tang is also vice-captain of the Trinidad Rifle Association, which is headed by TTPS superintendent Wayne Mystar.

Elie stood his ground, insisting that Griffith III did not have the necessary quality to play for the Trinity Moka first team.

After their meeting, Elie wrote Tang on 15 October 2018 to clarify his views on ‘our most recent intervention with one of our parents, whose child is a member of our football team’.

‘[…] The perception of fairness goes a long way in harnessing, moulding and protecting the school and sports team/s from the perception of bias, favouritism and nepotism. This, of all the external concerns, is a most swift and corrosive element that diminishes, retards and poisons team cohesion. In fact, in some constituents the team never recovers.

‘The coach is the hub on which salient decisions are made in sports. His duty conduct and decisions are always effective and just when it’s done from an ethical and moral conscience (informed decisions).

‘[…] The ‘greater good’ must be the ‘golden rule’. Generally, based on the meeting’s core purpose, aim and understanding of the parents’ desire for their child, I perceive that the ‘greater good’ may not be realised, if all conditions remained unchanged.

‘What was clear, however, is that the parent will simply be satisfied if the child is automatically selected to participate in the Premier Division. This I suppose is a criteria (sic) for the student to gain acceptance at another organisation.

‘It will require an explanation to another player(s) on the team that will question justification for the inclusion of one against the exclusion of another. Presently, in the circumstances, this justification cannot be valid…’

Elie never played Griffith III. Yet, within six months of his failure to make a modest school team, the young man was jetting off to Florida as part of the National Under-17 Team.

In between, Griffith made a handful of appearances for North East Stars in the local Pro League. Stars finished bottom of the table with one win and six points from 18 games. They scored 16 times and conceded 58 goals.

Wired868 asked then Stars head coach Zoran Vranes, a former Trinidad and Tobago national senior and youth team coach, about his reason for selecting Griffith III.

Wired868: Was that because you thought he was at that level?

Vranes: Hahaha. At that time he was very young. He wasn’t ready yet, but you know l love to support young guys. He has a football future, but needs to work hard and be patient…

Vranes’ assessment was the most generous one offered to Griffith III by any coach, with the exception of Fenwick. Still, the Serbian said the commissioner’s son ‘wasn’t ready’ when he picked him.

Wired868 spoke to several current national players and technical staff members. They all agreed with the first part of Vranes’ assessment: the boy was not ready.

It is harsh to so dissect the dreams of a young athlete, but then it is his father who, inadvertently or otherwise, chose to make the boy’s supposed talent a topic of national discussion; and a rod with which to attack the credibility of Wired868’s coverage.

In truth, Griffith III seemed to always be a distraction to the national team.

“He was normal at the beginning but then you saw the spoiled brat behaviour start to come out,” said one national senior team player, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He is a player that holds on to the ball. He has always been that type of player from the first day he started to train.

“He would hold on, and hold on. And if anyone talks to him, he would say some kind of foolishness.”

Several eyewitnesses report that, once during a training session in Nassau, national midfielder Hashim Arcia was irritated by Griffith III’s antics.

“Boy run back, nah!” Arcia shouted, as the rookie repeatedly lost possession while trying to dribble and then left it for his teammates to attempt to win back the ball.

It is alleged that Griffith III’s angry response included the phrase ‘I am a real bad man!’

Arcia, a soldier, just walked away.

“Hashim [Arcia] just laughed,” said the source, “and said ‘I am not wasting my time with you’.”

By the end of the following day, nobody was laughing.

Football / Re: Angus Eve Thread.
« on: June 14, 2021, 05:09:02 PM »
Ah see what i said about eve and local players at 8min 40sec hadad  referring the questions alot also
  btw .....
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Football / Re: Angus Eve Thread.
« on: June 13, 2021, 03:29:03 PM »
no mate, he was involved in either the U15 or U20 just recently, i'm sure of it. none the less, what have he achieved to merit coaching the national team? at least terry won quite a few pro league tittles and coached against better opposition in the concacaf champions league to merit the post.

He was appointed under 17 coach recently.....but due to coivd everything was cut short....
you still haven't answered me, what did angus achieve that made him suitable for this job?

CFU seem to be the only region in football where any ole former football player with no experience and zero accomplishments could walk in and coach your national team, there's no serious approach to the sport here in CFU that's why we get owned by the north and central americans in the confederation, we have no structure what so ever, which spells failure down the line and many more years to come.

well he did have against results in the pan american games and the  caribbean olympic qualifiers ..... btw he is just filling in


Football / Re: Angus Eve Thread.
« on: June 13, 2021, 01:41:48 PM »
The only thing is angus has a bias towards the local players but I wish him the best

Football / Re: Angus Eve Thread.
« on: June 13, 2021, 11:34:39 AM »
no mate, he was involved in either the U15 or U20 just recently, i'm sure of it. none the less, what have he achieved to merit coaching the national team? at least terry won quite a few pro league tittles and coached against better opposition in the concacaf champions league to merit the post.

He was appointed under 17 coach recently.....but due to coivd everything was cut short....

Football / Re: Angus Eve Thread.
« on: June 13, 2021, 10:29:34 AM »
Angus Eve would be a big mistake for T&T head coach.

Yuh could kiss all foreign based players good buy.

He fail as T&T youth coach when the TTFA had money, now they don't, what make you think he go do better.

He was coach for de under 20 and under 23 and fail big time.

We have no good local coaches because all of them stock on one level and have the same mentality.
thank you very much, i couldn't have said it any better myself. they went and fire a coach three weeks away from the gold cup qualifications to start all over with a new coach, very smart people indeed. normally a smart federation would have left the assistant coaches to carry on until the gold cup is over to hire a new coach. now they're considering a man who took a way bigger beating than fenwick in his many roles as national coach. i never forgot that 8 nil loss to mexico U23 ten years ago.

eve only coached  the under 23 team ....

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