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Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« Reply #720 on: February 28, 2024, 05:03:34 PM »
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« Reply #721 on: February 28, 2024, 05:19:27 PM »
Haynes: “I could have prepared better!” T&T coach discusses Canada defeat
Vidia Ramphal

Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Under-20 Team head coach Brian Haynes admitted that his players were not fully prepared for their do-or-die Concacaf U-20 Qualifier against Canada on Tuesday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

The young Soca Warriors were soundly beaten 3-0 by Canada, who will now advance to the 2024 Concacaf U-20 Championships in Mexico from 19 July to 4.



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« Reply #722 on: February 28, 2024, 06:56:12 PM »
I object to his comments regarding Anton's screening of players and endorsing of the method. Brian Haynes was passionate about coaching the U20 team and was eager to share his expertise at a high level. The TTFA's way of evaluating local players in Trinidad and Tobago must be reconsidered. I am extremely disappointed with the result. I wanted to watch the game, but unfortunately, it was quite challenging to access as the US channel was demanding. It was brought to my attention that the center-back (captain) played poorly. I wonder if he could control and command the back four and the holding midfielders on the field.

In the future, the coach can choose players by evaluating their talent and abilities, so that he can place them in the suitable position.

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« Reply #723 on: February 29, 2024, 12:31:10 PM »
what I does cyah take is the blowing smoke up we ass, so i ent even watching those comments. Canada was LEVELS above us, clear as day to anybody who have eyes to see. Only Cardines look like he belong on the same field as CAN U-20. Glad youth got the Senior call up too. Bless up!!

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« Reply #724 on: February 29, 2024, 03:46:59 PM »
@ madness, the captain was poor from the first game even though he scored. Some say he's Shawn Cooper son that why he on the team. I'm not sure if that's true or not but by the way he played I have to believe that the only reason that kid made this team, he was extremely poor, very slow and seem to not care too much h. @ kounty Cardines is levels ahead of this team but Angus said he had to leave due to club commitments but he would have been on the national seniors. As for Chaves I wasn't that impressed with him to suggest he's ready for the senior team step up but we'll see how that plays out. Coach says the team was picked for him so let's see if he's retained to coach the U23s leading up to 2028 Olympics and how he does scouting and selecting his own players

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« Reply #725 on: February 29, 2024, 04:53:16 PM »
Tired of T&T's low standards. Comfortable with mediocrity. Excuses at every turn.
Let me tell allyuh right now. T&T could forget about qualifying for any world cup as long as they continue to operate like a pick up, fet match squad.

What in the world is Eve doing leading T&T Senior men's team? Are we even halfway serious?

Haynes disappointed bigtime. I heard so much about him and was excited he was called in to lead our U20s. But listening to his press conferences, it was clear that he lacks what it takes to be a winner. Nice guy? Sure. Winner? Hit and miss.

Eve simply eh ready.

Meh tongue bleeding from biting it soooo long. There got it out.

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Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« Reply #726 on: February 29, 2024, 06:45:41 PM »
We look at player who get call to our national team now 5th division Denmark player  etc
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« Reply #727 on: March 03, 2024, 08:29:11 AM »
been saying for over ten years now on this site that modernizing coaching techniques and practices readily available to anybody who can watch read and understand, yet Trinidad football remains this monolith of d same exploitable deficiencies for decades now that any and all teams have learned to and will always exploit. is always d same shit.......no unit play(team defense\attack), no pressing only cowardly backing off, no link up, no defenders that actually good on d ball, hundreds ah yards ah space between we lines ........no conditioning because we doh do dat and because we play slow ass football in we leagues when tempo raise we wilt.............


I jus lost d enthusiasm for TT football because d script is always d same........we not even consistent in CFU no more because we coaching like 1986 in f**king 2024.......I jus fed uo
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« Reply #728 on: March 04, 2024, 08:23:22 AM »
Lost in transition
By Fazeer Mohammed (T&T Express)


Every weekday afternoon in the Aranjuez Savannah, as I am sure prevails in most open green spaces throughout the country, there are several groups of youngsters (mostly male, but a few females as well) going through football drills with the guidance of their coaches.

In this specific case there are at least six groups, ranging in age from primary school level to what looks like Under-20s, and there appears to be no lack of effort and enthusiasm notwithstanding the blistering heat, which mercifully eases off as sunset approaches.

Even when the formal proceedings are over and the cones and other paraphernalia are packed away, there are always at least a handful who stay back to do their own thing under the floodlights.

Give some a chance and it looks like they will keep at it until the next proper training session gets underway the following afternoon.

So where does all that energy go when it’s time to wear the national colours? Is it an attitude issue? Or maybe a reflection of the nation’s poor work ethic?

Are our coaches at fault in failing to motivate their charges and maximise the obvious potential? Are they implementing systems and styles of play which are inherently deficient?

In the aftermath of the thoroughly lacklustre showing of the home side in their decisive final game of CONCACAF group qualification last Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, I had initially intended to focus on the comments of head coach Brian Haynes, both before and after that 3-0 loss to Canada.

However, Haynes is not really the issue here, even if some of his utterances make no sense at all.

There have been many different coaches across the age-group levels and the senior team – both male and female – before him and doubtless there will be many to follow him, presiding over performances which all have a common thread: lack of consistent pace, failing to put opponents under pressure in their own half of the pitch, giving up possession too easily, defence all over the place, and fatigue later in the game leading to more errors as concentration and cohesion go out the window.

Of course there are exceptions, yet these are so few and so very far between as to prove the rule, which is that talent and skill alone can never compensate for serious deficiencies in discipline and work-rate.

In the days when audiences in excess of 15,000 per night routinely attended such tournaments —so no-one was caught unawares and fans had to be locked out despite 13,000 empty seats— the likes of Dwight Yorke, Russell Latapy and Clint Marcelle provided considerable thrills and excitement.

Yet the results were essentially the same and we were all left to wonder what could have been.

Almost 40 years later we are hardly stirred by such disappointments because in the same way that taking in news of multiple murders overnight is as much of a morning routine as doubles, papers and coconut water, our level of desensitisation is such that the latest sporting setback prompts little more than a “what-you-go-do?” shoulder shrug.

So how do you break this cycle of dysfunction to give the next generation of aspiring footballers a better than fighting chance of not only fulfilling their potential but taking the national game to another level where world-class standards of fitness and an uncompromising work ethic are non-negotiables? First we have to acknowledge that it is indeed a cycle of dysfunction.

Unfortunately, as with what prevails in wider society in relation to corruption and the disintegration of law and order, there are more than enough powerful and influential people who are content to have things just as they are, and indeed will go to great lengths to ensure the maintenance of the status quo.

It is in this context that next month’s Trinidad and Tobago Football Association election is really an irrelevance, although much attention will be paid on what the contenders are putting on the table and what they are promising to do if elected.

Unless their track record shows a willingness to buck the trend, how is it even possible to anticipate a different type of leadership which may actually put the interest of football and footballers first?

Then again, even if some well-meaning revolutionary were to somehow prevail, there is always FIFA waiting in the wings to wield the big stick and ensure you toe their line or prepare for life without their precious funding and the death-knell of international isolation.

Yet the youngsters will keep on turning up after school for their training drills with most dreaming big dreams.

If only we could collectively lift our heads above selfish agendas we may actually become facilitators of a new status quo and eventually change the storylines from games like the one against Canada.
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« Reply #729 on: March 31, 2024, 08:43:05 PM »
Hindsight versus foresight: A review of T&T’s Concacaf U-20 performance
By Hannibal Najjar (T&T Express)


Here are some facts, and a possible explanation why Trinidad and Tobago failed to show better in our three games during the February 23-March 4 Under-20 CONCACAF Championships.

First, I share that I have known coach Brian Haynes for many decades, having played against him in the ‘70’s while I played for both Maple and Essex. My recall is that he played for Caroni. He was a fine player and was and still is a very fine human being.

From my research, Mr Haynes entered the T&T football coaching picture in early November 2023, “a come through dream of his whether for the male or women’s programme.”

However, his Under-20 run saw the collapse of his and T&T’s dreams when we underperformed in our decisive third game against Canada, losing 3-0 to a far superior side. But the truth be, we did not show well in our first game versus St Vincent and the Grenadines where we eked out a late winner after our 0-2 start.

A 5-0 drubbing of Dominica left T&T feeling ready for the final game with Canada, who demolished the Dominicans 8-0 in their opener.

Let me open with a few key questions.

Why was Coach Haynes chosen? What was the picture in the minds of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association/Normalisation Committee? Basis for these questions!: I was in T&T during the months of November and early December 2023. I made it my duty to watch several Secondary Schools Football League games ranging, from Premier Division, second eleven, Under-16, and the Under-14 levels where my God-daughter’s son plays for Queen’s Royal College.

Following my visit to T&T, I wrote two articles in the Trinidad Express, on December 26, 2023, and January 14, 2024. I outlined many of my observations of an improved level of football that I witnessed. Overall, the observations were very promising and filled with hope, largely because of the talent pool size and calculated and improved coaching injections that the players were receiving. In Part One, we discussed the roles of the next-in-line stakeholders. I opined that until the TTFA picks up the momentum by hiring full-time proven officials and shows itself to be the “rising tide that lifts all boats”, we will continue to labour through future generations. In any event, I encouraged the coach-player duo to continue to assume the responsibility of “flying the flag” as we all wait.

I also pointed out that “our players possess certain new attributes, whose likes have not been seen at any one time in my lifetime. Especially with the SSFL Premier and second eleven levels, they displayed mesmerising speed, strength, power and aerobic and anaerobic fitness. Critical too, is that the “fire in the belly” mindset is at an impressive level. I also found that players showed gains in tactical acuity, often being sharp-eyed in their search to attack as the crow flies. This ability appeared less in the defensive department. Questions are still out there about nutrition, diet, rest, and relaxation, and other difficult-to-assess, non-physical, emotional, and psychological qualities.

Back to the question: Why was Coach Haynes chosen? Why wasn’t the job given to any or a combination of Hutson Charles, Kenwyne Jones, Sean Cooper, Travis Mulraine, Wayne Sheppard, Jerry Moe, Randolph Boyce? Who better to take charge than these coming on the heels of a very competitive and exhilarating 2023 SSFL season, since these men have knowledge of these players! With the help and guidance of technical director Anton Corneal and men’s senior team coach Angus Eve, it seems clear that we could have evaluated a larger pool of competing players eager for selection. I understand that Charles was approached but his Defence Force (DF) duties removed that option. I still refuse to accept this as a plausible reason, especially when Hutson is an assistant with the DF. Country first, club after.

I have no further info on the others, although I see that Shawn Cooper had his input in the team. That decision not to go after two or three of these SSFL coaches was a huge mistake. I know all these coaches save the latter two (to my recollection), who have all been youth and national players under my supervision. And their playing and coaching experiences and exposures tell deep and promising tales, especially in the case of Charles, who also gained significantly as an assistant to Stephen Hart. Study their playing and coaching histories, assess their teams’ performances. See the picture!

To add insult to injury, didn’t Coach Haynes leave mid-stream to return to the US for three weeks during the preparation time? And did he not think he was risking having to say in the post-game media briefing,

“I think I, personally, could have prepared the team better and I didn’t have enough time to do that. It was just like coaching on the run”, Coach Haynes said, adding that, “the players were here before I got here, I didn’t do that. But I trusted Anton Corneal and his staff to do that before I got here.” What, Brian! You, the “General” hired to take the team forward and you neglected to inspect each chosen member? What of a coach’s inner instincts and the spoken-about extra benefits that you vowed you would bring to the game! I hope your second, and understandable reason for wanting to return home did materialise and produced all the blessings you hoped for.

A further observation was made, and it begs the question about the ruling of play for three games in five days, with double headers each day. I tried to contact CONCACAF and the USSF (United States Soccer Federation), both to no avail and the TTFA (no definitive answer). If permitted, would one not try to seize every home team’s advantage by playing the first match of the double-headers? Whatever the crowds, the aim is to win and not have the crowds witnessing curtailing performances.

Contrary to Haynes’ statement, the benefits are sizeable. If permitted, we would play first at 5 p.m., causing obstruction to the opposition from seeing our games since they would be focusing on their later 8 p.m. encounter. In turn, our coaches could fully scout the later games without the need to review the next morning, via video and the implicated logistics. With this option, we would go straight to training with a practice plan in mind. Other earlier-game benefits would include returning to the hotel for an early-enough dinner, shower, and maximum rest time.

Indeed Coach, you “could have prepared the team better!” Indeed, too, we could have selected a more, “on-top-of-things”, coaching staff. Indeed, hindsight is, 20-20. But foresight?

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