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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #210 on: June 28, 2015, 01:52:50 PM »
Another major travesty on the books.  The fact that Tim Kee allowed such a monumental cock-up means he is just not cut out for the job. As well Mohammed.  Somebody needs to challenge Tim Kee for the position. 

kelvin and crew most likely will challenge but even they are not the right fit... too much history there, there needs to be no history.. no leadership that will bridge business and football and manage both sides..


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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #211 on: June 28, 2015, 04:18:11 PM »
Jamaica beat Dominican Repu by 4 goals, Dominican Repu did not score any goal

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One loss in Olympic qualifying shows how Trinidad and Tobago’s soccer future is likely screwed
By Ryan Rosenblatt (fusion.net)


After just one match, Trinidad and Tobago knows it is not going to the Olympics. One match! The Soca Warriors didn’t even get close enough to really dream of a trip to Rio, but the more worrying part is what this qualification means for their future.

The Trinidad and Tobago U-23’s were bounced from contention from a spot at the Olympics because of a 5-3 loss. To Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. In its opening match. When it would’ve had to win the group stage of Caribbean qualifying.

The team then would’ve had to move on to win a semifinal, which would’ve taken it to the CONCACAF U-23 Championship. Then Trinidad and Tobago would’ve had to finish in the top three in order to qualify for the Olympics. With one smackdown from St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago finished about four steps short of qualification.

Unfortunately for Trinidad and Tobago, this was coming. The U-20 team from three years ago got knocked out in the Caribbean preliminary round and doesn’t appear to have improved much since. Then there’s the little problem of the coach not knowing when qualifying started:

“If I knew (earlier) our qualifiers started in June, I would not have accepted,” manager Zoran Vranes told Wired868 in April, after being unveiled as coach. “I had information that it was in August. I have a month to prepare the team but I will not say that we have no chance…”

Vranes also wasn’t given the chance to properly prepare his team. He tried to schedule five friendlies against international opposition, but was told that none of them could be played because of financial reasons, although he did finally get one against Nicaragua.

Oh, and Vranes also didn’t get to call in the players he wanted. That’s because 15 of the 20 players he originally put on his qualifying roster did not get visas. When the team showed up in Puerto Rico for the opening qualifying match, it was with just 12 players.

So let’s go through the checklist for a successful team:

– Knowing when qualifying starts
– Having a manager who wants to be there
– Prepare with friendlies
– Call in your best players
– Get visas so those players can show up

Trinidad and Tobago struck out on every single one of those.

There once was a time when Trinidad and Tobago was one of the better teams in CONCACAF. And it’ll have a chance to make a run in the Gold Cup and to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. But the team probably won’t be anywhere near the top after long. Teams unable to figure out the basics are teams that get thrashed by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and find their dreams dashed after just one game.
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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #213 on: June 29, 2015, 04:03:02 PM »
Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica are into the finals of CFU Men’s Olympic Qualifiers
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Haiti Cuba and Jamaica have topped Groups 1, 2 and 3 respectively with maximum nine points in the preliminary stages of the 2015 Caribbean Zone Group stage of the Men’s Olympic Qualifiers which stated on June 24.

The top team from Group 4 will be decided today, Monday, June 29, when Puerto Rico encounters Trinidad & Tobago at 8:00pm at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Puerto Rico.

The winner of each group (a total of 4 teams) from the current group stage, will qualify for the final round which is scheduled for August 12 -17. The host of the final will be selected from the four teams at the end of the group stage on June 29th. The top two teams from the final round will qualify for the CONCACAF Olympic Championship.

Haiti completed the task in Group 1on Sunday, June 28, by defeating St Kitts and Nevis 3-1 at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Haiti. In the earlier encounter Cayman Islands fell 1 - 0 to Barbados.

Cuba defeated Antigua and Barbuda 3-2 in a thrilling victory in Group 2 played at the Antigua Recreation Ground in Antigua. Guyana won their first game against Aruba 5-0 in the other game played at this same venue.

Jamaica was next taking Group 3 with a convincing 4-0 triumph over Dominican Republic at the Estado Felix Sanchez.

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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #214 on: June 29, 2015, 07:09:16 PM »
we up 1 nil
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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #215 on: June 29, 2015, 07:38:28 PM »
final score plz ??..starting line up...scorers ??..report ??
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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #216 on: June 29, 2015, 08:06:10 PM »
we beat them 5 nil
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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #217 on: June 29, 2015, 08:14:35 PM »
Team played well, dominating for most portions of the game that I managed to see...the stream was poor so hard to give a proper report but I DO know Winchester scored our 1st goal and #18 scored a brace...other goals came from #12 and #17, sorry I don't know who's no is which player and jerseys didn't carry names, so best I could do

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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #218 on: June 29, 2015, 09:26:05 PM »
It is a pity they did not have that form in the first game. Oh well ...... no need beating a dead horse! Hope you guys do better in the PanAm games.

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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #219 on: June 30, 2015, 02:26:08 AM »
Trinidad and Tobago 5 (Ricardo John 2, Rundell Winchester, Akeem Roach, Aikim Andrews) vs Puerto Rico 0

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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #220 on: June 30, 2015, 08:00:06 AM »
oh yes and john did not make the final squad
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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #221 on: June 30, 2015, 08:01:23 AM »
This will help some players like Winchester get form for the Gold Cup. Some good news amongst the bad news vibes of the T&T football.
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Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #222 on: June 30, 2015, 02:25:05 PM »
Muhammad fingered for Warriors cock-ups; U23s rush to replace Corbin
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com)


Trinidad and Tobago National Under-23 Team manager David Muhammad has arguably run out of hiding space for a series of administrative cock-ups that might have cost his players their 2016 Olympic Games dreams and now threaten their 2015 Pan American Games aspirations as well.

The final accreditation deadline for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am tournament, according to the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC), is Tuesday June 30 and the Under-23s are a player short, after Muhammad failed to replace St Ann’s Rangers attacker Kadeem Corbin on their 18-man squad list.

National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart selected the 19-year-old Corbin to represent his country at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the clash of dates means that, even if the “Soca Warriors” are eliminated early, Under-23 coach Zoran Vranes would have just 17 available players for as much as two-thirds of their competition.

The senior Warriors play Guatemala, Cuba and Mexico in the United States on July 9, 12 and 15 respectively. And the National Under-23 Team face Uruguay, Paraguay and Mexico in Toronto on July 13, July 17 and July 21.

Yesterday, Wired868 asked Muhammad, via What’s App, about Corbin’s selection for the Pan Am Games.

“Corbin will miss one or two Pan Am Games because of the Gold Cup,” stated Wired868, on June 29. “Is it worth it to take him to Pan Am?”

Muhammad responded: “He’s not going to the Pan Am Games.”

The manager did not respond to follow up questions as to whether the TTOC erred by placing Corbin on the list and, if the replacement was made, which player would take his place.

Wired868 sought clarification from the TTOC.

Was Corbin replaced? Did the TTOC send the wrong football squad list to the media?

“The TTOC can only have been guided by, in this case, the TTFA,” TTOC president Brian Lewis told Wired868. “There was no way the TTOC would have selected a player for the TTFA. The important question for the TTFA to answer is if they sent a revised list to the TTOC that omitted Kadeem Corbin.”

TTOC marketing assistant Chanelle Young confirmed that the Olympic Committee sent the most recent football roster to the media. However, Young revealed that the TTFA did ask for Corbin to be replaced from its Pan American Games squad.

Crucially, though, the TTFA’s request came hours after Muhammad claimed that Corbin was not on their Pan Am squad.

“Today, I got an email from football, dated June 30 and 10.15 am, where he stated that he is going to replace Kadeem Corbin,” Young told Wired868. “We only got this information this morning that Kadeem Corbin will no longer be on the team.”

Just as crucially, though, Muhammad did not name a replacement for Corbin, which means he did not fix the initial problem. And he has only a few hours to do so.

“He hasn’t notified us about who he would replace (Corbin) with as well,” said Young. “Right now, we have to meet a deadline for accreditation… He has to send it today (because) today is the deadline that (the) Toronto (LOC) gave us.

“Some of the accreditation requests (were not processed) so about five footballers need visas. If they person they want to replace him with (was not on their initial shortlist), he wouldn’t be able to go at all.”

Muhammad could not be reached for comment as the Under-23 Team left Puerto Rico this morning. They will arrive in Trinidad in three batches at roughly 2 pm, 4.30 pm and 11.30 pm.

The manager is expected to land in the first group, just as he was first to arrive in Puerto Rico while more than half his young team remained in Port of Spain trying to acquire visas.

The Warriors’ Olympic football dreams were blighted by visa issues, as Vranes was forced to scrap his initial 20-man squad and carry whichever players he could find who had proper travel documents.

Muhammad got 12 players to Puerto Rico in time for their first scheduled match against Suriname on June 24, which was later abandoned. However, two of those players, Keane McIvor and Adrian Welch, were subsequently deemed ineligible to play by Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials.

The tournament rules mandated that each team must have three goalkeepers and 17 outfield players on its roster but Under-23 goalkeeper Javon Sample was denied a visa. Trinidad and Tobago travelled to Puerto Rico with 19 outfield players and two goalkeepers and, as the CFU stuck to the rules, McIvor and Welch, became inactive passengers.

Muhammad blamed the Under-23s chaotic build up to their Olympic qualifiers on a technical glitch at the United States Embassy.

“We had applied within the regular timeframes,” Muhammad told Wired868.

The US Embassy conceded that it experienced “technical problems” since May 26, which were only righted on June 26.

However, a release from the US Embassy appeared to contradict Muhammad’s stance that he applied in a timely fashion.

The team manager said an application was made for visas just before the Under-23 players entered camp on Tuesday June 16. They were meant to travel to Puerto Rico on Sunday June 21 while Friday June 19 was Labour Day.

One of the players, Central FC forward Dwight Quintero, did not even get a passport until Saturday June 20.

“Visa applicants should note most visas are delivered within 5-10 days of approval,” stated the US Embassy. “However, applicants with concrete departure dates are advised to apply as early as possible as we cannot guarantee return of the passport within 10 (working) days.”

In fact, despite the Embassy’s technical issues, the Under-23 players received visa appoints within four working days of their request. And they got visas 24 hours later.

Even then, they got to Puerto Rico on Thursday June 25 for a tournament that was due to start on Wednesday June 24.

At the time, Muhammad congratulated himself and his staff for their work, even though, contrary to his suggestion, the Warriors appeared to have just 10 available players in Puerto Rico at the time.

“I am very proud of the staff,” he told Wired868 on Monday June 22, “that, in light of the circumstances, we were able to put together a strong team to compete by Wednesday.

“That goes to show the depth of our squad.”

The Warriors promptly lost their opening game 5-3 to St Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday June 27 and were eliminated within 90 minutes of their campaign.

Muhammad is not new to the role of national team manager or controversy, after taking up his first post in 2007 under then coach Francisco Maturana before also serving under Russell Latapy.

TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee restored Muhammad within three months of taking over the reins of local football in late 2012.

“I think (Muhammad) was unceremoniously replaced,” Tim Kee told Wired868 then, “and anyone who was replaced for no reason, we will put that right.”

At the time, Muhammad, who is a motivational speaker and head of the Louis Farrakhan-inspired “Black Agenda Project”, promised to be an inspiring choice for the football body.

“If reappointed, I will do my best to manage, organise, communicate with, network, inform and motivate the players and staff to continue to strive for excellence,” said Muhammad, “and also seek to reintroduce some earlier standards.

“My knowledge and experience in the field of Human Resource Management shall also once again be applied to my tasks.”

At present, the TTOC just wants Muhammad to give them the name of the Under-23 squad’s 18th player. Otherwise, Vranes and his troops might again go into battle short-handed.

Kadeem Corbin timeline

June 5: Corbin makes his senior international debut against Curaçao and was credited by national coaches and teammates for making a strong case towards Gold Cup selection.

June 9: Corbin’s name is submitted to CONCACAF as part of a 34-man shortlist for the Gold Cup.

June 20: Corbin is selected on the Gold Cup team.

June 23: The TTFA reveals its Gold Cup team, with Corbin, to the media.

June 29: TTOC reveals the TTFA’s Pan American Games squads, which includes Corbin. Wired868 questions Muhammad on Corbin’s selection and the manager denies that the player is on their squad.

June 30: Muhammad asks for Corbin to be removed from the Pan Am squad. It does not name a replacement, although it is deadline day.

T&T’s Under-23 Pan Am squad (as revealed by the TTOC on June 29): Jovan Sample, Montell Joseph, Shannon Gomez, Alvin Jones, Dario Holmes, Maurice Ford, Jesus Perez, Tristan Hodge, Jelani Felix, Neveal Hackshaw, Xavier Rajpaul, Jomal Williams, Aikim Andrews, Nathaniel Garcia, Shackiel Henry, Dwight Quintero, Neil Benjamin.

Withdrawn: Kadeem Corbin

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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #223 on: June 30, 2015, 03:05:47 PM »
What a real mess.

Not only Corbin should have been replaced, but isn't Neil Benjamin injured?

They dropped two strikers for what ever reason (Akeem Roach and Ricardo John).

Three more is out; Corbin and Winchester (with senior team) and Benjamin (injured?).

What a shame.

No Olympic and now Pan-Am dream looks slim.

This Muhammad guy was fired and they reinstate him without proper cause and paying the price now.

Can't forget the incident with Jlloyd Samuel.

Then again, you get what you pay for.

« Last Edit: June 30, 2015, 03:09:39 PM by Flex »
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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #224 on: June 30, 2015, 04:08:31 PM »
Until we learn that officials must perform, held accountable, and take responsibility for their actions, nothing will change in Trinidad and Tobago. Same repetitions of inefficiency, stupidity, and incompetence that occurs over and over and over again.
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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #225 on: June 30, 2015, 04:23:02 PM »
Blame Sancho!



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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #226 on: June 30, 2015, 04:25:32 PM »
Lasana for manager!!! does be checkin & double-checkin good.

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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #227 on: June 30, 2015, 04:35:11 PM »
How do you know the Pres.isn't paid. Is it just him or the entire Executive.

Please expad.

Because I do... it's not even secret information.  Heck, TTFA President isn't even a full-time position.  I don't believe ExCo members are paid either, but that I'm less sure of.

Well if is not secret information, tell u where you get it from nah_
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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #228 on: June 30, 2015, 05:02:23 PM »
Here we go again !! wtf    Look nah David Muhammad  plain and simple yuh messing up ..
plz step aside  ....how many more  chances yuh need to f.....up  ?   what ah damn shame..... can't this man be fired ??? i mean really .... >:(

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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #229 on: June 30, 2015, 05:29:39 PM »
Unnaceptable, if true.

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Re: 2015 Olympic Team Thread.
« Reply #230 on: June 30, 2015, 06:19:15 PM »
U-23s get moral boosting win over Puerto Rico.
By Shaun Fuentes (TTFA).


Head Coach Zoran Vranes and his players had something to finally smile about as they pulled off a moral boosting 5-0 victory over hosts Puerto Rico in their final Caribbean Football Union Olympic Qualifier at the Juan Ramon Louriel Stadium, Bayamon on Monday night.

Already out of the Olympic race after their 5-3 loss to St Vincent/Grenadines on the weekend, Vranes’ team will now look ahead to the Pan American Games in Toronto and the result would leave them with some form of relief.

T&T got off to a quick start and opened the scoring in the 6th minute when Portland Timbers 2 forward Rundell Winchester finished well to the dismay of the home fans who had come out in hope of cheering their side to a win.

The scoreline stood at half time but T&T upped the tempo after the break with further goals from Aikim Andrews (62nd), Akeem Roach, his third in two games, in the 76th and a double from Ricardo John in the 82nd and 88th minutes.

T&T finished the group in second spot with three points behind group winners St Vincent/Grenadines (4 points). The Vincentians advances to the semi-final phase.

Vranes said he was pleased to his side bounce back.

“I am happy to see the boys come back and play this way. It has been a long few weeks for them, you know, preparing for the tournament and then coming here to get knocked out after one loss,” Vranes said.

“But I know their capabilities and they were able to put the loss behind them and focus on this game. I think the early start helped us and we never looked back.

“Now we have a few days to prepare for the Pan American Games. The players are anxious because they all would like to play against these quality teams. They want to do well for the country and I think this will be a great opportunity for them to go there and do something good and get the experience for the future.”

T&T faces Uruguay on July 13th, Paraguay on July 17th and Mexico on July 21st.

T&T line up vs Puerto Rico

1-Montel Joseph
2-Jesus Perez
3-Leland Archer
4-Duane Muckette
5-Jelani Felix
6-Alvin Jones
7-Neveal Hackshaw
8-Kadeem Corbin/ Akeem Roach- 73rd minute
9-Xavier Rajpaul/ Aikim Andrews 57th minute
10-Ricardo John
11-Rundell Winchester/ Jomal Williams 83rd

Unused Substitutes: - Aaron Enil, Martieon Watson, Jabari Mitchell, Josiah Trimmingham, Shackiel Henry.

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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #231 on: June 30, 2015, 08:41:13 PM »
Brilliant!

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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #232 on: June 30, 2015, 09:24:38 PM »
Team manager David Muhammad explains why Keane McIvor and Adrian Welch were ineligible to play in the U-23 tournament:
"The tournament rules mandated that each team must have three goalkeepers and 17 outfield players on its roster but Under-23 goalkeeper Javon Sample was denied a visa. Trinidad and Tobago travelled to Puerto Rico with 19 outfield players and two goalkeepers and, as the CFU stuck to the rules, McIvor and Welch, became inactive passengers."

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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #233 on: June 30, 2015, 10:16:53 PM »
What a real mess.

Not only Corbin should have been replaced, but isn't Neil Benjamin injured?

They dropped two strikers for what ever reason (Akeem Roach and Ricardo John).

Three more is out; Corbin and Winchester (with senior team) and Benjamin (injured?).

What a shame.

No Olympic and now Pan-Am dream looks slim.

This Muhammad guy was fired and they reinstate him without proper cause and paying the price now.

Can't forget the incident with Jlloyd Samuel.

Then again, you get what you pay for.



Sorry....but.....

what happened with Muhammed and Jlloyd???

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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #234 on: June 30, 2015, 10:18:16 PM »
ummmmmmmmm

is this Muhammad's full time job?
How did he get this job?
What qualifications or experience does he have in sports mgmt???

we have ppl coming back with sports mgmt degrees and not being put to good use.

Please...this dude needs to ride.
he needs to just resign and save face

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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #235 on: July 01, 2015, 04:33:25 AM »
Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous. How can any self-respecting manager make such a mistake? He needs to go on a couple of training course and get his head in the damn job

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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #236 on: July 01, 2015, 08:20:53 AM »
Team manager David Muhammad explains why Keane McIvor and Adrian Welch were ineligible to play in the U-23 tournament:
"The tournament rules mandated that each team must have three goalkeepers and 17 outfield players on its roster but Under-23 goalkeeper Javon Sample was denied a visa. Trinidad and Tobago travelled to Puerto Rico with 19 outfield players and two goalkeepers and, as the CFU stuck to the rules, McIvor and Welch, became inactive passengers."
What's bad is we even got basic math wrong, a total of 20 players is supposed to be on the roster and we had 21 ::)

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Re: Corbin confusion; TTOC, US Embassy finger Muhammad for U-23 cock-ups
« Reply #237 on: July 01, 2015, 09:23:52 AM »
What a real mess.

Not only Corbin should have been replaced, but isn't Neil Benjamin injured?

They dropped two strikers for what ever reason (Akeem Roach and Ricardo John).

Three more is out; Corbin and Winchester (with senior team) and Benjamin (injured?).

What a shame.

No Olympic and now Pan-Am dream looks slim.

This Muhammad guy was fired and they reinstate him without proper cause and paying the price now.

Can't forget the incident with Jlloyd Samuel.

Then again, you get what you pay for.



Sorry....but.....

what happened with Muhammed and Jlloyd???

http://www.socawarriors.net/mens-senior-team/senior-team-news/senior-team-news/6284-ttff-manager-takes-jlloyd-for-a-joy-ride.html

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U-23s swap Corbin with Trimmingham; TTOC slams self-centred administrators
« Reply #238 on: July 01, 2015, 06:22:22 PM »
U-23s swap Corbin with Trimmingham; TTOC slams self-centred administrators
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com)


San Juan Jabloteh utility player Josiah Trimmingham has been selected to replace St Ann’s Rangers attacker Kadeem Corbin in the Trinidad and Tobago National Under-23 Team for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Corbin was essentially ruled unavailable for the Pan Am tournament since June 20 when National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart picked the versatile 19-year-old attacker in his 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad.

However, Under-23 manager David Muhammad took another two weeks to inform the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) of the change in its travelling squad. And, in the process, the “Soca Warriors” missed another deadline.

It is believed that Trimmingham was on the initial Under-23 provisional squad, which means the former San Juan Secondary student should have already been vetted by the Toronto Local Organising Committee (LOC).

Once Trimmingham is proven to have passed earlier security checks, TTOC president Brian Lewis said it is very likely that he will be accredited to play in the Pan Am Games. If not, the Warriors, who were unable to register a full 20-man squad for last month’s Olympic qualifying tournament, will again travel shorthanded.

Lewis made it clear that he did not intend to single out Muhammad or any particular sporting body for shoddy management. But he admitted to his frustration in the administrative work of some sporting bodies, which, he felt, do a disservice to their athletes.

“There are some sports we have perennially had issues with and, from where I am sitting, this has to stop,” Lewis told Wired868. “This is just not how the TTOC wants to be operating. We want our athletes to have peace of mind and this is not the preparation we want athletes and teams operating through the TTOC to go through.

“I am not pointing blame, I am trying to look at the end result. We have to strive to ensure that our athletes are giving the best environment and opportunity to perform at their best and succeed.

“Everything else is excuses.”

The Under-23 outfit was eliminated from the Olympic qualifying series after just 90 minutes following an opening 5-3 loss to St Vincent and the Grenadines in Puerto Rico.

Muhammad’s tardiness in applying for US visas was felt to be a big blow to the squad as coach Zoran Vranes was forced to replace eight members from his original 20-man squad, who could not get travel documents.

The players who missed out were former National Under-20 captain and right back Shannon Gomez, who has two senior team caps, as well as striker Dwight Quintero, attacking midfielder Nathaniel Garcia, defenders Jibiri McDavid, Maurice Ford, Triston Hodge and Dario Holmes and goalkeeper Javon Sample.

TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips said the local football body was “concerned” about the team’s performance and was awaiting reports from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) tournament committee as well as Muhammad and Vranes before deciding on the next course of action.

“People are focusing on the visa issue but the fact of the matter is St Vincent had to go through the same issue,” Phillips told Wired868. “One can argue that (St Vincent and the Grenadines) had a more difficult time (than us) and they were able to overcome it and we didn’t.

“Obviously, (as regards) the latest issue with the US embassy, we have to reiterate that they bent over backwards to accommodate us and make sure our players got over there.”

Lewis explained that the TTOC will holds it Delegates Registration Meeting (DRM) tomorrow, which is the curtain call for the Pan Am Games.

However, the TTOC president pointed out that some administrators prefer to act as if deadlines do not apply to them and it causes unnecessary stress on the TTOC, the tournament organisers and, worst of all, the athletes.

“There are people who constantly operate with deadlines as if the world revolves around them but there are over 6,500 athletes (the Toronto LOC is) dealing with,” said Lewis. “We have to keep stepping up our game… What we have been striving for is about being athlete centred and we operate on a no-excuse philosophy at the TTOC.

“Whatever challenges that arise, we have to strive to get over them. If we want to demand the best from our athletes, we have to endeavour to do our best too.

“Stop making excuses and trying to rationalise failures and mistakes.”

At present, five unspecified members of the Under-23 squad are awaiting Canadian visas, since they were not included in the initial provisional list for accreditation.

(Team)

T&T’s Under-23 Pan Am squad: Jovan Sample, Montell Joseph, Shannon Gomez, Alvin Jones, Dario Holmes, Maurice Ford, Jesus Perez, Tristan Hodge, Jelani Felix, Neveal Hackshaw, Xavier Rajpaul, Jomal Williams, Aikim Andrews, Nathaniel Garcia, Shackiel Henry, Dwight Quintero, Neil Benjamin.

Late inclusion: Josiah Trimmingham.

Withdrawn: Kadeem Corbin.

« Last Edit: July 04, 2015, 05:52:12 AM by Flex »

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So they replace a striker with a defender.

We already dont have John, Winchester, Roach, Benjamin and now Corbin.

Strikers McIvor and Welch is also ineligible...

Not to mention, Dwight Quintero our only striker didn't score or didn't play with the team in Puerto Rico.??

Wow...

I guess we will be playing a 5-5-0 formation...

 ;D

« Last Edit: July 01, 2015, 06:30:03 PM by Flex »
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