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SWO Interview with Teba McKnight.
« on: July 20, 2006, 04:53:37 AM »
SWO Interview with Teba McKnight.
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1. Where do you currently practice your trade?
TMK. I currently play with Charleston Battery in the USL 1st division (better known as the A-League).

2. I have been following your progress in the A-League with Charleston and I realize that you usually come off the bench. Is there a particular reason for this?
TMK. Yes, of course. It’s up to the coaching staff. We have 3 strikers available and they make their decision on who would start. The line up is out of my control. All I could do is keep training hard.

3. What major clubs did you play for while in Trinidad?
TMK. I played for W-Connection football club for about 2 years. During that time I was given the opportunity to play with the under 20 team who were eventual national champions in 1999, as well as, the professional team.

4. You have experience playing both professionally in Trinidad and the United States. Which level do you consider to be higher and why?
TMK. It would be difficult to say which league has a higher standard because they both play two different style of football. Personally, I think both leagues have their pros and cons.

5.  Do you see yourself playing professional in Trinidad in the short run?
TMK. I would like to play in Trinidad sometime in my career because I think it can only help the league when players as myself make the sacrifice to play in the T&T pro-league, despite the financial dis-incentive a player may encounter. This can only help the league to grow to where we would like to see it one day.

6. You and Silvio Spann have been on trials with Perugia of the Seria A in Italy. How was that experience and what was the eventual outcome of the trial?
TMK. It was a memorable experience. I went to the trials with a painful ankle injury and made the best out of the opportunity. It was very exciting to practice on the same field with Italian international Marco Materazzi, Brazilian international Jose’ Marcelo Ze Maria and South Korea wonder boy Ahn Jung-Hwan. The Perugian staff, although please with my performance, had other plans in mind.

7. What do you think of the performance Trinidad and Tobago gave at the World Cup finals in Germany?
TMK. I think we gave a good account of ourselves. However, I also believe that we did not show the world what kind of football we are really capable of; specifically from an attacking point of view.

8. What are your expectations of the level of football in Trinidad seeing that we qualified for the world?
TMK. To be honest, my expectations is just as everyone else I hope; which is to see the federation handle the success we have at this time and continue to help our football reach its’ fullest potential in the football world.

9. At what level have you represented Trinidad and Tobago at?
TMK. I played for the national under 20 team under the watchful eyes of Peter Grandville in 2000. I played for the national under 23 and senior team respectively under coach Rene Simone.

10. Knowing your potentials as a footballer better than anyone else, do you believe that you could/should have been a part of Trinidad and Tobago 2006 World Cup squad?
TMK. (Smile) I am a very confident player and I let my game do the talking; that’s for sure. However, these things are out of my control. I play the game at my best potential and the coaching staff makes their decision. In any event, I was in college at the time and not really involved with Trinidad and Tobago football.

11. Have you ever been contacted by the TTFF for a possible trials with the senior team since you signed with Charleston Battery?
TMK. No, I have not.

12. During your playing career (at national, club, high school or college level) which player/s did you enjoy playing with the most?
TMK. Good question. I have many to be honest. Some of them include, Joel Bailey, Leon Brown, Fabien Lewis, Kwame Wilshire, Jace Peters, Silvio Spann and Clint De Verteuil, just to name a few.

13. I understand that you play several positions. Which one would you consider your favorite and why?
TMK. I love playing forward. It brings joy to burst the "ole onion bag". (laugh)....

14. How did the opportunity to play with Charleston battery come about?
TMK. On completion of my college career at George Mason University, I was given several opportunities to play professional in the United States. The best opportunity was obviously Charleston Battery.

15. Do you believe that your playing experience at George Mason University was worthwhile? Why?
TMK. It was worthwhile in the sense that I was able to obtain an degree and also experience a different type of football.

16. What would be your most memorable experience at George Mason University?
TMK. In 2004, we defeated NCAA power house St Johns University. I scored 2 goals and had an assist in a 3-1 victory at St Johns. I had a goal in the opening minute of the game and then finished with a second item in the second half.

17. The A-League season is about to end. What are you plans then?
TMK. I was drafted #1 by Baltimore Blast in the national indoor professional. The league starts in October and I might pick up on the opportunity. If I do not take up on the opportunity, most likely I will be playing in the Asian continent. I can’t say too much about it at this point.

18. Which coach/es have had the most influence on you as a player and why?
TMK. Jan Steadman had the most influence on me because he always tried to bring out the full potential in me which I may not have known at that point in time. He was always straight forward with me. In addition, coach Greg Andrilus (former Columbus crew head coach) also had a very positive influence on my last season at George Mason University.

19. What are your personal goals and ambitions as it pertains to football?
TMK. To be the best I can be and play at the highest level my ability takes me. In addition, I desire to help Trinidad and Tobago football reach at it’s full potential.

McKnight: It has been a pleasure to inform the Soca Warriors Online crew some more about myself. Thanks for giving me the opportunity.

Thank You...
Teba McKnight.

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On behalf of the Soca Warriors Online I just what to say Thank You to Teba McKnight. for taking the time to do this interview for us. Please keep up the great work you are doing and we all wish you all the best for the future and also hoping to see you on the 2010 world cup team.

20-Jul-2006.
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Re: SWO Interview with Teba McKnight.
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2006, 05:55:16 AM »
Nice interview flex i wonder where is fabien lewis ?
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Re: SWO Interview with Teba McKnight.
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2006, 06:54:20 AM »
Nice interview they Flex.

Indoor football.. !!!... why McKnight doh try and go Europe or something, he is a decent player but your chances better to make national when yuh playing in Europe or even T&T pro leauge. I have a question, does T&T have/had any player playing in the A League that played in a world cup qualifier before.

Good luck Mc Knight, I hope bigger things happen for you.

I know Rene Simoes was impress with McKnight and Fabien Lewis who fall of de radar by de way, when Lewis was in T&T I use to hear alot of good things about him, but since he move to de States college league yuh doh hear much, like de competition stiff.
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Re: SWO Interview with Teba McKnight.
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2006, 07:15:11 AM »
I have a question, does T&T have/had any player playing in the A League that played in a world cup qualifier before.

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Re: SWO Interview with Teba McKnight.
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2006, 07:47:39 AM »
Craig Demmin, Marlon Rojas, Leslie Fitzpatrick, Mickey Trotman, Stern John, Avery John, Gary Glasgow, Brent Sancho, Nigel Henry, Alvin Boisson, Terry St. Louis, Anthony Rougier, Clayton Morris, Philbert Jones

You sure Tallman ? and Philbert Jones too ? played in a world cup game while in the US A League ?
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Re: SWO Interview with Teba McKnight.
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2006, 08:10:59 AM »
Craig Demmin, Marlon Rojas, Leslie Fitzpatrick, Mickey Trotman, Stern John, Avery John, Gary Glasgow, Brent Sancho, Nigel Henry, Alvin Boisson, Terry St. Louis, Anthony Rougier, Clayton Morris, Philbert Jones

You sure Tallman ? and Philbert Jones too ? played in a wiorld cup game while in the US A League ?
I misunderstood the question. I thought you just wanted to know who has played in the A-League and in World Cup Qualifiers.

Those who played in a World Cup Qualifier while they were with an A-League club are:
Stern John (New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers)
Brent Sancho (Charleston Battery, Portland Timberwolves)
Nigel Henry (Charleston Battery)
Leslie Fitzpatrick (Atlanta Silverbacks)
Mickey Trotman (Rochester Raging Rhinos)
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2006, 08:40:08 AM »
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1. Where do you currently practice your trade?


2. I have been following your progress in the A-League with Charleston and I realize that you usually come off the bench. Is there a particular reason for this?


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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2006, 09:45:02 AM »
this is what separates our site from all others!!

boss interview flex!

ah love it!!
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Re: SWO Interview with Teba McKnight.
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2006, 10:05:45 AM »
Warrior till death - yuh right..... I did not ask that one though... (heehheheh)....
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Re: SWO Interview with Teba McKnight.
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2006, 10:57:04 AM »
Nice Interview Flex, Teba was always a hard worker. When I was going to school on mornings I would see him training in the savannah. I wish him all the best.
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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2006, 11:25:12 AM »
Yeah good interview. Good Luck Teba

But ah keep hearing people say we didn't show what we could do in the World Cup and we didn't play "our" game as far as attacking.

Well "our" game might have been one of the reasons we didn't make the World Cup. Our style of playing lacked discipline and cohesion and if we played the type of game we know we were capable of we would have ended up gettin more licks than Costa Rica.

Keep at it Teba :chilling:

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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2006, 03:02:05 PM »
this is what separates our site from all others!!

boss interview flex!

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well said, andre. This site continues to grow. Cool interview Flex
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Re: SWO Interview with Teba McKnight.
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2006, 06:53:55 PM »
Flex, once again nice work. ;)

I am happy to see this young star do well for himself. He continues to do well for himselves. He has been a SSFL stand-out and I was also given the chance to see him play against the German squad (I think that was in 2002 or 2003).

Teba, what happen to your friend Anthony? From the statistics on his teams' website he have been playing in very little games. Most games he not even on the 18 man squad.

Anyways, Teba....all the best youngstar and I hope to see you on the national squad soon.  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2006, 07:20:06 PM »
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2. I have been following your progress in the A-League with Charleston and I realize that you usually come off the bench. Is there a particular reason for this?
TMK. Yes, of course. It’s up to the coaching staff. We have 3 strikers available and they make their decision on who would start. The line up is out of my control. All I could do is keep training hard.


This is my favorite line. He sound like a true professional. Not looking for any excuses. Just wanting to improve.

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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2006, 07:51:30 AM »
Good luck McKnight, but yuh showing promise for too long its time to up de level.

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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2013, 06:29:02 AM »
Teba McKnight having a good run for Club Sando.

Anyone know how old is he, I think he is in his 30s.

I saw him a few times when he was in the US, I think he is another Darrin Lewis type player, good for Super League only.

We'll see.


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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2013, 08:03:09 AM »
Teba McKnight having a good run for Club Sando.

Anyone know how old is he, I think he is in his 30s.

He is 31.
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Teba McKnight has passed
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2020, 07:31:10 PM »
Teba McKnight has passed
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association extends deepest sympathy to the family of Teba McKnight following his passing today.

The 37-year-old  former Naparima College forward had been ailing for some time but lost his brave battle at hospital.

He is a former National Youth team forward and also attended and played for George Mason University in the US. He was one of the previous youth coaches within the TTFA elite programme and also a coaching instructor. He was also the youth technical director for the Central Football Association. Teba formerly played for Joe Public, W Connection and Club Sando.

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« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2020, 01:26:37 AM »
what?!?!? RIP man

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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2020, 02:22:52 AM »
Great shame, RIP

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« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2020, 06:11:39 AM »
RIP, coach.

Notably high praise from Anton Corneal.

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« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2020, 10:23:45 AM »
Wow! Go with God. RIP.

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Ex-Naps/ W Connection striker McKnight, 37, dies
« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2020, 03:16:04 PM »
Ex-Naps/ W Connection striker McKnight, 37, dies
By Jonathan Ramnansingh (T&T Newsday)


FOR the third time in just under eight weeks, the national football fraternity, particularly Naparima College and W-Connection, mourns another stalwart sportsman, this time, former striker Teba McKnight.

The 37-year-old two-time (1999-2000) Intercol winner died on Monday afternoon. He had been ill for some time. McKnight was a former TT youth team forward and also attended and played for George Mason University in the US.

He served as a TT Football Association (TTFA) elite programme youth coach and was also a youth technical director for the Central Football Association. The ex-striker previously plied his trade in TT for Joe Public, W Connection and Club Sando.

McKnights death sent shock waves throughout the TT football fraternity, especially at his alma mater, Naparima College. The talismanic forward will be remembered for leading his school team to back-to-back Intercol titles.

McKnight scored decisive, title-winning headers in both 1-0 victories against Princes Town Secondary (1999) and Mucurapo Secondary (2000) to hoist the leagues most coveted crown.

Against Princes Town, Leon Police Brown quickly converted a free kick in midfield which beat the defence and found a pressing McKnight, who headed over the opposing custodian to score the lone goal. That year, McKnights goal sealed Naparimas triple crown of titles, after it had previously won the Secondary Schools Football League South Zone.

A year later against Mucurapo, in a match locked at 0-0 in the 91st minute, a young Jerol Forbes, later a national striker,was substituted to add firepower to Naparimas attack. Forbes unstoppable pace allowed him to press down the right flank and launch a targeted cross into the penalty area, where a flying McKnight headed it home to send the travelling fans into a frenzy, grabbing their second consecutive National Intercol title.

Naparima College team manager Percy Samlalsingh, who attended Naps during McKnight and Anthonys reign and also managed Winchester, reminisced about their illustrious careers.

Its another tough loss for us. From Shahdon (Winchester), to Roderick (Anthony) and now Teba three stalwarts in the football fraternity for Naparima College. They have all brought home a lot of silverware and glory.

He was a big supporter even after he left Naps. He would scout talents for athletes to acquire sport scholarships in the US because he had good chemistry with both local and foreign coaches, Samlalsingh explained.

He admitted he had been unaware of McKnights illness. However, in speaking to former team-mates on Monday, he learned he had been ailing for some time and had taken a turn for the worse.

We didnt know he was ill. He was always in contact with us, because he assisted us in securing sports scholarships for our athletes. We were actually holding discussions with him to come on board for our form one programme.

We now extend our mourning from Shahdon, to Roderick and now to McKnight, Samlalsingh concluded.
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« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2020, 04:34:30 AM »
We lost a very good person today! Ex-T&T U-13 coach and Naps stand-out Teba McKnight dies at 37
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Former Trinidad and Tobago Boys National Under-13 Team head coach and Club Sando standout Teba McKnight died today at the San Fernando General Hospital, due to complications caused by a liver ailment.

McKnight, who was just 37 years old, was also technical director for the Central Football Association (CFA), head coach of zonal club, Real Central, and ran his own coaching school, Elite Ballers Academy. He was also a supervisor at Diamond Scaffolding.

He leaves behind his common-law wife, Amarley Parris, and two sons, aged 13 and four. His elder son, Giovanni, is a member of the current Trinidad and Tobago National Under-15 Team.

McKnight had been ailing for months and gave up his post as national youth team coach last September, due to health complications. From December 2019, according to his close friend Marlon Zoe, McKnight was essentially bedridden.

In the last year, he was really suffering bad, Zoe told Wired868.

Last Friday, he suffered a seizure and high fever and was taken to the San Fernando General Hospitals ICU. He never recovered.

Disadvantaged financially as a child, McKnight stood out through sport. He starred for Naparima College in the Secondary Schools Football League and went on to represent Trinidad and Tobago at National Under-23 level.

His prowess helped earn him a scholarship in the United States at the University of Mobile before he eventually graduated at George Madison University (GMU). McKnight and GMU teammate Anthony Noriega were on the supplemental list for the MLS Super Draft in 2006.

Noriega, a central defender who went on to represent the National Senior Team, was selected by Kansas City Wizards but McKnight was not picked up in the draft and returned to Trinidadwhere he played for W Connection, Joe Public and Club Sando.

When Club Sando was Sando, me and Teba built that team along with Eddie Dean, said Zoe. As owner of Diamond Scaffolding, I hired football players to work for my company and play for Club Sando. Basically me and Teba built that team from scratch

McKnight was barely into his 30s when he began his transition into coaching. During a Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) B license course, he left such a strong impression on then technical director Anton Corneal that the latter petitioned president David John-Williams to find him a role within the national set-up.

In June 2019, the TTFAs emergency committee appointed McKnight as National Under-13 Team head coach.

Sadly, he lasted barely four months in the post before his liver ailment got the better of him. By Christmas, he was incapacitated by the pain and, on Friday, he lost consciousness.

Today, he passed away.

Remembering Teba McKnight

Marlon Zoe, Diamond Scaffolding owner and ex-Club Sando manager:

The love he had for football was unbelievable. From as young as 13, you would see Teba McKnight training by himself from 6am before school. When he played for W Connection, you couldnt get Teba to go play in any minor league or sono matter how much money you offered him. He was a true professional to his craft and so dedicated.

He was like a brother to me. He grew up very poor and he had to work very hard for everything he wanted. From 2011, he worked with my company as a supervisor.

We have lost a very good person today

Stuart Charles-Fevrier, W Connection technical director and former National Senior Team and Under-15 Team coach:

He was always a student of the gamethat is why I wasnt surprised that he went into coaching after he finished playing. As a player, he would always discuss the game with me after and talk about tactical things. I thought he had good potential as a coach and his leadership qualities were very good.

[] Teba also had a very good relationship with everybody and with his community too. He always wanted to be in good stead with everybody and was never a fellah who liked confusion He really wanted to make a positive contribution to sport in Trinidad and Tobago.

Anton Corneal, Fifa coaching instructor and ex-TTFA technical director:

Words cannot describe how I feel This is somebody who was close to my heart because there are so many qualities I saw in him that could make him a future National Senior Team coach one day. I saw so much potential in him.

He had a very soothing attitude [and] a lovely consistent temperament when it came to discussing and presenting the game. His football intellect was so high for a young coach, as well as his understanding of the game and his ability to articulate the gamewhich was way above average.

[] This just shows us one more time that we are not in control. There is a creator and he knows best. All my prayers go out to his family and close friends. Gone much too soon.

« Last Edit: February 15, 2020, 04:38:46 AM by Flex »
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