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Warrior trio must choose between Gold Cup and Vietnam offer
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com)


Trinidad and Tobago national football players Hughtun Hector, Daneil Cyrus and Willis Plaza have roughly one week to decide between their short-term financial futures and representing the country at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The trio, who helped the “Soca Warriors” to second place at last month’s Caribbean Cup finals, agreed terms with Vietnam club Song Lam Nghe last November. However, Wired868.com understands the club is adamant that the players must refuse to represent their country at the July Gold Cup before they are given contracts.

Vietnam top flight teams are permitted just three foreign players each and Song Lam Nghe does not want to lose the services of its overseas contingent for two weeks to a month, according to how far the Warriors progress in the tournament.

Hector admitted that he had not made up his mind yet as to whether he would spend July in the United States with international teammates or in Vietnam with his prospective employer.

“That will be my first Gold Cup and it will be a great opportunity,” he told Wired868. “But I ain’t decide yet.”

Hector, a Point Fortin resident, always dreamed of playing on the big stage for club and country. But, at 28-years-old, the talented midfielder acknowledged that there is little chance of him playing for a major European team while he is probably already near the peak of his earning capability as a player.

“I have to think about protecting my future in financial terms too,” said Hector, who is still recovering from an instep injury he suffered in the Caribbean Cup. “I am getting older and you have to make use of what you have now. You have to be very lucky as a player to get something in England at the age of 28 or 29.

“Those big clubs are looking for younger players.”

The 22-year-old Cyrus, a gangly, utility player who prefers to operate in central defence, or the 25-year-old attacker, Plaza, have more time on their side although that may not necessarily make the decision easier.

Plaza scored seven goals in nine matches last season with another V-League club Navibank Saigon, which earned him a switch to the more illustrious to Song Lam Nghe. He was Trinidad and Tobago’s joint second highest scorer for 2012 with four goals from one start and six substitute appearances.

But, should he choose country over club, can Plaza count on keeping his place within the squad once the likes of Stoke City forward Kenwyne Jones and Samsunspor attacker Darryl Roberts become available or if North East Stars striker Cornell Glen returns to favour?

Cyrus, who is a mainstay in the national team and young enough to expect future overseas opportunities, has already restarted playing for DIRECTV W Connection. The defender’s sole overseas stint thus far comprised of two competitive games for United States Major League Soccer (MLS) team, Sporting Kansas City, before a broken metatarsal in his right foot abruptly ended his loan in 2011.

He is anxious to move abroad again as soon as possible and sees Vietnam as a worthwhile first step.

“The league there is fast and more organised and there are players from Brazil and Africa and so on,” said Cyrus, who played in the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups for Trinidad and Tobago. “I want to go out and create my own opportunities because you never know who will see me.

“The (W Connection) president and them are still negotiating and I can’t say yet what will happen and what I will decide. Playing for my country at the Gold Cup will be very big as well.

“I have been caught in the middle.”

Another positive year for Trinidad and Tobago’s international senior team and the resultant climb up the FIFA rankings should see the Warriors become eligible for work permits to play in Britain once more.

Cyrus should still be young enough to attract a move there and follow in the footsteps of former national defenders like Dennis Lawrence, Marvin Andrews and Brent Sancho.

It would be a bigger gamble for Hector to turn his back on Vietnam. Last season, the clever and versatile midfielder contributed 11 goals and nine assists from 23 matches for Song Lam Nghe and the team is anxious for his return.

Hector admitted that the standard of play in Vietnam was not necessarily superior to the local Pro League. But the demands, on and off the pitch, are greater and have made him stronger.

International footballers generally earn between US$7,000 (TT$45,000) and $10,000 (TT$64,000) per month in the V-League, which is more than six times what they might earn in the Pro League, while Vietnamese players get between US$800 (TT$5,000) and $1,500 (TT$10,000). And the clubs expect their foreign talent to provide value for money.

In a country of just under 88 million, it can be taxing to shuttle between cities for matches too. The nearest rival to Song Lam Nghe is three or four hours away and a series of away matches can mean nearly two weeks of travelling by plane and bus.

But Hector settled in well. Song Lam Nghe pays for each international player to fly in a guest during a mid-season break. The Trinidadian did not take up the option as he felt the trip there was too arduous to put a loved on through.

Whether it is coping with the challenges in Vietnam or dealing with the financial issues that affected the Warriors last year, Hector does not believe in moaning.

“I just want to play football,” he said. “I try not to worry about if money comes in or if they are changing coaches or whatever. I just want to play football.

“Sometimes it is difficult but you can’t study it because it will affect your performance.”

Hector insisted that he was desperate to represent his country for as long as possible and still dreams of playing in a World Cup, although he will be 33 when the 2018 tournament kicks off in Russia.

At 16-years-old, Hector was a late cut from the squad that represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2001 Under-17 World Youth Cup. Brazilian head coach Rene Simoes allegedly felt the Vessigny Secondary schoolboy was too small at the time.

He is anxious to wear red, black and white strip at a major tournament before he retires.

“I want to help Trinidad and Tobago to win the Gold Cup or at least reach the knock out round,” said Hector. “And I want to help us to go to the World Cup again.”

Within the next week, Hector, Cyrus and Plaza must decide on their immediate futures with the Trinidad and Tobago team based on the stance of a Vietnamese club.

For Hector, it might be the biggest decision of his career.

« Last Edit: January 12, 2013, 06:21:52 AM by Flex »

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Re: Warriors must choose between 2013 Gold Cup and lucrative Vietnam offer
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2013, 10:08:54 AM »
Sounds illegal to me. . .per FIFA rules :yellowcard:
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Re: Warriors must choose between 2013 Gold Cup and lucrative Vietnam offer
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2013, 10:22:54 AM »
Sounds illegal to me. . .per FIFA rules :yellowcard:

Well they ent give dem no contract yet.
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Re: Warriors must choose between 2013 Gold Cup and lucrative Vietnam offer
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2013, 10:41:54 AM »
sign the contract...score plenty goals, even if it have that clause...then go   :devil:

then take yuh release if they doh want yuh back, and play for the next club that yuh score on...

I just sh*t talkin eh
« Last Edit: January 09, 2013, 10:44:04 AM by maxg »

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Re: Warriors must choose between 2013 Gold Cup and lucrative Vietnam offer
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2013, 12:06:03 PM »
I would go if i were all three players, obviously for the money but for other reasons as well. As Liburd pointed out Plaza will fall back to third string at the best for the Gold Cup. Cyrus is young and needs experience and if theres one thing we have plenty of on the national team its CBs. We have James, Bateau, Power, Mekeil Willliams, Primus & Mitchell all playing oversees.However Hughton Hector's main reason for going oversees to Vietnam would be the money. For someone who acknowledges that his career is no longer gonna take him to Europe he should be taking this very seriously, he needs to start thinking about setting a foundation for his post career life. There will be another Gold Cup in two years and all three players will be young enough to go to it.

With that said i hope W Connection can establish a relationship with other clubs in other countries.Maybe a second division club in Slovakia or Belgium where Hyland and Peltier have opened doors. I know the money is good but like Hector said the vietnam league is crap, and it was so poorly run that the AFC doesnt allow the teams to compete in the Champions League. It seems like our players have done well in Thailand, hopefully they can start a partnership with Chainat or some other club in asia, maybe in one the middle east countries.

With that said i hope all the players involved save most of the money they make over this next year. If you spend it all within a year then this trip wasnt worth it and you will be back to square one next year. However if you save the money you will have more options next year. Good luck with your decision guys.

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Re: Warriors must choose between 2013 Gold Cup and lucrative Vietnam offer
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2013, 11:28:42 PM »
The Gold Cup is a FIFA tournament...need more info than that ???
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Re: Warriors must choose between 2013 Gold Cup and lucrative Vietnam offer
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2013, 08:14:22 AM »
they are more players out there to represent trinidad and tobago.

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Re: Warriors must choose between 2013 Gold Cup and lucrative Vietnam offer
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2013, 03:08:24 PM »
Hector and Plaza signed but it doesn't look like Cyrus has because Song Lam Nghe An signed Jamaican Kavin Bryan as their third player.

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SLNA complete set of three foreign soldiers
Yesterday afternoon, at the team's headquarters Nghe, a contract with a term of one year between SLNA and striker kavin Bryan has officially been signed. Details as well as the fee is not specifically disclosed but known with intimate relationships, kavin has agreed to return to his former team with a pretty cheap price.
There kavin, SLNA has retained midfielder Hughton Hector with a one-year contract. The 28-year-old is the most stable foreign soldiers played SLNA last season.
Besides, SLNA well known striker Willis Plaza. Last season, the Plaza has been SLNA contract but then offers to lend Navibank Saigon. Impressive room of the Plaza in NSai Gon (played 12 games, scoring 5 goals) helped the striker back Nghe. It is worth noting that both the Plaza and Hector are national players Trinidad & Tobago.
With three kavin, Hector and Plaza, SLNA can be assured of foreign military forces in the new season. Even though financial straits but Nghe team is considered owns the high quality foreign soldiers in V.League.

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Re: Warriors must choose between 2013 Gold Cup and lucrative Vietnam offer
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2013, 03:33:30 PM »
Sign your contracts gentlemen...this is business :beermug:
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Re: Warriors must choose between 2013 Gold Cup and lucrative Vietnam offer
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2013, 04:15:53 PM »
That is de right moves for all. Cyrus young and have time. Hector hadda go for that money and Plaza probably wasn't making the Gold Cup squad.

also dey might be following de maxg plan  ;D  bail out in June anyway.
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Re: Warriors must choose between 2013 Gold Cup and lucrative Vietnam offer
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2013, 09:24:48 AM »
Daneil Cyrus will stay with Connection, Plaza and Hector gone back..


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Re: Warriors must choose between 2013 Gold Cup and lucrative Vietnam offer
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2013, 09:41:57 AM »
Sign your contracts gentlemen...this is business :beermug:

Ent! Players have family to feed. However, a major decision maker is programming. Right now with all the turmoil, lack of direction & uncertainity with wages that surrounds the National team. It makes decisions rather easy. No disrespect to anyone, simply stating a fact. People who say they lack loyalty or patriotism are in my view, very short sighted. As I said to a friend the other day, would you quit your job and go work for free in T&T in any of its much needed (professional) sectors. His answer was obviously No! So why should footballers be any different. The days of playing for a buns and a sweet drink done.
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