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Offline Tallman

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Rebuilding the football dream
« on: July 14, 2014, 06:35:02 PM »
Rebuilding the football dream
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With World Cup 2014 now but a memory, this is a good a time to reflect on the state of Trinidad and Tobago football. Two World Cups ago, this country was the toast of Germany as the smallest to make it onto football’s biggest stage. Whatever hopes this nation had for building on that momentum were dashed as T&T’s fairytale appearance in World Cup 2006 petered out without the storybook ending. Instead, we endured the sorry spectacle of the 2006 Soca Warriors having to battle tooth and nail through the courts to get money owed to them. To date, not even the court ruling in their favour has succeeded in forcing the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) to make good on its debt to the players. Alongside this has been the embarrassing collapse of the TTFA to the point of bankruptcy.

Club football has also endured its own challenges as one of the many victims of the collapse of CL Financial. Once the proud sponsor of the famed San Juan Jabloteh team, CL Financial was among the small handful of private corporations to give consistent support to football.
However, the biggest impact on football’s fortunes has come from Jack Warner, football administrator extraordinaire. Over the course of his remarkable rise from community league football to the vice-presidency of FIFA, Warner carried T&T football on a wild ride, moving from the depths of deprivation to the heights of glory, and back down.

Any objective analysis of Warner’s impact on the development of football in T&T and the Caribbean will have to weigh the positives and negatives. Which way the scales should tip would be a matter for debate. Suffice it to say, however, that T&T football urgently needs to pull itself together and chart a way forward beyond the ruins of Warner’s football career.

There is no doubt that Warner’s departure has left a huge void in football administration which cannot, and should not be filled by some other personality. For football’s sake, Warner’s exit should mark the end of the era of personality-led leadership. What T&T football needs now is an effective administrative machinery that reconceptualises the management of the sport and strategises the way forward towards clear developmental goals and targets. In this way, the management requirements for football are no different from any other area of national life.

A fundamental condition, however, must be the depoliticisation of football. In the context of the history between Warner and successive political administrations, going back to the Williams era, this is likely to be a tall order. Football and politics have become so intertwined that it will not be easy to disentangle the many knots in which its administration is caught. One consequence of this will be played out in coming months as the Soca Warriors intensify their quest to have the TTFA pay the US$1.3 million owed to them.

While the sequel to World Cup 2006 is played out in the courts, the real future of football lies out in the fields with today’s youngsters. Let us not fail them.
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Offline AB.Trini

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Re: Rebuilding the football dream
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014, 10:50:53 PM »
Ent ah started this some time ago:
Building for 2018
« on: May 10, 2014, 09:48:25 AM »

Building for 2018
« on: May 10, 2014, 09:48:25 AM »
Keeping the big picture in sight- it is not quite evident if as we assess players what 2018 plays in the thinking at this time.

Kudos for the administration in acquiring the quality of friendlies in June but what is the plan this far? We are one month away and is like yuh hearing very little of proposed player selections or team preparation. I realize that some players are still engaged in league play with their respective teams.

So from a coaches' perspective what is the plan for June? Showcase the strongest possible team we have in our player pool? or think 2018? By fielding potential talent?

Who are the BEST prospective talent we have at this current time?

Locals:    Starting in goal?    Forwards?   Midfields ?    Defence?

players in UK:

Players in Europe:

Players in Asia:


Players who could represent TNT but have not committed at this time:

In my humble opinion we still need a strong midfielder to direct the attack; a striker who is a threat to score and who could run at defences.

We have seen growing improvements  in defence and I think we have depth to work with.

Who is a quality young goaltender to work alongside Jan Michael?

I still believe that some mini camps involving the best of the locals against foreign based players could be a healthy motivation and competition for all players involved. It appeared that our last international friendlies showed that we had some momentum in moving forward now  how do we keep this moving forward?

We have some Caribbean competitions on the horizon and we also have Gold Cup- I would like to see open completion for spots at each of these none of this fielding a semi B team for qualifications then brining in foreign players .if we want to foster a truly compatible and formidable squad we ought to have the very best at each competition.
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Re: Rebuilding the football dream
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2014, 05:14:09 AM »
Imho I believe that we have depth in both the midfield and defense...ots the finishing touch...that striker with the killer instinct....concurls, plaza, winchester, gay? I think jones over de hill...we need to fill his spot with a more versatile type striker!
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