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Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« Reply #180 on: July 02, 2015, 10:26:12 PM »
Arin King was born in Canada too but is listed as a T&T national.

I am sure she is decent.

Anybody know anything about them Brazilian players?

How we scouted them and who they played for or we just pick players because they from Brazil?


The Brazilians are from the area near the Brazilian border with Argentina and Paraguay, close to the famous Iguazu Falls. Some of the players might have been involved in the Copa Libertadores Femenina in 2013, possibly also 2012. The team they are from didn't progress in 2014.

Our friends left this question unanswered so I decided to help out. ;)

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Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« Reply #181 on: July 03, 2015, 02:09:39 AM »
‘On Fire’ Fuego top WPL.
By  Sean Taylor (Express).


It wasn't for the faint of heart, but Boom Champions Fuego are the new leaders in the Women's Premier League. The 94.1fm franchise team was able to come from behind to eke out an important 2-1 win against the Chancellor Angels when action in the WPL resumed on Wednesday evening, at the Northern Recreation Ground in Diego Martin.

Jodi Ann Mc Gregor sent the Angels ahead from the spot in the 19th minute, however Fuego responded immediately, with two quick goals in a four-minute spell from Ermelinda Izquierda, and Anastacia Prescott.

The action early on lived up to the hype, as both teams had won their opening matches two weeks ago and were fully aware that another win would put them two points clear. The Angels had much more of the opening exchanges, picking up from where they felt off from their opening night against Wave FC.

They were solid from the back and dominated going forward as well. Jacqueline Poucel almost created the opener much in the way she orchestrated Angel's second goal in their last outing. She burst forward from the defence, and found skipper Maylee Attin Johnson whose lob beat the keeper but sailed just wide of the post.

The enthusiastic crowd didn't have to wait long for the breakthrough however. Tanesia Vassell pole-axed Kandice Franklin in the penalty area to concede a penalty, which was confidently converted by Mc Gregor, who sent the Brazilian keeper Leticia Bussato, the wrong way.

The goal seemed to wake up the Fuego defence and midfield, as they started to string more passes together with Jamaican Christina Murray being the chief architect in ball-retention. Five minutes later, Fuego equalised through their centre back Izquierda whose glancing header from a corner, beat Tynetta Mc Koy in goal. Fuego capitalised once more from another corner on the half hour, when Prescott with her back to goal, swivelled and steered her shot into the left-hand corner.

Angels were already unsettled at that point, and their frustrations continued to mount in the second period.

Skipper Attin-Johnson hustled and harried all night and in some cases, literally tried to carve out opportunities on her own. Her teammates also seemed to lose the plot with a lot of needless fouls as they battled for control of the midfield. The frustration boiled over into a dismissal — Rafaela De Vargas dragged down her opponent near the centre circle for her second bookable offence.

The Angels were in the ascendancy before that point. Vargas ironically, could have been a hero but her chance created by Maylee's intelligently-taken quick free kick was saved.

The red card however set the tone for a disappointing second period, as the Fuego players, who looked jaded, could not take full of advantage of their numerical superiority. Amidst the shirt-pulling and late challenges, Murray's passing continued to be a threat.

When Fuego coach Richard Hood sent winger Claudia Sancedo on for defender Jamila Matlin, it was clearly an attempt to kill the contest with another goal which almost succeeded; Sancedo crashing a shot off the bar at the death. The final whistle blew on two sets of exhausted players, with Fuego consolidating top spot after two rounds.

"I think there were some good moments, but fatigue set in a bit," said Hood. "We have been pushing them hard, and the girls were complaining about their legs."

The result saw the Angels drop to fourth place, while Fuego moved to the summit.

The competition will continue today, at the Ojoe Road Recreation Ground in Sangre Grande. The SCG Dragons will face Petrotrin Oilers in the first match of the double-header at 6pm, while at 8pm, CNGC Rush tackle Wave FC, who are looking for their first points in the competition.

Results

Fuego 2 (Ermelinda Izquierda 26, Anastasia Prescott 31) v Angels 1 (Jodi-Ann McGregor 19 pen)

Player of the Match: Leticia “Lele” Bussato (Fuego).

Teams

Boom Champions Fuego: 1.Leticia Bussato; 15.Patrice Superville, 4.Linda, 3.Anastasia Prescott, 16.Tanesia Vassell; 10.Tasha St Louis (capt), 11.Christina Murray; 9.Shanelle Warrick (18.Denisha Thomas 76th); 5.Jamila Matlin (14.Claudia Saucedo 69th), 12.Jo Marie Lewis (7.Zaudita Kaza-Amlak 88th), 8.Kamilinha.

Unused Substitutes: 21.Priscilla Tapia Castillo (GK), 2.Diamond Henderson, 6.Nickisha James.

Coach: Richard Hood

Chancellor Angels: 1.Tynetta McKoy (25.Beth Seaman 84th); 6.Alyssa Bodhoo, 2.Ayanna Russell, 8. Jaclyn Poucel, 4.Jodie Redgrave; 7.Peta Gaye Soman, 20.Tamar Watson (13.Bruna Da Silva 84th); 10.Jodi Ann McGregor; 15.Kandace Franklin, 9.Maylee Attin-Johnson (capt), 16.Rafaela De Vargas [red card 64].

Unused Substitutes: 3.Tkeyah Phillip, 17.Sharain Cummings.

Coach: Anthony Creece

Referee: Crystal Sobers

Current Standings

1st Boom Champions Fuego — 6pts
2nd CNGC Rush — 4pts
3rd Petrotrin Oilers — 4pts
4th Chancellor Angels — 3pts
5th Wave FC — 0pts
6th Dragons — 0pts

Today's Fixtures

SCG Dragons v Petrotrin Oilers, 6pm, Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande;

CNGC Rush v Wave FC, 8pm, Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande.

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Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« Reply #182 on: July 03, 2015, 09:07:02 AM »
Alyssa Budhoo excited to be part of Trinidad and Tobago's new Women's Premier League
By Andres Torres (rednationonline.ca)


Alyssa Budhoo is one of the former Futsal Club Toronto players that will help inaugurate Trinidad and Tobago's new Women's Premier League as she signed for Team Angels.

Players from all the America's, including USA, Venezuela, Canada, St. Kitts/Nevis and the US Virgin Islands are touching down in Piarco over the last few weeks, with players from Brazil and Europe expected to arrive shortly.

“So far the experience has been great,” Budhoo told RedNation. “I’m thankful to have an experience like this to play in another country, learn a new culture and play with women from all around the world.”

Given all the excitement and exposure around this summers Women’s World Cup, Trinidad and Tobago is taking this opportunity to create a new and exciting league in the nation to help promote the sport and give more women the chance to play competitive soccer.

“The competition here is very good, the women playing in the league come from Trinidad, the national team, England, USA, Brazil, and all around,” Budhoo said. “Lots of the players here have competed at a semi-professional level and have played at the college university level, everyone here has the same goal and that is to win as many games as possible.”

“I feel like women’s soccer can definitely grow a lot more. I feel it’s great that Trinidad took the chance and created the WPL to give more women the opportunity to play at a higher level. I feel women don’t get enough attention for their talent and the support needs to continuously grow.”

Budhoo and Team Angels won their first game with a score of 3-0, and will play their next match on Saturday, July 4.
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Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« Reply #183 on: July 06, 2015, 05:15:22 AM »
WPL players, clubs spreading their wings
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THE WOMEN’S Premier League (WPL) has been an experience to remember for the players, coaches and supporters alike. The players of each of the six franchise teams have been committed on the field and last week, they didn’t shirk their off-the-field responsibilities either.

On June 28, WPL partnered with the Ministry of Sport and Special Olympics TT to stage the Unified Football matches at Queen’s Royal College Grounds. The initiative was part of a week of activities of the Differently-Abled Football Camp (DAFC) which featured coaching sessions by the esteemed Everton Football Club disability coaches Michael King, Peter Livingstone and Anthony Harden.

Shane Stanford, Focus Management director and DAFC coordinator stated, “it is a big relief to have executed a project that has been in the making for almost two years now. Focus Management is firm in our support of Special Olympics TT and unified sports. DAFC was a great learning experience for all and we hope that we can continue to create pathways in sport for the differently-abled.”

The Unified Football matches were a great experience for all on the day. The differently-abled athletes from Special Olympics played in mixed seven-a-side teams with the WPL athletes and the Minister of Sport, Senator Brent Sancho.

Minister Sancho’s unified team was also the eventual winner on the day after Priscilla Selau (CNGC Rush) laid a perfect pass off to Clint of Special Olympics TT to bury into the back of the net.

“(The day) was phenomenal,” he said. “It truly was a good few days culminating with some fun with the girls from the WPL and the Special Olympic athletes. These initiatives are something that we don’t put enough emphasis on. We are now hoping that this will just be the start and hope that not only the government will support these ventures but also corporate TT will see its value, especially with the likes of a huge brand such as Everton FC showing its support.”

The fun did not stop there. CNGC Rush visited the Angostura Laventille/Morvant Youth Games at the Laventille Community Complex for a Sports Day while Petrotrin Oilers got to spend time with differently-abled students at a school close to their sponsors offices in Pointe-a-Pierre.

Boom Champions Fuego players also got into the community building enjoyment. Claudia Saucedo and Zauditu Kaza-Amlak teamed up with the DianaTon Foundation to visit Secondary Schools in Diego Martin. DianaTon founder Dr Tonya Welch and Miss World TT contestant Vishani Murally were ecstatic to have the Fuego players involved and offer their advice to the young students.

Venezuelan forward Crisbelis Abraham of CNGC Rush was very grateful for the opportunity to be involved with the children last week.

“It was a great experience to help inspire and motivate the kids. I also love being around the other players from around the globe. The different languages are sometimes an issue but we are all learning. In the end, kindness, giving back and football is a universal language.”

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Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« Reply #184 on: July 08, 2015, 02:26:19 AM »
Women footballers in Shanghai Cup action
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FOOTBALL Enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see top women footballers in action at Fatima College Ground, Mucurapo, when teams compete for the Shanghai Cup and the grand cash prize of $10,000.

The tournament is being hosted by the Women’s Premier League (WPL) and sponsored by the Shanghai Construction Group. According to Senator the Sport Minister Brent Sancho, “this tournament allows equal play for all.”

Registration is open to all clubs in the WPL and the Women’s League Football (WoLF), but the deadline for entering is tomorrow.

Those wanting to be a part of the sporting action and see their favourites from the WPL can come to the Fatima Ground from 10 am on Saturday and Sunday.

For further information on the Shanghai Cup 2015, please contact info.wpltt@gmail.com.

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Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« Reply #185 on: July 08, 2015, 08:16:00 AM »
That Shanghai cup looking like is just a way of getting a sweat going while the league on hiatus due to pan am. Might be decent though. Some of them girls have skills
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« Reply #186 on: July 08, 2015, 10:24:49 AM »
That Shanghai cup looking like is just a way of getting a sweat going while the league on hiatus due to pan am. Might be decent though. Some of them girls have skills

Gotta keep the girls busy!!

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« Reply #187 on: July 12, 2015, 12:44:27 PM »
What has been the vibe at the tournament this weekend ... "Shanghai Cup"? Weigh in if you are or were present.

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« Reply #188 on: July 14, 2015, 02:09:53 AM »
Wave win WPL 6s.
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Wave FC survived the heat from 94.1 FM Fuego to capture the $5,000 first prize in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) Sixes tournament held on Fatima College Ground yesterday.

The Wave women prevailed 3-2 on kicks from the penalty mark after the two teams had battled to a goalless draw in the 20 minutes of normal time in the six-a-side tournament slotted into the break from WPL action while the senior team is on Pan American Games duty.

Some 12 teams played in three groups of four, with the top two from each group and the two best third placed sides going into the knockout rounds. The National Under-17 side preparing for their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) first round qualifying tournament fielded two sides.

Wave had been winners of Group B and got past the National U-17 B team (best third placed side) 3-1 in the quarter-finals with goals from Chelsea Gibbs, Tiniesha Cobham and Janelle Cunningham. Brittney Williams got the lone goal for the U-17s.

In the semi-finals, the Wave women also needed spot kicks to dispose of SCG Dragons—who finished second in Group C—after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time.

Group C winners Fuego also needed spot kicks to get past the National U-17 A side (second best third place team) in their quarter-final following a 0-0 regulation time draw. And in the semi-finals, Fuego edged Group A runners-up Petrotrin Oilers 1-0.

In addition to the $5,000 first prize, Wave also won the Shanghai Construction Cup.

Fuego received $3,000 as the beaten finalists, while semi-final losers Dragons and Oilers got $1,000 each.

Scores:

Quarter-finals

Chancellor Angels 0 v SCG Dragons 1 (Adams)

Wave FC 3 (Chelsea Gibbs, Tiniesha Cobham, Janelle Cunningham) v National U-17 B 1 (Brttney Williams)

94.1 FM Fuego 0 v National U-17 A 0.
Fuego won 2-1 on kicks via the penalty mark

Petrotrin Oilers 0 v CNGC Rush 0.
Oilers won 1-0 via kicks from penalty mark

Semi-final 1

SCG Dragons 1 (Keyla Moreno) v Wave FC 1 (Shakira Duncan).
Wave won 1-0 via kicks from the penalty mark.

Semi-final 2

94.1FM Fuego 1 (S.Murray) v Petrotrin Oilers 0

Final

Wave 0 v 94.1 FM Fuego 0.
Wave won 3-2 via kicks from the penalty mark.

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Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« Reply #189 on: July 15, 2015, 02:02:28 AM »
Football and sno cones.
By Garth Wattley (Express).


When last you ate a sno cone?

Monday morning by the Queen’s Park Savannah, I engaged in a childhood pastime—eating “shave ice.”

Can’t remember the last year I did that. Had me a big cup of cool and refreshing nostalgia.

Cost me five dollars. Prices, like time don’t stand still. But as I chipped away at the ice with my straw, I was reminded that to get the best out of a sno cone, you have to use the right technique.

Chipping steadily at the ice until it melts down rather than sucking up the syrup—or water in the case of the plain ice—straight away, will allow you to have a nice beverage in the end rather than dried, coloured ice. It is all about patiently sticking to a process for the best results.

Nowadays though, people don’t seem to respect process very much.

Sunday afternoon, I was reminded of how that breakdown in order continues to affect young people who choose to play football.

In the western corner of Fatima College ground, the Women’s Premier League (WPL) six-a-side tournament was in progress. The sounds of competition were all around, as the young women of the various teams tried to work their way into the final. This was essentially a fun day for the six teams taking part in this first season of the WPL and their four Women’s League Football (WoLF) counterparts. But for the two national sides in the competition, the day was about more than just having a good time.

Today should have been the start of the first round of Caribbean Football Union qualifying for next year’s Under-17 World Cup in Jordan for a group including T&T, St Kitts and Nevis and the British Virgin Islands. But up to Sunday, National Under-17 coach Rajesh Latchoo had no clue when the competition would begin, or where it would be held.

“The competition was supposed to start this Wednesday but because of some venue issues we are unsure and await the CFU’s response,” Latchoo told me.

For the moment therefore, the coach and his staff must prepare a squad with no date in mind. But time is of utmost importance for this team.

The coach explained: We have five players from overseas here, and if the tournament does not play soon, they must return, then they would not be available for the tournament.”

In addition to those five, Latchoo could lose another seven due to National Under-20 duty, as that team is also getting ready for CFU competition.

“We have presently seven of them training with the Under-20s. From feedback, they are doing well and I’m glad for them. That’s seven and then five (overseas) so that’s half a team.”

Latchoo reckons that if T&T cannot get through their tournament by August 5, his squad could be decimated by player departures.

It is against such a background that Latchoo’s charges were playing Sunday afternoon. They were competing as two teams, “A” and “B.”

“Small-sided games are high intensity,” the coach noted, “so this would be a good opportunity to see them play against quality players, very good players. This is like a measuring stick for us, so we will know who could play from who can’t play and who ready to go forward and who not ready to go forward.”

As useful as the six-a-side sweat might have been, it could hardly be described as ideal preparation for a “big field” tournament. But Latchoo and his players have to take anything they can get.

Yes, the story of this Under-17 side is the latest episode in the frustrating story of national teams preparation.

A unit so close to competition should be fine-tuning, having played a number of warm-up games against opposition that would be similar to what would be encountered in competition. Instead, they have had to settle for “small goal” football.

And while the unit—the core of which competed in last August’s CONCACAF Under-15 series—has been together for 15 months, it has not been a year-and-a-half of solid preparation.

Latchoo was frank: “We should be two if not three times further than where we are,” he said. He reels off a list of drawbacks—“The lack of resources available to the girls in terms of transportation for them; in terms of having the (required) number of training sessions; in terms of having all the staff available for all the sessions because they have their work commitments, I have my work commitments. Those are the things that have affected our preparation. We have to rely heavily on the parents to carry the programme.”

Imagine that, a national team having to lean on mothers and fathers to make its way in 2015.

But for the love of their children there may not be an Under-17 team to prepare at this stage.

Latchoo does not go that far, but what he does not say is as telling as what he does make comment on.

When I ask him what the Football Association has been saying about the issues with preparation the coach tells me: “I think it is best for them to answer that question.”

At the moment, president Raymond Tim Kee and his executive have their hands full giving answers to Minister of Sport Brent Sancho.

But while that fight over figures rumbles on, Latchoo speaks of the growing frustration of the parents.

Meanwhile, his “diehard,” “120 per cent” players just want the chance to play.

They have come through the Under-15s, now they want to get to their first World Cup. They are eager to go through the process.

If only their elders would match their commitment and dignify them with the necessary support, eventually the best that they have to offer will come out. And the end results may be truly refreshing for national football.

Shave ice refreshing.

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« Reply #190 on: July 22, 2015, 12:24:26 PM »
How many more WPL match dates or matches left to play?

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« Reply #191 on: July 22, 2015, 12:43:50 PM »
How many more WPL match dates or matches left to play?

3 more WPL games.

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« Reply #192 on: July 23, 2015, 06:53:55 AM »
How many more WPL match dates or matches left to play?

3 more WPL games.

Starting when?

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WPL stutters to finish line; but organisers beg for a second chance
« Reply #193 on: July 27, 2015, 11:11:31 PM »
WPL stutters to finish line; but organisers beg for a second chance
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com)


The inaugural Women’s Professional League (WPL), the brainchild of Sport Minister Brent Sancho, looks set for a farcical finish this week with understaffed teams and crammed fixtures, as organisers try to wrap up the competition by Thursday July 30.

The hastily arranged competition was initially criticised by the public. However, skepticism made way for encouraging reviews as the WPL kicked off with entertaining action played before appreciative crowds.

Concerns about the WPL’s schedule proved to be well founded, though, as the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games effectively scuttled the competition’s momentum in more ways than one.

On Sunday July 26, the women’s competition announced fixtures for the same day with barely 15 hours notice to the media and public while clubs are uncertain about venues for matches this week.

Boom Champions Fuego were unbeaten before Sunday but, with just 14 available players, lost 2-0 to Wave FC in front of a nearly deserted stands. Fuego now play their last two outings within 24 hours of each other against Petrotrin Oilers and CNGC Rush on July 29 and 30 respectively, which means three games within five days.

The crammed WPL schedule is against FIFA’s medical guidelines for competitive matches.

“I am very concerned about (the fixtures),” Fuego coach Richard Hood told Wired868. “I argued with the organisers (but) for whatever reason they said we had to finish the league by Thursday. I think there would have been additional costs if they didn’t and they didn’t want to deal with that.

“It is not good for the girls but they decided.”

Fuego, Hood said, plays at the St James Barracks on Wednesday and then in Siparia on Thursday. Or maybe not.

Rush coach Marlon Charles said he believes the Thursday double header was moved to Chaguanas instead. Charles enjoyed the brief WPL tournament, although he believes the administration of the competition must improve.

“It looked good when the girls went on the field because they did their part to sell the league,” said Charles. “The girls gave 100 percent effort, so I think the league achieved its goal in that sense. But the administration itself needs to be more organised. A lot of things surprised them I think.”

Hood and Charles were both wrong about this week’s fixtures. WPL director Kairon Serrette told Wired868 that, after today’s double header at the Eddie Hart Grounds in Tacarigua, the remaining games will be held at Edinburgh 500 in Chaguanas on Wednesday and the St James Barracks on Thursday.

Serrette was unaware of the FIFA medical guidelines for competitions, which doesn’t strictly apply as the WPL is not a FIFA competition. However, he admitted that they ended up in a race against the clock, as the tournament’s 40-plus foreign players are due to leave Trinidad on Friday.

“It was more of a scheduling issue but it had to be done based on the schedule we had to complete the league,” said Serrette. “We had different challenges that we had to react to, so we had to adapt.”

Serrette chose not to give specific examples of those challenges. However, he said there were more positives than negatives to take away from the maiden WPL season, which cost taxpayers $1.7 million.

“We have had challenges (and) we have not done things perfectly and had to adapt,” said Serrette, “but we will do the post-mortem after and see how we can improve.

“I firmly believe it is worth another edition. We have learnt a lot in this first year and once the same principles are involved with more resources, I think this can really take off…”

Most of the WPL’s coaches, players and spectators agreed that the potential for a women’s professional league is real.

Undoubtedly, the six teams involved have bent over backwards to play through less than ideal circumstances.

There was no pre-season and most teams did not get together until two or three days before their opening fixture. Clubs do not have their own physiotherapists but use medical staff assigned by the WPL board.

In at least one fixture, the lone physio on duty abandoned the two playing teams to warm-up the squads for the second fixture.

Charles said that, for the past two weeks, he often held training sessions with just his seven foreign players as many of the locals had to work. So, he combined with Wave FC coach Derek Arneaud, who had the same problem, and they essentially combined their two squads.

“I think the league, given an opportunity again, can only do better,” said Charles.

Roughly one third of the rostered WPL players, around 40 women, came from North and South America as well as the Caribbean. And the skill levels of the imports varied greatly.

There were some standouts like the Angels duo of American defender Jaclyn Poucel and Jamaican midfielder Jodi-Ann McGregor as well as the Brazilian pair of Fuego goalkeeper Leticia “Lele” Bussato and Rush midfielder Priscilla “Pri” Selau. But most were solid at best.

However, Charles believes the WPL is enhanced by the foreign talent, even when they are less gifted than the local players.

“A lot of our local players were very unfit when they came to screening and I was very disappointed with that,” said Charles. “If you are a footballer, you have to be at least 75 percent fit at all times. The foreign players came eager and ready to play…

“Some of the foreign players were not as good as the locals but the locals have to step up next time.”

Whether there will be a “next time” is another story. Serrette has his fingers crossed. But he knows that State funding will be vital to the WPL’s survival.

“I think we won some fans wherever we played, even though we know we were not perfect, and I am happy with that,” Serrette told Wired868. “I don’t know what will happen in the next few months but I hope whoever has to sign off (on the next competition) sees the potential and that it is worth putting the money into it again.

“We tried with a very small staff to provide the best experience possible to the athletes and the public. You never know what is going to happen but we really hope it can continue.”

Serrette pointed out that there are few opportunities for professional women’s football in South and Central America. And he claimed that the imports all enjoyed their time in Trinidad and have vowed to return.

With more time to plan and scout and increased staff and resources, he thinks the WPL can only improve.

“Next year with a few changes, we may be able to attract even better talent and we can improve on the whole product and take it further,” said Serrette. “This thing can really be good. It can be big…

“It wasn’t perfect but, at the core, it is really just to execute better. It is a good introduction into women’s football.”

Hood, Charles and their coaching counterparts hope that the WPL is here to stay.

“I love what the league is bringing,” said Charles, “and I think it was successful on the field where the players really represented.”

Before they get to the post-mortem, though, there are still three gruelling double headers to play in as many days, with a fixture list that is anything but fair to the six teams involved.

The maiden WPL season has encouraged on the field but also disappointed off of it. However, the weighing up of its pros and cons and subsequent reshaping of Trinidad and Tobago’s domestic women’s top tier could be vital to the long term development of the “Women Soca Warriors.”

WPL Fixtures

(Tue July 28)

Wave FC v SCG Dragons, 5.30 pm, Eddie Hart Grounds;

CNGC Rush v Chancellor Angels, 7.30 pm, Eddie Hart Grounds.

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« Reply #194 on: July 28, 2015, 01:52:48 AM »
Wave upset Fuego in WPL.
T&T Express Reports.


Wave FC continued their good run of form when they became the first team to defeat Boom Champions Fuego in the Women's Premier League (WPL) Sunday.

Fuego had maximum points after two matches, but went down through goals from Camila Germano and Joseann "Lulu" Azevedo at the Maracas Recreation Ground in St Joseph.

The league was postponed once more on Friday after a two-week hiatus as a result of the national senior women's team's involvement in the Pan American Games, due to the prison break in Port of Spain, and the subsequent shootings.

The double-header featuring Fuego vs Oilers and Dragons vs Wave were postponed as a result.

However, the delay didn't put Wave off, as they dealt league-leading Boom Champions Fuego a blow to surge up the league table with back-to-back wins.

New WPL top scorer Camila Germano, scored a close range header in the first half while Joseann "Lulu" Azevedo dispatched a controversially-awarded penalty in the 77th minute. Jamaican Christina Murray scored for Fuego with a few minutes left to make for a tense finale but in the end, Wave FC held on to the 2-1 victory.

In the second clash of the double-header, Chancellor Angels stormed to a 2-0 lead within the first seven minutes against Petrotrin Oilers through Jody Sokol and Sherain Cummings.

Petrotrin Oilers, who were captained by Victoria Swift in the absence of Karyn Forbes, marshalled her troops well after the resumption. Shenelle Arjoon was especially inspirational and was the catalyst for the Oilers’ goal.

Kayla Taylor, who joins Germano as leading WPL goal scorer with three goals, was unerring from the spot after the referee awarded a penalty. Unfortunately it wasn't enough for the Oilers as the Chancellor Angels held their nerve to preserve their 2-1 advantage.

The action continues today in this WPL with a double-header at the Eddie Hart grounds from 5.30 pm.

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Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« Reply #195 on: July 28, 2015, 10:16:07 AM »
What's the reason for the reported exodus of foreign players on Friday? The way Lasana's article reads, one is left with the impression that the date of departure comes as a surprise to planners. On the other hand, prior reports suggested that the foreign players had round-trip travel provided by the WPL organizers. How did matters come to this?

Quite intriguing that Kairon Serrette located his public voice at the end of the proceedings (per extensive on the record comments with L. Liburd). However, his silence at the inception of the proceedings continues in the category of 'duly noted'.

Perhaps the record could further benefit from the emergence of "being accessible" via someone clearly identifying the composition of the WPL board by name and number.


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« Reply #196 on: July 28, 2015, 10:57:01 AM »
What's the reason for the reported exodus of foreign players on Friday? The way Lasana's article reads, one is left with the impression that the date of departure comes as a surprise to planners. On the other hand, prior reports suggested that the foreign players had round-trip travel provided by the WPL organizers. How did matters come to this?

Quite intriguing that Kairon Serrette located his public voice at the end of the proceedings (per extensive on the record comments with L. Liburd). However, his silence at the inception of the proceedings continues in the category of 'duly noted'.

Perhaps the record could further benefit from the emergence of "being accessible" via someone clearly identifying the composition of the WPL board by name and number.



They were always booked to return on that date. The problems came from delays with fields and, of course, the cancelling of last weeks game. Also, we were told that the women national players would return on the 19th, but for some reason out of WPL control, that didn't happen.

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Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« Reply #197 on: July 28, 2015, 08:01:51 PM »
WPL ---great idea. Long time coming and deserved.
But poorly managed due to the rushed nature of it all, so i wouldnt be too quick to pass blame on Mr. Serrette just yet.

also,

the WOLF league is a scene by itself as well.
the league's fixtures were cut short because of WPL probably and now their admin is in a mess for unknown reasons
League is over and we are waiting about a month for the big 8 and FA cup to start...with no logical explanations to go with it.....

WHY we always have to rush s*** and look so disorganised all the damn time?!?

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« Reply #198 on: July 29, 2015, 10:42:36 AM »
Anybody have an idea of the standings in the WPL right now?
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Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« Reply #199 on: July 30, 2015, 02:05:53 AM »
Three clubs hunt for coveted title
By Nigel A Campbell (Guardian).


The inaugural season of the six-team Women’s Premier League, the brain-child of Minister of Sport and former national footballer, Brent Sancho, will come to a fitting climax today at the St James Police Barracks Training Ground, Western Main Road, St James, with three clubs still in the hunt for the coveted title.

Currently, Chancellor Angels lead the standings with nine points from four matches, three more than 94.1FM Booom Champions Fuego and Shanghai Construction Group Dragons, which have played three and four matches respectively.

However, last night at Edinburgh 500 Ground, Chaguanas, Fuego came up against cellar-placed Petrotrin Oilers (four points) and with a win would have joined Angels on nine points ahead of today’s double-header from 5pm.

In the opener, Chancellor Angels which will be without national captain and star player Maylee Attin-Johnson as she recovers from a minor knee surgery comes up against Dragons.

Depending on the outcome of last night’s encounter with Fuego and Oilers, a win for Angels would put them on an unassailable 12 points tally.

However, a Fuego win against Oilers and a slip up by Angels in their final match against Dragons, could leave the door open for Fuego to take top honours when they face second from bottom-of-the-table CNGC Rush, which like Oilers have four points.

On Tuesday night, when action continued at the Eddie Hart Ground, Tunapuna, Dragons and Angels earned 2-1 wins over Wave FC and Rush to stay in the title race.

Wave FC, minus the injured Kennya “Yaya” Cordner” (surgery) and coming off two straight wins to get back in title contention after a 0-2 start, looked set for another three points and a share of the table lead when Jamaican, Shakirah Duncan fired in the go-ahead goal as early as the fifth minute, her fourth item in the last three matches after failing to score in the first two.

However with under 15 minutes left in the match, Costa Rican Jazmin Elizondo turned the match on its head, first by drawing her Dragons level in the 74th and two minutes, netting another to put her team 2-1 ahead, which they held until the final whistle.

With the win, Dragons briefly joined Angels and Wave FC, on six points each, however, Angels wasted little time in setting about regaining sole possession of top spot on the table as speedy Jamaican, Jodi-Ann Mc Gregor converted from the penalty-spot in the third minute for a 1-0 advantage over Rush.

Mc Gregor continued to lead the attack superbly for Angels in the absence of Attin-Johnson and in the 63rd minute she doubled the lead before national winger Ahkeela Mollon got a 90th minute consolation for Rush.

And just as the league kicked off with lots of excitement and buzz, the season will conclude in the same vein with three teams still in the race for the yet to be determined prize money.

WPL Results

Tuesday July 28:

SCG Dragons 2 (Jazmin Elizondo 74th, 76th) vs Wave FC 1 (Shakirah Duncan 5th)

Chancellor Angels 2 (Jodi-Ann Mc Gregor 3rd pen, 63rd) vs CNGC Rush 1 (Ahkeela Mollon 90th)

Current WPL Standings

Teams P W D L F A Pts
Chancellor Angels 4 3 0 1 8 4 9
94.1FM Fuego 3 2 0 1 8 6 6
SCG Dragons 4 2 0 2 7 9 6
Wave FC 5 2 0 3 10 12 6
CNGC Rush 4 1 1 2 8 8 4
Petrotrin Oliers 4 1 1 2 5 6 4

Remaining WPL Fixtures: Today

Venue: St James Police Barracks Training Ground, St James

Chancellor Angels vs SCG Dragons, 5pm
CNGC Rush vs 94.1FM Boom Champions Fuego, 7pm
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Re: TT Women’s Premier League (WPL) Thread.
« Reply #200 on: July 30, 2015, 02:19:13 AM »
Angels bag crucial win in WPL
By Sean Taylor (Express).


The Chancellor Angels moved a step closer to clinching the inaugural Women’s Premier League title Tuesday night as they toiled to a hard-fought 2-1 win over CNGC Rush at the Orange Grove Savannah.

With the win, the Angels moved to nine points, giving them a three-point lead over second placed Boom Champions Fuego.

On Tuesday, a brace from Jodi-Ann McGregor was just enough to seal three points on the night. Ahkeela Mollon scored at the death for the Rush.

The match was physical throughout, with a lot of robust tackles in the midfield, however it provided a fascinating contest within a contest—between Mollon, and the Angels backline.

The winger commonly known as “Lady Latapy,” attempted to stir up her inner little magician as she stormed down the right wing time and again in the first half. Her enterprising play was a solo act however, and as a result didn’t penetrate the Angels defence.

The Angels on the other hand, wasted no time going ahead as their Jamaican forward McGregor converted a penalty in the third minute. The rest of the half was dominated by the Rush outfit, who searched for the equaliser and almost found it when they struck the bar and then had the rebound saved on the line by Angels custodian Beth Saseman.

Mollon picked up where she left off in the second half. However, the Angels defenders were better prepared. “We know that she has the pace, so we asked Kandice Franklin our outside midfielder to help, seeing as she is a speedy player,” Angels coach Anthony Creece said after the match.

Franklin did a masterful job balancing her new role with her regular duties going forward in midfield. She was Mollon’s constant shadow, which led to a lot of rugged tackles between the two.

In the 63rd minute, McGregor doubled her tally after a lightning counter-attack which she finished eventually on her second attempt after the keeper saved the first shot. Angels should have increased the lead seven minutes later when an identical counter left Rafaela de Vargas with only the keeper to beat and she hooked her shot wide while off balance.

The Angels’ second goal helped them to slow the match down and they went through the motions to a well-deserved win at the final whistle.

Mollon however would still have the final say in the match as her stoppage-time free kick from the wing was over-hit but sailed over an unwitting Saseman in the Angels goal. The goal may have given her the last word over her tormentors for the evening, but the Angels were the ones with the last laugh as the final whistle blew moments later.

Earlier in the evening in an ill-tempered affair, the SCG Dragons edged Wave FC 2-1. Wave had Jenelle Cunningham sent off.

Jazmin Elizondo netted twice, while Wave’s Shakira Duncan scored to continue her good form, filling in for the injured Kennya Cordner.

The WPL continued yesterday evening at the Maracas Recreation Ground where Boom Champions Fuego will take on the Petrotrin Oilers. Today the competition comes full circle back to the St James Barracks, where the final two fixtures will be hosted between the Angels and the Dragons, as well as Fuego and Rush, to determine the inaugural WPL Champions.

Standings as of Tuesday

Chancellor Angels - 9pts
Boom Champions Fuego - 6pts
Wave FC - 6pts
SCG Dragons - 6pts
CNGC Rush - 4pts
Petrotrin Oilers - 4pts


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« Reply #201 on: August 01, 2015, 05:58:37 AM »
Saucedo earns Fuego WPL crown.
By Nigel Simon (Guardian).


Claudia Saucedo was the heroine as she netted with eight minutes left on the clock to earn 94.1FM Boom Champions Fuego a hard fought 2–2 draw with CNGC Rush and with it, the title on goal-difference from Chancellor Angels when the inaugural six-team Women’s Premier League climaxed on Thursday night.

The Tasha St Louis-captained Fuego started the day on top the table with Angels, and was then presented with a golden chance to take the crown when Shanghai Construction Group Dragons held Angels to a 1–1 draw in the opener at the St James Police Barracks Training Ground, Western Main Road, St James.

WPL Golden Boot winner Jazmin Elizondo opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute for the Dragons with another left footed rocket.

But Angels, captained by Jamaican Jodi-Ann McGregor in the absence of injured Women Soca Warriors captain Maylee Attin-Johnson, would not ride off gently into the sunset and found an equaliser through Kandice Franklin after Dragons failed to clear a right-sided cross on the stroke of half-time to set up and interesting second period.

Despite numerous chances being created at both ends of the field, the second half failed to produce any more goals, which meant Dragons ended with ten points, and left the door open for Fuego.

Fuego now needed only a draw and it got off to the perfect start against CNGC Rush as Camila Demezio tucked in a shot at the near post 23rd minute for a 1–0 lead which her team took into the break.

However, four minutes after the restart Crisbelis Abraham got Rush on level terms and in the 70th minute, Fuego and its coach Richard Hood were stunned when Nuniluz Rangel fired Rush into a 2–1 lead.

The pressure was now on Fuego as they surged forward in numbers with little or no luck on some near misses and missed calls by the officials.

But with eight minutes left in the match, American Claudia Saucedo broke free and scored the equalising goal that sent the crowd into raptures, and at the final whistle, the score was 2–2 and Boom Champions Fuego were in champagne central.

Both Fuego and Angels ended with ten points from their five matches and a goal-difference of plus-four, however, based on scoring more goals Fuego (13 goals) to Angels (nine) were crowned as winners.

Among the guests at the final of the tournament, the brainchild of Minister of Sports, Brent Sancho, were T&T Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo, Pan American Games  2015 silver medallist Njisane Phillip, World Championship Track & Field gold medallist Jehue Gordon, Olympic sailor Andrew Lewis, former Soca Warrior striker Stern John and Junior Pan Am record breaking cyclist Kollyn St George.

Teams

Rush: 18.Emily Marie Cota; 16.Sharice Arthur, 4.Rhea Belgrave, 20.Nadia James, 5.Annalis Cummings; 11.Janine Francois, 7.Priscila “Pri” Selau, 17.Nuniluz Rangel; 12.Ahkeela Mollon (capt), 10.Mariah Shade, 9.Crisbelis “Cris” Abraham.

Unused Substitutes: 3.Adeka Spence, 6.Tamika Isaac, 13.Afeisha Mohammed, 15.Joyce Mattos.

Coach: Marlon Charles.

Fuego: 1. Letícia “Lele” Bussato; 15.Patrice Superville, 4.Ermelinda “Linda” Pantaleao, 3.Anastasia Prescott, 16.Tanesia Vassell; 10.Tasha St Louis (captain), 11.Christina Murray (83.Jamila Matlin 83rd); 9.Shanelle Warrick; 14.Claudia Saucedo, 12.Jo Marie Lewis, 8. Camila “Kamilinha” Demezio (18.Denisha Thomas 75th).

Unused Substitutes: 21.Priscilla Tapia Castillo (GK), 2.Diamond Henderson, 6.Nickisha James, 7.Zaudita Kaza-Amlak.

Coach: Richard Hood.

Referee: Kevin Smart.

WPL Results

July 30

Dragons 1 (Jazmin Elizondo 6) v Angels 1 (Kandace Franklyn 45+2) at St James.

Player of the Match: Jazmin Elizondo (Dragons).

Rush 2 (Cris 49, Nubyluz “Nuby” Rangel 70) v Fuego 2 (Kamilinha 23, Saucedo 82).

Player of the Match: Letícia “Lele” Bussato (Fuego).

Golden Boot: Jazmin Elizondo (Dragons–3 goals in 2 games).

Golden Glove: Letícia “Lele” Bussato (Fuego).

MVP: Jodi-Ann McGregor (Angels).

WPL All Star Team (Voted by Coaches)

Goalkeeper: Letícia “Lele” Bussato (Fuego)

Defenders: Karyn “Baby” Forbes (Oilers), Ermelinda “Linda” Pantaleao (Fuego), Jaclyn Poucel (Angels), Jodie Redgrave (Angels).

Midfielders: Joseane “Lulu” Azevedo (Wave), Christina Murray (Fuego), Tasha St Louis (Fuego), Jodi-Ann McGregor (Angels).

Forwards: Shakira Duncan (Wave), Kayla Taylor (Oilers).

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« Reply #202 on: August 01, 2015, 08:49:12 AM »
Looking at that All-Star team, I am being informed that some NT players didn't render all-star appearances. That would include Arin King and none of our forwards ...

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« Reply #203 on: August 01, 2015, 08:50:39 AM »
Looking at that All-Star team, I am being informed that some NT players didn't render all-star appearances. That would include Arin King and none of our forwards ...

Sancho say he developing local players, might be de other way round.

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« Reply #204 on: August 03, 2015, 04:46:13 AM »
Sancho pleased with WPL
By  Sean Taylor (Express).


Sport Minister says ‘women’s football won’

The curtain came down on the inaugural Women's Premier League (WPL) last Thursday at the St James Barracks. The fiery closing act from the Boom Champions Fuego concluded a month of extremely competitive women's football across the country.

The Minister of Sport Brent Sancho was overall very satisfied with his administration's first crack at a women's professional league. "Women's football has been neglected for a very long time," the minister told the Express. "When I became sports minister, I felt I had to make sure that women's sports would get the kind of attention it needs."

According to the minister, he wanted to reach out and create an outlet for the premier women's footballers in Trinidad and Tobago.

There had been concerns however after Sancho's announcement of the WPL in March. The league itself was met with a lot of scepticism, particularly amongst the media in the build up to the opening day of action. The minister acknowledged the setbacks, citing the fact that they were inevitable seeing that the league was the first of its kind in T&T.

Many critics of the league were waving the red flag at the plausibility of the league being a state-run entity, therefore wasting tax dollars in the process. Sancho ensured that there was no such issue once the league kicked off.

"The majority of this league was sponsored by corporate T&T," he said. "The various teams took franchises and it boded well with the concept of the league." The minister also indicated that the private-sector sponsorship has ensured the longevity of the league. "What it has done is it has made sure the league has a projection, and we have already had calls from future suitors that want to be involved with the league for next year," he added.

Sancho also indicated that the players involved with the franchise teams were duly compensated for their endeavours. "We went along with most leagues around the world in terms of payment. We tried to do a tier system, and I think the main thing is that we tried to make players comfortable," said the minister.

According to Sancho, coach Karla Aleman praised the league as well, saying that she has yet to see the effort made for the league done anywhere else. "On this side of the world, I don't think there's any other women's league except the US that gives the players that type of financial opportunity," emphasised Sancho.

The Women's League Football (WoLF) was also a talking point, however. Many felt that the league which served as the premier women's competition in T&T since 2009, would have been overshadowed by its brand new successor. Sancho reiterated that the intention was never to push WoLF out. "This league is not in competition with the WoLF at all," he said. "It is actually meant to enhance it... in terms of the development of the league (WPL) we hope that the WoLF would play an even bigger part."

Attention inevitably has shifted away from the WoLF however. The St Ann's Rangers team, who were the defending champions, had to pull out entirely as most of their first eleven were drafted into the WPL.

The league itself had matches featured in tandem with the WPL on two different match days. Currently it seems the competition has taken a bit of a lull before its knockout phase, as even coaches are unsure as to when their next match will be played. The minister was unable elaborate on any perceived organisational issues that the competition was having.

But Sancho is already looking ahead to the future despite the WPL's recent conclusion. "This has been cabinet approved for three years," he said. "The first year would always be a challenge, but we're very happy to see that it turned out as it did. From an awareness standpoint, women's sport was really the winner from this."

Sancho hopes to see a tier system being used as a part of women's football in T&T, with the idea being that a girl's career could start at the secondary level, then move up to the WoLF, with the WPL being the top level of women's football available in T&T.

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« Reply #205 on: August 03, 2015, 12:40:19 PM »
nice idea...but again
poor implementation

too rushed

the Wolf league has suffered badly cause of it, and their administration also needs to improve their comm.
skills

Teams pulling out as mentioned.
Suddenly being faced with half the amount of games which severly affected planning of teams.

Hopefully they can learn from this and plan properly for once.

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« Reply #206 on: August 03, 2015, 03:40:00 PM »
"This has been cabinet approved for three years," he said. "The first year would always be a challenge, but we're very happy to see that it turned out as it did. From an awareness standpoint, women's sport was really the winner from this."

It would be interesting if PNM wins election, that same cabinet not approval under different ministers might come back and bit Sancho in he ass, talk about a taste of his own medicine if this happens.

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« Reply #207 on: August 03, 2015, 03:56:32 PM »
Forget Jack Warner. Here comes Raymond Tim Kee. So, tanty Tim. What do you think of Sancho's claim that the just concluded WPL was able to attract corporate sponsor in such a short space of time?  Something you have been unable to accomplish since you have been president of the ttfa.
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« Reply #208 on: August 10, 2015, 05:34:43 AM »
WPL players get last taste of TT
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The final contingent of foreign contracted female footballers for this year’s inaugural and highly successful Women’s Premier League departed the twin-island republic yesterday en route to their respective home countries in South America.

Half of the 45 international players that were brought in to play were flown in via The Brazil Link (TBL) Sports Management, a locally based sports management team which has direct links to multiple football associations throughout the southern continent.

The remaining quota of players, which comprised of more Caribbean and European players, had accepted the invitation by Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT ), who partnered with their respective national federations to participate in TT ’s first ever professional WPL Tournament.

TBL ensured that their contracted players were able to experience TT both on and off the field by keeping them on local soil for an additional week after the tournament’s conclusion. Together, the sports marketing company and these South American women were able to do some community work with local youth and then visit the many sights and wonders of the sister-isle.

The players visited the Holy Faith Preparatory (St Bernadette’s) School, St Ann’s, last week and easily conquered the troublesome language barriers by hosting numerous games and fun activities with the youngsters who avidly took part. The foreigners also gave students of the school a quick lesson in Portuguese and introduced them to various team building activities.

The contingent later flew to Tobago to visit the Buccoo Reef and other tourist attractions.

On his organisation’s hosting of the visitors, TBL executive member Narada Wilson, revealed that the foreign players were pleased with the level of competition in TT and camaraderie shared among players/officials.

Asked about his organisation’s role in playing host, Wilson, who speaks Portuguese fluently, said: “We were responsible for bringing the South Americans. They wanted foreign players and we put forward a proposal to get them here. So all of them were under us.”

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« Reply #209 on: August 10, 2015, 11:28:17 AM »
Notice they only carrying the foreigners to Tobago, the locals don't need a vacation as well.
 
A dunce and his pet running a league.

Sancho need to disclose the prize money and other cost this league cost, the real truth.

And Wilson need to do more for locals like he do for Brazilians.

Did he ever got his agent license?

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