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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #60 on: February 23, 2021, 06:14:10 AM »
Pot calling the kettle black! This same TTFA administration being alluded to is the same one that worked out a back door deal and landed the man ah 20k USA per month  deal to coach youths?

Success in TnT pro league is not equating with running a national team. I think we are witnessing one of the biggest catastrophes in the shaping, preparing and coaching of aNational team. What we are getting from this coach is a prelude and preparation for failure-

The first outing followed the same pattern of the past- assemble some locals - close to game time discard the majority and  jettison in foreign players and hope for instant success. That = cutarse
 Now facing of all Guyana- not Mexico Not even Jamaica and the frigging excuses start before we  even decide on where we playing. This is what we get for 20k USA per month!  This is the same man who li ed with dogs now the fleas biting he arsea d he start to bark -

Folks we in trouble- ah tell allyuh Anguilla ready to put ah licking on we- Watch the Bajans and all could take we down yes we have rescinded to a low when the expectations that one with his pedigree , one who has played  at the highest level, one who has coached and lived in our culture  could impart knowledge and experience and equate that into success-
Looks like TTFA get ah cat in bag deal- his concern about fans in the stands  is ah distraction ah deflection- fans doh play the game? This is not an Intercol match! WC qualifiers!!! Fck this is high stakes- Fck coach yuh players and stop trying to coach the TTFA. Like yuh want that job too?
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #61 on: February 23, 2021, 01:04:07 PM »
SOS to Dr Rowley! CMO accused of ‘sabotage’, as Warriors unable to train or book warm-up games
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #62 on: February 24, 2021, 02:09:45 AM »
‘A bitter pill to swallow’! TTFA moves Guyana fixture to the Dominican Republic.
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) will play its opening Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier against Guyana at the Pan American Stadium, San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic on 25 March.

The decision was relayed to the media this afternoon, just hours after Minister of Sport and Community Development Shamfa Cudjoe closed the door on any possibility that the government would overrule chief medical officer Dr Roshan Parasram and waive mandatory quarantine for the affair.

“[The] TTFA is stating that [its] players cannot quarantine and that is troubling for us,” said Cudjoe, at a virtual press conference this morning, “especially with players coming from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium—coming from countries where there are these strains that we are really concerned about.

“[…] Flying in, travelling to the Home of Football, and playing your game with no quarantine whatsoever; it does not sit well with our technical people [at the Ministry of Health] at all.

“[…] I have to agree with the CMO. And it is not my business, as it is being recommended, that I instruct—or the minister of health instructs—the CMO. We have to trust his advice to keep our people safe and even our players and the rest of the sporting fraternity safe.”

The Ministry of Health advised the TTFA, which is now run by a Fifa-appointed normalisation committee led by businessman Robert Hadad, to either bring the players in early to quarantine or postpone the match date. Neither option is feasible in competitive international football.

“We have worked tirelessly with Fifa, Concacaf and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to find solutions but regrettably a compromise could not be found,” stated a TTFA release. “The TTFA is incredibly disappointed and shares the public’s frustration at not being able to play our designated home match on local soil. However we do understand the responsibilities of the MOH and appreciate the efforts that they are making to preserve the safety of the citizens of our country.

“While the decision is a bitter pill to swallow, we believe that sport and the positive mental health aspects of sports must not be undervalued and applaud the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for allowing outdoor recreational sports to resume.”

Despite the normalisation committee’s claim of ‘working tirelessly’ towards finding a solution, Cudjoe confirmed today that the government did not receive a proposal from the TTFA until 2 February 2021.

Trinidad and Tobago knew its World Cup grouping since 19 August 2020 while the dates for the fixtures were confirmed by Fifa on 4 December 2020.

Fortunately, the normalisation committee appeared to have found a neutral venue—i95.5FM talkshow host Andre Baptiste’s claim that the Warriors would be forced to play in Guyana was always untrue.

The Dominican Republic is one of a handful of Caribbean nations which does not insist on quarantine, once travellers test negative for Covid-19. So, the Soca Warriors will adopt that island as its home venue for the immediate future.

They are by no means the only Caribbean nation that have sought lodging elsewhere for their football team, as Cudjoe noted today.

“[…] Barbados are playing in the Dominican Republic, Anguilla is playing in Tampa and then the Dominican Republic,” said the minister of sport and community development, “Antigua [and Barbuda] and Montserrat are playing in the US Virgin Islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines is playing in Curaçao. Suriname is playing in the Dominican Republic…”

Trinidad and Tobago, who are in Group F of the preliminary Concacaf draw, are also scheduled to host St Kitts and Nevis on 8 June while they play away to Puerto Rico and the Bahamas on 28 March and 5 June respectively.

It is likely that Puerto Rico and Bahamas will retain home advantage when they face the Warriors. Only the group winner will advance to the next round of qualifying while the other four nations are immediately eliminated.

The normalisation committee promised to give the Soca Warriors ‘the best preparation possible during these challenging times’.

“We have been working and continue to work on solutions to provide head coach Terry Fenwick the opportunity to engage in international friendly matches and training camps ahead of the qualifiers,” stated the TTFA. “With the confirmation that the venue has been set for San Cristobal, we anticipate that further plans will be rolled out over the coming days.”

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #63 on: February 24, 2021, 08:59:04 AM »
DR might just be the worse place in the Caribbean to visit right now.

How about Anguilla

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

Check yesterday numbers.

I repeat . They have most active cases, therefore accomdation(staffing), in addition there are other issues with water and food. Especially now.

Add: Don’t let Concacaf set both countries up to fail.

Should play in a venue lest affected than both countries, not more. Trying to mess up yuh team in the long term.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cityam.com/why-are-english-clubs-playing-champions-league-and-europa-league-matches-at-neutral-venues/amp/
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #64 on: February 26, 2021, 01:15:19 PM »
SOS to Dr Rowley! CMO accused of ‘sabotage’, as Warriors unable to train or book warm-up games
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‘They’re sabotaging Fenwick and Hadad!’ TTFA staff blamed for normalisation committee blunders.
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #65 on: February 27, 2021, 02:37:12 AM »
SOS to Dr Rowley! CMO accused of ‘sabotage’, as Warriors unable to train or book warm-up games
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‘They’re sabotaging Fenwick and Hadad!’ TTFA staff blamed for normalisation committee blunders.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).

Does this journalist ever bring any positive uplifting news? my word what a negative town crier he is, it’s always some shite to kill your vibes but never anything cheerful to declare. I guess he’s in the doom and more gloom department.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #66 on: February 28, 2021, 08:02:52 PM »
SOS to Dr Rowley! CMO accused of ‘sabotage’, as Warriors unable to train or book warm-up games
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


The Soca Warriors’ Qatar 2022 World Cup dreams are being stymied by the Trinidad and Tobago government’s Covid-19 rules and, according to football insiders, the Ministry of Health’s apparent reluctance to relax them for the Men’s National Senior Team.

There have been 107 million cases of infection worldwide since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, with 2.36 million deaths. However, the twin island republic has been widely praised for its response to the virus.

As of yesterday evening, the Ministry of Health reported 181 active cases of Covid-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, with 14 positives over the last 24 hours. The total number of infections here since last March is 7,631 with 136 deaths.

However, at least two persons closely involved with the national football team accused chief medical officer Dr Roshan Parasram of being too inflexible with the Soca Warriors. Both spoke on condition of anonymity.

The football team was granted a government exemption to play the United States in an exhibition match in Orlando on 31 January, which they lost 7-0—a joint national record.

Trinidad and Tobago head coach Terry Fenwick hoped to continue his team preparations with training sessions during their subsequent seven day quarantine at the TTFA Home of Football Wellness Centre in Couva. And the Englishman wanted St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica to fly in to face the Warriors in warm-up matches, as all three nations were quarantined there.

It turned out to be wishful thinking.

The Ato Boldon Stadium is a stone’s throw from the Home of Football. However, the Ministry of Health snubbed their request to train there and instead allegedly suggested they practice at a small field within the HoF facility.

Even then, there was a catch. The training was to be restricted to groups of five players; and, if they agreed, they would also have to spend an additional seven days at the quarantine facility.

“It is a cow field with old metal and pipe on it,” said the football insider, “and four feet of grass.”

“The field is not fit to train,” said a team member, who was part of the quarantine party.

The Home of Football, a controversial facility constructed under the guidance of ex-Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams, does not have a functioning gym. As a result, the players spent the last week largely confined to their rooms.

The national players who quarantined at the Home of Football were: Adrian Foncette, Josiah Trimmingham, Justin Garcia, Jamal Jack, Alvin Jones, Duane Muckette, Michel Poon-Angeron, Sean Bonval, Matthew Woo Ling, Jabari Mitchell, Marvin Phillip, Brent Sam, Jesse Williams, Hashim Arcia, and Gary Griffith III.

The quarantined staff members were: Derek King (assistant coach), Adrian Romain (manager), Captain Basil Thompson (logistics/safety and compliance manager), Dr Akash Dhanai (team doctor), Cassius Humphrey (fitness coach), Sion Cane (massage therapist/physiotherapist), Michael Williams (kit manager), Shaun Fuentes (head of media/communications), and Fenwick.

The mood within the camp worsened considerably when the players and staff members left quarantine on Tuesday, only to be warned that they could face prosecution if they left their homes over the next seven days—and training sessions are out of the question.

The players and staff, according to the team source, have tested six times in the past two weeks and every result was negative. Why then, they ask, are they still being stopped from getting on with the football programme?

“Basically, we feel we are under a big attack,” said the team source. “From the time we arrived in Orlando, we were in a bubble; and when we returned to Trinidad we were in quarantine. But now when we are looking forward to resume training, the [Office of the] CMOH is calling players and staff members and threatening them, saying they will visit their homes to ensure they are there.

“[…] I asked if I could send a breakdown of our negative results since we left to go to Orlando. They said ‘no’ and they are just following the rules.

“Basically they are saying this is their protocols and we have to abide by it.”

If any national player or staff member is found to be in breach of the Quarantine Act, the penalty is a fine of TT$6,000 and six months imprisonment.

“This is totally different from how the CPL (Caribbean Premier League) players were dealt with,” said a football insider. “Those players were allowed to train and move about the Hilton Hotel after just three days of quarantine!”

It is not a perfect analogy. During the four week CPL competition, the cricketers remained within the ‘bubble’ of the Hilton Hotel throughout. In contrast, the Warriors head home to their families after each session.

Still, the national footballers already have special dispensation to practice. Is it worth stopping them now—after their negative tests—but allowing them to train in a week’s time in virtually the same conditions?

And that’s to say nothing of the illegal training sessions and pick-up matches that occur almost daily around the country.

Neither Dr Parasram nor Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh responded to Wired868’s request for comment on the complaints.

But then a big part of the problem, according to the insider, remains the perceived aloofness of the Ministry of Health’s senior officials.

The Fifa-appointed normalisation committee, which replaced the TTFA Board in 2020, requested clearance from the Ministry of Health to host Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines for a three-nation tournament later this month. And, last week, they also sought approval to host Guyana for Trinidad and Tobago’s opening World Cup qualifier on 25 March.

In each case, they claimed that no response was given to the local football body.

At a press conference yesterday, the health minister said Dr Parasram was ‘in discussions with the football fraternity to deal with that issue’. He hinted it was a not a straightforward matter.

“We are very concerned about people coming into the country and not quarantining properly and possibly bringing in the new variants,” said Deyalsingh. “[…] So, the decision would be made in the best interest of protecting the safety of our population.”

It was not with the Warriors wanted to hear.

“The normalisation committee has been pleaded with the CMO to get a letter from the minister of health that they can send to Concacaf, granting approval to play World Cup games in Trinidad,” said the insider. “And the CMO has not responded. If that continues, we will get no practice games before the Guyana match and we may lose our home game—because of a simple approval we need from the Ministry of Health.

“Guyana is our toughest opponent in that five team group and losing the chance to play that game at home can be crucial… Whoever wins that game will virtually get through to the next round.”

The other three nations in Group F are St Kitts and Nevis, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

Fifa rules dictate that the TTFA has until 11 March to confirm it can host Guyana as well as the necessary Fifa match officials for the affair. If not, the game will be moved to a neutral venue.

Last year, the Ministry of Health facilitated the CPL competition—supposedly at the urging of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. The Warriors hope Dr Rowley acts again.

“We are hoping that the prime minister will intervene,” said the insider. “The prime minister gave a directive to host the CPL; and it was on his authority that the national team was given permission to train. At present, it feels like [the Ministry of Health is] doing everything to muzzle them.

“What we are seeing is disrespectful, embarrassing and a virtual sabotage of the national team by the CMO. It is a total contrast to what was done with the CPL.”

The Warriors, according to the team source, have not given up on getting their desired players based in the United Kingdom. Fenwick said he wants to recruit at least a dozen players from his homeland, most of whom are uncapped and don’t hold Trinidad and Tobago passports but are eligible due to parentage.

The UK’s Covid-19 protocols allow exemptions for ‘elite athletes’ to travel, without requiring quarantine on their return. But requests for that privilege are to be handled on a case by case basis by its health ministry, with the England Football Association also involved in the process.

Guyana is among 33 banned nations by the British government and no exemption is possible for travel there. The spine of the ‘Golden Jaguars’, including defender Samuel Cox and midfielder Neil Danns, play in the English lower leagues.

Fifa’s current protocols allow clubs to refuse to players for international duty once they will face more than four days of quarantine. If such players do not get an exemption from England’s FA to represent their adopted countries, their clubs can refuse to release them—regardless of what the Ministry of Health decides.

Still, the Warriors’ coaching staff remain hopeful.

“We have already reached out the clubs and it feels very positive for us,” said the source. “But again, we need to know where we will be playing and, at the moment, all of that is up in the air. We are not trying to burn any bridges but we will like to train, especially as we have all our negative results.

“We can create carpools for the guys to get to training and provide shuttle for those who don’t have vehicles. We have already been set back big time, but we are doing everything we can to have the best team possible for the Guyana game.”

The Warriors’ immediate future may owe much to Dr Parasram; and perhaps to Dr Rowley. And, certainly, to the Covid-19 virus.

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Deyalsingh: Safety first! Warriors’ WCQ home advantage in balance due to Covid rules.
By Fayola Bostic (Wired868.


Covid-19 restrictions may not have barred national sports teams from practising, but the pandemic could potentially have an early impact on the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign of the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Football Team.

The Soca Warriors are due to host Guyana in their opening game on 25 March, under new head coach Terry Fenwick. But a new Fifa ruling, plus the current non-commitment to providing quarantine exemptions for travelling teams, means the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) might be forced to concede home advantage.

At present, the TTFA is being run by a Fifa-appointed normalisation committee headed by businessman Robert Hadad.

Normal Fifa rules require clubs to release players to represent their countries on an international match day. However, as governments have enacted travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine periods to prevent the spread of the virus, Fifa created an exemption that allows clubs to deny their players leave to represent their home teams.

The new rules say clubs must release players except where: ‘there is a mandatory period of quarantine or self-isolation of at least five (5) days upon arrival’ either in the location of the club or the match venue. Clubs can also refuse to release players if there are travel restrictions to or from those locations.

That means if players don’t receive exemptions from travel restrictions and quarantine or self-isolation requirements, their clubs are under no obligation to let them play for their country teams.

In Trinidad and Tobago, the borders are closed to all but nationals, who still must apply for an exemption to enter the country. A returning national then faces a mandatory seven-day quarantine in a state facility, followed by another seven days of self-isolation.

The Warriors only emerged from quarantine yesterday at the Home of Football in Couva, since their international against the United States in Orlando on 31 January, which they lost 7-0.

As a host country, the Fifa rules require the TTFA to get exemptions for its players, the visiting team, and match officials to enter the country and skip any quarantine or self-isolation of more than five days.

With the match against Guyana carded for 25 March, that leaves the TTFA until 11 March to inform Fifa whether the T&T government will grant the necessary exemptions. The UK government, for instance, grants exemptions to certain ‘elite athletes’ to travel and play without quarantine.

The Warriors, who are also scheduled to play away to Puerto Rico on 28 March, could be forced to play their opening ‘home game’ at a neutral venue if the Dr Keith Rowley-led government does not play along.

Speaking at the Ministry of Health’s virtual media conference, Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said: “The CMO [chief medical officer Dr Roshan Parasram] is in contact and in discussions with the football fraternity to deal with that issue.

“We are very concerned about people coming into the country and not quarantining properly and possibly bringing in the new variants… So, the decision would be made in the best interest of protecting the safety of our population.”



Lasana is a very good writer but too much of his articles are more negative than positive.

He seems like he writes for clicks instead of fairness.

Need to be more balance instead of running down a quick dollar.

As bad as this is, he only makes it worse.

Liebud, bring some balance in your writing.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #67 on: March 01, 2021, 04:41:58 PM »
i can't agree enough. trinis seem to get off on bad news and gossip much more than progress.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #68 on: March 01, 2021, 06:41:11 PM »
i can't agree enough. trinis seem to get off on bad news and gossip much more than progress.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #69 on: March 02, 2021, 02:23:33 AM »
TTFA ‘working on logistics’ ahead of Guyana qualifier.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


THE TT Football Association (TTFA) is actively working on logistical matters ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone qualifying match between T&T and Guyana, which will take place at the Estadio Panamericano, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic on March 25.

The game, which was originally carded to take place here in T&T, has been shifted to the Dominican Republic due to T&T’s covid19 protocols. The Spanish-speaking nation does not have any quarantine restrictions.

Acting general secretary of the TTFA, Amiel Mohammed, said on Monday, “Even though the normalisation (committee) is acting as the board, the TTFA staff is working diligently to try to provide the men’s national team with the best preparation available. We know that we’re still in covid times so logistics are, quite frankly, a nightmare.”

On February 20, Sports Minister Shamfa Cudjoe, during a media conference, said that the T&T government will not be able to waive mandatory quarantine for the match. As a result, the TTFA, which is run by a FIFA-appointed normalisation committee headed by businessman Robert Hadad, decided to move the game to the Dominican Republic.

That move was chastised by T&T coach Terry Fenwick who, in a Newsday report on February 21, said, “I am very disappointed because the game was carded as a home game for T&T in a one-off playoff against Guyana. We have not been able to secure that game over that period of time, which is important (to note).”

Mohammed, on Monday, pointed out, “We’re actively trying to weigh up the best logistics, with the cost factors, to try to give Terry and his team the best possible preparation available, whether that includes a camp, friendly matches (or) scrimmage matches. All of that are being assessed as we speak. We should have a clearer idea of the plan or the calendar within the next few days.”

Mohammed was unable to confirm when the T&T team will be leaving for the Dominican Republic. “We’re in constant communication with the Dominican (Republic) FA and we’re trying to work out all those logistical things. We should have an update within the next couple days.” In January, the TTFA advertised its search for the vacant post of T&T women’s team coach. According to Mohammed, “We should have an update (on) that very soon. This week for sure.”

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #70 on: March 03, 2021, 02:31:33 AM »
Soca Warriors to play 2 matches in Tobago weekend.
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


T&T's Soca Warriors will play two friendly matches this weekend at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago. The game will give players in the sister-isle the opportunity to make it onto the national team and probably play at the highest level.

Marc Joseph, Chairman of the Orange Group of Companies is the organiser of the event and he told Guardian Media Sports yesterday that the trip by the national team was arranged because his group was told there were no players from the island on the national team.

The Terry Fenwick-coached national team will face an Orange XI from 4 pm on Saturday and again on Sunday morning at 10 am. The team will be the guest of the Orange Group of Companies from Friday to Sunday.

According to Joseph: "As you know there's no Tobago player on the national team presently and that was brought to our attention on many occasions during the last couple of weeks. So we have decided, through Terry Fenwick and me, to invite the national team to come to Tobago through the Orange Group of Companies, and what we have done is to put together a two-day programme, a training camp, and invite the local players of Tobago to get that opportunity to showcase their talent and get a possible opportunity to join the national team and probably play at the highest level."

Though the names of no player from the sister-isle were given, the Tobago players have been in a live-in camp in preparation for the match. Joseph said he believes the game will help in planting seeds that will produce fruit for the people of Tobago and the twin-island Republic as a whole.

Fenwick's men have been hard at training in preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers which will begin with an opening encounter against Guyana on March 25 in the Dominican Republic.

The match was expected to be the country's home match but the government, through the Ministry of Health and its Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram, blanked a proposed football bubble to host the match.

Fenwick's men will play out of Group F of the qualifiers with only the top team advancing to the second round. The other countries in the group are Puerto Rico, St Kitts/Nevis and the Bahamas.

Following the team's opening match against Guyana, the Soca Warriors will be away to Puerto Rico (March 28) in their next encounter; away to the Bahamas (June 5), and home to St Kitts and Nevis (June 8.).

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #71 on: March 03, 2021, 02:35:30 AM »
Fenwick unsure about squad to face Guyana, P/Rico.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


THE COMPOSITION of the T&T men’s football team is proving to be a tricky one, according to coach Terry Fenwick, ahead of a pair of 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone First Round Group F qualifiers.

On March 25, T&T will square off against Guyana at the Estadio Panamericano, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, followed by a fixture away to Puerto Rico at the Mayaguez Athletics Stadium, Mayaguez on March 28.

The T&T team have resumed training at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, a month after their 7-0 mauling in a friendly international away to the United States.

During an interview on Tuesday, Fenwick said, “We’ve got Khaleem Hyland, Sheldon Bateau, Levi Garcia, all of those guys that we’ve reached out to and their clubs. Obviously, (with) FIFA’s new rules and regulations, (the clubs) are in control of that situation now.”

On February 5, the global governing body for football FIFA announced that players who face mandatory quarantine of at least five days on any part of their intended journey, or government-imposed border restrictions that do not exempt professional sports, can be excused from call-ups by their national team.

Fenwick added, “We’ve applied to all of (their clubs) to see whether they will release the players, so we can physically see what we’ve got. We’re trying to get something sorted out.”

The T&T coach was asked how many players may be selected for the trips to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Fenwick replied, “(The overseas-based) might not be able to get out until the last minute, some might not be able to get out until the 20th, five days before the actual World Cup qualifier. We’re still waiting on clubs to clarify and confirm whether they’re releasing the players or not.

“That will take a big toll on my final decision as to who I’m carrying,” he continued. “But it will be mid-20 players because we’ve got two games. God forbid we (get) any injuries, we’ve got to be covered for all of that. We’re just playing it safe.”

The former San Juan Jabloteh and Central FC coach is hopeful that the squad will have a few warm-up matches while in the Dominican Republic.

“I’ve left it entirely in the normalisation committee’s hands to organise my friendly games,” he said. “We’re leaving Trinidad on the 12th so we’ll get up there in time. There are six nations up there (T&T, Barbados, St Kitts/Nevis, Turks and Caicos Islands, Dominica and Panama will all use the Dominican Republic as ‘home’ games) so we’re looking to get two, maybe three games, prior to the game against Guyana.

“I want it nailed down and signed off so we can actually plan ahead and get ourselves organised. At the moment, I’m still waiting on them for clarity.”

On the immediate horizon will be a pair of warm-up games in Tobago. Fenwick said on Tuesday evening that he hopes his training squad (he will carry 23 to Tobago) will get to face Phoenix FC on Saturday and a Tobago XI on Sunday.

Reflecting on the well-documented US encounter, Fenwick said, “(the players) don’t get experience unless you give them games. This was just against the best team in our region, in Concacaf. Nobody, more than me, is more disappointed with the scoreline. It was very poor.”

With the Guyana match having been shifted from T&T to Dominican Republic, is that taking a toll on the players?

“That’s more the overseas players that need to travel,” replied Fenwick. “We’ve lost that advantage of playing at home. The players that we’re bringing in, that are subject to the same covid (protocols, as well as) my goalkeeper coach Kelvin Jack.

“Before they leave the UK they’ve got to have their tests sorted out, and they’ve got to quarantine in the countries where they (are based). It’s not easy at all.”

Fenwick touched on another problem he has been facing for several months.

“Everywhere in the world is playing football except in (T&T). So it’s not helping us. La Horquetta Rangers have got three or four players that we’ve invited on a regular basis and have not been given permission by their club to train with the national team.

“There are a number of obstacles involved, it’s been quite challenging but we’ll get over it,” he ended.

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Trinidad and Tobago were far from the anomaly yesterday as Concacaf revealed that more than half of the nations involved in the opening round of Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying matches have conceded home advantage, due mostly to their respectively Covid-19 protocols.

Seventeen from 30 nations will play their home games on neutral soil and Santo Domingo is easily the most popular destination. The Dominican Republic capital will host eight games from five match days, between 25 and 30 March—split evenly between the Estadio Panamericano and Estadio Felix Sanchez.

The Soca Warriors face Guyana at the Estadio Panamericano from 7pm on Thursday 25 March, in a clash that the twin island republic had hoped to play in Port of Spain.

It is the Dominican Republic’s second-best ground but the island’s top venue, the Estadio Felix Sanchez, was booked by Panama before Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) boss Robert Hadad made his move.

Trinidad and Tobago are still in better shape than St Lucia and the Cayman Islands who have home games on 28 March but are yet to confirm a venue to stage them. The Estadio Panamericano does not have a game booked on that day—so first come, first served.

Apart from Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, Panama, Dominica, Turks and Caicos, and St Kitts and Nevis will also call Santo Domingo ‘home’ for the opening round of qualifiers.

Elsewhere in Curaçao, there will be no shortage of action at the Estadio Felix Sanchez in Willemstad which is booked for all five match days. Apart from the host nation, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St Vincent and the Grenadines and the British Virgin Islands will also use the tiny Dutch island as their headquarters.

The Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores in Guatemala City will host Guatemala and Cuba for next month’s qualifiers while Anguilla, Aruba and Canada will all play their home games across the state of Florida.

The Warriors, perhaps thankfully, will not have an early return to Florida where head coach Terry Fenwick lost his only international outing thus far—after a record 7-0 hammering to the United States in an exhibition affairs.

Concacaf Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying opening round

Group A: El Salvador, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Montserrat, US Virgin Islands.

(Wed 24 March)

*Antigua and Barbuda vs Montserrat, 7pm/ET, Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad;

(Thu 25 March)

El Salvador vs Grenada, 9.30pm/ET, Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador;

(Sat 27 March)

USVI vs Antigua and Barbuda, 7pm/ET, Bethlehem Soccer Complex, St Croix;

(Sun 28 March)

*Montserrat vs El Salvador, 7pm/ET, Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad;

(Tue 30 March)

Grenada vs USVI, 7pm/ET, Kirani James Athletic Stadium, St Georges;

Group B: Canada, Suriname, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Aruba.

(Wed 24 March)

Suriname vs Cayman Islands, 6pm/ET, Dr Ir Franklin Essed Stadion, Paramaribo;

(Thu 25 March)

*Canada vs Bermuda, 8pm/ET, Exploria Stadium, Orlando;

(Sat 27 March)

*Aruba vs Suriname, 8pm/ET, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida;

(Sun 28 March)

*Cayman Islands vs Canada, TBD, TBD;

(Tue 30 March)

Bermuda vs Aruba, 6.30pm/ET, Bermuda National Sports Centre, Prospect.

Group C: Curaçao, Guatemala, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba, British Virgin Islands.

(Wed 24 March)

Guatemala vs Cuba, 7pm/ET, Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores, Guatemala City;

(Thu 25 March)

Curaçao vs St Vincent and the Grenadines, 8pm/ET, Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad;

(Sat 27 March)

*BVI vs Guatemala, 6pm/ET, Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad;

(Sun 28 March)

*Cuba vs Curaçao, 5pm/ET, Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores, Guatemala City;

(Tue 30 March)

*St Vincent and the Grenadines vs BVI, 8pm/ET, Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad;

Group D: Panama, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Dominica, Anguilla.

(Wed 24 March)

Dominican Republic vs Dominica, 7pm/ET, Estadio Felix Sanchez, Santo Domingo;

(Thu 25 March)

*Panama vs Barbados, 8pm/ET, Estadio Felix Sanchez, Santo Domingo;

(Sat 27 March)

*Anguilla vs Dominican Republic, 6pm/ET, Inter Miami FC Stadium, Miami;

(Sun 28 March)

*Dominica vs Panama, 4pm/ET, Estadio Felix Sanchez, Santo Domingo;

(Tue 30 March)

*Barbados vs Anguilla, 7.30pm/ET, Estadio Felix Sanchez, Santo Domingo;

Group E: Haiti, Nicaragua, Belize, St Lucia, Turks and Caicos Islands.

(Wed 24 March)

Nicaragua vs St Lucia, 9pm/ET, Estadio Nacional de Futbol de Managua, Managua;

(Thu 25 March)

Haiti vs Belize, 5pm/ET, Stade Sylvio Cator, Port au Prince;

(Sat 27 March)

*Turks and Caicos vs Nicaragua, 7pm/ET, Estadio Panamericano, Santo Domingo;

(Sun 28 March)

*St Lucia vs Haiti, TBD, TBD;

(Tue 30 March)

*Belize vs Turks and Caicos, 7pm/ET, Estadio Panamericano, Santo Domingo.

Group F: Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Bahamas.

(Wed 24 March)

*St Kitts and Nevis vs Puerto Rico, 7pm/ET, Estadio Panamericano, Santo Domingo;

(Thu 25 March)

*Trinidad and Tobago vs Guyana, 7pm/ET, Estadio Panamericano, Santo Domingo;

(Sat 27 March)

Bahamas vs St Kitts and Nevis, 7pm/ET, Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau;

(Sun 28 March)

Puerto Rico vs Trinidad and Tobago, 5pm/ET, Estadio Centroamericano, Mayaguez;

(Tue 30 March)

Guyana vs Bahamas, 8pm/ET, National Track & Field Centre, Leonara.

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« Reply #72 on: March 03, 2021, 03:37:57 AM »
2021 and we are still treating with Tobago as if newly annexed territory. Incoherent on so many levels.
 
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« Reply #73 on: March 03, 2021, 12:41:31 PM »
2021 and we are still treating with Tobago as if newly annexed territory. Incoherent on so many levels.
 


It happens over and over again. It is only in individual sports that Tobago athletes get their just due because its man against man. In team sports, there is no consistent effort to scout Tobago for cricketers and footballers. We are always treated like outsiders and it is shameful.
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Got a real bad feeling about the guyans game...

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« Reply #75 on: March 03, 2021, 04:34:46 PM »
What does Tobago in particular has to do with this article?

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« Reply #76 on: March 03, 2021, 05:19:23 PM »
What does Tobago in particular has to do with this article?

There's another article above the Newsday article. Deals with a couple matches to be played in Tobago.
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« Reply #77 on: March 03, 2021, 05:24:46 PM »
2021 and we are still treating with Tobago as if newly annexed territory. Incoherent on so many levels.
 


It happens over and over again. It is only in individual sports that Tobago athletes get their just due because its man against man. In team sports, there is no consistent effort to scout Tobago for cricketers and footballers. We are always treated like outsiders and it is shameful.

Would having a TTFA office in Tobago make a material difference?
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« Reply #78 on: March 04, 2021, 09:55:13 AM »
2021 and we are still treating with Tobago as if newly annexed territory. Incoherent on so many levels.
 


It happens over and over again. It is only in individual sports that Tobago athletes get their just due because its man against man. In team sports, there is no consistent effort to scout Tobago for cricketers and footballers. We are always treated like outsiders and it is shameful.

Would having a TTFA office in Tobago make a material difference?
Started to type a response but then it hit me....that might not be such a bad idea. Because clearly what has been in place before has never really worked.
In the past it has always been the responsibility of the TFA to National arrange scouting events in Tobago, with little or no assistance from the TTFA....but no other zone in Trinidad had that burden. And even if they see players they like.....what next ?? 3 or 4 or 5 players.....sometimes more have to travel to Trinidad to train as opposed to one coach coming to Tobago and conduct or assist training of 10 or 20 players that might have the potential but need some refining.
Maybe it is time to look at alternatives.....Just saying.

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Just another point....is anybody arear who arranged for the Tobago players to be selected and prepared for these games ???????????? because I can assure you that most active coaches in Tobago new nothing about this venture.

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Dominican Republic stays T&T's home game venue
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


The Dominican Republic is set to be the venue for T&T's next home game against St Kitts/Nevis in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on the road to Qatar 2022.

Robert Hadad, the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee chairman confirmed this recently, saying he has been negotiating, to have the game played there as a form of contingency.

The Soca Warriors' schedule for the opening round will see the team at home against Guyana (25 March), but playing in the Dominican Republic, then away to Puerto Rico (28 March), followed by an away game to the Bahamas (5 June), and home to St Kitts and Nevis on 8 June.

Hadad told Guardian Media Limited that: "We're now trying to negotiate with who will be in Miami, USA and who we can play friendlies with beforehand."

"We're trying to time it in such a way that we probably can go to Miami and may come back to the Dominican Republic, and then go to Puerto Rico, those discussions are in progress," the local football boss explained.

Hadad has had to fend off recent attempts by Guyana for the March 25 qualifier to be held in George Town, instead of the Dominican Republic, which was revealed to the public last month.

Following attempts by the normalisation committee for the country's international players to skip the mandatory 14-day period of quarantine and go into a bio-secure bubble proposed by the normalisation committee, Minister of Sports Shamfa Cudjoe blanked that option, saying the safety of the people of T&T is of paramount importance, atm Saturday's update on the coronavirus status in the country.

She told the country that her government was prepared to abide by the decisions of the Ministry of Health and its Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram.

As talks began ahead of the T&T and St Kitts/Nevis game in June, Hadad told Guardian Media Sports he had already engaged Parasram for guidance on that match. "I spoke to the CMO already this morning and it is difficult for him to predict from now where we're going to be at that time, where is COVID19 going to be, are we going to allow vaccines?."

"We had that discussion this morning and the question is are they going to allow vaccinated players to not quarantine? all depends on what kind of results they have and how many vaccines they've received, and how good our vaccination process has been. According to him (Parasram) it is impossible to give me any kind of guidance now, but we will continue seeking, probably again in the Dominican Republic on an alternative venue we can use."

Meanwhile, FIFA has been working with all Concacaf member associations, with the support of the confederation, to provide guidance ahead of the upcoming qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

The match schedule for Qualification Round 1 in the Concacaf region includes 30 member associations who are each scheduled to play two matches between 24 and 31 March.

FIFA has in recent weeks held virtual workshops with all member associations to ensure that they are aware of the regulations relating to COVID-19, in particular regarding player release and the possibility of playing matches in a neutral venue should it be required due to quarantine restrictions in certain countries.

Owing to the unique and challenging circumstances being faced globally, FIFA regulations allow member associations to request that an official match be played in a neutral venue, provided it is within the applicable confederation and meets a range of other criteria.

Following FIFA’s discussions with member associations, the latest match schedule for the Concacaf region qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is as follows:

FIFA will continue to work with the member associations, with the support of Concacaf, to ensure that the health and safety of players, teams, match officials and all stakeholders is given the highest priority for these matches.

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« Reply #81 on: March 07, 2021, 02:04:12 AM »
Sam nets hat-trick as Warriors spank Orange XI.
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian).


Brent Sam netted a second-half hat-trick as T&T Soca Warriors continued their build-up towards their 2022 Concacaf Qatar World Cup Qualifying opener against Guyana with an 8-0 spanking of Tobago’s Orange XI at the St James Police Barracks in Port-of-Spain, Saturday.

Former T&T Pro League top goalscorer Marcus Joseph had opened the scoring from the penalty-spot for national coach Terry Fenwick before ex-Real Salt Lake player Alvin Jones doubled the lead from a well-struck free-kick.

Another ex-USA-based player, midfielder Duane Muckette curled in T&T’s third item into the far corner off a Joseph feed at the top of the 18-yard box while the lanky Hashim Arcia made it 4-0 before the half-time interval.

Two minutes into the second-half Sam got his first from another penalty-kick conversion  to push the scoreline to five before Reon Moore made it 6-0 followed by a late brace from the lanky Sam to complete his treble and an 8-0 thumping.

Saturday's match replaced two postponed matches against the same Orange XI which were due to be played in Tobago this weekend at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet but were cancelled due to travel problems by the national team.

Speaking after the warm-up match, Fenwick who has been in training with his players in preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers which will begin with an opening encounter against Guyana on March 25 in the Dominican Republic, said he was happy for the opportunity to play the match and thanked the Orange XI management team led by Marcus Joseph for providing his team with that chance to get in some valuable match practice.

“We were hoping to do the trip over there but couldn’t get a flight and they have come across with a very competitive side and did some good things in the game and we will need to go back over there and reciprocate that appreciation.

“We have lined up so many friendly games that have gone under the bus and we got to play somebody and we got a World Cup qualifier coming up on the 25th and this is part of our preparation leading into it.

“We would like other games absolutely, and we are speaking to the Normalisation Committee on a regular basis, they have got our schedules with games with teams that are confirmed as we are awaiting feedback on that, stated Fenwick, a former England World Cup defender.

With regards to Caribbean rivals Jamaica recruitment of a number of top England-based players, Fenwick said: "It’s outstanding."He added, “We are also trying to bring in top quality players that are also all over Europe and North America, but it has been difficult because everything has gone through the Commissioner of Police as far as passports, so we are trying to do our bit but we are not getting a lot of support."

Fenwick's men will play out of Group F of the qualifiers with only the top team advancing to the second round. The other countries in the group are Puerto Rico, St Kitts and Nevis and the Bahamas.

Following the team's opening match against Guyana, the "Soca Warriors" will be away to Puerto Rico (March 28) in their next encounter; away to the Bahamas (June 5), and home to St Kitts and Nevis (June 8.).

Teams

T&T: Marvin Phillip, Jesse Williams, Leland Archer, Justin Sadoo, Gary Griffith III, Hashim Arcia, Shackiel Henry, Duane Muckette, Marcus Joseph, Jamal Jack, Michelle Poon Angeron, Joshua Alexander, Jelani Peters, Alvin Jones, Sean Bonval, Reon Moore, Brent Sam, Molik Khan, Adrian Foncette Denzil Smith.

Orange XI: Devaughn Daniel, Omarr Charles, Pretha Duncan, Javon Williams, Jeremayer Bristol, Oshun George, Jokiah Leacock, Nicholas Alfred, Antonio Pantin, Kersh Lancey, Kylou Brathwaite, Miguel Alfred, Trevor Alleyne, Sherwin Lovell, Ancill Noray, Jariel Arthur, Jahiem Harry, Keon Samuel, Daniel Richards, Tyrell Waheed, Kareem Warner, Mickaeel Jem-Gordon.

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« Reply #82 on: March 07, 2021, 03:10:34 AM »
Sam nets hat-trick as Warriors spank Orange XI.
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian).


Brent Sam netted a second-half hat-trick as T&T Soca Warriors continued their build-up towards their 2022 Concacaf Qatar World Cup Qualifying opener against Guyana with an 8-0 spanking of Tobago’s Orange XI at the St James Police Barracks in Port-of-Spain, Saturday.

Former T&T Pro League top goalscorer Marcus Joseph had opened the scoring from the penalty-spot for national coach Terry Fenwick before ex-Real Salt Lake player Alvin Jones doubled the lead from a well-struck free-kick.

Another ex-USA-based player, midfielder Duane Muckette curled in T&T’s third item into the far corner off a Joseph feed at the top of the 18-yard box while the lanky Hashim Arcia made it 4-0 before the half-time interval.

Two minutes into the second-half Sam got his first from another penalty-kick conversion  to push the scoreline to five before Reon Moore made it 6-0 followed by a late brace from the lanky Sam to complete his treble and an 8-0 thumping.

Saturday's match replaced two postponed matches against the same Orange XI which were due to be played in Tobago this weekend at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet but were cancelled due to travel problems by the national team.

Speaking after the warm-up match, Fenwick who has been in training with his players in preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers which will begin with an opening encounter against Guyana on March 25 in the Dominican Republic, said he was happy for the opportunity to play the match and thanked the Orange XI management team led by Marcus Joseph for providing his team with that chance to get in some valuable match practice.

“We were hoping to do the trip over there but couldn’t get a flight and they have come across with a very competitive side and did some good things in the game and we will need to go back over there and reciprocate that appreciation.

“We have lined up so many friendly games that have gone under the bus and we got to play somebody and we got a World Cup qualifier coming up on the 25th and this is part of our preparation leading into it.

“We would like other games absolutely, and we are speaking to the Normalisation Committee on a regular basis, they have got our schedules with games with teams that are confirmed as we are awaiting feedback on that, stated Fenwick, a former England World Cup defender.

With regards to Caribbean rivals Jamaica recruitment of a number of top England-based players, Fenwick said: "It’s outstanding."He added, “We are also trying to bring in top quality players that are also all over Europe and North America, but it has been difficult because everything has gone through the Commissioner of Police as far as passports, so we are trying to do our bit but we are not getting a lot of support."

Fenwick's men will play out of Group F of the qualifiers with only the top team advancing to the second round. The other countries in the group are Puerto Rico, St Kitts and Nevis and the Bahamas.

Following the team's opening match against Guyana, the "Soca Warriors" will be away to Puerto Rico (March 28) in their next encounter; away to the Bahamas (June 5), and home to St Kitts and Nevis (June 8.).

Teams

T&T: Marvin Phillip, Jesse Williams, Leland Archer, Justin Sadoo, Gary Griffith III, Hashim Arcia, Shackiel Henry, Duane Muckette, Marcus Joseph, Jamal Jack, Michelle Poon Angeron, Joshua Alexander, Jelani Peters, Alvin Jones, Sean Bonval, Reon Moore, Brent Sam, Molik Khan, Adrian Foncette Denzil Smith.

Orange XI: Devaughn Daniel, Omarr Charles, Pretha Duncan, Javon Williams, Jeremayer Bristol, Oshun George, Jokiah Leacock, Nicholas Alfred, Antonio Pantin, Kersh Lancey, Kylou Brathwaite, Miguel Alfred, Trevor Alleyne, Sherwin Lovell, Ancill Noray, Jariel Arthur, Jahiem Harry, Keon Samuel, Daniel Richards, Tyrell Waheed, Kareem Warner, Mickaeel Jem-Gordon.

Why is this news?  (Nigel Simon doing his wuk, but another coach wouldn't have made this newsworthy). No lesson learned there?
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« Reply #83 on: March 07, 2021, 06:17:24 AM »
Dude, the man reporting the news. As disdainful as it is. It is news!

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« Reply #84 on: March 07, 2021, 06:49:52 AM »
Call me when it is man bites dog. As in Football Factory's 6 year olds beat the U21s.

Again, no problem with the journalism. But this is unnecessary promotion of an in-house activity. If DC United played a high school in Northern Virginia and trounced them 45-0, would that end up in the Post?

Also, it is one thing for the story to be published, but this would have been a perfect moment for the coach to DECLINE comment.
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« Reply #85 on: March 07, 2021, 02:30:04 PM »
Call me when it is man bites dog. As in Football Factory's 6 year olds beat the U21s.

Again, no problem with the journalism. But this is unnecessary promotion of an in-house activity. If DC United played a high school in Northern Virginia and trounced them 45-0, would that end up in the Post?

Also, it is one thing for the story to be published, but this would have been a perfect moment for the coach to DECLINE comment.


“We were hoping to do the trip over there but couldn’t get a flight and they have come across with a very competitive side and did some good things in the game and we will need to go back over there and reciprocate that appreciation."

Wait..the NT couldn't get a flight to Tobago, but Tobago players coulda find dey way to Trinidad. Seeker, that is not enuff man biting dog for yuh ? Yuh wha the man kill the dog or what ? Plus yuh don't see we ready (8-0), until the last week and  selection, then we won't, because no quality warm ups, and new guys have to fly in.     :devil:

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« Reply #86 on: March 07, 2021, 05:40:08 PM »
Call me when it is man bites dog. As in Football Factory's 6 year olds beat the U21s.

Again, no problem with the journalism. But this is unnecessary promotion of an in-house activity. If DC United played a high school in Northern Virginia and trounced them 45-0, would that end up in the Post?

Also, it is one thing for the story to be published, but this would have been a perfect moment for the coach to DECLINE comment.


“We were hoping to do the trip over there but couldn’t get a flight and they have come across with a very competitive side and did some good things in the game and we will need to go back over there and reciprocate that appreciation."

Wait..the NT couldn't get a flight to Tobago, but Tobago players coulda find dey way to Trinidad. Seeker, that is not enuff man biting dog for yuh ? Yuh wha the man kill the dog or what ? Plus yuh don't see we ready (8-0), until the last week and  selection, then we won't, because no quality warm ups, and new guys have to fly in.     :devil:

Hear nah, I eh laugh so BLASTED much  :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: reading ah "news story" as when I read Roneil Walcott's reporting on the match. That is Pulitzer quality for literally delivering laughing sport reporting of the TTFA's seriously farcical reality.

I had noted recently that I hadn't seen a piece from Walcott in a bit. What he dropped there, in resurfacing, is on the premises of Bob Dylan receiving a Nobel for literature. (I'm sure someone will misunderstand the comment but that is the submission. To ease the misunderstanding: On the premises, not on the podium).

While I appreciate the reporting, everything I read bolsters my opinion and the sight of us in those same "prison" uniforms at a match of that calibre DID NOT HELP! 

Not to mention, the familiar irony of an 7-0 8-0 drubbing of an underpreprepared opponent who only just recently assembled. All ah that is in the ole mas category that buss de net. Let that land inside "Courts".  :rotfl:  It might have been picture perfect if someone had gone to West Mall for US jerseys.

As Hermann Hesse said about reading Dostoevsky: this is a "glimpse into havoc". We know the domestic version iz really a glimpse into ***kery.

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Think of the 2022 conversation regarding reparations as the item tabled for future discussion when initially raised for negotiation during talks in 1834. A lot of intere$t has accrued.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #87 on: March 07, 2021, 07:07:45 PM »
Yes that good. Soundbites even. "Practice match for yuh money"   ;D :-[ :laugh:

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #88 on: March 07, 2021, 10:32:35 PM »
Every sound bite is blown out of proportion. I remember in 73 when the national was preparing for for the 74 WC tournament in Haiti, they played Malvern in Skinner Park. Guess who won? Yep, Malvern. The same losers was one point short of the Munich WC in Haiti.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
« Reply #89 on: March 08, 2021, 12:25:34 AM »
 I don't get what you mean by blown out of proportion, in that article.
1. The soundbites referred to were,
a.   “Nah man,” shouted Noray, as Warriors midfielder Duane Muckette neatly tucked away the Warriors’ third goal in the 38th minute—after an unnecessary turnover by the Tobago defence. “That too easy man! That can’t be so easy.”

b. “Is a three on one you now had dey?!” muttered a disgusted Tobago defender.
       “Yeah boy, I don’t know what happen dey nah,” said Harry, with his hands flailing as though asking the heavens for an intervention.

c.  “They’re tired. Come on. Get at them!” shouted Fenwick from the touchline.
d.  “Eh, somebody tell he pass the ball nah!” shouted Moore, as Griffith III lost possession in central midfield after one of his tricks went awry.


2. I wasn't there or can find a report for the game, so I cannot say who the team comprised of. I do know Malvern was a National League football club with,if not NT players,  potential NT players. I know the top team at the time was Defence Force. However, I hope you're not implying that a thrown together Tobago team during this Covid restrictive times, with 2 or 3 pro league players can be compared to any operating club in the top league of the country.  That '73 game cannot be compared to this game in no way. 1.The best players and final teams are not present for either side. 2. Given the current situation it may have been a more worthwhile exercise to play against themselves as they may have been the only guys training as no MEN club team was available.
Who Guyana and all the other countries running against. How many Big League players they have, who flying in for them, they throwing together a team just before ?  Can we scout them  ? Can we get games against the big teams they getting games against ? Are they as worried as us ?    :D