Susan Joseph-Warrick, President of the T&T Women's League Football (WoLF) has hit back at senior national women's football team coach, Stefan De Four after he blamed the players lack of fitness and subpar performances of the local league.
De Four was in charge of the senior women's team, which failed to advance from its Caribbean Football Union Women's Qualifying Round-Robin Pool A qualifiers which also involved St Kitts/Nevis, Dominican Republic, Antigua & Barbuda, and Aruba.
T&T which hosted the qualifiers at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva ended third in the five-team round-robin series after beating Aruba 3-0 and Antigua & Barbuda 5-0, and drawing with the Dominican Republic 0-0 after losing 4-1 to pool winners, St Kitts/Nevis.
In a release to the media via email Joseph-Warrick said: TT WOLF wishes to condemn the attack and blame hurled at its organization by coach Stefan De Four, for the lack of fitness and subpar performance of Trinidad and Tobago National Women's team in the recently concluded Olympic Qualifiers held in Trinidad.
The release reads: "A bad carpenter blames his tools. Coach De Four had screening for our local girls since mid- August when he began training with the Senior ladies 6 weeks before the tournament, not 10 days as he would like us to believe.
What did he and his staff do to improve the fitness of the girls?
Our League finished on August 24th. He had the girls weeks before that. Yes, our season was short this season (11games) and Yes, it needs to be longer and it will be going forward.
But Coach De Four needs to take responsibility for the team's failure and his shortcomings in team preparation, player selection and tactics.
Did he select our best TT WOLF players - our top goalscorer, our top goalkeeper did they feature?
Were they blacklisted?
TT WOLF has and is doing its part to increase the women's player pool and increase the level of play afforded to our women who go on to our various national teams, universities and colleges abroad.
How many TT WOLF games did coach De Four see? 2...3.
Who were our best defenders, midfielders, forwards?
Mr DeFour - Did you invite them as you did our foreign-based girls?
What about their level of fitness. Who are you going to blame for their performance or lack of?
It appears that none of our national coaches wants to shoulder the blame when our teams (Men, Women and boys) fall short or turn in poor performances. It's always the players, the schools, the clubs and now TT WOLF at fault.
NO, Mr DeFour, look in the mirror. Mr DeFour, you should not only apologize to TT WOLF, but it's players and clubs, who feed all national programmes. We continue to have the major women's football league in T&T and possibly the Caribbean developing junior and senior players. We are doing our part, now you do yours."