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Help feed T&T women footballers: Chaos as Princesses reach Dallas

The Trinidad and Tobago national women’s football team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson was scrambling to join her teammates in the United States today after a visa delay meant she did not travel with the “Soca Princesses” when they left yesterday for a pre-World Cup qualifying camp in Dallas.

At least, Attin-Johnson did not have to worry about today’s lunch menu, though.

In arguably a new low for the face of Trinidad and Tobago’s sport, national women’s head coach Randy Waldrum, a Texas native, took to Twitter this morning to raise donations to feed the Trinidad and Tobago’s women’s team and source equipment after the players landed in the United States yesterday with just US$500 ($TT$3,176) and no accompanying Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) staff members.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national women's team coach Randy Waldrum took to Twitter this morning.
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national women’s team coach Randy Waldrum took to Twitter this morning.

“I need HELP!” Waldrum tweeted, just after 9 am. “T&T sent a team here last night with $500 total. No equipment such as balls, no transportation from airport to hotel, nothing…

“I don’t know how I’m going to feed these players starting at lunch today! If you know of anyone in Dallas area that will help with food, etc.”

Waldrum’s two messages were re-tweeted a combined 383 times and brought a flurry of sympathetic responses from American observers. Some people forwarded the messages to everyone from CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb to ESPN analyst and ex-2006 World Cup player Shaka Hislop and Chaguanas West MP and former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.

Various US-based sport networks also followed the story.

Next week, the Trinidad and Tobago senior women’s team will play the United States in its opening 2014 CONCACAF Championship fixture at the Sporting Park in Kansas City. But, today, the Princesses are asking for charity from the host nation.

A weary Attin-Johnson spoke to Wired868 as she prepared for her afternoon departure from the Piarco International Airport. The national captain said she had just spoken to teammate Kennya “Ya Ya” Cordner and confirmed the authenticity of the Twitter posts.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson (second from right) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in their 10-0 rout of St Kitts and Nevis during the 2014 Caribbean Cup. (Courtesy Jinelle James/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson (second from right) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in their 10-0 rout of St Kitts and Nevis during the 2014 Caribbean Cup.
(Courtesy Jinelle James/Wired868)

“How will we make it?” she asked rhetorically. “The same way we made out for the last ten years. We’re still going; we still have that belief…

“I don’t know what else to say. We are going out there regardless of the situation. The girls are hungry for success.”

The Princesses were hungry for more than success today.

The US$500—which was given to the women by a parent, Kenrick Hoyte, and a TTFA staff member from their personal accounts, just minutes before their departure—was spent last night to pay for transport and dinner while the players got a courtesy breakfast at their hotel this morning. But they started training today without even water.

A source told Wired868 that American well-wishers showed up during the session with two cases of water and financial donations for lunch.

“The players feel humiliated,” said the source. “They are sitting around with no food wondering if they are a charity case.”

However, TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips said the tweets were a result of miscommunication, which, he claimed, was subsequently resolved.

“They are embarrassing and the miscommunication from not knowing what the money was for paints an unfortunate picture of our preparations,” Phillips told Wired868.

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Phillips said, although the women travelled with just US$500, US$1,000 (TT$6,350) was wired to the team this morning while the TTFA supposedly collected a cheque for $250,000 (US$39,000) from the Ministry of Sport this afternoon. A further donation of $75,000 (US$12,00) is expected from Petrotrin.

“Yes, we sent them up with only US$500,” said Phillips, “but the feeling (from Waldrum’s messages) was that this was all they were going to be given for the remainder of the tour, which obviously wasn’t true.”

Phillips revealed the team met a US$250 cost for transport from the airport in Dallas to the hotel. So the 11 women players who travelled, excluding the coach, would have been left with US$250 for dinner last night while another eight players joined the group today. Still, the General Secretary insisted that Waldrum overreacted in his plea for financial assistance this morning as lunchtime drew close.

Wired868 asked Phillips to clarify if the US$500 the team departed with came from the TTFA, as he suggested, or the parent of a player.

“It came from a parent,” said Phillips, “because, by the time we got to the airport, the team had gone through. So that person was reimbursed.”

Wired868 understands that, according to another parent, Hoyte was only partially reimbursed for the money he spent on the women’s team while funding still had not reached Dallas up to this afternoon.

Team manager Vernetta Flanders, an equipment manager and physiotherapist and the team captain, Attin-Johnson, are expected to join the women in Dallas shortly.

One person who will not make the trip is assistant coach Marlon Charles, who was sacked by Phillips for the second time in five months after his spotty attendance record during a recent two week national women’s live-in camp at Petrotrin, which was sponsored by the oil company.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago women's players (from left) Rhea Belgrave, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Kimika Forbes, Arin King and Karyn Forbes pose during the team's pre-Caribbean Cup camp in Houston. (Courtesy TTFA Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago women’s players (from left) Rhea Belgrave, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Kimika Forbes, Arin King and Karyn Forbes pose during the team’s pre-Caribbean Cup camp in Houston.
(Courtesy TTFA Media)

Charles, who is a school teacher at the Chaguanas South Secondary, claimed the TTFA never gave him a letter for time off to attend the camp.

“I cannot just walk off my job to coach the team,” said Charles, who was an unpaid TTFA employee and had not even received a stipend from the football body in three years.

However, Phillips and Flanders contradicted Charles’ story and wondered, if, as hinted, there was a problem with the date on the letter given to Charles, why he never raised it with the football body.

Charles’ no-show along with the frequent absences of a physiotherapist, affected the quality of the sessions at Petrotrin, which were conducted on a field that was far from international standards and without the team’s overseas-based players.

The women hoped that their 2014 Caribbean Cup triumph in September would have been a turning point as they sought support for their Canada 2015 World Cup dream. But that proved to be an illusion.

Waldrum, who agreed to coach the team for free at the Caribbean stage, appeared stunned by the lack of support for Trinidad and Tobago’s sporting ambassadors.

“Please let me know asap!” Waldrum tweeted to potential Good Samaritans. “And I’m suppose (sic) to qualify this team for a World Cup! I have to help these players somehow… They deserve better.”

Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago national team poses with the Caribbean Cup trophy in September. (Courtesy Jinelle James/WOLF)
Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago national team poses with the Caribbean Cup trophy in September.
(Courtesy Jinelle James/WOLF)

One person promised to send pizzas; others asked Waldrum to start a PayPal account to collect donations. Another suggested that, if the Princesses got to the 2015 World Cup, maybe Disney would do a movie on the squad.

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis urged the TTFA to respond to the exchanges.

“Someone needs to clarify and communicate the facts,” Lewis tweeted to the TTFA account. “Don’t embarrass TTO.”

TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee, Phillips and no one else from the football association took up that challenge. Phillips said the TTFA would issue a release but did not say why he had not taken to Twitter or Waldrum had not publicly supported the football body.

Instead, plans are underway in Dallas to use crowdsourcing to raise money for the Princesses.

One Twitter account dedicated to glory for the United States women’s national team wondered if the farcical tale of disarray was a hoax. Had Waldrum’s account been hacked?

“Sorry, it’s the truth!” Waldrum replied.

For the national women, this month’s CONCACAF tournament represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to a FIFA tournament, since Canada’s hosting of the 2015 competition has opened up an additional qualifying spot for a country from this Confederation. No Caribbean women’s team has ever qualified for a FIFA tournament.

United States is expected to top Group A in the CONCACAF Championship but, if the Princesses can beat Haiti and Guatemala to the runner-up spot, they are guaranteed at least a World Cup Play Off berth.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson (right) collects the Caribbean Cup trophy from CFU president Gordon Derrick. (Courtesy Jinelle James/WOLF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Maylee Attin-Johnson (right) collects the Caribbean Cup trophy from CFU president Gordon Derrick.
(Courtesy Jinelle James/WOLF)

Attin-Johnson insisted that, despite the struggles and neglect faced by Trinidad and Tobago’s women footballers throughout their careers, they will not give up.

“Our preparation was abysmal,” said the Trinidad and Tobago women’s football captain. “It was what we didn’t expect after being champions of the Caribbean. But that is water under the bridge now.

“We just have to see what we can do, now that we have all the girls together, to get to the World Cup.”

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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174 comments

  1. Remember Anil & Jack in their heydays, once said not a cent would be given for football based on conditions they stipulated then? Well that statement is still having its ripple effects with this PP administration, who can give one man $36,000.00 millions without a proper contract for doing nothing, and you hypocrites not blaming them for staving the TTFA of funds, who can’t even pay the national soccer team head coach, unlike the fate of T&T cricketers, but no, you blaming TTFA alone, and protecting this media craving, neo-populace bating, corrupt, and unjust PP regime.

  2. This is not good. I have been watching the TTFA leadership closely since Tim Kee assumed the presidency. I had high hopes but I have been disappointed time and time again. Consequently, I suggests that new but experience and proven leadership and management should be appointed. ‘Ah tired’! real tired of the incompetence.

  3. Mixed signals Lasana. Was Tim Kee, Phillips et al strutting like peacocks at the game last night?

  4. Mark De Silva they have no shame. Fuentes should also be fired on the spot for making such disparaging remarks. But then again when you put duncie head people to run things what else yuh expect.

  5. Internal issues, External issues. What a SNAFU that is occurring on epic proportions in Sport throughout this country. Yet still, teams are representing and crushing opponents. I have no doubt that T&T will make it to several World Cups in the next few years. I will gladly donate whatever I can. Somebody who knows how, start an account nah! What is stopping us people of T&T from raising funds for our respective teams apart from waiting on red tape to unfold.

  6. sad vry very sad all that money we hav

  7. “Jen: “Due to the immense support from the soccer community and since Keeper Notes is not setup as a 501(c)(3), Keeper Notes is shutting down the link as we do not want to approach $10K. We should be posting the FC Dallas link soon. Thank you so much for opening your hearts and wallets to help the beautiful game.”

  8. Look at what World Class team administration looks like. See here a Management Presentation by Louis Van Gaal discussing his lessons learned during his stint as Dutch National Team Manager 2014.

    Fast forward to 2:00 min to see his discussion on the composition of the administrative staff attending to the 23-man squad. 37 STAFF to serve 23 PLAYERS. Let that sink in.

  9. Then when athletes win medals the authorities jump on the bandwagon and pretend to love them.

  10. It’s embarassing, but the T&T Sporting Authorities deserve it. Lots of Sporting teams suffer lack of funding on tours and parents and managers donate using their own credit cards etc to keep players alive out there.

  11. What irks me is that the public is even accepting a modicum of what the TTFA has to say…

    … the team administration is supposed to have been managing the athlete’s diets in advance of the tournament. Instead we have a bunch of ‘football administrators’ who are patting themselves on the back after handing said elite athletes $500 to buy food.

    Sportsman and Sports Administrators are two completely different roles with very different qualifications. TTFA is devoid of the necessary professionals to do service to the sport. It’s a cabal with a following of talking heads.

  12. This is unacceptable. We continue to be very unprofessional and expect our teams to do well. Administrators, please re-think your positions. If you are not up for the job then leave it for persons who have the skills and the know how to get the job done. I hope and pray that this would never happen again. God Help us as a people.

  13. Lasana in retrospect it was good to expose the ttfa online like that. …as the dogs they are.

  14. “If there was accountability someone would be sacked!” The good news is that someone will probably be sacked. The bad news? It’ll probably be the coach!

  15. “Why is the women’s coach intentionally trying to embarrass our small nation? He should be given his walking papers forthwith.” Carlos Lee, you serious? . You could easily be the next Minister of Sport, brother. Wow!

  16. Debbie Espinal, I said I wouldn’t do what Randy did. But I won’t criticise him for doing it and sweeping things under the carpet has never worked for us before.

  17. Did I not tell you all that the goodly TTFF public relations team would explain this all? “Shaun Fuentes19 mins ·
    All national teams need Lunch tomorrow… what overwhelming outpour of support today by big shots, foreigners, entertainers, artistes, middle class, man on the street etc. Amazing what a couple tweets can do. I think all our national teams could be in good gear if there can be more tweets like these.”

  18. That’s true Luana Lezama however it’s not a matter of handling more than one job. These men simply do not care and their arrogance is astounding ! It really is shameful and disgusting

  19. Tim Kee, also has questions to answer, if he can’t handle more than one job, then it’s time to move on. This fiasco could have been avoided, and these young women spared this unnecessary trauma. Shameful and disgusting.

  20. Some even getting $500 to get pregnan.. Whoops!

  21. Still a crying shame. This whole flipping government and their cohorts shameless. You can’t begin to understand how angry i am over this situation. They will give a Soca/Chutney star 2M in prize money and can’t even give $500. US to an outstanding team representing our Country?

  22. How much min of sport say they releasing? $17k? By tomorrow they pass that. Shame yes.

  23. So yuh see! Good thing he say something!

  24. Call out the Minister of Sports Again

  25. Let’s not forget who heads the TTFF eh! and he’s also Treasurer of a Political Party, so watch dem finances closely

  26. Nothing screams shameful better than this. What a message this female PM continues to send to impressionable young minds.

  27. Absurdly the PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar has gone silent on the $400 and steadily rising millions unaccounted for, compliments Life Sport, $7.5 BILLION for a 4 lane highway, originally designed to accommodate 6 lanes at a cost of $5 BILLION. Water treatment plant contract awarded to the highest and least experienced bidder in excess of $400 million. But no money for food for our young female footballers.

  28. They go want to fire him! Yuh Cyah fire ah man that working for free!

  29. And 34 million for nothing at life sport

  30. No one, no body, no country in its right mind, sends a team to train, observe or whatever to a foreign country without finances.

  31. These girls keep flying TnT flag high and them in positions killing we!! It have nothing wrong it what the coach said or how or where he said it,he is begging for help from outside of TnT.

    • No-one can blame Jack Warner for this.lol.

      where is sancho? where is shaka? where is darren millien and FPATT? where is Mr. Liburd? Not one of them has shit to say unless its about Jack Warner. What a joke!!!

  32. Make up your mind Lasana. You seem to be contradicting your self. Is either you agree with the coach or not. Seems like you’re walking the fence. Surprising for you.

  33. Trin Bagonian, I’m not taking responsibility for anything. I said I’m happy to be a part of something that tries to raise funds for the national football. That is in theory. I’m not a part of anything right now.

  34. Meanwhile all them assholes are currently dressed up in dey Armani suits and posing at the TnT vs Dom Rep game at the Stadium in their VIP section. You think dem mudders give a shit about anyone?

  35. How much further do we have to go in lowness ?

  36. I want to go to sleep happy……….you not helping! LOL

  37. Come on Vernal. You playing devil’s advocate, oh what? ‘Aint nobody holding anybody’ accountable. Look at LifeSport etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc… whew. ‘Nuff said, yes. ‘Nuff said.

  38. If there was accountability someone would be sacked!

  39. People really need to start speaking out and stop kowtowing to the pretenders and parasites

  40. Both to be honest…. I say that because we have reached a new low… then again the signs have been there with our youth teams that was never really revealed

  41. humbling or humiliating, Brent?

  42. Lasana Liburd did Tim kee respond to this!!!

  43. Simply embarrassing and very humbling to be honest

  44. Shame! Shame! Shame on my country!

  45. What the hell (for a better word) i just read?…$500 US? ?…I take more than that when i’m going to shop while on vacation

  46. How is it a bloody MISUNDERSTANDING sending people’s children to represent TT with $500??!! Tim Kee you need to resign!
    It’s not now you know this tour was coming up! Mismanagement! RESIGN!

  47. This is sooooo embarrassing and thoughtless. How could anyone send these young women to represent the country under these conditions? Their parents must be aghast.

  48. The coach responded appropriately. In Trinidad and Tobago, we have this idiotic belief that if we exercise respect for whomever we will get things done. Well, that is absolute poppycock! I am tired of hearing about our sportsmen and women being disrespected, left out in the cold, having to sleep in airports, having to find their way to games or back home on their own while the ‘officials’ travel first class. Just a few months ago, the goal keeper for Soca Warriors was bumped from a flight to Argentina for a friendly against Argentinal National team while insignificant ‘hifolutent’ public servants and TFFA officials were given priority VIP treatment. This foolishness has to stop. The coach did the right thing. Stop the damn excuses and exercise fairness and common sense.

  49. no pride in those representing us on a national level,,expose them at the top,,horrible enough is enough

  50. Na Lasana, I give the coach full marks, with distinction. He knows these parasites well

  51. If you speak with the T&T national netball team, you may hear similar stories. Even Keshorn Walcott did not get javelins on time for the 2102 Olympics from the Ministry. Meanwhile, I’m still asking 1.) Where’s OUR Life Sport money? 2.) Where is the former Minister of Sport? He is uncharacteristically quiet. 3.) Who is currently being held accountable for the Life Sport fiasco? Can we really be surprised by any of this or is it just more of the same? Is it just something else to talk about?

  52. Timmy Tim Tim…..Money was in the account for them. Hmmmmmm

  53. miscommunication my ass they knew about this tournament lonnggggggggg time,,,u let a national team leave here like that steupsssss

  54. Tim Kee said in a radio interview recently that he only ever travels first class…
    Anyway, I will say Carlos Lee that I would not have responded to that situation in the same way as the coach. I will also say that his tweets did lead to embarrassment.
    Now, I don’t blame him for causing our embarrassment. I blame the TTFA.
    But if you are saying he could have responded in a manner that minimised our embarrassment, then I agree. Although I don’t know that sweeping things under the carpet has ever made anything better for us.

  55. But Denisha, FIFA funds the local TTFF in some form, what are they doing with it and where is MSYA in all this fiasco? No Federation should allow their national representatives to be in this situation. Supposed the US authorities had denied them entry because they didn’t have enough funds to cover their stay what would we be saying about the US now? I bet when Tim Kee and Phillips travel is gold card they use

  56. What a dis grace they should have been given the funds before they even left our shores. But a man can get 36M for doing nothing Wwwwhhhaaaattttt.

  57. problem is Savitri…FIFA not really any better in terms of professional and transparent!

  58. Really, all you guys involved in football in a serious way and all our SOCA supporters, can we get this bumbling, incompetent bunch of people out of the way and run this show professionally? I am willing to help in any way.

  59. Who want to keep a conversation going on what was tweeted and how it looked ,Our players need assistance Today,tomorrow and next week! He Just looking for small talk to switch the attention away from the seriousness that confronts our ladies.

  60. Oh FFS, is this for real! And why is Carlos Lee making some pathetic excuses for the TTFA, FF or whoever. Where is f*****g Raymond Tim Kee? Have these people no shame whatsoever, while they effing living it large all over the the flicking world? Well done to Randy Waldrum for shaming Jack Warner, Raymond Tim Kee, Sheldon Phillips and all the other parasites, including the GORTT. You all have once again embarrassed this nation, now go and fight ISIS all of you and please don;t come back

  61. Tim Kee, Phillips, all of them are a bunch of jokers. You could bet money they wouldn’t respond until and unless they were embarrassed. How could you send a team up in the first place with only $500.US? Maybe Kamla instead of shelling out the money Jack owed to the 2006 Soca Warriors should have used it instead to secure our future in Football with our current teams both Men and Women. How embarrassing for Trinidad and Tobago. TTFF ent play they have no shame. STEUPS!!!

  62. John and Denisha – I agree. The association continue to fail us. And that needs to change. However, I’m not please with the coach’s tweet. Hoping the end result will be good, and this might be one case where the end might justify the means.

    • Local coaches are often used, abused, underpaid, owed monies and FIRED if they say anything. Everybody knows that embarassment is the main thing Trini authorities respond to positively (burning tires in the road, etc.).

      People follow the correct protocol for years without result!

  63. BTW I’m with Dr. Lee on this one.

  64. The question is Carlos , how do you know if he exhausted all options before sending the tweet?

  65. Whose idea it was in the first place for the team to travel to Dallas for a camp. Didn’t they go there 2 months ago for 3 weeks for this very reason. The 1st game is in Kansas (I believe) which is in the Midwest so guess what, at this time of the year the weather is similar to ours so unless the team went there for a friendly game b4 then there’s absolutely no reason for them to be in the US now. Dallas mind you is a lot more humid than here so I’m baffled as to why our team gone there. Is it that Randy has to get back to his paying job, and talking about job, what is the figure that he’s agreed to when the team qualifies?

  66. Carlos we will obviously have to agree to disagree because I struggle to place any significant blame on someone that is simply reacting to being placed in a ridiculous situation by a body who is paid to manage the affairs of our national football players! These players waited in the airport (and are still waiting) for TTFF to bring monies for them, there would be no embarrassing situation to be in if those that are duly appointed do their damn jobs……everyone that knows how football works knows that the blame lies solely with TTFF, if you have no money then send no team.

  67. this is so fuqin EMBARRASSING, the richest country in d caribbean n this kinda SHIT happening, WHAT THE FUQ IS THE GOVT DOIN

  68. The information was posted via his twitter page, which fortunately is verified. So I gonna do my part. Hope allyuh do ah thing too.

  69. we would not be embarrass this way if we do thing the right way these things are not mistakes this has been going on to long let not make excues

  70. The coach coaches or funds? Carlos Lee the min of sport has no effect either?

  71. Hmmmm i thinks its a misunderstanding

  72. I realize I’m swimming against the tide on this subject, but like activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh I’m willing to stand alone to protect the flag of TNT. No one should be allowed to trample on the flag and embarrass a nation the way Randy did. Yes – TTFA screwed up. Yes – they deserve some public lashing. But the coach could have handled the situation better. True it’s not his job to raise funds for the WC effort. But for some strange reason he decided to take it upon himself to do such.

  73. there is so much the public dont know as to what took place yesterday with these girls waiting to see who comesand speak the truth

  74. ready to do my donation tonight @ the game …if the money going straight to the girls

  75. Oh, I pointed Courtney Courtenay Bush Man Rooks in your direction yes

  76. I want to hear Carlos response to Mr Wayne’s comment

  77. mr sheldon phillip please speak the truth up to an hour ago before the girls went to train no money has arrive and its the coach friend who has given him money for the ladies to get stuff, and was it you they were waiting for at the air port and you never showed up hence the reason they were nearly late and there was no one at the air port with the girls they could have miss the flight, more that 2 months you know the ladies will be going to dallas how come its only they leave all you now get money, and on top of that they had to make their way into port of spain in all that traffic to collect their bags, and also hearing they had to rush to trincity to do a photo shoot then to the air port can you clear this up

  78. Life Sport! That is all I have to say.

  79. Lasana Liburd are you taking responsibility for the transparency of the transfer of funds received for the team via the GofundMe page? Although, I have to say this is not the best way, did you see how long it takes to get a check from the company?

  80. Hey Carlos I am not saying that he is right or wrong….what I am saying is that TTFF created the mess and must now deal with the fallout. The coach never claimed to be a diplomat nor a fundraiser…he is a coach that was sent abroad with no money…I expect him to win matches not figure out what is the best way to raise money to feed a national team!

  81. Why are we acting like if this isn’t normal Trinidad? Too long we’ve sent teams from various sporting disciplines unprepared and then wonder why they didn’t do as expected. Preparation is key!

  82. Brian it is understandable to want that…but given the reputation of TTFF…well…I am not sure if the already setup channel is best, considering the ladies ended up in a foreign country without money to buy food, when the TTFF is (supposedly) responsible for their welfare

  83. No you’re right on that of course, but the TTFA have been funded by the taxpayer and have the money to support the team on it’s current campaign, but yet they haven’t.
    I am not for handing them over my hard earned money to withhold that as well.

    They will hadda lock me up! LOL

  84. Carlos, I’m completely befuddled by your analysis of this situation…is the coach trying to embarrass Trinidad and Tobago or did TTFA, Ministry of Sport and/or whomever else who may be responsible for the team succeeding in embarrassing us all on the world stage?! It is not the coach’s responsibility to provide a per diem for our players or to make sure that they are being fed…that sir, is the responsibility of our national officials and/or those vested in the team. Whatever money was saved by getting this coach to work for free, I would imagine he expected would have been spent making sure the players came to him fit to play (that includes with enough funds to provide them adequate meals and transportation). He is not a Trinidad & Tobago national or paid representative and should not have to bear the costs of preparing our national team for competition on the world stage, barring the free coaching/training work he signed up for. Someone failed miserably in this and I’m hard pressed to see how anyone could think that person is the coach and/or any of the players (not that you indicted them, but i just thought I’d throw that out there as well).

  85. Denisha – two wrongs don’t make a right. TTFA screwed up – again, but the coach didn’t have to make things worst. He’s a selfish little fella. One who sees our people as undeserving of his respect.

  86. I am an eternal optimist.. I also know many “scams” can occur even from movements of good conscience. What can I say??

  87. I had a brief chat with Lasana Liburd and he will attempt to establish a team contact to facilitate a transfer of funds. Can you kindly confirm. Thanks

  88. I think I would donate through their already setup channel first if objective is to get funds to ladies quickest.

  89. Lasana – agree. Honestly, I wish he had done that -I.e. contacted the TNT Embassy and wash his hands of this responsibility. There’s an old saying you get what you pay for.

  90. Hahaha… I almost choked there Brian!

  91. One thing I learnt very early- as professionals we have all control over our actions, but little control over reactions….TTFA acted very inappropriately and so must once again manage the chips as they scatter.

  92. Brian you really trust the TTFA……..after this?

  93. What is the Ministry of Sport’s response?

  94. Anyone knows if TTFF has their own page to accept donations for women’s team or generally??

  95. Carlos Lee, they sacked the local coaches who were working for free to being in a foreign coach to work for free. What did we expect?
    And I don’t mean to sound negative about Randy. I’m being realistic.
    Why should I leave my family out of pocket if I was coaching a Jamaican team when their own people were not raising money for them?
    His job is to coach not to be a diplomat or fund raiser. Lucky, he didn’t drop them straight by the T&T Embassy and say “Take care ladies.”

  96. We have a women’s football team?

  97. Briggs – if tweeter was his last resort then maybe deserving. However, I doubt it. I question his commitment to the team and country. The fact that he flippantly sent out such an embarrassing tweet shows that his commitment only goes so far. Not sure why the TTFA got into that half hearted relationship in the first place. Why hire a part time coach, especially one based thousands of miles away? Feel sorry for the girls who I’m sure are working their butts off trying to qualify for the next WC. Sucks that they’re caught in the middle of all of this. Wish there was a way for us to donate $$ to a WC fund to support our football players – One administered by an independent group. Lasana Liburd – what do you think? Can such a fund be established? What would it take?

  98. hahahahahahaha ok Lasana you in form…..breds

  99. Donation made… I’m a man of action

  100. T&T is playing its first match in Kansas City. The reason the team was sent to Dallas was to use the coach’s contacts there for free facilities.
    There was no way the money was going to last. And he would have 19 hungry women in a few hours.
    Does he dip in his own pocket and join the line of people waiting to be reimbursed by the TTFA? For all we know, he has probably done that already.
    I understand the girls had no per diem for their Houston tour in July/August.
    He is not from T&T. I can understand him being reluctant to be left out of pocket. And to resign would be to abandon the girls. We would have to send cussbud Gerry Hadeed to bring them back home!

  101. I have no issue with the coach actions, for too long we are required to suffer in silence while others thief and embezzle millions from the sport budget. I say enough is enough. Trinidad is a wealthy nation for the amount of persons living here. There is no logical reason our athletes, coaches and managers should have to face this

  102. yeah Phillips math include eating happy meals or $1 menu items with no drinks.. (damn cable and foreign advertising)

  103. Abdalla – it is a worthy effort…but I would advise that you correct the mistakes on the page…if you want to be taken seriously. People are after all being asked to give money.
    How about for the first sentence: “It is my understanding that the Trinidad and Tobago Womem’s football team is in a bit of a financial bind in Dallas Texas.”?

    You could also help the ball rolling by being the first to donate on the page.

  104. Economics 101:
    The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) sent 19 national women players at camp in Dallas. (Team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson will join them tonight).
    The women went with US$500 they got from a parent and staff member; and, according to general secretary Sheldon Phillips, $250 from that money was used for transportation last night.
    That means 19 players divided the remaining $250 for dinner at roughly US$13 each. Presumably, coach Randy Waldrum, who is unpaid, walked with his own food allowance.
    Still, Phillips said he felt it was enough money to keep the team fed until they received money from the TTFA; and there was no need for coach Randy Waldrum to take to Twitter.
    Up until 2 pm today, no funds from the TTFA had reached the team in Dallas.

  105. The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) sent 19 national women players at camp in Dallas. (Team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson will join them tonight).
    The women went with US$500 they got from a parent and staff member; and, according to general secretary Sheldon Phillips, $250 from that money was used for transportation last night.
    That means 19 players divided the remaining $250 for dinner at roughly US$13 each. Presumably, coach Randy Waldrum, who is unpaid, walked with his own food allowance.
    Still, Phillips said he felt it was enough money to keep the team fed until they received money from the TTFA; and there was no need for coach Randy Waldrum to take to Twitter.
    Up until 2 pm today, no funds from the TTFA had reached the team in Dallas.

  106. I know you aren’t but the thing is ND would NEVER DO THAT… why? becuase organizations with scruples know how to treat people…. This TTFF have no clue about what it means to treat people with dignity… so why should he respond in kind…. is TTFF start this…. not the coach…. if he reach twitter means it was a last resort to get some response… and given the responses by PHILLIPS in Lasana article, it is clear that communication was going to be a problem….. so there you go…. Twitter it is…..

  107. Briggs – TTFA is not holding a gun to his head. If the conditions are unsuitable he can and should resign. Working for free doesn’t give you the right to embarrass a nation.

  108. True. I created a donation page but I don’t have the means to get d word out so it’s jus idling. I emailed the coach, but considering the headache he goin through it may be a while before he replies

  109. I’m not a supporter of the TTFA and they definitely contributed to this faux pas, but the coach over-reacted. If Notre Dame had made a similar mistake would he have sent out such a tweet – and kept his job? Absolutely not!

    • carlos.for to long we trini feel dont say nothing.and everything will be alright.the coach right expose tttfa.thats the only way people will know what going on.these non players who never play no football in trinidad running football.we like so.

  110. There is now a donations page.
    Look where we reach, begging for donations.
    National football teams usually don’t have to resort to this until after their countries are devastated by earthquakes.

    Apparently the Trinidadian equivalent to an earthquake is ineptitude!

  111. Carlos…the man working for free and because of this TTFA try to take advantage of his being in the US by not enacting the proper protocol for taking care of not only our NATIONAL TREASURES but also human beings…. Any organization that can see people as commodity and treat them as such do not and should not get the respect of professionalism since they were not able to display it across the board…. WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD…. yuh act like an ass (TTFA) and continue to act like an ass (TTFA), eventually people will treat you like an ASS….. so here you go….

  112. How bout we pitch in and try to help?

  113. Ummm….who embarrased our entire nation once again? TTFF if you use any logical analysis!

  114. Is this THE National women’s team?

  115. You don’t embarrass an entire nation like that and expect there be no repercussions.

  116. It’s our fault because all we do over and over again is complain and make joke. Also sports should never be overseen by government, public servants, politics and politicians. These entities and individuals are self-serving!

  117. Stay focus Maylee and team. Let the managers handle it. When you all conquer we will see the bandwagonist .

  118. Roneil Walcott

    Such a sad situation

  119. “@FOXSoccer: T&T women’s national team sent to World Cup qualifying tourney with only $500.

    You can help: http://t.co/h7LPrQ7AHL http://t.co/lBIpibv1UK

  120. Serious like ah heart attack. Smh

  121. you cyah be serious Carlos? really?

  122. Why is the women’s coach intentionally trying to embarrass our small nation? He should be given his walking papers forthwith. He obviously is only concerned about himself and his reputation. He could and should have handled the situation with greater tact and professionalism.

  123. From athletix to football to cricket, we r inundated with nincompoops as administrators. Lord help us. Dis is too embarrassing.

  124. How can we get Raymond Tim Kee and Sheldon Phillips out of there ? Seriously

  125. from lasana’s article… “Yes, we sent them up with only US$500,” said Phillips, “but the feeling (from Waldrum’s messages) was that this was all they were going to be given for the remainder of the tour, which obviously wasn’t true.”

    Wired868 asked Phillips to clarify if the money came from the TTFA, as he suggested, or the parent of a player.

    “It came from a parent,” said Phillips, “because, by the time we got to the airport, the team had gone through. So that person was reimbursed.” …. I love the women… because there is no FLICKIN way I playin for ANY country that has no respect for me as a human being, far less an athlete…. Doh know why Phillips wasn’t de man who slap de girl in KFC… he good for a pot ah hot oil about now….steups…

  126. All that money could have been used now for all the teams that have qualifying games coming up..

  127. Keep saying it. Corruption pays in this country. Anywhere else they make a jail.

  128. I wonder how Adolphus Daniell and Anil Roberts doing these days. Hope they’re okay…

  129. Hahahahahahaha Lasana you are so right.

  130. No. This is Sparta… Or something so.

  131. Kurtwyn Baird, because the same coach could get them to use training facilities there for free. They then have to fly to Kansas from there.

  132. watch nah my blood boils. smh

  133. Thanks Bro,but I may still have to find which one in Dallas

  134. I was going to say this is unbelievable but it’s actually not !

  135. Sometimes I wonder where we went wrong and why we just can’t get it right.. Smh

  136. according to TTFA , COMFORT INN..Kurtwyn Baird

  137. How the arse could that be a misunderstanding? This is absolute nonsense.

  138. Where are they staying in Dallas?

  139. “@CoachWaldrum: All can donate now! Thank you so much! @keepernotes has been in contact w/ @CoachWaldrum for this donation page http://t.co/PnPVwbmtiB

  140. Calling on our boy Shaun Fuentes…..please assist us regular folk in the comprehension of this debacle???

    • Shaun would not give $50 or 50 cents from his per diem for these girls. He has and always will remain a leech. He has his maintenance company in south and his nice SUV.

      I am so glad that Jack has left local football for Fuentes and other fools to run.

  141. Gordon Pierre and Shari John… I’m waiting.

  142. Mark De Silva $36 million of Sport money is in another account 🙁

  143. “Yes, we sent them up with only US$500,” said Phillips, “but the feeling (from Waldrum’s messages) was that this was all they were going to be given for the remainder of the tour, which obviously wasn’t true.”
    Wired868 asked Phillips to clarify if the money came from the TTFA, as he suggested, or the parent of a player.
    “It came from a parent,” said Phillips, “because, by the time we got to the airport, the team had gone through. So that person was reimbursed.

  144. Hear nah! Sport Ministry have no money?

  145. I am flabbergasted. And the best TTFA could say, it was a misunderstanding…
    When are they going to get it right ??? Doesn’t it dawn on anybody in charge that the T&T national image is being dragged through the mud ???.
    I wonder how these poor girls are feeling right now. They have given their all and still have to fight with their own people who are supposed to be assisting them in this endeavour.
    What kind of selfish people would send them to the US and expect them to survive on $ 500.00 US.
    Where is the Minister of Sport in all of this ?? Will our government respond and help these girls ??
    I should hope so. They deserve better than this.

  146. I’m in Houston and have been trying to get the girls help too. Great article. I’ve been in contact with Randy and the girls are currently using the FC Dallas facilities for now, but they have to be there for a full week. Its ashame those girls are sent there homeless. They deserve better.