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Fast and furious: Saintfiet drops Kenwyne to go for faster Warriors attack

New Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Tom Saintfiet made his first big call as Soca Warriors coach today—and it was a six foot three decision.

Saintfiet selected his first squad today and named 28 players to face Nicaragua in friendly internationals on 27 and 30 December. And, even with 16 players summoned from the local Pro League, there was no room for the giant Central FC forward who scored 16 goals in 35 matches under former coach Stephen Hart—albeit just two items from eight games in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign so far.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (right) holds off Dominican Republic defender César Garcia during 2017 Caribbean Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 5 October 2016. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (right) holds off Dominican Republic defender César Garcia during 2017 Caribbean Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 5 October 2016.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

Jones scored just once in 2016, which was also a miserable year for the team.

Saintfiet revealed that Jones was informed he would not be selected last week, which would have been within a day or two of the Belgian taking over as head coach. And the new Warriors coach suggested that, although the door was not closed to the former Sunderland and Stoke City forward, he wants to tweak the style of play of the Trinidad and Tobago team in time for next month’s Gold Cup playoff matches against Suriname and Haiti on 4 and 8 January respectively.

“I had a personal meeting with Kenwyne last week and I discussed privately with him the reason why we took that decision,” Saintfiet told Wired868. “The criteria for the selection of players is our tactical ideas and choices we want to use against Suriname and Haiti. The next thing is the current physical and mental shape of the players in our knowledge…

“Kenwyne is not out of the squad for good. I will follow up with how he performs [with Central FC] and how he performs with [his new MLS employers] Atlanta.”

Jones, who scored Central’s decisive second goal in a 2-1 win over W Connection on Monday, leaves for pre-season with new United States Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise, Atlanta United FC, on 1 January 2017.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago head coach Tom Saintfiet (right) and ex-TTFA general secretary Azaad Khan take in a Pro League contest between Central FC and W Connection at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Monday 12 December 2016. Kenwyne Jones scored a deft winner but was still excluded from the national side. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago head coach Tom Saintfiet (right) and ex-TTFA general secretary Azaad Khan take in a Pro League contest between Central FC and W Connection at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Monday 12 December 2016.
Kenwyne Jones scored a deft winner but was still excluded from the national side.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

The next MLS season begins in March 2017. Trinidad and Tobago host Panama and Mexico on 24 and 28 March in two vital qualifiers, which could decide the country’s World Cup fate as well as Saintfiet’s short-term coaching future.

For now, Saintfiet believes that Trinidad and Tobago’s best chance of getting results is with speed upfront and Jones, a classic target man and set piece weapon, does not fit in.

Instead, he selected San Juan Jabloteh striker Willis Plaza and the overseas-based duo of Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos FC—Mexico) and Trevin Caesar (Orange County Blues—USA). Caesar, a diminutive speedy frontman, is one of a half dozen players who are in their off-season at present.

“I want a lot of speed upfront and space to run into on the counter attack,” said Saintfiet. “But I do not want to say too much because [the technical staff of] Suriname and Haiti can read what I say.”

Saintfiet will decide on his new captain by Christmas.

“I have not yet an answer for the [identity of the] new captain,” said Saintfiet. “I want to talk better to the players… We still have some doubts about availability of players [for the Gold Cup playoffs].”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago forward Trevin Caesar (right) takes the ball around St Vincent and the Grenadines goalkeeper Lemus Christopher during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 29 March 2016. Trinidad and Tobago won 6-0. (Courtesy: Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago forward Trevin Caesar (right) takes the ball around St Vincent and the Grenadines goalkeeper Lemus Christopher during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 29 March 2016.
Trinidad and Tobago won 6-0.
(Courtesy: Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Orlando City midfield ace Kevin Molino is back in the squad after an internal two game suspension while there were recalls for Sean De Silva (Central FC), Alvin Jones, Hughtun Hector, Aikim Andrews (all W Connection) and Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force).

There were also intriguing call-ups for Defence Force playmaker Hashim Arcia, flying St Ann’s Rangers winger Jomoul Francois and versatile W Connection defender Maurice Forde. And, most of all, former 2006 World Cup and Sunderland flanker Carlos Edwards, who now represents Ma Pau Stars in the Pro League.

Edwards has over 80 National Senior Team caps but has not represented his country in three years.

England-based midfielder conductor Andre Boucaud, Eredivisie winger Levi Garcia and combative Belgium-based midfielder Khaleem Hyland were not named in Saintfiet’s first squad but the coach insisted that it was a matter of availability. He still hopes to have their services for the Gold Cup playoffs, if possible.

None of the four upcoming matches fall under the FIFA match window and clubs can decide whether they choose to release players to take part.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (right) dashes past Costa Rica right wing back Christian Gamboa during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 11 November 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (right) dashes past Costa Rica right wing back Christian Gamboa during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 11 November 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

However, Saintfiet said the United States duo of Neveal Hackshaw and Ataulla Guerra were simply overlooked at present.

Midfield anchor Kevan George, who is also in his off-season, ruled himself out of the Nicaragua games and will be left out of the Gold Cup playoffs as a result, since the new coach believes there will be insufficient time to get him in shape and fit him into his new tactics.

There were four W Connection, three Central and two Ma Pau players in the squad. Shahdon Winchester, Jomal Williams and Triston Hodge, who are on loan from Connection, were also selected.

There was no room for Defence Force striker Devorn Jorsling, Central FC attacker Marcus Joseph, Jabloteh wingers Nathan Lewis and Tyrone Charles or Mexico-based defender Yohance Marshall while Connection defender Jelani Peters is believed to be out due to injury.

World Cup 2006 striker Cornell Glen, who now plays professionally, was also overlooked although he was identified by Hart as a potential inclusion to help save Trinidad and Tobago’s faltering Russia 2018 World Cup chances.

Photo: Ma Pau Stars right back Carlos Edwards (left) gets past St Ann's Rangers defender Jameel Antoine during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 October 2016. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Ma Pau Stars right back Carlos Edwards (left) gets past St Ann’s Rangers defender Jameel Antoine during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 October 2016.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

(Trinidad and Tobago 28-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Jan Michael Williams (Central FC), Glenroy Samuel (Ma Pau Stars), Marvin Phillip (Morvant Caledonia United), Adrian Foncette (Police FC);

Defenders: Carlos Edwards (Ma Pau Stars), Daneil Cyrus (W Connection), Sheldon Bateau (Krylia Sovetov Samara—Russia), Triston Hodge (Toronto FC II—Canada), Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids—USA), Carlyle Mitchell (Seoul E-Land FC—Korea Republic), Radanfah Abu Bakr (Sillamae Kallen—Estonia), Maurice Ford (W Connection), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Aubrey David (Dallas FC—USA);

Midfielders: Nathaniel Garcia (Central FC), Alvin Jones (W Connection), Sean De Silva (Central FC), Hughtun Hector (W Connection), Kevin Molino (Orlando City—USA), Aikim Andrews (W Connection), Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes—USA), Jomal Williams (Murcielagos FC—Mexico), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders—USA), Jomoul Francois (St Ann’s Rangers);

Photo: W Connection winger and former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 player Aikim Andrews (centre) tries to find way past a gang of Santos Laguna players during 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: W Connection winger and former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 player Aikim Andrews (centre) tries to find way past a gang of Santos Laguna players during 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Forwards: Willis Plaza (San Juan Jabloteh), Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos FC—Mexico), Trevin Caesar (Orange County Blues—USA).

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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408 comments

  1. So I have to type over all what I said before eh Mr. Live Wire eh hahahaha

  2. Listen to Tom Saintfiet try to explain again why he didn’t pick Kenwyne Jones:

  3. Pamo eh pass on the skills bobby.

  4. Point taken but also you don’t go in any country and drop the captain without talking to him even if it’s to use him in some capacity,so many wrongs already deserving of being criticized even before the team plays

  5. Please people..let’s give the coach a chance…we all like to coach and criticise…the coach has the final say…his reputation and job is on the line…Mr. Williams will not get fired if tnt losses….it is his choice who selects

  6. Most TT national teams should play uptempo to compensate for our lack of talent. Turn every game into a track meet to wear down opponents. We will never be able to compete against the best in the world strictly on talent, strategy has to be out go to game.

  7. Real talk. Jones has been neutralized and has become ineffective.

  8. Lasana Liburd when I said Mr Hart had lost the dressing room and that his tactics in the games was my only concern and my players were being robbed of an opportunity to have a realistic chance of making it to the World Cup,I am deeply saddened by the president choice of coach for T+T.
    I have listened to his speech on his staff selection and his omission of KJ,he knows nothing about T+T football,and if he can re-assigned people that left and people who he really don’t know anything about,but on the other hand axe the captain of the team for failing to perform with another coach without giving everyone an equal assessment.
    I speak as I see it,anyone with principle is not accepting a job for two games unless it’s a smoke screen ??

  9. “I had a meeting with the coach and obviously that is not a squad that he picked so at the end of the day I wish the team all the best and I hope that they come out successful in the games coming up.” – KJ.

  10. Now comes the staff list. I hope all you gullible JACKASSES that celebrating KJs omission celebrating the appointment of Shabazz, and Latas and the return of Babwah and Isaac. What some ah allyuh morons must not realize is KJ has grown up a lot and not partaking in no bullshit. No way this crap was happening and KJ (as captain) not be pissed and state as such which would completely undermine the hatchet job as well as clearly illuminate that Hart was set up to fail from the moment DJW took office. They eliminate the most vocal and respected member of the team so that they could run dey “ratchifee” unobstructed. Buh say wah, allyuh could dance and rejoice KJ get leave out. We go see if allyuh laughing after a few games smh!

    • Maybe part of the reason Hart persisted with KJ was to reward his loyaly and standing up to DJW et al….very intriguing….

    • Or maybe simply because he is our best forward. People who truly grasp football will easily see that throughout the world many managers deploy target men as they create balance. Looking at that list of forwards who can the keeper dump the ball to that will win aerial battles and flick on the ball? Who can collect and hold when our defense under pressure and boom kick up de road? Who can occupy 2 defenders even without the ball while a third is spying for when he actually has control of the ball? Who among them has the respect of all teammates? Any of them accomplish anything of note that would cause the younger players to at least be willing to listen to them?

    • Fair enough…build to persist with an strategy built around KJ when he wasn’t fully firing seems a bit counter-productive…..

    • I don’t think it was ever built around him though. If you think about when Hart took over they were knocking the ball around. KJ was facilitator as well as beneficiary in that system. There was more movement and fluidity which meant defenders couldn’t just simply shadow KJ all game. In recent times however there was less movement and the ball was mostly being played in our half. KJ can’t be in our half trying to defend and be an outlet at the same time. He also could not press the back line alone. So to the naked eye it looking like he lazy but his role as a lone striker would not allow for him to tire himself out chasing defenders while his teammates are 15 yards away. Once teams identified our danger men in jj and Molino they started squeezing them. Smart opponents will never let you play to your strengths. But with all that being said the biggest issue was still the defense. The concentration lapses lost us far more games than KJs goal drought.

  11. conspiracy theory, they hire a foreigner to do their dirty work, this was in the planning stage long before the coach got here. T&T knows how to smash the dreams of youths (not Kenwyne, he knew early a clock to look for his bread and butter outside.like so many others) Ask Bravo brothers and other cricketers. SPORTS in T&T is politics and bacchanal.

  12. Lasana Liburd my only view of this team is that he will play 5 midfielders and a lone striker which in my opinion isn’t working for our team at present

  13. Lasana any feasible??? There are certain strikers playing well in the pro league but like them get over looked coz they not on good terms with the big man and I don’t mean big TOM!!! What big TOM knows about TNT football in less than a week? Is all a fix this team

  14. he plan on using a Gk and a defender 2 strike

  15. Tom Saintfiet selected four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 11 midfielders… but just three forwards!
    Is it that he couldn’t find any other feasible names to put ahead of Kenwyne? :-/

    • It could mean that he uses a system that plays a lone striker.

    • Yet four goalkeepers eh Kern A. Spencer? Now tell me: If you have established goalkeepers but unestablished forwards, which one would you name more of to give you a safety net?

    • But my personal view is that our best striker was not chosen. Despite age I feel Cornell Glen is still light years better than all the youngsters we have at present

    • The 4 goalkeepers I don’t understand .

    • Three forwards is for your final squad Kern. I doubt you can show me any squad in the world that picks a provisional squad with just three strikers. Suppose one guy gets a tap on his ankle? We will go into the game with two?
      As for the four goalkeepers… Jan-Michael better keep his head down and not even sneeze in practice!

    • hahahahahaha Yuh right about that because my dictator president will be looking for any reason to finally buss his throat eh the same like Mr. Bound not to score. Them really good yes.

    • I also found it curious that Latapy accepted a position as a junior to the new coach. One can only assume that either Latapy see it as an opportunity to grasp top position it he fails or he genuinely feels that he can learn something from the new coach as an understudy.

    • Wouldn’t it be really awkward with Jan and Terrance them back in the fold? I mean he publicly called them out too

    • Jan-Michael has to watch his back in that pit. The opposing strikers might be the least of his concerns. Lol. And Guyana is a step up from Bangladesh too, so I don’t think Shabazz is looking forward to learning much.
      Maybe they are just genuinely lending a hand.
      I’ve heard coaches speak of Otto Pfister like a bluffer and a joke. We just believe that any foreigner with a coaching badge must be mannah from heaven. We have to respect ourselves yes. Like Martin Daly said.
      Beenhakker coached Real Madrid twice yet people comparing Saintfiet to him when all they have in common is they are both white and born in Europe. Angus Eve and Shawn Cooper might have more in common with Beenhakker than Saintfiet does for all I know.

    • They really wanna compare a man who only Zizou broke his win streak just now with Madrid to a man who coach Bangladesh???

  16. Lasana, Lasana…wey Gordon…ah missing him =D =D =D

  17. but anybody could have seen that it was a set up 2 fire hart that’s how that nasty shameless tyrant does do business fire hart and hire a cheap white piper

  18. If fans had their way, Stern John would have been dropped from the 2006 World Cup qualifying series too eh… And that might have changed history.

  19. only dem two traitors shouldn’t be trusted in the corrupted TTFA eh Carlos Lee. Them really good yes

  20. How he drop kenwin Jones and pick Cyrus he didn’t watch no film someone else picked this team,who have eyes could see this

  21. How he drop kenwin Jones and pick Cyrus he did watch no film someone else picked this team,who have eyes could see this

  22. That coach is very disrespectful, Kenwyne Jones is a big player and at least he should be given a chance to prove himself first.
    Saintfiet is an asshole.

  23. Unbelievable that they were brought back into the team. It was a great opportunity for a fresh start. Those two traitors should not be trusted.

  24. Ah see the Doctor and Physio back lol… Set up…

  25. I hope Latapy don’t undermine him like he did to Maturana . I like the foreign GK coach option , I think our goalkeepers need that extra quality .

  26. Wake up call for KJ…pride at stake…

  27. Is that official Shawn? Did coach not bring one assistant with him?

    • Assistant Coach – Russell Latapy
      Assistant Coach – Jamaal Shabazz (temporary)
      Goalkeeper Coach – Jo Stock (German)
      Physical Trainer – Riedoh Bierdien (South African)
      Equipment Manager – Michael Williams
      Doctor – Terence Babwah
      Physiotherapist – Dave Isaac
      Manager – Azaad Mohammed-Khan (interim until end of Gold Cup playoffs in January)

    • But wait didn’t my Prof Jamaal Shabazz said that he never wanted anything to do with being a Coach of our sweet country eh, look leh meh look for his own words when ah was chaining him up to be the Coach eh is real bacchanal here tonight. Them really good yes hahahahha

  28. I hope Carlos Edwards replaces Daniel Cyrus who is a liability. I was watching Monday night Sports and Joevin Jones said he would not make it to the games. What about Bostock?

  29. Assistance coaches the little magician and Jamal Shabazz. Jamal is temporary. Lasana Liburd

  30. Like him or not his stats prove he is NOT a forward

  31. We underestimated this guy, I may begin to like him after all

  32. If they looking for speed ……. then who exactly is the speedy player picked to replace KJ? Is Cornel Glen getting a recall or are they gonna play Joevin Jones up top? Hate these questions but I’m not sure where this man heading …

  33. Only correction is that Kenwyne always saw himself as a forward, just like his uncle Philbert Jones. Many national coaches from Rene Simoes and Bertille St Clair come up tried to convince him to play elsewhere.
    Other than that I agree that fans should show him more respect.

  34. You can not drop jones…..he is better than any other forward players on the team

  35. It is time Kenwyn Jones work for his pick. No one is above the team. I will be there for the next game

  36. There’s one more important thing needs to be said. We can analyze/criticize Kenwyne. That’s fair game. But do we have to be mean? He seems to be a nice guy who throughout his career has been asked to play a position for which he is unsuited. He lacks the instincts of a forward, the biggest one of all is anticipation. Every coach because of his physique thought they would be the one to turn around his game. It’s not going to happen. But we don’t have to be mean to a nice guy who I have never heard say one lousy thing about the way we fans have treated him. Cut him some slack guys.

    • It comes with the territory…pong him…as we Trinis say…pong him hard….he is d Captain and we demand more from him….but i understand and fully agree…there is no need to be mean…i saw him train in the National stadium….he can do better if he changes his training ethics….work harder in training

  37. Three W Connection midfielders who could not match the work rate of central FC the other night. None of them outworked they man or won they individual battle but what do I know.

  38. “Leadership must be changed when there is a problem, and most certainly there was a problem with the leadership from a captain who didn’t have a clue about what he was doing and was only selected because he was the most senior person on the team”…Them really good yes.

  39. TOM has won over thousands of trinis, by removing that excess baggage (KJ) from our national team

  40. Lasana Liburd and Brian Jordan. You folks have argued that this team lacks leadership and if only for that reason Kenwyne should have been selected. That’s as circular an argument as you will find. Kenwyne was on the team and he was captain. So if the team lacked leadership and Kenwyne was the captain of the team, why would you keep Kenwyne for leadership?

  41. We are going to be playing a defensive style I hope all of you understand that

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    …now back to the cricket…

  43. .. I will wait before I jump the gun .oui. But I do hope we come good.. Since we making a connection with this team.. Hope the results of these picks justify its self..

  44. Earl you sure is Christmas 2016 and not Christmas 2017 them getting paid lol

  45. hahahaha oh gosh my dictator president will never do that to his players for the Christmas season eh, he will pay them just watch and see.

  46. Jones is the biggest forward we have and the strongest, many people just see him as a lazy player and what they don’t is ability to get up and header the ball in the box he also assist in most of t&T goals.

  47. He has a role in the team as a hold up player….but he needs service and help….from the games I watched….the crosses were bad….and there was never a player running off of him when he had the ball at his feet

  48. trinidad eat ah food country mango

  49. Just before Christmas they should be paid eh.

  50. When do the players get the monies owed since the China match? Seems like new coach has come in, new director of programs was added, yet I am hearing the players haven’t been paid yet??

  51. Shake up is sorely needed. Let’s see how quickly KJ’s replacement settles in & become productive and how quickly KJ does what’s right in training to regain his position. Looking forward to more shake-ups

  52. Shake up is needed. Let’s see how quickly KJ’s replacement settles in & become productive and how quickly KJ does what’s right in training to regain his position. Looking forward to more shake-ups

  53. And my last question is, where in the World eh any country does have four goalkeepers on their national team eh ? Them really good yes hahahaha

  54. Wonder where Bostock is in the scheme of things now?

  55. Ah like this coach already forget his CV

  56. Its an embarassment to Kenwynne and T+T Football…if nobody hasnt recognised….you dont come from Bangladesh and get a team that is in the HEX…and drop their Captain clean off the team….NONSENSE…KJ is unfit.. and it is OK to drop him off the starting 11based on that…but i am positively sure he can contribute as a substitute…..disrespec to our Football and the Captain…. Mr Saitfeit not going USA and drop their Captain….firmly based on one reason…RESPECT…
    The other angle to pay close attention to is…..is their something in d mortar beside the pestle…

  57. Thank god it’s about damn time…. Imagine kenwyne keeps going down and down in England …and he is captain of t&t squad only labouring….hats off to the new coach it’s time to make ah example of labourers on the pitch

  58. This is a shit move …. you don’t just drop your captain like that ….this is the training squad ….you drop him without assessing his current condition in practice? I sense other powers at work here this happens when you’re a puppet on a string. Perhaps it will make it easier to undermine players regarding match fees with KJ absent.

  59. ..KJ out? Edwards in? Good call. Now ah sitting up watching..

  60. We was not getting positive results n the past few games so let’s give this man a chance …..he is making some drastic calls ….showing strong leadership ..so let’s see.

  61. But am. Leaving out Jones is a mistake.
    Play d man in attacking midfield So can’t fuck up.
    Look how much connection players get call up… Them does train just to loose game stueps. At least molino dey yes.
    And why d ass Carlos dey? Best dey call back latapy
    Carlos ain’t play a international match in years. I shock to see he still kicking ball
    He should be playing fete match. ?

  62. Oh gosh Alyuh don’t like the man but great move. Jones time is up. I was truly hoping Plaza get a chance. For me Jones could come off the bench

  63. Carlos is one of the fittest players I’ve ever seen. Hard to judge him from the Pro League games I’ve seen. So will be good to see how he copes with the faster game against Nicaragua.
    I think Shahdon has quality. But I can’t say that I have seen that so far in a national shirt.
    Hard to see Kenwyne move being anything but political.
    Who wouldn’t want that threat at least on the bench?
    Plaza can do the business on his day. He can be hit and miss but if he is in form, he’d be first pick from those options.

  64. lol easy to see presi picking that pull of players all those connection players. What about Britto he is scoring most games? Lol get Scottie back in the team he would still be able to run circles round some of those youngsters and be able to teach them aswell how to be real professionals on and off the field!

  65. That new manager full ah shit. 1. He eh make no decision so he lie! 2. Despite popular (uninformed) opinion KJ is not the problem. KJ is not a defender and responsible for the bevy of garbage goals we concede. He also cannot pass the ball to himself where he needs it to be. He leaps higher than everyone in CONCACAF and yet can hardly ever get a sensible ball in the air. And finally 3. DJW doh want KJ there because KJ not interested in his bullshit and not afraid to rally the players when the FA half stepping. Speed my ass, if anyone dunce enough to believe dat, I have ah Villa in Sea Lots on sale at a ready to sell price.

  66. But I digress, dropping him altogether makes no sense, especially without at least a couple training sessions. As others said, we have other pacey strikers but they lack that international experience and finishing ability. Plaza looked goofy last match, maybe it was the nerves so we’ll see. Shadon shouldn’t even be selected in my opinion, I don’t see international quality in him at all. Britto and Gay should be given a shot to make the team at least. Carlos…well…I think he’d make a bigger impact as an assistant helping our wingers understand their roles and how to take advantage of their abilities in a game

  67. I believe the reason given at this time to omit Kenwyne from the team selection is justified. I saw the game last Monday at the Ato Boldon stadium and I believe he was totally shut out of the game although Central won 2-1 against Connection.

  68. Keith Clement, you should know about what smelling quite well, the amount of scents you created and gave off being in administration in local basketball #SportAdministrationSmellologistEXTRAODINAIRE

  69. Jones wasn’t really doing nutten

  70. Jones time has passed.
    Time for new

  71. No Levi Garcia, no pace…. Period

  72. U know how long this should have happened

  73. …If this Coach is so good then he should just pick 22 and go and play…..I just feel that its not Saintfiet that selected that 28-man training squad…..it looking like ah front office selection….

  74. Coach Saintfiet judge ah man before seeing him in his first training session…..ah wonder if it’s he that made that decision or someone made it for him…..so the coach could not have waited until after the training session and cut the man if he needed too…this smelling!

  75. I tell allyuh that hire is 2 promote them shit hound fromW to get caps

  76. If Levi Garcia and Highland were available this side wudda been epic. Carlos edwards is the experience coupled with skill.

  77. We…who is “WE?” He Belgian or French?

  78. Once he said he wanted speed and was leaving out Kenwyne Jones as a result, that meant curtains for Jorsling’s chances too I think.

  79. You’re telling me that the Soca Warriors captain under former coach Stephen Hart kyah even mek the team under this new coach?

  80. Then I would have played Jones just behind the attackers or what you would call in an Attacking Midfield role.

  81. Carlos Edwards is one of my favourite all time players, but I truly believe if he can get a ll up, Aklie Edwards and Jorsling deserve call up, I also think that Jerrel Britto and Jamal Gay deserve a chance. Can not understand Marcus Joseph not being in this 28…… Cornell Glen should also be in fray……. Based on the 28, I honestly do not see much optimism for improvement. Whilst Kenwyne Jones had some issues, I truly think he has a role in this transition, simply for his leadership. only thing I see positive is inclusion of Glenroy, based on his recent performances, he deserve this opportunity. Did the Head Coach select his Assistant Coaches?

  82. look.how many w connection men get call up now.. aye this is so wrong eh

  83. If he’s trying to make tactical tweaks I understand but by dropping your most senior and your CAPTAIN from a training camp squad especially as it’s your first time being with the new squad is not sensible. He needs the senior players to help him settle in if your not going to play him he needs to be there for his experience dropping him completely is foolish plus now there’s no plan B if plan A doesn’t work.

    • If your *captain*and player with so much *experience* isnt making a difference
      What’s the point havin him
      If u didn’t kno he put back Carlos Edwards to keep that experience on the side

    • Khaleel Reid-Devonish thanks eh…I taught i alone can’t understand what the man doing…Edwards is there to C the team…An he may not be the Edwards of long time but let’s b real, it’s a chance we have to take…

    • Dropping him is just an easy escape if you look at our games our main problem is lack of speed and creativity in our midfield plus simple mistakes in defense. There are so many players that are having no effect but are still on the team and probably going to start so what’s the point of dropping Jones and well adding Carlos Edwards a player who hasn’t played for our national team for three years isn’t called experience, he has no connection with the current players and that connection is what i mean we loose by dropping Jones

    • That’s true as well
      If Trinidad switch around their system it could work
      Still not denyin kenwyne has a presence on the field on offense
      But something new and fresh has to be done

    • Valdano Spanglers Julian my comment below explains it

    • but he don’t have to start… he should just be around the team, keep him in d squad.

    • But the coach probably thinks giving him a break may give him the motivation to work harder and the coach sees these games as less important so that might be his reasoning we wouldn’t know if it’s not then I don’t agree with it at all

    • I would hope kenwyne See’s it in that light
      But honestly after how he was treated at stoke
      He lost a lot of love for the game
      So we will see

    • Ppl think I have a problem with Jones inno…I don’t…all I wanted was the coach to rest the man make him catch himself…make him fight fu his position…I was a footballer once an sometime ur going thru a phase an just need a lil bench…it sometimes does help…but the coach never try an change that…aluh probably won’t understand what I’m saying…

    • Valdano Spanglers Julian I completely understand your point if that’s the coach’s motives then it may make sense but the problem is where the media is quoting him as saying he needs more speed hence dropped Jones if that’s what he actually said then that’s just stupidity

    • Well yea cause speed don’t win games…but the whole team wasn’t happy fu whatever reason, something was wrong in the camp an it was showing on the field…we are in a worseee position than we were the last time we made WC…I’m not saying we can’t but we have plenty work in a short space of time…I taught Jones wouldn’t of start I dint want him get drop…I wanted him to come on an last 20mins so kill them with some long ball in the box…but let’s see how it goes…

    • Valdano Spanglers Julian When allyuh going to realize that KJ’s career is in ah perfect nosedive to the football abyss!!

  84. lack of football brains I call the ppl who praise this nonsense of a decision

  85. Not to bash the coach decision but by Jones being the point man it gives room for wingers and attacking midfielders to run behind him as he holds up the ball or comes for it but I guess he’s looking at it from another angle the easy scape goat to get fans that not knowledgeable behind you – Trey Hart could not have said it any better

  86. Still no sign of Cornell Glen. So it looks like he really isn’t going to get a shot at helping us out. Smh

  87. Is it that Hyland and Boucaud are unavailable?

  88. I know madness when I see it. .n this is complete madnesss

    • I understand what u mean Jones Jus needs a lil sharpening up, let we be real who it have to replace rn that could make consistent performances .jones isn’t out in my book I’d just put him to play attacking mid something like a false 9 role so he could get back his sharpness by being more involved, throughout Jones career it has shown he performs under pressure just like Rooney and many others I just hope this is ll the pressure Jones needs cause TBH we are improving IDK if ppl notice but the following World Cup our team will be very well prepared

    • Not to bash the coach decision but by Jones being the point man it gives room for wingers and attacking midfielders to run behind him as he holds up the ball or comes for it but I guess he’s looking at it from another angle the easy scape goat to get fans that not knowledgeable behind you – Trey Hart could not have said it any better

  89. We will see how good a coach Saintfiet is soon enough. But he sure is a good politician. Lol

  90. like this coach have some potential ?

  91. This coach just won over 90℅ of the fan base

  92. MARCUS JOSEPH not on this 28 man squad but Carlos Edwards get a call up!! Wow … TTFF strings working

  93. At last…. Somebody have the balls to do it!!!!!!

  94. Who’s this coach man bai☺️ I wanna shake his hand yes??

  95. Joy Williams yah boi go hadda play FIFA home while them fellas runnin..

  96. One good decision but I’m still a skeptic cuz anyone who watching would’ve drop kenwyne so ur still at 0

  97. Neon Worl’boss O’garro Take he spot nha wwgd

  98. Alyuh think my dictator president easy nah, he reminds me of the Russian fella that owns Chelsea eh and meh monies are still on him to also bring for the first time in our football history my greatest team to the universe to our sweet country eh hahahahaha

  99. Well hear how the conversation went….Coach Tom… So Mr David if you only giving meh the two games and I don’t win eh as you said you will be bussing my throat ent, so the first player that I will be dropping is Mr. Bound not to score eh because I don’t want to end up like Coach Hart…..Mr. David….Well I don’t care who you drop nah once you have all my W- Connection players on the team and they continue getting their caps for me to continue making plenty monies eh you good to go. Them really good yes hahahahaha

  100. Fellas it videos of warriors on Youtube and elsewhere. At least he has done some home work

  101. just read that Bradley Wright Phillips can represent Trinidad …. someone hit him up on whatsapp na lol

    • That won’t happen quickly. First of all, he was approached a year ago or so and said he wasn’t interested in playing international football at this stage.
      So he would need to be convinced. And then there would be a mountain of paperwork. Won’t happen in time for March.

  102. But could he not have been following the Team ?? Just asking.

  103. Hmmm
    Guess Saintfiet has fans already

  104. Whether or not this was a wise football move, it is certainly a good political move…

  105. I could also say Fenwick…. how you know he ent see Kenwyn Jones or the team play ?? Sure most persons can agree with his decision too… I ent no Coach

  106. There is obvious logic behind the decision – but to me while Plaza, Winchester, Caesar have pace I’m not convinced of their finishing ability at international level

    So if the fantasy option of getting Bradley Wright-Phillips remains a pipe dream – I unfortunately expect people to still be complaining about strikers in a few months unless one of the aforementioned steps up remarkably

  107. Dexter Cyrus them really pic calos edwards???

  108. Shawn Babooram, I saw you commented on the Central FC v W Connection match: How did you think Kenwyne played?

  109. Well they can have him on the bench and always bring him in for about 20 mins or less and that is if the team is winning to eh. THem really good yes. hahahaha

  110. They shouldn’t leave KJ hanging around with hope for the next WC qualifier. Drop him entirely and move on

  111. hahahahahaha My foreign base Coach just have to watch the past games on the videos and can tell all who knows the subject eh and Mr Bound not to score never had a clue about playing the beautiful game, well at least in the position that he was given to always play and maybe they shudda put him back in his real position where he started as a youngster eh. Them really good yes.

  112. Wow, how did he come to this decision, he hasn’t seen the players or team yet? Haha

  113. Well yes … maybe I was wrong about this man. He seems to be saying the right things, so I will reserve future comment on him until his first two games are completed.

    However, I have a sneaky suspicion that somebody is pulling the strings from behind the scene and the TTFA just needed a “face” to take the blame if things go awry. Lol

  114. Well if my Coach Hart had just listened to me eh Mr. Bound not to score wouldn’t have finally cost him his job eh. Them really good yes

  115. Is sanity finally returning to TT football?

  116. Best thing they ever do yes……

  117. And of course our new foreign base Coach made the right decision to drop Mr Bound not to score who was only interrupting the flow of play in many games because he just doesn’t understand the subject, the football today is very fast pace with plenty ball control and correct passes eh, so in order to match the teams in the Hex eh we really have to change our brand and get with the real professional World Cup program eh. Them really good yes.

  118. Oh wow . That is a ballsy decision

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  120. Don’t worry, Tommy we understand. ?

  121. Kion S Williams d man really get drop yes!!! ????