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‘Rum corks!’ Saintfiet axes Jomal and Cyrus; slams Joevin and Molino’s commitment

Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Tom Saintfiet launched an extraordinary attack on four of his senior players today, as he accused Daneil Cyrus and Jomal Williams of arriving two hours to his live-in camp allegedly smelling of rum.

The Belgian coach also blasted Major League Soccer (MLS) players Joevin Jones, who was initially included in his 20-man squad for this week’s Gold Cup playoff matches against Suriname and Haiti, and Kevin Molino for failing to show sufficient desire to represent their national team.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (centre) terrorises United States players DeAndre Yedlin (right) and Michael Orozco during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (centre) terrorises United States players DeAndre Yedlin (right) and Michael Orozco during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Saintfiet told the media that Cyrus and Williams were dropped on the spot while Jones was also replaced.

Club Sando forward Akeem Roach, Defence Force utility player Curtis Gonzales and Orange County Blues attacker Trevin Caesar were all recalled to replace them after they were initially cut from the squad on their return from Managua yesterday.

It means England-based midfielder Andre Boucaud is the only addition to the squad that faced Nicaragua twice last week and returned with a 2-1 loss and 3-1 triumph respectively. Boucaud is expected in Trinidad on Tuesday, roughly 24 hours before kick off against Suriname, after he received an extra day’s grace to represent his club in England.

Saintfiet’s leniency with his overseas-based players is unlikely to be lost on local Pro League and Caribbean club champs, Central FC, who were told to release their players and not use them for their own clubs. The subsequent stand-off led to goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams and midfielders Nathaniel Garcia and Sean De Silva being omitted.

And although Garcia and Williams are free now—De Silva was injured at a national training session—and Saintfiet lost goalkeeper Marvin Phillip to injury, the coach ignored both players and again left them out of his squad.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Tom Saintfiet (right) makes a point to paramedic Dave Isaacs during training at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on 15 December 2016. (Courtesy Nicholas Williams/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Tom Saintfiet (right) makes a point to paramedic Dave Isaacs during training at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on 15 December 2016.
(Courtesy Nicholas Williams/Wired868)

Today, Saintfiet revealed internal problems with the players he did want.

“We selected 20 players [and] I have to say that three of the 20 players didn’t show up,” said Saintfiet, who was joined today by assistant coach Russell Latapy for the first time. “Two of the players came one and a half hours too late in camp and had still decent smell of alcohol around [them]. That was Daneil Cyrus and Jomal Williams.

“Both were immediately sent home back to party but are replaced in squad.”

Cyrus stressed that he did not have any alcohol though and claimed the coach was referring only to Williams.

Jones, according to Saintfiet, was simply a no-show. The Belgian coach gave special dispensation to the Seattle Sounders player to skip the Nicaragua tour after complaining about fatigue.

“I spoke with him individually and he did not show up at all for the camp,” said the Belgian coach. “So I think he has no interest to help his country to qualify.”

Saintfiet was not impressed to discover that Jones played in two charity matches over the Christmas period, after he claimed to be too tired to represent his country. And, bizarrely, Jones also represented W Connection in a friendly match against Haiti last week.

Photo: Joevin Jones (right) buries his penalty kick past Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin during the MLS Cup final on 10 December 2016 at the BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Seattle defeated Toronto in extra time penalty kicks. (Copyright AFP 2016/Claus Andersen)
Photo: Joevin Jones (right) buries his penalty kick past Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin during the MLS Cup final on 10 December 2016 at the BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Seattle defeated Toronto in extra time penalty kicks.
(Copyright AFP 2016/Claus Andersen)

“Joevin is here on holiday and Joevin played, two days ago, a friendly with W Connection against Haiti,” said Saintfiet. “So if his club had no problem with him playing a friendly match with a club where he is not registered, I see no problem why he cannot play for his national team…

“I had face to face communication with him. I said take a few days off and see you on January 1st. I told him where and when and which time [to enter] camp and he never called or informed us in any way that he would not show up.

“So I think he has no interest to help his country to qualify.”

Remarkably, all four players dropped by Saintfiet for disciplinary reasons since he took over the reigns as head coach are wholly or part-owned by W Connection.

Last week, defender Triston Hodge became the first player to be cut after he allegedly missed one training session, turning up late for camp and failed to win over the new coach with his demeanour.

Williams, who is on loan at Mexico second division club Murcielagos FC, was next today along with versatile Connection defender, Cyrus, who has 62 full international caps.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Daneil Cyrus (right) grapples with Peru full back Miguel Trauco during a friendly international at the National Stadium in Lima on 23 May 2016.  Peru won 4-0. (Copyright Ernesto Benavides/AFP 2016/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Daneil Cyrus (right) grapples with Peru full back Miguel Trauco during a friendly international at the National Stadium in Lima on 23 May 2016. 
Peru won 4-0.
(Copyright Ernesto Benavides/AFP 2016/Wired868)

Williams started in Saintfiet’s first game as Warriors head coach against Nicaragua on 27 December and came off the bench for the second contest in Managua. Cyrus featured as a substitute in both fixtures.

Connection are believed to have inserted a sell-in clause in their deal with Seattle, which entitles them to a slice of any revenue earned if the MLS club cashes in on Jones. Jones won the MLS Cup with Seattle last season and is Trinidad and Tobago’s top scorer in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

However, his commitment to the two island republic has been questioned before.

Hart cut Jones—along with Cyrus—for playing minor league football after skipping an international tour, supposedly due to fatigue, in September 2013. Jones was also fined by Hart for breaking camp to attend a boat party, alongside teammates Mekeil Williams and Molino, three days before a World Cup qualifier against Guatemala on 2 September 2016.

The background of the players at odds with successive national team coaches ought to alarm and embarrass Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams, since he is the co-founder of the W Connection team.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams enjoys himself at new head coach Tom Saintfiet's maiden training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on 15 December 2016. (Courtesy Nicholas Williams/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams enjoys himself at new head coach Tom Saintfiet’s maiden training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on 15 December 2016.
(Courtesy Nicholas Williams/Wired868)

The national youth teams have not been spared such disciplinary issues either, as Connection teenager Isaiah Hudson abandoned the Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team during their Caribbean Cup campaign last October.

Hudson’s father, Brent Hudson, insisted that the Naparima College student was injured. However, National Under-20 coach Brian Williams denied this.

Arguably, John-Williams did not help Saintfiet’s authority much when he publicly warned the coach, at his unveiling, that he would be sacked if he does not manage four points from World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Mexico on 24 and 28 March respectively.

But, thus far, the cringeworthy introduction does not appear to have inhibited Saintfiet much, as the coach has not been shy about imposing himself on the national squad. And, unlike almost everyone else at the TTFA, the new coach does not seem to be interested in holding secrets.

“[Molino] said he was not available [to play] for his country at that point in time,” said Saintfiet. “He told me he didn’t feel motivated or ready for that. And later, I [heard] he played games at lower league or social level…”

Photo: Orland City midfielder Kevin Molino (centre) celebrates a goal during MLS competition. (Copyright MLS Futbol)
Photo: Orland City midfielder Kevin Molino (centre) celebrates a goal during MLS competition.
(Copyright MLS Futbol)

The downside to Saintfiet’s managerial style is he must now try to outdo Haiti with a notably weaker squad than Hart had last year when the Warriors fell 1-0 to the Haitians in a Copa America Centenario playoff in Panama.

And, after his bullish approach to his senior players and bravado in mentioning Connection during a broadside at Jones, this week’s qualifiers may take on increased importance for the Belgian coach.

The Warriors face Suriname from 7pm on Wednesday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva and then tackle Haiti on Sunday from 5pm at the same venue.

It would be some accomplishment if Saintfiet can lead the Warriors to two wins regardless of the patchiness of his squad. Arguably, his authority—on the training ground and in the corridors of power—can be significantly weakened if his current squad fails to deliver for him. Perhaps irretrievably so.

 

Whatever is written about Saintfiet when he does depart at Piarco, he certainly will not be remembered as dull.

Now, it is up to his present squad—which includes 37-year-old captain and right back Carlos Edwards and 35-year-old striker Cornell Glen—to prove that the coach can win football matches too.

Suriname would be a good place to start on Tuesday.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Aikim Andrews (right) forces his way past Haiti defender Stephane Lambese during the 2014 Under-20 Caribbean Cup. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Aikim Andrews (right) forces his way past Haiti defender Stephane Lambese during the 2014 Under-20 Caribbean Cup.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

(Trinidad and Tobago 20-man Gold Cup playoff squad)

Goalkeepers: Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Glenroy Samuel (Ma Pau Stars);

Defenders: Carlos Edwards (Ma Paul Stars), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Carlyle Mitchell (Seoul E-Land—Korea Republic), Radanfah Abu Bakr (Sillamae Kallen—Estonia), Maurice Ford (W Connection), Aubrey David (Deportivo Saprissa—Costa Rica);

Midfielders: Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada—USA), Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge—England), Alvin Jones, Hughtun Hector (both W Connection);

Attacking midfielders: Aikim Andrews (W Connection), Trevin Caesar (Orange County Blues—USA), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Nathan Lewis, Tyrone Charles (both San Juan Jabloteh);

Forwards: Akeem Roach (Club Sando), Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos FC—Mexico), Cornell Glen (Ozone FC Bengalaru—India).

Technical staff: Tom Saintfiet (head coach), Russell Latapy (assistant coach), Jamaal Shabazz (assistant coach), Lukas Wojciak (goalkeeper coach), Riedoh Berdien (trainer), Dr Terence Babwah (doctor), Dave Isaac (paramedic), Michael Williams (equipment manager), Shaun Fuentes (press officer), Azaad Khan (interim manager).

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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387 comments

  1. I just cannot comprehend the attitude of these boys. It’s just astonishing witnessing their lack of focus, their immaturity and unprofessionalism. I also have to wonder what type of friends and teammates do they have. A friend should be telling you to get your ass back in camp.. when you ask for a baileys or they see you running late they should be telling you get your tail in camp. These boys are weak and lack the qualities to be players worthy of representing Trinidad and Tobago.

  2. The rest of the players from W- Connection team should also make a video and apologize the same eh, especially the ones who loves to drink the moet and other expensive rums. steeuussppss. Them really good yes.

  3. D Coach is like a breath of fresh AIR.

  4. The coach may not have come to the job with an impressive record of footballing success but the discipline and professionalism he is attempting to instill will build a successful record

  5. This is one main reason football can’t reach it’s pinnacle in tnt.

  6. Way to go coach. It is what is needed

  7. I feel we need the younger guys to come in now

  8. If you can’t answer why all the players who seem to be rubbing the coach the wrong way are from Connection, then just say so. But anything other than that is irrelevant to the discussion.

  9. Steups. Earl, I struggle to read your long posts sometimes. Let me be precise.
    Saintfiet dropped four players from his national team for disciplinary reasons: Triston Hodge, Daneil Cyrus, Jomal Williams and Joevin Jones.
    Hodge and Cyrus are wholly owned by Connection and Jomal and Joevin are part-owned by Connection.
    So 100 percent of the players Saintfiet dropped for indiscipline are attached to Connection.
    How that ends up being about me wanting to pick the national team is just amusing to me. Who has an agenda if the national coach is dropping Connection players for indiscipline? Me? Or Saintfiet?

  10. Stole…boy u are amazing smh

  11. You talking about m Ford a Andrews t Hodge s Gomez all players you stole from jabloteh after they spent 10 yrs developing them so give me a break

  12. Jack Loverum give them bay rum

  13. Lasana Liburd would love the chance to pick the national team Earl Jean . But he have to go through d mill and become a coach,???

  14. These boys throwing away their lives with their lack of discipline. Bench them!!

  15. At times I wonder what we are about and what agendas people are pushing…we are in a place now…where players in clubs example defence force,The Police and various other clubs have been accused of murder And other offences robbery to name a few and I didn’t recall the clubs players being put into a situation where you are trying to stigmatize the entire squad on whether they should be selected for national teams…but over the years 1999 to 2016 wonder if there were issues with W.connection t.v. players in any probems with national teams from junior to senior …there is shahdon Winchester,Hector hugton,Aikim Andrews,Maurice Ford all on time and without any hiccups with the team management so why then do someone write and try to insinuate something is wrong with our. Players or trying to question the selection over our players…the players they called are there better players than them outside the national set up and if so why didn’t the coach call them…why weren’t they called under the former coach …is there a bias ????just asking? If player is good he is good if not let him go..and if another didnt get something wright with the team and there is need to drop them ,then allow the coach to do just that!!!has cyrus been in problems discipline wise before????has jomal Williams been in problems before with any national team from youth level to present whether under Stephen Hart or this coach…why is that emphasis to discredit our club..Brian Williams had issues with different players on that youth team …isaiah Hudson had issues and something totally different a discipline player do we the writers
    Or bloggers write to the issues and truth about anything or we just come on at Times to bash teams that you have an obsession about maybe because you can’t use them to rape them financially outside to benefit you and the interest of a certain few in Europe…the level a few a you go because u cant get your way with a serious organization is amazing the disrespect you’ll.show and then want to do business through the back door unscrupulous is just amazing….but it all reveal itself sooner rather than later…..yes Mr.Agent

    • When a player refuse to go to a national team practice,or go to a boat ride, or even take a drink before entering a football camp it’s all on the person not on the club… I am sure if we look closely many other players from that same club have had no issues…as a former coach in the institution I have seen the good the bad and the ugly from other clubs as well…but Dion Sosa,Earl Jean and my friend Lasana when we all look through the same window we all would see different views….. It’s the dirty side of the Business of Professional Football

  16. Well done coach! It’s about national pride, if you’re not proud to represent the red white& black, then doh bother. The lime does come after!

  17. Cyrus and Jomal response to Saint’s instructions

  18. Lasana the man is a yes man so he will defend the shit they have been doing forever

  19. I’m glad W Connection stands for discipline Earl Jean. But then why are so many of your players indisciplined? And it isn’t I who said so.
    The coaches who had issues are Stephen Hart, Brian Williams and now Tom Saintfiet.
    Get off your soapbox fellah. Show proof of what you’re saying. Spare us the holier than thou act.

  20. Well apparently the advice that some of the players are receiving from W- Connection isn’t working at all because it is really disturbing and disappointing with what is taking place with some of your so call professional players eh Earl Jean that was selected to represent our national team and of course they all should always be setting better examples to the other players because they are not only representing our sweet country but the only real professional club W- Connection along with the disciplinary winning Coach Stuart Charles Fevrier eh.Them really good yes

  21. I can vouch for connection and coach stuarty by extension in this regard he is as professional and passionate as anyone In world football. In fact connection is the only club that really stands for discipline. It’s no coincidence that in their short time they’re the most successful club in the pro league era

  22. They should be suspended for six months an sent to attend AA meetings this is a big time disappointment for tnt good for you coach you wont want drunkards on the field dey will celebrate everything

  23. Mango earl will talk when he has to sure you are aware…this President in the 17 years of knowing him has never tried or push for any gag orders and we have always spoken out when needed..the nonsense that people try to put out about gag orders…why don’t people grow up and put sense into our football fraternity heads…why don’t people give players better advice than to insinuate nonsense about gag orders and so on…get real..

  24. Oooh thats the story now….maybe because he stands for something and discipline is just whats needed and it was lacking because on the occasions when he took strong action when he was at his club I am sure someone always had issues with some on those decisions…i know he has a good record of doing what he has to….you will get the stories and the actions taken and players that are afraid to come in our institutions because of the intolerance for discipline by this organization but I guess you are not aware…smh

  25. Yuh better be careful dey eh Mr. Live Wire we wouldn’t want Earl Jean to also get a gag order from my dictator president to eh. hahaha

  26. Earl to be honest I’m happy to get answers. Batting for my friend? Lol. Trying to distract from Connection? I’m asking you about your camp. I will take any answer you give me in good faith unless it is proven otherwise

    • Distract from what???over the years with the young generation of players the amount of problems from social work done in this processional environment some won’t believe the encounterd problems….we have had so many issues with players and excuses from families in death accidents to car problems to parents not at home to look after younger family members to who police hold…name it and it comes up…things I have never heard about as a footballer much less professional football…we have disciplined we have brought in paid specialist from 1999 to date to help in counselling ,financing,tutoring for exams name it and djw has spent monies on his players….we have sent players home and paid them their monthly salaries while not at work…we have taken back rogue ones just to give second third and fourth opportunities but I guess it’s not your job to write about these stories…we have the challenges and when we do tell them about the importance of our stance …its for their benefit because coaches and clubs outside would not tolerate these attitudes…they wonder well it’s not wondering again the ma. Is here and taking action…so we are not prefect but Stuart Charles fevrier has battle for years to get these guys to a level as human beings first and players secondly and has been like a father figure to them has molded good pros over the years and we have many as examples you would know..
      So do your investigation and find out the lost stories and even with the present young ones the problems which we have had to deal with anx also supporting their exploits outside as professional footballers…the stories are there you can ask and interview but no I guess it may show a different side to the public that some may not want them to see or hear…smh the level we havs to deal with in this Caribbean is mind boggling…

    • Well, I’m happy to hear about those issues. No problem. But clearly there is a problem. So it would be good to hear from Connection on it.

  27. Just what my foreign base Coach Tom is doing eh, buss all the trouble makers throats that is all. Them really good yes.

  28. Anyone called for the connection coach where did that come in???are u still batting for your friend brother…??? He may get one day on merit…you may never know ….there is a national coach why still trying to bring the connection coach in this

  29. I mean we have seen a sharp increase in reports of indiscipline at national level since the new president was elected…

  30. I wrote on what info I receive Earl. And you know that. But it doesn’t seem to have fixed the problem though.
    According to the aunt, the TTFA president confirmed that Cyrus had a lateness problem at Connection. Is that true?
    And if Connection cannot get their players to behave professionally, how will they get players to behave properly at national level?

    • And u realize I haven’t spoken anything on coach Hart…thats the respect I continue to have for coaches…but you should dig deeper to find out what happened with players and what caused certain problems…these players have been well paid and ask them what are the problems ask why are there indiscipline issues… ask them why doesn’t the senior players have more control,whats the problem if any with the young talent coming through are they comfortable around senior player’s just ask the questions sometimes when we think the problem is up top we maybe surprised…its not a club but it’s a national team no one is owed any special privilege …its the countries business and only the best and who is up to par is and will be called if you are not then get back to the drawing board and come again…its simple

    • In europe lasana when players have an issue with lateness the coach gets ride of you in the following season as long as he finds a good replacement and u know there is an abundance out there…when we as a club has a problem like that we will fine you talk to you try to make you understand youngster you don’t have an education football is all you have..you are paid to do this some of you’ll are getting better wages than bankers for doing what you love…so it’s a different approach because the play can be sent home then back to the serious issues around in the communities and we know what that is…u try to discipline them in other ways but it may reach a point to terminate your contract..there are not a wide range of talented footballers so u work much more socially sometimes than doing football work…now remember it’s your investment so do u think u can work with the said player or cut him loose…so there are options but we do work with them until it comes to contract renewals now Cyrus has had his problems and believe me has come a long way thnk God but the frustrations are still there at Times and when you think players are supposed to be future.. they keep sticking.We had issues with lots of players Aikim is one who has come through by lips and bounds and we are proud to see him making stride.. I have heard players and coaches having confrontations in diabolical rants and cussing rants on and after games where I know this could never be tolerated at our club the players are still at the said clubs…but these are issues we deal with but we have our work cut out but I think we do get it At times and get rid of the problem when it becomes abearable…everone has their limit it’s for the national program to get it programs in order.. and the coach is doing his job because if it was at our club..tbe players in question know that they may have gotten the same thing done…just ask some of them..players always try to test you and sometimes
      It’s a genuine error on their part so you have to be calm and make decisions…i hope they understand their problems and keep working on it…stuart has coach me from 15 years and I think he can manage any where jn the world because he is a tactical genius..is a gift..so if and whatever he decides he will be ok no need to worry about him he has no fear…God inspiring person lasana

  31. Kudos to Mr. President for not interfering according to the aunt though.

  32. Watch the decisions taken by our club over the years…sure you have the records…if I give u the problems in other clubs and the history which you may have not written about…smh

  33. And ah betting that they are all W- Connection players eh, Them really yeshahahaha

  34. You’re assistant coach at W Connection Earl. I’m sure you must have an opinion. Especially after so many people criticised Hart for supposedly allowing indiscipline to slide under his watch.
    Well, what is happening at Connection exactly?

    • Lasana boy there is so much I can say from national perspective to local football sometimes I need to hush because don’t think many could handle some of the stories and the truth…thats a bookbpr episode by itself…we don’t appreciate some of the work done by clubs and some administrators we don’t see the positive because we as a Caribbean people like sensational stuff and we like bacanal not the serious information…we let people ran smock form outside of the region and when our people try to stand up for something we cry them down and still say thats what it is call for and give them all the support…yes it happens…and there you have it a man like djw gives the support to whoever needs it and we still cry him down in different ways…we Caribbean people believe in that high hand from outside people has paralyzed our brains …the make us believe nonsense…i have heard it from board members at clubs locally…..

    • We have our challenges but I know we do a hell of a job with what’s available in terms of resources and finance..so we are proud and we will continue to put the stop to players to management to whom ever that try to distablize the work and education that is being passed on we have a very low tolerance for indiscipline and that will continue and by our players whom have gone on tp better things locally of abroad will and always proud…its our calling and our work it will continue

  35. Want me to call out their names for your Earl? Because I’d love to hear an explanation actually.

  36. Hypothetical question: If two-thirds of the troublemakers around the national team come from one club, would you select the coach of that club to run the national team?

  37. Simon Miller Joshua Pokuman now win mls cup let the people drink na

  38. Tom the Cat , will prove to be a Paper Tiger. This is a foolish and arrogant response to common issues with players.

    Our players are not the first to break camp nor the first show indiscipline. Wasn’t it the England and ManU Captain Wayne Rooney who was drunk at team hotel in November? I know these aren’t players of Rooney caliber but neither is our Coach of that managerial caliber, so caliber isn’t the issue. There are ways to handle these football business matters professionally within a squad, with the player(s) and with management; it is done every week because those of you in the business of football know this happens much more than the public know.

    Tom is a one trick pony, once he observes player indiscipline or doesn’t get what he wants send the players home. Wondering if he consulted with Latapy who has experience in these matters before taking ACTIONS.

  39. Anyone heard the players side before jumping to conclusions ?

  40. Very good, they feel they untouchable. It good

  41. These guys think they reach lol you know the pro league boys feel they reach also, playing in front an almost empty stadium.

  42. Big player what big player,win a lil MLS title and feel them is something,no dam discipline!

  43. Now that’s ah trini . doh bash dem eh ,, is politician drunk in office , is police drunk on duty .is you and me drunk when we driven .fell proud that’s ah Trini

  44. The worst…TTFA President Williams is the problem…he is creating straw men for excuses. The facts are all in this article about the indiscipline players of W Connection who are being called up to national duty and killing our football.

  45. Love a good Christmas Panto, oooh no he didn’t, oooooooh yes he did, Tom, the medical staff are behind you!!!!! Brilliant, thank you TTFA for entering the spirit of things…..
    Hahahahaha

  46. Note wired 868 spoke to some players, while d others dissapeared like a puff of smoke, dais exactly what their attitude was to training…

  47. This coach may not last very long, sadly, I don’t see his employer TTFA rushing to endorse his actions, which may well be a sign of their disapproval…strange though, Chevaughn, after only a handful of sessions a white man from belgium could make such an accurate analysis, and TTFA who were right here from day 1, seemed to be hearing this for the 1st time….

  48. Sorry day for our football..concentrate on the SSFL guys plenty talented boys from south and the east.Groom them.Reflection of our society today.

  49. Any one remembers a player with a load of talent but also a load of issues called arnold dwarika

  50. It’s about time we had a coach who is not about wiping ass but about the respect for the game even if it means starting from scratch. Well done coach Tom Saintfiet

  51. Daz too many “checks” for a trini Michael Samuel especially if they aint sure about gettin the all important one ➡ Paycheck!

  52. NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS.
    1. Jack in car…..check.
    2. Gas in car…check.
    3. Charged up cel phone…..check.
    4. No rum before practice…..check.
    5. No boat rides and clubbing before game…check.
    6. Good tyres……check.
    7. 100% commitment…..check.
    8. Understanding what commitment really means…check.
    9. Manager’s phone number stored…..check.
    10. Call early o clock when in a jam…..check.
    11. Third world mentality eradicated…..check.
    12. Train hard……check.

  53. It’s about time someone tell it as it is. We’ve got a laid back attitude to everything which is great for overcoming stress but when it comes to serious commitments like being on the job regularly or representing the RED, BLACK and WHITE we begin to only see $$$. I understand the foreign based players maybe glad to be away from their pro clubs commitments and therefore “free up theyself” but the country needs 100% from all the national footballers or sportsmen. Imagine if we qualified for the World Cup their value internationally will increase tremendously.

  54. Discipline is MOST IMPORTANT in all sports…. without DISCIPLINE the team/individual is doomed to fail?

  55. Where does the ‘big player’ attitude come from? That is what really baffles me

  56. These guys playing in MLS…imagine of they were playing for Man Utd or Milan…probably would have cursed off the coach.

  57. is ah long time dis team eh get shake up so…Finally a coach with a purpose

  58. Discipline is essential for any professional work or sports. And maintaining team discipline is critical.
    Good move coach. Whip OUR team in to a cohesive unit and let’s see them kick some AS2

  59. Unprofessional overrated clowns.. do it with your club but don’t disrespect my country.

  60. Lasana Liburd Ok, I get it. Thanks Las.

  61. Michael to be fair, usually the manager is the person to deal with these matters.
    But he apparently spoke to the manager when he was already late as opposed to before.

  62. That’s y we can’t reach nowhere ?

  63. Just some day we talking about that inno smh

  64. Well done coach let them see how it is in other countries

  65. Steeuuppsss This sounds that the other national player I cannot remember his name right now who went and play in a minor league game eh while representing the national team and got his ankle broken and the said the dresser fell on his foot steeuuppss again eh. Them really good yes

  66. Good call coach. Keep them in line with a strong hand and whoever cannot or does not want to make the grade then get rid of them.
    Imagine is carnival season….we will see who really want to represent TT.
    Sacrifice and hard work is the only way to success!!

  67. A flat tyre and you sending a message with your mates? Call a member of the management team.

  68. Come-on people, the sorry state of affairs in the national football team is reflective of the degrading state of our beloved country.
    Be the nice youth playing the game, and when they think they reach, it’s partytime. To hell with allyuh & country, I enjoying my life

  69. These players act like ” prima donnas” even before they become recognized as being good. When will they learn?

  70. D reason for our National team like dis is if d fuckin Government PAY d players and staff properly an stop d corruption in d selection on d players we will reach every world cup

  71. Put fully dedicated and talented player Neveal Hackshaw back on the team

  72. Neil that’s why we play so flat and lackluster, without any passion, there is no commitment to put out 100%.

  73. Maybe, just maybe, Saintfiet could be our next Commissioner of police… well done coach..

  74. It is disheartening that the main problem affecting our football teams , is not the availability of talent but the stark lack of discipline and pride for representing one’s country. For the likes of Cyrus and others , who are supposed to be seasoned campaigners , it is inexcusable the course of action that was chosen. My mind wonders what was allowed to happen before under the watch of Stephen Hart.

    • But when they go back to their various clubs, they serious like a “hart” attack

    • The arrival of the new coach has exposed a serious fact when it comes to internal discipline. And it is sad , that no local could have exposed the realities , and brought about a paradigm shift in the way we do things at the senior national level. The report even suggests that some of this is also being experienced at the junior level , so we have a serious problem. Someone has to be prepared to take the bull by the horns.

  75. No wonder we cant win our games….

  76. It is said that the definition of “madness” is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome, how many coaches Trinidad and Tobago has changed In its efforts to reach world cup? So if the team don’t make it our solution is to fire the coach, never the players. Smh! My suggestion is keep the consistent,Disciplined players, fire the rest and build your national team from your secondary school league, not the pro league where players done learn bad habits, so you have a mix of youth and experience.

  77. “We don’t win matches with quality, we win matches with commitment”
    I thought this guy was a joke at first but his philosophy is obviously spot on. I doubt that he will last long but hopefully Latapy will learn something from him so that philosophy can be carried on. Commitment is everything. It is why we are regularly beaten by lower quality opponents.

  78. Please, let us be honest with ourselves. There are 2 things we are known for;
    1) Trinidad Time
    2) Fete
    Tom, good luck in trying to change a culture in two months. I am not telling you to accept it, I am saying that you should be aware of it. It is the same culture that developed our 22+ Internationally based players. The players you have right now are fighting for recognition and you may discover a couple diamonds, but as a group they are not ready for this level.
    I will guess that your next move will be to follow the Jamaican and Haitian coaches who preferred the more “disciplined” foreign born players yet they still did not get to the Hex.
    Tom please try to understand our culture.

  79. Start a Fete Match Team you will see results. Dat is all they like…. Together with some Boat ride after…. Bunch of talented fools. Some not all…

  80. Isn’t this the same thing Hart was doing?

  81. He wouldn’t last long when he takes actions .. wait n see .. these players have no discipline whatsoever and think they’re bigger than the game .. get rid of them

  82. This goes to show that Mr Hart WAS NOT the main problem but the sudden lack of discipline and commitment from our so call big players

  83. He will have another opportunity to show discipline and commitment

  84. Primary school excuses…better than that!

  85. Unbelievable!! We need to focus our effort on under 8 players!

  86. I totally agree with the coach them guys is a set of clowns you must put your country first

  87. I fully support the coach on this one, totally disappointed by the lack of commitment being shown by some players. I rather lose with a committed bunch that gave it there all!

  88. If these things are true….our team is embarrassing

  89. This has been going on in West Indies cricket and football for some time that is why we can’t go anywhere. And this is not about Christmas

  90. Without self-discipline, your streams of grace become a flood of disgrace. …

  91. It’s ironic that Joevin Jones just won the MLS league and would have never done that there.

  92. I not sold on him …. I’ll continue to observe …. some moves I agree with some I don’t but he’s iffy to me … my read on him is inconsistent ….. we’ll see what happens …

  93. Yu know bout the Rum, so Yu can’t say nuthin!!

  94. He called “everybody else” but the coach, or did I miss something ?

  95. So where is plaza on his 20 man squad. Hope corneal and Edwards can keep up.

  96. Send that coach into parliament, it has a few people (if not all) that need shaping out or shipping out; and he’d better set a height restriction as well!

  97. He has a tough battle ahead if him. This is a learned behavior that has been reinforced and has become a part of our culture. This man eh having it.

  98. Wen d previous coach did d same thing dere was no support all of a sudden d new coach did d same an now everybody agree hmmmmmm…. have nun to say

  99. we have to advocate the breathalyzer to test the footballers when they check in to ntraining.

  100. Cyrus is a w connection player, lol

  101. Brian you have time to waste

  102. Lasana mls is not no big league so they feel they could play I want them go Germany Spain Italy and they will see what it is when u over 36 they does end up at mls ask Henry lampard and Beckham

  103. Very interesting developments. I could understand his stance with the others but Jan Michael I don’t get. His final comment reveals a lot about him. We don’t win with quality we win with commitment at this level.

  104. Please replace this sorry excuse of a national team asap!!! At this rate I’ll put more trust in a SSFL side than these mediocre, backward thinking, indisciplined bunch of clowns.

  105. Ah Trini will always be a trini
    Okay they smelled they shoud be fined and sent to a rehabilitation center

  106. We will make the world Cup again in 3013… From players, coaches to the Ttfa is a joke… Best they start a International fete match league and then we might have a chance lol.. Messs

  107. Typical, it’s it, where are the patriots? Everyone is so selfish.

  108. ?hmmmm our professional players we should give up on this campaign and Focus on the younger players

  109. Somebody explain the football culture to me. Playing for the national team should be priority not so???? Don’t they want to be part of the journey , glory, scouts etc. I don’t get it

  110. Sheldon Bateau missing in action. What’s the story with him?

  111. Same old story with Molino….First with Hart….now with new coach and people want to say he is committed…downright playing d arse and should be axed for continued indiscipline….he will only cause more problems…

  112. So 2 consecutive likes for the coach most were hating on up to a few days ago…first Nicaragua victory, now the axes…right…third coming on Wednesday!

    Let’s go Saint !!!

  113. Tom, I hope you watching tapes on Haiti, because Nicaragua is about three boats behind Haiti. On the flip side, even though Haiti had scouts in Managua last week, they may not have a decent understanding of what your squad looks like.

  114. Sports Discipline is most important… that’s what T&T Athletes need for improvements and better results in world class finals and eventually winners

  115. Barring Molino Did all this crap happen under Hart? Shows a total disrespect for the new coach.

    • I think Hart was able to ‘level’ with the team so to speak…He seemed to be very down to earth and that’s why he was so likeable. Some say he was too lenient but he worked magic and was able to create a squad which gelled well and actually performed like a cohesive team to win games! He brought back some national pride and people looked forward to seeing the soca warriors play. His downfall however may have been exactly what he was liked for…life is strange like that eh? But I can’t fall this new coach for nipping indiscipline in the bud because we don’t have to look far to see the dire consequences of turning a blind eye to wrongdoing..the nation’s parliament is a prime example.

  116. Shocking but not surprising…I will be ATO Boldon Wednesday for sure

  117. BOOM.@ Anselm LeBourne and Aaron Pollard. Them really good yes.

  118. now i know why cyrus does be bun after 15 mins…smh

  119. What the Coach is doing is exactly what we need in the country today. This Country has become a lawless society with little or no consequences for certain actions. I rather the Coach lose with a bunch of committed disciplined players than a bunch of undisciplined renegades. It about time we get a Coach like him. I will move on from all those players who put a pickup game first before the National team. None of then are bigger than the National football team. I wish the Coach win with lesser players so he can prove a point to the authorities and the country as a whole.

  120. Idiots idiots same day different day

  121. Big fish in small pond, as opposed to being small fish in big pond…..

  122. Did the previous coach have the same support when he benched players for the same type of indiscipline

  123. I wonder why other leagues have Christmas breaks

  124. So it’s safe to say that DJW has blacklisted Jan Michael Williams … amazing how similar this clown is to Jack

  125. Men feel they too big..finally a coach with a no nonsense way of mind

  126. I would not say so Shawn Babooram, it’s a choice made by these players to hang with a certain crowd,trust me I talking from experience. They don’t want someone on their case giving sincere advice.

  127. Where was the Haiti – Connection game? Never saw it advertised anywhere.

  128. Well said Simone Ghirlanda ,there in lies our problem and it starts from youth level where the more talented players get away with murder so to speak. Because we are not a people who set up systems to continuously develop talent we rely on unearthing these gems. That’s the root of our problems. The great Sir Alex said he puts the most pressure on the stars . No wonder he was so successful

  129. While.it may be too early to say, is the coach showing signs of autocratic leadership..?
    As I said, I do not support indiscipline but leadership styles should adapt to the culture of the organisation…

  130. I love his stance on discipline. He definitely has my support thus far

  131. Its about time someone starts dealing with the prevailing attitude that exist “they need me, cause they don’t have anyone else.” Talented but indisciplined? sit your butt on the bench!!!

  132. Simone Ghirlanda I agree with you 1000% and I will never comprehend in a million years how on earth that players who are leaving our sweet country to join the real professional teams abroad and before staying at their homes before flying out the next day eh, they decides to go out and party to celebrate the night before their departure like if they already making the millions eh, but instead either got shot in their leg or get in an accident that destroys their opportunity to leave our sweet country to join the real professional team abroad Keron “Ballpest Cummings and Kwesi Blackman . Them really good yes .

    • lack of guidance and discipline.

    • Many of them are unpresentable abroad. They think they should earn 6 figures US salaries right off the bat. I know of some who turned down opportunities to play in legitimate leagues that would offer real exposure to Europe like it’s the case of Costa Rica first division because the salary wasn’t good enough. Well guess what? In Costa Rica most players make less than $2,000 USD per month yet any smart Concacaf player not playing already in MLS or Liga MX should jump at the opportunity to play in CR if playing in legitimate leagues in Europe is their ultimate goal. But no, to most it’s better hang out with the boys at home playing TT Pro league in empty stadiums if the salary is not “high” enough.

    • Shawn Babooram No I disagree. We agents and coaches and team managers invest an insane amount of time in guiding some of these players. They are just ungrateful and not hungry enough to see what it takes.

    • Yeah and another thing to Simone Ghirlanda some of the owners of the professional teams in our league does be asking for about $ 300, 000 dollars for some of their players to and they are not ready yet et all to play in the real professional league abroad, hence the reason why many of the times they are all sent right back to our sweet country Them really good yes

    • Earl Mango Pierre $300,000 is the market value of an established player in Costa Rica, not in TT Pro. There it’s less than 1/3rd of that.

  133. “The downside to Saintfiet’s managerial style is he must now try to outdo Haiti with a notably weaker squad than Hart had last year when the Warriors fell 1-0 to the Haitians in a Copa America Centenario playoff in Panama.” The upside is he gets rid of malcontents hopefully for good and go with the players who are keen on representing their country regardless of the outcome. It is time a TT coach had the balls to instill discipline on these average footballers who think we need them. What these clowns don’t understand is if other international teams are interested in them, it is Saintfiet who will be their reference.

  134. We ain’t ready they don’t care dey making money in mls

  135. Molino featuring in all these episodes, I wonder why that is?

  136. Win loss or draw, I respect the coach’s stance. I would’ve done the same. In my not so humble opinion,the talent available to us is about the same,the only difference is the extra exposure and experience which usually leads to a more self assured player in the case of the foreign based players . I find it strange that all the problems with players since the friendlies are connection or ex connection players. Lasana Liburd are you certain joevin played vs Haiti in a friendly that would be tantamount to selling guns.

  137. Our WC chances gone after Hart’s sacking smh

  138. Just what the team needs to show they serious.

  139. Good approach. This is why it’s so hard for Caribbean players to be taken seriously in Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Europe, etc. Because of the behavior of some of them they all unfairly get put in the same bucket. Yohance Marshall, Jamal Jack, Kordell Samuel, Jerrel Britto, Weslie John are good professionals who would help this team. It’s too bad coaches and insiders have an agenda to push other players ahead.

  140. All for discipline ?? still not on Tommy boy

  141. And just imagine that the two players Jomal Williams and Cyrus represents my dictator president real professional team W- Connection eh, and that is their conduct. Steeuuppss. Them really good yes.

    • Yes mango…so two things mango….1.so I guess the coach picks his team and not Dow because sure djw couldn’t put in a word for wcfc players…and 2.so you can see what clubs go through with players here in trinidad and Caribbean by extension…and just as we do at Wcfc when it comes to taking action against our players for various reasons we sometimes get the raft from persons calling victimization and all sorts of nonsensical statements without knowing the truth..discipline is discipline….you dont abide by the rules so u pay the price be it locally or internationally…at our club we will continue our hard line on discipline… players maybe afraid to come to the program but so be it…we are there to develop players and educate…but players must take responsibility for their actions and it seems the coach is a no nonsense man…good luck to Him!! We are disappointed in the behaviours of our players but they can’t say that we haven’t been speaking day after day about what is expected discipline wise off and on the pitch…so if they got caught out of the zone then you pay the price…it should be an honour for players to wear the country’s colors …so its so disappointing to hear of this…as to regards to joevin I personally spoke to joevin after our training game against Haiti about whether he would be joining the national team because we invited him to play at least 30 mins in the game because he said he did ask his club for clearance to join the national squad on their return from Nicaragua so he was positive and hopeful and said he would be at the camp on Sunday so it’s a surprise and dont know what transpired that he didnt attend the camp…joevin has great quality and whatever transpired I hope it’s resolved because the coach we can see dont take prisoners…he seems very tough but I am sure joevin is committed but the coach needs to be reassured…hope the problem is resolved!!!

    • Yeah and here we go again what would have happened if Joevin Jones had gotten seriously injured while playing that practice game against Haiti eh, so was that the right thing to do with respect to asking him to represent W- Connection eh, and he isn’t contracted to play for your club at present. When the professional players return to our sweet country during their break from their professional clubs the only team that they should be representing is our national team eh once given the green light by their real professional clubs owners abroad, but this is our sweet country and many of our so called professionals still doesn’t behave like real professional players et all steeuuppss Them really good yes.

    • Mango, i am sure i have read of british players in the MLS re-joining their EPL teams during the break as a means of staying fit? Thiery Henry & Gerard comes to mind immediately.

    • And I yes I agree but that is with permission of their professional clubs abroad and I am 1000% certain that Joevin’s club will never give him any permission to play for his old club in any practice game eh and I think that you really missing my point and that is about him getting seriously injured while playing that game that could have ended his football career, we all know that our players just love to play the game but owners,managers, and Coaches always have to look out for their interests eh I have seen to many players make wrong decisions in the past the same like this and that was it for them bro. Them really good yes.

    • Recently I was told of a player from Carenage who was very talented and had gotten a scholarship to attend the university abroad and the day before he departed he went to St. Anthony’s grounds to watch his team from Carenage played a game and because the team was loosing he asked someone to borrow a boots and guess what happened, he got seriously injured that he couldn’t travel the next day and lost his football scholarship I asked about his whereabouts today and I was told that he is a service man now his name is “Pearce” does his name ring a bell eh and I can even tell you about another player in Brooklyn that same madness happened to eh and he himself was on his way to become a real professional player himself, so I hope that you get my drift Kester Lendor. Them really good yes.

    • Kester.. simple any player who leaves our club to go abroad can have access on their return at anytime ..to keep their fitness..its a given and as long as our head coach gets info on their arrival and having that right serious mentality to train properly because it’s not a sweat but professional training…we are always there to help and it has happened with players not belonging to our club as well…eg.molino at one time spend time training with us for his fitness…and also college players and professionals from Europe as well…but joevin did communicate to me that he would be joining the team on their return to Trinidad…so really don’t know what happened because i that from what I saw from him Haiti would have been up for a surprise so I am disappointed he is not available…for the national team.

    • And from joevin what I got was training is ok…but he was awaiting confirmation for the tournament but he would be in camp because he was positive he would’ve gotten clearance for the tournament…i saw that positive feeling in him…

    • I understand that eh Earl Jean but I wouldn’t allowed them to play against any team in any pick up game especially against another national team Haiti that is here to play against our national team in the upcoming tournament and either in our professional league while they are on break because of stupid injuries that can end their professional team contracts abroad and neither in any charity games but the training to keep in good shape before returning abroad is just fine eh. Them really good yes

    • Mango i was a professional player played out in Europe and I got clearance to train and play training games in off season as long as it was legitimate and not minor league games …my club was always appreciative of my positive position on my fitness levels off season…i wouldn’t be playing games all over the place …but if I am preparing for my up coming season or rejoining my national team st.lucia at the time it was always ok not to take in a session or two but not to go game hoping like I am some mad man…17 years and always did it by the book regarding my agent and club approvals… as.a professional player one must know the do’s and dont’s.. with regards to your professional career..

    • Earl Jean firstly I agree with you that Joevin is committed, I was happy to see him given the time off from the Nicaragua games, as he is probably the player that would have played more football than any other national. What I am not understanding, and no criticism of joevin, but why is Joevin asking Club for clearance? Isn’t this the role of the TTFA? Didn’t the TTFA have to ask for clearance?

    • What i think as a former player and what use to happen with me…if there is a situation where your club thinks that you need your rest there would have been communication with yourself and the coach ,then some dialogue would have taken place where the player if really committed would say gaffer I can play and really want to take part in the two games…i can manage this …some manager’s would give in and allow u…depends on your relationship I have been through it time and time and on both ends some strong minded managers and some that would say ok but be careful I know it’s your country…its about trust at Times with managers…as long as they see a responsible player…u get some slack… I am sure joevin would have had that feeling speaking to his association President and his gaffer that he would’ve gotten the clearance thats why he was committed to coming out to train and also the national coach knowing that he would have been training with his former club for a few days to get back in shape…

    • My one concern though Earl Jean, is given the significance of these games was it the wisest decision for him to play a friendly against a team he has to paly competitively against in 4 days.
      What if the Haitians realising he is our main offensive threat decided try injure him as a means of ensuring he is unable to play on Sunday?

    • Joevin is a player I like an think has great potential don’t think I or djw or coach or anyone would do things to jeopardise his career …whether he is with us or the mls…i always get calls from agents asking about whether he is available for Europe…as a friend I can only want whats best for him and his country and his career…the boy is a great talent just needs the guidance and people around to push him in the right direction in a professional way…our players needs to have a stronger professional mind …its lacking a lot in our environment and it’s the only way to change the trend of this game in Trinidad…

    • Point taken..then again he wanted a run at them….we thought he was ok and we have had a certain confidence that we would give him20 0r 25 mins to get a feel of them so.he can have an idea and decided to bring him on …and for some concerns to the national coach was aware that he would have gotten some playing time in that training game…but I get the concern…

    • Earl Jean I have had interactions with Joevin since his youth days, and yes, he is very very talented, but he needs to always be handled very carefully. He was never rude or such, but needed that personal intervention to keep him committed. I think it is important for Coach and staff to understand this. Him and Molino are our gamechangers, just need to be handled properly. I have been hoping that they would umderstand that those around them, do not necessarily have their well-being in mind, but are just hanger-ons. Joevin Jones Joevin Jones, Kevin Nash Molino, prove the naysayers wrong.

    • Two of my favorites Che in football …i myself and I know they are not rude and have amazing personalities…think coach needs to have a sit down with them to understand what went the last few months …what really happened and worked from.there..

      There are somethings that happened and in as much as I am tough on discipline I do think they need to have conversations with them to find out what really happened??? Because I know these young group of players need the right guidance…more so now … it’s important the people you have around as you start that professional journey make no mistake…

    • Earl! only question was this situation explained to the Senior team coaching staff as they allowed him time for rest to recover from his long season

    • Yes from what I know…yes

    • And just imagine our players not having the right discipline in order to be a real professional player even took place in the days of the “Strike Squad” when some of them were allowed to break camp to go and party and sex down the place steeuuppsss the night before the big game against my second sweetest country eh, and even the present Coach of the under 20 team Brian Williams was also involved in the madness when he was rushing back to ketch the maxi taxis when his vehicle almost went over a precipice along with other players in his vehicle fuss they were late and could Alyuh imagine that on the way to the HC stadium from Fyzabad the manager took the whole team to a church eh, while my second sweetest country team was at the Radison Hotel resting and waiting patiently to play the game eh and by then when our team finally reached the stadium to play the game it took them almost 4 hours in order to do so eh and another 30 minutes just to enter the stadium because of the enormous huge crowds eh, so the discipline problems with many of our players is really a culture thing eh, and as Nigel Myers once said, unless we finally have a culture shift, nothing won’t be changing eh. Them really good yes.

  142. I’ve noticed most Trinis don’t appreciate quiet diplomacy, they love to be shamed. Well done Coach, what Hart should’ve done a long time

  143. Something is not making sense. Are these players owed money by chance? I don’t understand how all this occurred at once.

  144. Kelvin Jack, what you think?

  145. Steeeeuuupppsss. Like this Damian de Gannes Them really good yes. Hahahahahaha

  146. I applaud him for being brave,outspoken and taking the bull by the horn no excuses win or lose its serious business represent you country with pride man

  147. Everything Cancel out it self under Hart they would all be in the team still well done coach ???

  148. Wow am beginning to like this coach…

  149. We need a steupse emoji for this group.

  150. If they don’t want to play, then plainly come out and say so; don’t pussyfoot and give a half-hearted “yes” and then turn around and be a no show.

  151. I once heard a line in a movie with Will Smith….. “either you’re incredibly smart or incredibly stupid” …… time will tell which one the coach is….

  152. I dunno if we gonna win (I’m not foolish enough to think a win vs Nicaragua indicates instant progress …particularly with our defense)….what I do expect …is there is gonna be more effort ……. the people left out with the exception of Jan are indicative of a lackadaisical approach that wormed its way into the team recently

  153. This seems like JW’s plan all along

  154. If Saintfiet defeats Haiti with this team, he deserves a two contract! Lol.

  155. While I do not support indiscipline, I am hesistant to conclude that Jones and Molino are not committed to represent T&T..they are KEY players in the set up.and I ask the Belgian to reopen the door for these players..

  156. If we lose without these players,I believe that the younger players would have a better prospective of what it takes to remain on the national team.

  157. The man is calling it as he see it Trinidad football needs this we like to much stupidness and nonsense. Party vibes to be exact. How come all the trouble makes coming from one club or is in some way associated with them.

  158. … Carlos and Glenn even bothering with this team though?

  159. Molino …Cyrus …Jomaal…. Joevin …. lol ….. I’m ok with them staying out ….

  160. I Ike his bravado. I’m sure many other coaches would have liked to do it but didn’t have the courage. As long as his bravado doesn’t turn to arrogance I’m good. Seriously though, Molino has a long way to go to make it back with the national team if what the coach is saying is correct. His distaste for representing us is very apparent

  161. Punish them to the highest. Expell they Ass.

  162. i totally disagreed with his appointment but i must say i like his no nonsense approach..pride to represent the red white and black is badly needed…time to get serious

  163. The Saint have to remember his pool of international quality players ain’t that big.
    Man management is key. He has to ensure he doesn’t lose certain players altogether

  164. Yes he does …. I hope these guys buck up though and not see this as an opportunity to walk away from the national team ..

  165. Tom has balls. That’s for sure. Lol. Never let that be questioned.

  166. Saintfiet sure can dish it out. Wow. I’m not sure if this is the wisest response to what happened. But wow.

  167. I agree with his disciplinary actions … guys are doing things that they would never or dare not do with their clubs …

  168. Bravo Tom… I haven’t seen your tactics as yet but to rebound from a defeat and win away from home is good,giving new players opportunities is even better don’t back track ????

  169. I agree that I am happy for him to take a stance. This is pretty extraordinary stuff though. Most coaches won’t be as blunt with the public.

  170. Kudos to the coach. He is standing for discipline. For too long guys take the national team as a sweat and a tour. I don’t know if we will win but if he does, what a way to send the right message.

  171. Well done coach,if you’re not disciplined enough take ah bench this nonsense have to stop with these so call big players!!!!

  172. Tom has absolutely nothing to lose one way or the other – that may be a better position than people think.

  173. I still question his quality but I 100% respect and agree with his stance

  174. I suspect the coach may rue not picking Jan Michael Williams for these Gold Cup qualification games.. Good luck to him though!!

  175. It’s Christmas time wtf.give d guys a break.