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Shahdon pulls birthday trick but Haiti take cake as T&T finish bottom of Caribbean group

Four goals in the opening 45 minutes, seven by the 120th—however one might describe the Trinidad and Tobago era of Tom Saintfiet, the word “dull” surely would not come to mind.

Neither, for that matter, would words like “orderly”, “controlled” or “methodical” do the Belgian coach justice. This was roll of the dice stuff: backs and forwards, swings and misses, unfocused fury.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Tom Saintfiet (left) cheers on hattrick hero Shahdon Winchester during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action against Haiti at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 8 January 2017. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Tom Saintfiet (left) cheers on hattrick hero Shahdon Winchester during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action against Haiti at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 8 January 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

By the final whistle, Trinidad and Tobago football fans were streaming out of the Ato Boldon Stadium with heads bowed while the Haitian delegate took a flag to the middle of the field and marked their newly won territory.

Haiti 4, Trinidad and Tobago 3 in extra time, after a 2-2 finish at the end of regulation time. It meant the Warriors finished bottom of a three-team Caribbean group that included Suriname—ranked 150th in the world by FIFA—despite having home advantage and 48 hours more rest than Haiti for the final outing.

To say, Trinidad and Tobago’s opponents were better prepared would be generous. Suriname, despite eight international outings last year, have not played a friendly game since February 2016. While Haiti coach Josaphat Jean Claude was appointed barely two weeks ago and four members of his squad for this competition failed to show up.

It almost seems comical now that Saintfiet’s arrival was touted as a return to defensive solidity and an end to dressing room indiscipline. Instead, the Soca Warriors have conceded nine goals in four games—five from three games against the unheralded Nicaragua and Suriname—while the newfound coach seems to have already alienated a significant segment of his player pool.

Of course, it has only been four weeks since Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams appointed Saintfiet as a supposed upgrade to former coach, Stephen Hart.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams (second from left) welcomes new National Senior Team coach Tim Saintfiet (second from right) during a press conference at the Marriott Hotel on 7 December 2016. Looking on is new general secretary Justin Latapy-George (far left) and technical director Muhammad Isa. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams (second from left) welcomes new National Senior Team coach Tim Saintfiet (second from right) during a press conference at the Marriott Hotel on 7 December 2016.
Looking on is new general secretary Justin Latapy-George (far left) and technical director Muhammad Isa.
(Courtesy Wired868)

And Saintfiet will doubtless claim that his bust-ups with senior players were unavoidable and an even necessary attempt to mark his territory. It did not work in Togo, though, where he took the captain’s armband off former England Premiership star Emmanuel Adebayor, which saw the striker quit, the African nation plummet down the standings and the journeyman coach make an early exit for Bangladesh.

John-Williams guaranteed Saintfiet three months in Trinidad and he would do well to reach it, particularly when so many of his fallouts were with players from the president’s W Connection club.

Tonight, the Soca Warriors needed a two goal win to advance to the final play off round against Central American opposition. It is unclear what result Saintfiet needed for his own job security, if anything at all. But Trinidad and Tobago definitely gave it a go.

If Hart was often criticised for keeping the handbrakes up, Saintfiet might be said to have no brakes at all. And, sometimes, no steering wheel either.

The Belgian could not have asked for a better start, though, as Trinidad and Tobago stormed ahead within the first minute of play. Winger Nathan Lewis slipped away from Haiti left back Christian Alex and pulled the ball back to the top of the six yard box for Shahdon Winchester, who put the hosts ahead to a load roar of approval from roughly 3,400 supporters in attendance.

Photo: Soca Warriors supporters cheer on their team during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action against Haiti at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Soca Warriors supporters cheer on their team during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action against Haiti at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Remarkably, Winchester’s opener meant the Warriors were simultaneously one goal better and worse off at the same time.

Trinidad and Tobago needed a two goal win but, since Caribbean Football Union (CFU) tournament rules don’t allow draws, they would qualify regardless of whether those goals came in the 90 minutes of regulation time or the 30 minutes of extra time.

Haiti played Suriname less than 48 hours ago while the Trinidad and Tobago team faced Suriname on Wednesday. So the host nation should have had more energy in the tank. Extra time might not be such a bad idea.

So the CFU rulebook created an intriguing subplot for the affair with a regulation time draw ensuring the Warriors a second bite of the cherry in extra time while a one-goal win for the home team would ensure Haiti advanced.

Veteran captain Carlos Edwards missed out on the fun though, as he pulled up with a groin injury in the 19th minute and left the field on a stretcher.

Trinidad and Tobago conceded before his replacement, Alvin Jones, could get on the field.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Tom Saintfiet (far left) talks to assistant coach Jamaal Shabazz (second from left) during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action against Suriname at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 4 January 2017. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Tom Saintfiet (far left) talks to assistant coach Jamaal Shabazz (second from left) during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action against Suriname at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 4 January 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Aruban referee Ricangel De Leca gave a puzzling free kick to Haiti when it seemed that opposing forward Kervens Belfort had fouled Trinidad and Tobago defender Maurice Ford, rather than the other way around.

As Ford protested, Belfort played a quick pass to Derrick Ettienne inside the area and defender Radanfah Abu Bakr, who had just taken over the armband, was far too slow to spot the danger. 1-1.

Five minutes later, De Leca had either atoned or heaped more shame upon himself, depending on whether you were a partisan or neutral viewer.

Haiti goalkeeper Guerry Romondt, who was making just his third international cap, indulged in a bit of time wasting before he picked up the ball. De Leca whistled for a free kick inside the Haitian penalty area.

And, as the bewildered Haitians complained, Aikim Andrews returned the favour in full with a quick free kick to Winchester who drove into an empty net to restore the 2-1 advantage. Which, of course, was also a potential disadvantage.

No matter. Haiti were happy to do Trinidad and Tobago the double edged favour of equalising once more, as Belfort headed into the near corner off a Charles Hérold corner kick in the 39th minute. 2-2.

Photo: Haiti playmaker Hérold Charles (left) tries to keep the ball from Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Andre Boucaud (centre) while Aikim Andrews looks on during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Haiti playmaker Hérold Charles (left) tries to keep the ball from Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Andre Boucaud (centre) while Aikim Andrews looks on during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Belfort, whose goal eliminated Trinidad and Tobago from the Copa America Centenario playoff 12 months ago, celebrated with a roar and flex of his muscles.

It was riveting and atrocious at the same time.

There was more farce as Saintfiet gave a severe tongue lashing to Jones for putting the ball out so a Haitian player could get medical attention—never mind the fact that it was still the first half and Haiti themselves maintained a spirit of fair play, in similar circumstances, throughout the match.

The Haiti bench, naturally, took offence at Saintfiet’s instructions to the young defender and one did not need a lip reader to get the gist of the Belgian’s aggressive, animated response, which was shades of his rant at the fourth official during the Suriname match.

If Saintfiet were to give his players a manual on what does and does not constitute good discipline, it would probably be as thick as the bible.

In the 56th minute, there were cheers as World Cup 2006 Cornell Glen was introduced as a replacement for Tyrone Charles. Glen, incidentally, missed the Suriname match with a tweaked hamstring and he certainly did not look his mobile self tonight.

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)

But then surely Dr Terence Babwah and Dave Isaac would never sit back and allow an injured player on the field. Right? Well, except for central defender Carlyle Mitchell who hobbled back on against Suriname on Wednesday although clearly impeded.

Mitchell’s return, Saintfiet later explained, was fine since the player wanted to do it.

These are head-scratching days in local football indeed.

It was a circus on the field too. At one point, referee De Leca allowed Trinidad and Tobago to take a throw-in despite there being another ball on the field. There might have been a Haitian riot if Glen’s attempted lob had gone in from that passage of play.

Andrews came close with a shot from distance too. Otherwise, it was still the Haitians who created the best opportunities as Abu Bakr and Ford threw themselves in the way of a Belfort shot in the 68th minute—like FBI agents protecting a US president—while goalkeeper Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Adrian Foncette made a superb save with his legs to keep out Ettienne in the 76th minute.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes, the Haitian contingent looked physically spent. But if the Warriors went ahead then, they would have to score twice or risk the chance of eliminating themselves.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Kevan George (left) tackles Haiti substitute Listner Pierre-Louis during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Kevan George (left) tackles Haiti substitute Listner Pierre-Louis during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

So, for the first time since Saintfiet touched down in Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago tried to hold on to the ball. As a further testament of the host team’s porous defending, Foncette was still called to make a late save from Christian. But the Warriors made it to the end of regulation time on level terms.

Some supporters cheered the accomplishment of applied mathematics over football. Others were not as au courant with the rules and needed to be talked back to their seats after a crash course in CFU tournament logistics.

On to extra time then. Abu Bakr kept Haiti at bay with a brilliant lunging tackle on opposing striker Jonel Désiré in the 100th minute while Winchester was blocked by Romondt on a razor sharp counter in the 103rd minute.

Romondt, as calamitous as the circumstances required, turned a Lewis cross off his own bar in the 108th minute.

Saintfiet sent Abu Bakr upfront with supposed orders to imitate Kenwyne Jones—the striker he claimed he did not need. And, by then, the match had all the tactical subtlety of an air hockey game between two hyperactive children at the mall.

Haiti scored twice in the second half of extra time as Belfort and Andrew Jean-Baptiste crashed home headers. All four Haitian goals, remarkably, came from set pieces.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Adrian Foncette (left) reaches for the ball while defenders Maurice Ford (centre) and Radanfah Abu Bakr look on during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action against Haiti at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Adrian Foncette (left) reaches for the ball while defenders Maurice Ford (centre) and Radanfah Abu Bakr look on during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action against Haiti at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

In between the Haitian strikes, Winchester—who turned 25 today—celebrated his birthday with a hattrick after driving between Romondt’s legs following a flick on by Abu Bakr. Winchester made his senior international debut in mid-2010 and, six years and 17 caps later, has just four goals. Maybe national coaches should give him birthday cards on every match day.

At the post-game press conference, Saintfiet pleaded for more time at the job and claimed that former Trinidad and Tobago World Cup 2006 Leo Beenhakker lost three of his first five games in charge of the Warriors.

Not for the first time, the Belgian was totally wrong. Beenhakker’s first five games as Trinidad and Tobago coach were: Bermuda (win), Bermuda (win), Panama (win), Mexico (loss) and Honduras (draw). And his first five competitive fixtures were: Panama (win), Mexico (loss), Honduras (draw), Panama (draw) and Colombia (loss).

It is hard to tell where it ranks among Saintfiet’s ridiculous and, arguably, dishonest claims so far: he boasted of being Belgian’s youngest professional coach without ever coaching a senior professional league club there, he inflated Togo’s FIFA ranking by almost 20 places at his unveiling and, hilariously, he boasted of working with Adebayor when the former Arsenal star refused to play for him.

Is the TTFA’s new coach making it all up as he goes along?

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Tom Saintfiet shares a light moment with a member of the crowd during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action against Suriname at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 4 January 2017. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Tom Saintfiet shares a light moment with a member of the crowd during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action against Suriname at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 4 January 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Saintfiet has certainly added a touch of excitement to the national football arena. Whether three losses from four matches suggest he is the man to rescue the Warriors’ faltering campaign is another matter entirely.

Tonight was Jean Claude’s second game as Haiti coach and his international career is barely two weeks old. He was selected from the Haitian league—which is inferior to its Trinidad and Tobago counterpart—and does not have the Caribbean Club Championship titles that Stuart Charles-Fevrier, Terry Fenwick, Dale Saunders and even Saintfiet’s assistant, Jamaal Shabazz, possess.

Time will tell whether Saintfiet will indeed turn things around. Or, if he fails, whether he will take his TTFA appointees with him.

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 1.Adrian Foncette (GK); 11.Carlos Edwards (captain) (16.Alvin Jones 21), 6.Radanfah Abu Bakr, 17.Maurice Ford (15.Hughtun Hector 91), 2.Aubrey David; 19.Kevan George, 14.Andre Boucaud; 8.Nathan Lewis, 18.Aikim Andrews (20.Trevin Caesar 68), 7.Tyrone Charles (13.Cornell Glen 56); 10.Shahdon Winchester.

Unused substitutes: 21.Glenroy Samuel (GK), 5.Hashim Arcia, 9.Akeem Roach.

Coach: Tom Saintfiet

Haiti (4-2-3-1): 1.Guerry Romondt (GK); 21.Samuel Pompée, 16.Andrew Jean-Baptiste, 3.Mechack Jérôme (captain), 22.Christian Alex; 15.Sébastien Thuriere (19.Listner Pierre-Louis 18), 17.Wilguens Aristide; 11.Derrick Etienne (2.Paulson Pierre 92), 10.Charles Hérold, 9.Kervens Belfort (5.Romilaire Ambroise 114); 18.Jonel Désiré.

Unused substitutes: 23.Valendi Odelus (GK), 4.Handy Delice, 6.Waldo Vernet, 8.Roberto Louima.

Coach: Josaphat Jean Claude

Referee: Ricangel De Leca (Aruba)

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago substitute Shahdon Winchester (centre) takes on Suriname right back Miquel Darson during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 4 January 2017. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago substitute Shahdon Winchester (centre) takes on Suriname right back Miquel Darson during 2017 Gold Cup playoff action at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 4 January 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Gold Cup playoff

(Sunday 8 January 2017)

Trinidad and Tobago 3 (Shahdon Winchester 1, 25, 112), Haiti 4 (Derrick Ettienne 20, Kervens Belfort 39, 111, Andrew Jean-Baptiste 117) at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

AboutLasana 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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214 comments

  1. What’s a Coach to do with mediocre players? T&T best players are not playing due to disciplinary issues. Blame dem.

  2. Hmmmmm…. everybody just bad talking saintfiet and not even giving him time, nobody sees that it’s a fight down for him that’s why he has ONLY local players, I saw an improvement with the locals and no one will give him a chance to see what he can do if he had the stars. The coach is a strictly disipline which I realise an nobody sees that, only supporting the players for doing there stupid Ness outside with the parties and drinking aye allyuh really good inno, only a set of criticism that’s all we are known for hmmmm…..

  3. How is he an improvement to Hart? Pray tell.

  4. “If Hart was often criticised for keeping the handbrakes up, Saintfiet might be said to have no brakes at all. And, sometimes, no steering wheel either.”

  5. Jeez ppl who doh even have food to eat beating Trinidad. DAT is why my money does stay in meh pocket!

  6. Hope Brian Springer watch Hart record ???

  7. Just read a Haitian on line saying that they beat Trinidad and Tobago with their b team.

  8. Once again 1 of the poorest countries in the world beat us

  9. T&T football needs a magician not a coach. Saintfeit should just dust his pants and get out one time, let John Williams do his own coaching…. I mean magic

  10. This team can’t play the full 90 mins aggressively nor do they have the calibre of players .. plays like Sunday football

  11. Retain the coach , can’t expect him to change shit into sugar overnight !

  12. I saw something different. ……they were not fighting among they self’s like the A squad …. there was love in that game . I haven’t seen that in a while….. they played hard ( especially for what they went through ) with a 4 string goalkeeper

  13. Molino and Jones needs to get their attitude check because I aint get no hat trick from them and if they were that good why we in this position smh?

  14. Mr Siewdath you will give administration a migraine and run the risk of they hurting themselves thinking about all that info you just gave them.

  15. The guys who were on d field representing TT seem to lack adequate football acumen. Absolutely inept defending. TT simply too slow in closing space, intercepting passes and challenging for possession. Also too many unforced errors. Little creativity in midfield. This is not a new story. In match against Suriname count how many times our players were leaning back with head up in the air while kicking under the ball when shooting at goal. Where else will the ball go but sail harmlessly way over bars?! They are yet to master the art of drilling shots, ideally at below waistline trajectory(by angling body so head remains down while kicking through, not under ball) as well as placement.
    So there is still a lot of fundamental technical drills to be done with players until these basics become instinctive. And then the coach has to get the players to understand and execute tactical plans/plays.
    In my humble opinion, first and foremost now in prep for next two home hex matches in March is to create d right atmosphere (a sport psychologist is desperately needed); get a manager who can have a good rapport with players, coach and admin (in addition to competency in all other job functions/responsibilities); and organise regular training sessions to move players individually and collectively from an average current position of 4 to a desired mark of above 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 in relation to combined factors of attitude, commitment, conditioning (mental and physical), fitness, improving technique, tactical awareness, skills, plan execution etc.

  16. Now I am not jumping on his bandwagon because he scored but when players are giving an opportunity they must take it quickly,when I saw Levi play against I think St Vincent he came on and scored 2,I want more players to seize their opportunities as a National player and stop the foolishness because TNT always have skillful players

  17. our football is turning into the west indies cricket team. the players u need are being kept out. the coach is fired and the head stinks like rotten fish.

  18. Well that was the same thing when Lorne and Mervin Joseph brought their nephew Che Benny to play for our foreign base team versus wired 868 and he was only about 12 yrs old and scored a penalty the same on James Saunders eh hahaha, look at how he represented our sweet country on the U 17 team and also St Anthony’s college eh one of our future real playmaker/goal scorer the same like the Magician eh that we are missing badly on the Soca Worries team eh. Them really good yes.

  19. Earl Mango Pierre in my first year coaching Naparima College I brought Winchester in to play at 12 yrs old I was referred a mad man Haha,penalty kicks against Signal Hill I asked him to take the 3rd kick,I was told I would ruin his future because he is still young, He scored, I brought him off the bench in every game that year and he was my goal scoring machine at that age…

  20. Remove the Worrier’s and leave the soca , because all I hear about this sorry lot is who drunk who boastful ect ect and I also suggest to take that absurd amount of money going to that bunch of jokers and give it to charity

  21. Nah exclude Ballpest eh, because since he got shot in his leg that was it for him, he hasn’t been the same player eh Kurtwyn Baird.

  22. I find highlights never give a true indication of a game. Can we really judge 90 minutes based on a 3 minute clip??

    • Actually 120 minutes. But I concur!!

    • It all depends on what you are looking for Ian..to answer your question e.g. I am looking at Winchester body position and 1st touch in his finishing for his goals, I don’t need a 90mins clip,if I need to see his defensive movements in transition then Yes?

    • What about the other 87 minutes or however long he was on the pitch for? You mean all you’re interested in is what he looked like scoring goals? That doesn’t help him improve. If anything, all that does is reinforce any bad techniques he might have. What about build up play? Off the ball movement over the course of the game? There’s a whole lot that we haven’t seen and cannot glean from our 3 best minutes in a game.

    • Ian Fitzwilliam I get that but it’s all depending on what’s a person interest is, but some coaches may have players to do that but lack a finisher in front of the goal,it all depends! some players rearly touch the ball but in his 1st pass you could see that he could play

    • Furthermore Ian Fitzwilliam when sending a video of a player to an agent or a real professional team abroad, the whole game of that player doing his thing in the games isn’t what they want to see eh.and they always take care of the rest when he gets to their team eh

    • I remember Arsene Wenger saying when he scouting a player he puts as much emphasis on what he does off the ball than what he does when he gets it. At the highest level skill on the ball is not enough!!

    • Hey I’m no expert, nor am I scouting. Just stating that for us to make any assumptions about this game based on the highlights posted would be errant

    • ok then I understand and point well taken.

  23. I am away from Trinidad football 10 years now ? so I can’t talk about anyone player performances or lack thereof but Trevin Caesar,Ball pest,Levi Garcia,Jorsling and Winchester is definitely my choices in attack going forward from what I have seen..

  24. And you know if Shahdon Winchester had started in the first game against Suriname he would have scored the goals to win the game eh because he is a real seasoned professional prolific goal scorer but they decided to start with a rookie Akeem Roach instead. Them really good yes. steeuuppss

  25. Judging from the highlights….Our players created multiple goal scoring opportunities and converted three,I could live with that…The chemistry that was there between the right winger and Winchester looked good from the highlights,have these guys played before at youth level are they friends?The TNT team stepped up offensively..Good Job….Defensively No Coach on this Forum or Internationally have been able to solve our players concentration problems thus far in conceding soft goals??

    • Be blessed that you only saw the highlights then. And if you want to keep that opinion, then stick to highlights.

    • Lasana Liburd as in Bad Boys this sh….t just got real….Being out the Gold Cup and possibly out of the World Cup God forbid,Mr Tom get the axe what is there for the new Coach and if so who?Terry/Jamal/StuartLasana Liburd

    • Good point Kurtwyn. I’m guessing the next Caribbean Cup is in 2019. So the next year and a half will be about rebuilding a team with lots of friendly matches.
      That will actually be a very important period for us to build a style of play and create a new player pool.
      From those three coaches: Jamaal already has a job with the TTFA and said he doesn’t want to be head coach, Stuart has a potential conflict on interest plus the issues with W Connection players of late do not reflect well on him.
      That leaves Terry who would probably deserve it regardless. Both Stuart and Shabazz had stints before too.
      Outside of those three, I would consider Hutson Charles or Angus Eve. Or go for a more exotic choice like Dwight Yorke or Dennis Lawrence.
      I think David Nakhid and Kelvin Jack are bright enough but need more experience. Same for Derek King. He did a good job with Under-20s and deserves another youth team at least.
      Or they can bring back Stephen Hart since they will still be paying him for another two years anyway.

    • Lasana also are we going to get recognized oppositions as our ranking may drop if we fail to make it out the Hex

    • We can still improve playing against teams like El Salvador, Venezuela, Jamaica, French Guiana, Panama, Peru or Ecuador while we get our rankings back up.
      We just won’t command much match fees i guess.

  26. Let’s be honest it’s not over. We have 8 more games to play and we are 5th. Alot can happen in 8 games. Everyone has to suck up their pride from the Ttfa to players and make this work. We need molino, Hyland, cyrus, Williams, Jones, and Jervaine along with Levi Garcia on the field. I am still confident that if we put out best players on the field anything could happen.Get the best players on the field with coach that has an idea and history about trinidad football or we are doomed. We are already doomed but we don’t stand a chance with these local pros. Still can’t understand how jan Michael Williams was not selected. Smh

  27. Thanks for the commentary. Can’t get out the picture of kids playing air hockey out my head! This is what the Soca “Worries” have come to.

  28. Lance you would agree that five world cup appearances, 3 of which we qualified for, that there is hope for some sort of progress as long as we get the administrative part right (which to me means ensuring players are available to give the team a good chance of a good result at all times)

  29. Well I think that was the fastest goal that our Soca Worries ever scored in a game eh, and it seemed that it was an exciting game to eh,and yes as usual the defensive mistakes always the reason why we loose the games eh, but my dictator president should just keep my foreign base Coach Tom to continue his journey eh now that he knows his players and also include some of our foreign base players to try and qualify for the World cup in Russia 2018 eh. Them really good yes,

    • Don’t make a judgement based on highlights. Every movie looks good when you watch the trailer. Is when you pay your money and watch the full movie you will know whether it good or bad.

    • hahahahaha I forget that for a moment eh Stephon Nicholas because I got caught up in the goals scoring eh because it is the same thing that I always say when I am watching our bootleg professional league highlights eh, and when I actually goes and watches the game eh, is ah set ah steeuuppssing eh, Them really good yes hahahahaha