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Vranes: St Vincent punished us; Muhammad mum on administrative errors

Trinidad and Tobago National Under-23 Team coach Zoran Vranes said St Vincent and the Grenadines created just five chances and scored them all, as his team’s 2016 Olympic qualifying dreams ended after just 90 minutes last night.

Photo: Former Central FC head coach Zoran Vranes is now in charge of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Team. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Former Central FC head coach Zoran Vranes is now in charge of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Team.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“Vincey Heat” led the “Soca Warriors” 4-0 at halftime and eventually held on for a 5-3 win at the Juan Ramon Louriel Stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Vranes, who accepted the post on 21 April 2015, said his team could not recover from early mistakes in their opening qualifying fixture.

“We made some huge mistakes and that cost us the match very early on,” Vranes told the TTFA Media. “They didn’t make any counters really but they scored when we made mistakes. They punished us and I could say it was soft goals but it killed us in the first half.

“Before they scored their goals we had chances to go ahead and it didn’t work out for us. I think maybe they have five good chances and they scored all five of them.

“What can you say about that?”

Photo: San Juan North's Josiah Trimmingham (centre) is tackled by St Anthony's College defender Isaiah McIntyre while St Anthony's captain Mawasi Charles (far right) and San Juan captain Brent Sam (far left) look on in 2014 SSFL Big Four action. Trimmingham started for the Under-23 Team last night although he was not in coach Zoran Vranes' initial 20-man squad. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan North’s Josiah Trimmingham (centre) is tackled by St Anthony’s College defender Isaiah McIntyre while St Anthony’s captain Mawasi Charles (far right) and San Juan captain Brent Sam (far left) look on in 2014 SSFL Big Four action.
Trimmingham started for the Under-23 Team last night although he was not in coach Zoran Vranes’ initial 20-man squad.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

The Under-23 coach said the Warriors had the lion’s share of possession but was unable to capitalise. He pointed out that his players were not helped by the chaotic build-up to the match.

“The ball was (at our) feet  maybe 70 percent (of the time) but we could not capitalize,” said Vranes. “A lot of things did not go smoothly for us and we have one more game left here. Even though we had some problems with the team here before the game, I think we have more work  ahead.

“We have to look at the  future of our game. We have to come good again.”

It did not help that the TTFA failed to get Vranes the 20-man squad he selected for the competition. Only 10 of the Warriors in Puerto Rico where in the initial tournament squad, which was thrown into disarray by visa issues.

The Warriors’ problems did not start and end with visas either. Trinidad and Tobago has 21 players in Puerto Rico on taxpayers’ expense but only 19 of them are registered to play.

Muhammad told Wired868 that the CFU refused to allow Trinidad and Tobago an additional player to its 20-man roster, which ruled out Lindsey Wilson College midfielder Keane McIvor.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Team manager David Muhammad.
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Team manager David Muhammad.

However, St John’s University forward Adrian Welch was also declared ineligible and was not allowed on the match day squad.

Muhammad did not answer any requests for comment on Welch’s ineligibility or Trinidad and Tobago’s showing in Puerto Rico.

Ironically, the Warriors got two goals from Defence Force winger Akeem Roach who was not even selected on their initial 39-man squad. United States-based forward Rundell Winchester, who is on loan from Central FC to Portland Timbers’ reserve team, scored the other item.

(Team)

Trinidad and Tobago Under-23: Aaron Enil (GK); Alvin Jones, Josiah Trimmingham, Jesus Perez, Jelani Felix; Aikim Andrews, Neveal Hackshaw, Jomal Williams (Akeem Roach 65), Kadeem Corbin, Shackiel Henry (Ricardo John 31), Rundell Winchester.

Unused substitutes: Montell Joseph (GK), Leland Archer, Martieon Watson, Xavier Rajpaul, Jabari Mitchell.

Ineligible: Adrian Welch, Keane McIvor.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Alvin Jones (left) drives the ball into the opposing penalty area while St Lucia player Romiel Felix looks on during the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifying stage. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Alvin Jones (left) drives the ball into the opposing penalty area while St Lucia player Romiel Felix looks on during the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifying stage.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Players who failed to get proper travel documents: Javon Sample (GK), Shannon Gomez, Nathaniel Garcia, Dwight Quintero.

Players omitted to let in others with visas: Jibiri McDavid, Maurice Ford, Triston Hodge, Dario Holmes.

Injured: Neil Benjamin Jr.

 

2016 Olympic qualifiers

(Thu Jun 25)

Puerto Rico 2, St Vincent and the Grenadines 2

(Sat Jun 27)

St Vincent and the Grenadines 5, Trinidad and Tobago 3 (Rundell Winchester 55, Akeem Roach 68, 79)

(Mon Jun 29)

Puerto Rico v Trinidad and Tobago, 8 pm.

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12 comments

  1. Earl Mango Pierre continuing with my blind man theme and your English obsessed viewpoint, look at the top managers in the EPL, who are they? Did anyone seriously expect any other result? Look on the bright side at least we performed better than Suriname! You have to turn up to participate and we didn’t. if you can’t even organise travel arrangements then why are you in the job? It’s quite clear the system is failing these young men. Playing football for your country, at any level should be an education but it’s obvious we can’t teach them anything. I’m glad I took the opportunity to go to Germany for the WC, who knows when T&T will appear again.

  2. This was a managerial nightmare. Well done TTFA and David Muhammad

  3. Why did we bother to go to this tournament ??

  4. Only in TNT will this fella still have a wuk.

  5. Darron Davis it does matter who coaches TNT although the TTFA is the root cause and although I vex with the English and them for not wining another World Cup eh after starting the sport eh, Terry Fenwick is mental but exciting Coach , he knows his subject and really knows how to get the players to perform for him and I will always like to be on the same team with him as his Manager and I know that the only thing that I will be finning him for his the unnecessary cards that he gets from the referees to leave the bench and my fines will be very hefty until he gets the message because I doh stick when it comes to that eh and I don’t care who is the coach. Them really good yes.

  6. mango is does not matter who coached tnt.. the ttffa is the root cause

  7. Giving context is my job. You know Gordon. First time readers may not

  8. My English Coach Terry Fenwick wudda beat up that boom boom cleet St. Vincent team Steeuuppss Them really good yes.

  9. Lasana Liburd stop giving me all this add on commentary i fed up!! Give the facts and done because right now i feeling like i in a football hotspot numb with the sh*t so ease me up nah!!

  10. Ricardo John was substituted in the 31st minute from the article. I’ve heard that he doesn’t seem ready for international football yet. Was his first half substitution tactical or performance related?

    • Lasana Liburd

      Hello Carlon. It is actually the other way around. Ricardo John came on for Shackiel Henry in the 31st minute.
      Ricardo John has a lot of raw talent and I remember a few Pro League coaches were eager to snap him up from school a few years ago.
      He only made his international debut this January in the CONCACAF U-20 Championships and he impressed some members of the CONCACAF Technical Study Group who were disappointed not to see more of him.
      Today, I think he has four international caps maximum as neither the U-20 or U-23 team played international warm up matches and he was used sparingly as there were more seasoned players ahead of him.
      So, John would certainly be raw at this level. But the consensus is that he does have talent.