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Sancho saves stranded football trialists; Quintero, Rochford stuck in London

The Ministry of Sport was forced into a rescue operation today as two former Trinidad and Tobago national youth team players, Jean-Luc Rochford and Dwight Quintero, were among three footballers left alone in a hotel in London while their contingent moved on to trials in Turkey.

Photo: Former Central FC forward Dwight Quintero (left) tries to escape from North East Stars midfielder Keithy Simpson during a 2013/14 Pro League contest. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Former Central FC forward Dwight Quintero (left) tries to escape from North East Stars midfielder Keithy Simpson during a 2013/14 Pro League contest.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

The third player, Keon Russell, is a former Caledonia AIA employee while Rochford and Quintero are both free agents but represented Central FC in Pro League action last season.

All three left Trinidad for Turkey with Dion Sosa, an unregistered local football agent, and close to a dozen other players.

However, once in London, Quintero, Rochford and Russell were allegedly informed that there was no plane ticket to take them on Turkey.

Eventually, they made their way to Trinidad and Tobago’s High Commission in London where a SOS was put through to Sport Minister Brent Sancho.

“I was contacted this morning by a lady named Keisha Rochford-Hawkins from the Consulate in London, who said that they had three players there who were stranded,” Sancho told Wired868. “I didn’t get the nitty gritty of the situation. But, from what I understand, a party left for London on a broken ticket to Turkey.

“Some of the members went on and these stayed waiting for help and they eventually contacted the consulate… So I am trying to assist.”

Photo: Former San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Jean-Luc Rochford (right) battles for possession with Police FC captain Todd Ryan during a Pro League encounter last season. (Courtesy Allan V. Crane/ Wired868)
Photo: Former San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Jean-Luc Rochford (right) battles for possession with Police FC captain Todd Ryan during a Pro League encounter last season.
(Courtesy Allan V. Crane/ Wired868)

Wired868 tried to contact Sosa by What’s App and email but was unable to reach him.

By the end of the day, the Sport Ministry did book plane tickets from London to Turkey. But, in the confusion, they ended up a ticket short.

Nathalie Fournillier, Quintero’s aunt, said her nephew contacted her for help this morning. At the time, Quintero and Rochford were together but they could not find Russell and thought he had left them since he was supposedly familiar with London.

Fournillier convinced Sancho that there were only two players in need of help, only to discover later that Russell had resurfaced.

Sancho vowed to do all he can to get a ticket for Russell tomorrow. Eid festivities have apparently complicated travel to Turkey.

Fournillier explained that the contingent, led by Sosa, arrived in London on Thursday morning. However, Quintero, Rochford and Russell were allegedly told that, due to financial issues, there was no ticket to take them to Turkey and Sosa would go ahead with the other players and make the necessary arrangements from there.

Photo: Former Central FC midfielder and captain Leston Paul (right) runs at North East Stars players Keryn Navarro (left) and Taryk Sampson during the 2014 First Citizens Cup final. Paul, who is a free agent, is one of several trialists who left for Turkey with agent Dion Sosa. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Former Central FC midfielder and captain Leston Paul (right) runs at North East Stars players Keryn Navarro (left) and Taryk Sampson during the 2014 First Citizens Cup final.
Paul, who is a free agent, is one of several trialists who left for Turkey with agent Dion Sosa.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

The group of players are due to play three practice matches against European clubs, who are in their pre-season, with the hope of catching the eye and being signed or invited for formal trials.

Fournillier said each player was asked to pay $25,000 for airfare and accommodation, although most did not have the full amount and there were several fund-raising initiatives.

Quintero and Rochford, who roomed together, had not heard from Sosa as they neared the 11 am check-out time.

In Trinidad, Quintero’s mother and relatives were in tears.

“I had a lot of calls from my sisters this morning while I was at work,” said Fournillier, who lives in the United States, “and I got messages saying to call as soon as possible, so I got worried.

“When I called, I was told my nephew (Quintero) was left behind in London with two other players and Sosa and the others went ahead to Turkey.

“It took me a while to wrap my head around that because I felt it must have been a huge mistake.”

Photo: Former Central FC forward Dwight Quintero (centre) goes down under a challenge from Police captain Todd Ryan (far left) while Anton Hutchinson (far right) and Kenaz Williams look on during a Pro League contest. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Former Central FC forward Dwight Quintero (centre) goes down under a challenge from Police captain Todd Ryan (far left) while Anton Hutchinson (far right) and Kenaz Williams look on during a Pro League contest.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Quintero is a former National Under-20 striker and was on the current Under-23 squad, although he missed the Olympic qualifiers and 2015 Pan American Games due to the team’s managerial issues.

Rochford, who represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2009 Under-20 and 2007 Under-17 World Youth Cups, contacted a relative who works at the High Commission in London and they made their way there for help.

That relative, Keisha Rochford-Hawkins, was able to pay for another night’s stay at a hotel for the players and give them other assistance.

Fournillier said she eventually got a phone call through to Sosa in Turkey and he allegedly admitted that he did not inform the players beforehand about their travel issues.

“He said he didn’t want to let the ticket issue interfere with the trip after they had (done so much work),” said Fournillier. “He asked me if I could work on sponsors to get them plane tickets for Turkey… He said there was still money tied up by sponsors and, once he got back into Trinidad, he would honour all debts.”

Sancho agreed to help.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Sport Minister and Senator Brent Sancho. Sancho is a former World Cup 2006 player and CEO of local Pro League club, Central FC. (Courtesy SPORTT)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Sport Minister and Senator Brent Sancho.
Sancho is a former World Cup 2006 player and CEO of local Pro League club, Central FC.
(Courtesy SPORTT)

The Sport Minister is a former chairman at Central FC, which employed Quintero and Rochford. However, neither player is under contract while the club is not entitled to any developmental fee for Rochford, since he has already passed his 23rd birthday.

Sancho, who was heavily criticised by Sosa during Levi Garcia’s transfer to Netherlands top flight club club AZ, said he was only interested in helping young players in a time of need.

“I’ve been in that situation before and it is not a nice feeling,” said Sancho, who was a former Scotland Premier League and England League One defender. “It happened when I left Ross County and an agent took me to a trial in Romania. And when I didn’t sign, they yanked my return ticket and I was stranded for a couple of days…

“I am not involved with Central with my new portfolio. But these are young men in a jam and guys I know… So I cannot just leave them there.”

Fournillier said she and Rochford’s mother did their best to lift the boys’ spirits and get them in the right frame of mind for what lies ahead.

Photo: Central FC goal scorer Jean-Luc Rochford (front) and his teammates celebrate with the 2015 Caribbean Club Championship trophy. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC goal scorer Jean-Luc Rochford (front) and his teammates celebrate with the 2015 Caribbean Club Championship trophy.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“I told them that God never lets adversity affect his children unless he knows something good is going to come out of it,” said Fournillier. “They must not be disheartened and they have to forge forward and finish what they started by any means necessary. Whatever drama plays out, keep your eyes on the prize.

“Jean-Luc’s mom also sent them a very inspirational message… They were a bit fearful at one point but they are in really good spirits now.

“They want to say ‘thank you’ to Brent (Sancho) for reaching out to help them.”

Despite the chaos, Sancho commended Sosa for his efforts in trying to find professional deals for local players in Europe.

“I applaud the efforts of Sosa and company for trying to find greener pastures for our players,” said Sancho, “although he obviously fell short in his attempts.”

Photo: SWO member and Central FC operations director Kevin Harrison (right) presents a $12,000 cheque to Dion Sosa, the local manager for then ailing player Akeem Adams. Adams died on 30 December 2013 after failing to recover from a heart attack. (Courtesy Allan V. Crane/Wired868)
Photo: SWO member and Central FC operations director Kevin Harrison (right) presents a $12,000 cheque to Dion Sosa, the local manager for then ailing player Akeem Adams.
Adams died on 30 December 2013 after failing to recover from a heart attack.
(Courtesy Allan V. Crane/Wired868)

Dion Sosa’s trialists: Raheem Belgrave, Curtis Gonzales, Dario Holmes, Weslie John, Jelani Peters, Keon Russell, Jamel Farell, Leon Whyle, Leston Paul, Jean-Luc Rochford, Duane Muckette, Keane McIvor, Xavier Rajpaul, Micah Lewis, Qian Grosvenor, Phillip Borde, Dwight Quintero and Brent Sam.

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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113 comments

  1. If Sosa is done with football,,, the Debates commission could hire him..
    He seems to have what it takes to organize debates …

  2. Meanwhile, some African players wouldah walked with an extra pack of crix for in case such a scenario arises. I know Sosa. He’s a born hustler. But yuh cannot he halfway pregnant–either yuh in for a penny (and find yuh Pounds Sterling) or find yuh own way another way. The man results speak for themself

  3. All three players got tickets from the Ministry of Sport to leave yesterday. The last player, Keon Russell, left a few hours later.
    I have not being able to synchronise times to speak to Dion Sosa yet.
    But I have spoken to a player and the relative of another player. They are fine, they now seem to be under the supervision of a Turkish agent and their moods have lifted considerably.
    So, the worst seems to have past. Sosa said that it was much ado about nothing.
    But there still has been no real explanation as to why some players were left behind (beyond obvious financial reasons). Hopefully those questions will be answered eventually. But the players are there and hope to make the most of the opportunity.

  4. Need to hear both sides, who knows what has been or hasn’t been going on behind the scenes. I’m intrigued though, especially since the story also noted that a family member convinced the minister that only 2 persons were in trouble when infact there were three.

  5. I have a question here, doesn’t the article say that rochford make contact with a relative who he knew worked in the commission who then in turn contacted the sports ministry???? How exactly is the commission to blame when this is one family member seeking the interest of another??

  6. who gave the funds … Sports Minister ? or Central owner ? … potentially “Warnerish” … this is criminal

    • If it was PNM’ish, i figure you would consider this exact same situation as the minister looking out for his brethren ?

      But alas it is not the PNM therefore it must be criminal …

      nice opinion ! ! !

      Coloured by bias and lack of moral standing …

      GREAT IS THE PNM

  7. The same self praising Mr. Dion Sosa?

  8. It does not matter what these guys do with their private lives when they are big men and not babies. It does not matter what the Minister does with his time as football seems to be attracting most of his attention away from other sports. This is not a one off football fiasco that he has dealt with since in office. What matters is that players are being trafficked on the market without any player’s association. No one seems to care about this important institution because no-one seems to think that there is any benefit unless there is a monetary benefit. I say people big and have sense. Let me see how long it will take for them to form a proper body. Ent it is normal to look to play abroad to try to get picked on a national team? This is working out real good. Yh, call the government when allyuh get tied up everytime. A plane ticket home will solve the problem. Ah don’t care if I get thumbs down.

  9. Can’t argue with any of that Chris. I know that those players’ families went to great expense to get them there for a shot at a pro contract.
    So it would have been sad on many levels if they never made it to Turkey. So I’m glad they got there.
    But I can’t argue with you that it wasn’t the Sport Ministry’s business to get involved with such a venture which is obviously a money making thing rather than a charitable effort.
    Will taxpayers be refunded? Doubt it.

  10. sport ministry should NOT be “assisting” players … no idea what shenanigans Sancho is up to here … the ministry is NOT a sports management company … if they are in trouble, government can help bring them home, that is all

  11. Firstly – 1) there are NO licensed FIFA agents anymore
    2) this trip was poorly planned by someone who wants to do deals for himself before players
    3) it’s all about the money, and not guiding and nurturing young men’s career paths
    4) some naive players will trust anyone when they promise them something way way better than their current status
    5) were the trials created with letters of invitation on club letterheads ?
    6) were the players still under contract in TandT ?
    7) were the “representatives” registered “intermediaries” with TTFA and/or the target FA ? (as a former lic. agent, I refuse to recognise FIFA’s new system myself)
    8) were the representatives experienced ? how many players had they guided to better times before ?

    there’s some discussion for you Lasana
    (maybe enough cannon fodder for my first interview in TandT)

  12. Nah Savi! De green donkey back was real strong. It tote real load and plenty people did take a ride on it’s cart. But de donkey get old and de road became to much for it so everybody jump off.

  13. Hell – since I’m a former National Football player, will he come to my rescue if I get stuck in Amsterdam after having fun in the red light district?

  14. Green donkey = Ministry of Sport Junior?

  15. Or you could just ask him so we would know ahead of time if to make a detour to Tahiti or something… 😀

  16. Only one way to find out… We need some swimmers or hurdlers to get stuck somewhere! 🙂

  17. That would clear up a lot of questions, we hope

  18. Curious to know if Sancho is willing to help all athletes who find themselves in this sort of predicament or just footballers…

  19. For everyone else, Sosa confirmed that he left the players in London and that they will travel to Turkey on tickets paid for by Sport Ministry.
    In his own defence, he said that he was trying to get the boys to Turkey and he felt he could better do that from in Turkey. And he said he had matters well in hand (in his opinion) and the players were hasty in sending out SOS signals.
    Now, instead of writing an update based on that. I’m waiting to speak to him properly so I can hopefully all questions answered in one swoop.

  20. Savitri Maharaj wake up!! “Agent” ain’t have money for transport, yuh think he go have insurance for players! That and a green donkey yuh wouldn’t see, but wait, we have a green donkey already!

  21. Yes Lasana Liburd – please do.

  22. If I was a fly on the wall in the office of the High Commission in London, this is what I would have heard. “Brent – I have an interesting situation here. Do you want to get involve? It’ll be a great opportunity for some positive PR for you.” “Commish – thanks for sharing. That fella Dion is pure stress. There’s some interesting history between us. I’ll handle it from here” lol

  23. Btw, Carlos. Sosa has responded already. Should I tag you all in that thread? He has promised to answer more questions and I’m still waiting to reach him.

  24. I just hope they all have medical insurance too…cause that’s another story to come.

  25. Well one of the players is related to someone working at the High Commission. And well we know how “connections” work in this country.

  26. Yes – well said Chabeth Haynes.

  27. Oh well Carlos Lee, that makes more sense. And given the bad blood among all these players in local football, I wouldn’t put it past any of them to seize an opportunity to show another up.

  28. Agree 100% Lasana Liburd. It was a privately organize event. I was trying to make two points: 1) The story as written was a bit one-sided or should I say incomplete, since we had no comments from Dion; and 2) The High Commission Office in London, for what ever reason, rather than own the situation and perform its duty to assist citizens in distress, decided to pass the buck to the Minister of Sports. If this was our Women’s or Men’s Football team stranded in London, on their way to an international friendly or tournament, I could see the Ministry of Sport being consulted to help, but this was a private tour/event.

  29. Agreed Lasana! This was a private initiative by a local scout and knowing all the love between the parties involved, this has given the minsiter some ammunition….but I still wanna hear the whole story…Dion knows how i feel about these young men travelling and making a future outside.

  30. That is exactly right Lasana. Shawn’s query as to why Russel who had money for a ticket was the last leave is an important question to be answered. Regardless of the motives involved, genuine or not, this wasn’t properly planned and executed.

  31. Ok. I follow now Carlos. But the situation was not created by either group though. So I don’t think it to be the key point here at all.
    There should have been no need for either the MOS or the Embassy to get involved.

  32. Still Carlos it just does not make sense…..

  33. Keith Clement – read my clarification.

  34. Lasana a “PR Stunt” is something created…..is it that some people are saying that the Minister of Sports and Mr. Sosa created this situation so the Sports Minister could take advantage for political mileage…….really, why this unwelcome situation has to be tainted with political over-tone……WOW! some people really knows how to push..

  35. Lasana Liburd – sorry. You totally misunderstood me. The collusion is between the High Commission and the Minister of Sport, not between Dion and Brent.

  36. Savitri Maharaj, it will be on the site. Click on the second story and read the comments.

  37. Call me naive then Carlos Lee. Because I absolutely don’t see collusion between Brent Sancho and Dion Sosa here.

  38. Absolutely nothing. The boys rightly went to the High Commission office for assistance. The High Commission office should have covered their flights back to Trini with a follow up investigation as to why they were left in London.

  39. I see the words “PR stunt”. However, I see “PR stunts for”, not “PR stunt by.” Maybe, it’s just me, but we’re finding negatives for an entity when in fact the person making the statement wasn’t intending to be negative to that particular entity (MOS), but one independent of the (MOS).

  40. What would y’all have said if Sancho knew about this situation and didn’t help?

  41. I can’t really agree with this collusion story but definitely opportunism by Sancho. I ain’t mad either, the boys are at their intended location. I hope they get back to Trinidad safe and sound

  42. Lasana, I just read sone of Dion’s responses, but cant find it again. Was it on Volley? Is it poss you can paste it in here too? I cant since the phone’s not as easy as a pc/laptop…thanks much

  43. Junior Noel, check for the words “PR stunt.” That would usually suggest collusion or opportunism which I didn’t think was justified. Every MP would take a pic when he crosses a constituent across the road. But once you are responding to a request for help, I felt that terminology was harsh.
    But it is no problem. We cross swords here and that is all part of it.
    I enjoy being challenged too to be honest. Keeps us sharp.

  44. Lasana Liburd according to your article, mr. Russel provided 600 euros to sosa for the said ticket. However he was the last person to leave????? Very suspect

  45. Maybe I’m missing something, but can someone direct me to where in this thread the Sports Ministry is being blamed? Lasana? Carlos? Sometimes some of us get our drawers pulled up a little bit too high and it affects our thoughts.

  46. Editor’s Note: Keon Russell received a plane ticket on Saturday July 18, purchased by the Ministry of Sport, to attend trials in Turkey with a contingent led by Dion Sosa. He also received a free extension by the Park Inn Hotel until his evening flight from London.

    Sosa told Wired868’s readers that the players are safe and sound and the matter is well under control. He promised to say more soon.

  47. I really don’t know enough about what the High Commission does except print a news letter and hold the occasional dinner party Carlos Lee. That is a good point.
    I don’t know if they are supposed to call for help or if they actually have a budget to help in such circumstances.

  48. On the subject of the sports minister and his heroic role – I was more trying to highlight the fact that citizens in distress went to the Trini High Commission in London for help, but for some strange reason they were routed to the Ministry of Sports. Curious that most don’t see anything wrong with that. I’m happy though that the Sports Minister didn’t also decide to pass the buck to say the TTFA or another ministry. Kudos to him for owing the situation.

  49. Why Lasana ? Because we are in the midst of the “Silly Season” where every action by every politician will be spun according to which side of the fence you sit…unless you’re politically neutral in which case you just see things for what they are.

  50. You know people talk about my issues with Jack Warner. Well, I did a round-up of exciting T&T matches yesterday and pointed out that Warner was instrumental in Russell Latapy’s return to the team for the 2006 World Cup.
    I don’t get what the big deal is for people to say that Sancho does something good too ever so often. We criticise him when he does nonsense. Why not say well done if he does something worthwhile?

  51. Carlos Lee, it happens sometimes where one side prefers not to talk for one reason or the other. A journalist would be an idiot not to write for that reason.
    Because it would then become something that people export all the time to keep news that does not paint them in a good light from being published.
    As it turns out, Sosa did leave comments on a thread last night. He confirmed that: (1) three players were left behind in London for financial reasons, and (2) the players will complete the trip to Turkey on plane tickets from the Ministry of Sport.
    So you tell me which part of my story was inaccurate?

  52. Carlos Lee the trip was not properly planned and worse yet, the man is NOT a License FIFA agent…..what more you want to say he screwed up……HE SCREWED UP!

  53. Keith – not sure how you can come to such a conclusion with only half the story. And by the way I’m not a personal friend of Dion – just interested in fairness. Hopefully you’re a rational fella and would agree that both sides of a story must be heard before one should form an honest opinion.

  54. Carlos Lee let’s get back on course here…if the person who took those guys to the football promise land did the right thing from the start this would of been a story praising him for doing good for those players…he screwed up…..the Ministry/the High Commission are not the story here…why we always want to let we friend off the hook when they dead wrong….#just saying

  55. Kevin Harrison – one of the responsibilities of a High Commission is to take care of its citizens’ needs in time of distress. They are provided with all the resources – financial and otherwise – to perform their duties. Don’t understand why they had to pass the responsibility on to the Ministry of Sports. Unless this was seen as a good PR opportunity in an election year.

  56. I am very close with one of the players who was caught stranded it’s a sad state they came off the plane and had to head straight into Trial this is a sad state ,after this player paid $25,000 TT he shouldn’t be left in this situation Kaya was also without a ticket in NYC he had to be housed by his family before he departed for Turkey .

  57. Let’s not be too quick to attack Dion Sosa. I know as a people we love seeing our brothers fail, but we should wait to hear his side of the story. Lasana Liburd often does a great job with his stories, but I think he failed to provide a balanced article this time around. Seems a bit one-sided to me leaving readers to prematurely conclude that Dion was irresponsible and left his players behind for no reason at all. He also indirectly paints Brent Sancho as a hero/savior, rather than question why the TNT High Commission in London had to reach out to the Ministry of Sports to assist the supposedly stranded players. We all know there is prior “bad blood” between Brent and Dion and Brent is simply taking this opportunity to paint a poor picture of Dion.

  58. That would be an odd pairing in truth Carlos Lee. Lol. Sosa told me early this morning that things are fine and vowed to answer questions later.
    The last player, Keon Russell, messages to say he got his ticket to Turkey from the Ministry this morning.

  59. Carlos Lee, I don’t believe the Minister knows anybody in the TNT High Commission in London. Therefore, I surmise that they thought that the best Ministry to contact would be Sport, being that we’re dealing with footballers. As for PR, I’m certain that after the abuse posted right here over the last few months, the last person Sancho would select for a PR stunt would be Mr Sosa.

  60. Wait. Trini citizens go to the TNT High Commission in London for assistance and they (High Commission) had in turn to contact another ministry for assistance? Seriously? Then what the hell is the remit of the TNT High Commission in London? Seems like this is all a PR stunt for Brent and the Ministry of Sport. Must be an election year.

  61. This is like selling all that you have and going to the US to look for work. Don’t have a job or place to stay just some family member telling you to come up and try your luck.

  62. that’s not a misunderstanding it bad planning and worse yet the man is not even a license FIFA agent….WOW and he’s one who always bashing the TTFA, Tim Kee and everyone esle…….as they say don’t throw stones when he have glass windows….I hope everything workout for those guys…..just saying!

  63. He responded in another thread.

  64. Guys, let us wait and hear what Sosa has to say before judging, hopefully he will respond soon. What I do know is that he was expecting some funding tobpull thri and was hoping funds would have been Used to pay for tickets by the time the guys got to London. The flights for the guys were booked, but got cancelled due to lack of payment. I truly think that the option was one of faith, that the ppl that said they would help would pull thru and pay for the tickets, sp by the time the guys got to London, all the would be good. I do know that Sosa really triwd his best to get as much financial help as possible to assist all the players. So, please let us wait and hear what he says, I too am very interested to hear.

  65. I didn’t know all this happened ?

  66. I feeling it for those players…no wonder the Caribbean refers to us as tricky-dadians

  67. Would really like to hear Dion Sosa’s explanation here.

  68. Here, he said that he was doing this venture without the European agent he usually works with: http://wired868.com/2015/07/03/fundraiser-for-europe-bound-trialists-18-tt-players-try-their-luck/

  69. In this case Brent Bennett, he did not operate with the European agent. I only became aware of that fact recently

  70. It is true that we have not heard from Sosa. At the same time, we have heard from other parties involved in this matter.
    I’ve just spoken to the three players who are in a hotel room in London pooling their resources and trying to keep their spirits up. I will do an update soon.

  71. So what you telling me Dion leave de men and them nah man.

  72. Well this needs to be regulated because we can’t just have football scouts treating this profession like the international human trafficking trade.

  73. U want to give the want to give the man and woman football the money but u giving money for Sosa to send men on a ride

  74. Vernal – it depends on the League & the Club regarding Agents. Outside of the top 4 European Leagues, USA, Japan & Australia…. I don’t think many clubs are stringent on agents.

  75. If the trials are in Turkey and you can’t get all the way to Turkey, what’s the point of going to London?

  76. I am supposing that sh*t happens.. Let’s hear what the man has to say before we condemn

  77. Praise God Brent Sancho is mature enough to ignore the negatives that have been pelt in his way by this individual and study athletes first and with his comments I think he maybe was being sacarstic

  78. 3 young men were left in a foreign country to survive for themselves. Whatever the intentions, this is borderline neglect. I too am waiting on an explanation of the events

  79. Interesting what goes around comes around …..

  80. We do know that three young men were left in London with no money so regardless of the reason, that was unacceptable Prince. I am sure he will have a story to tell. I am equally sure that were it my child, I wouldn’t care.

  81. I await all sides of this story…

  82. Dion never presents himself as an agent. He is a local scout working with a European agent.

  83. Why is Brent sancho still commending Dion when it is clear that what he did was wrong. Taking players to London and not knowing how they will all get to turkey is madness. Leaving any of them back to fend for themselves is beyond madness. If you cannot do the thing properly then don’t donut at all. I want to see what would happen if any of them get a contract.

  84. Oh my…..this thread could get interesting

  85. typical scamp showing he colours … steups .. only hungry fuh money, that he do dem that shit . sry to hear tht happen to dem yes…. hope they learn to never trust a unlicensed money hungry scamp

  86. “All three left Trinidad for Turkey with Dion Sosa, an unregistered local football agent, and close to a dozen other players.”

    Were they aware that Dion Sosa is unregistered?
    Is it legal for unregistered agents to operate in Trinidad?
    What is the penalty for agents to operate without registration in Trinidad and Tobago?
    What action is going to be taken against Dion Sosa for this?

  87. Was about to say the same thing Ken…be interested in hearing what he has to say when he resurfaces.

  88. I don’t like to see taxpayers’ funds used in this manner but I find Dion Sosa’s behaviour completely unacceptable. Always have talk and acting as though he alone has players’ interest at heart and here he is acting like the TTFA leaving young men stranded with no money in London. And it seems he knew in advance they would be stranded. How does a man do that to his charges is beyond me. If that was my child, star boi would be well advised to stay in Turkey for his health.

  89. I’ll await Dion Sosa’s response

  90. how does this crap happen ? … get me those boys’ numbers Sheldon

  91. Always remember people Trials and Tribulations live in the same house .