The aggregate score now reads Haiti 4, Trinidad and Tobago 1.
The two Caribbean nations have now met five times at both senior and junior levels over the last three years. And, on all but one occasion, it was the French-speaking islanders who came out on top.
The Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team, with Levi Garcia and Kadeem Corbin in menacing form, whipped Haiti in the 2014 Caribbean Cup final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
But, that apart, Haiti defeated the senior Soca Warriors at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and in 2016 Copa America Centenario play off while, in the 2014 Caribbean Under-17 Championship, they cruised to a 3-0 win over the junior Warriors.
And last night, the Haitian hoodoo continued as the visitors downed Russell “Little Magician” Latapy’s team 2-0 in the opening game of their Korea Republic 2017 Under-17 World Cup campaign at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
Why are the Haitian footballers causing the “Soca Warriors” so many worries?
Well, they are fast, strong, aggressive and usually play at a very high tempo. Last night was no different and, despite only arriving in Trinidad on Thursday night due to Immigration hold-ups, the visitors made the young Warriors very uncomfortable in their own backyard and forced them to fight for every inch of space they could get.
“When we passed in Panama to the airport we saw many trouble [sic] in immigration,” said Haiti coach James Morisset, through his translator. “And when we came into Trinidad we saw more trouble. We talked to the players at the hotel and we let them know that we had to fight for the win.
“So that’s why you see tonight the players on the field played so strong and we got the win.”
Haiti definitely left it all out on the Ato Boldon field last night, and the medical personnel were called onto the field countless times in the second half to attend to fatigued and cramping Haitian players. But as it turned out, the visitors had enough in the tank to claim the precious three points.
Earlier, Jamaica flexed their brawn against Bermuda to come away with a handsome 6-2 victory.
Bermuda looked to be getting back in the contest when Rahzir Smith-Jones scored in the 30th minute to halve the deficit at 2-1. But the young “Reggae Boyz” had other ideas as two more goals before the interval and a stylish free kick by ‘Man of the Match’ Kaheem Parris effectively put the game to bed.
It was then the Tokiya Russell show as the Bermuda substitute tapped into an empty net in the 81st minute before bizarrely heading into his goal in stoppage time to cease the scoring.
In the second game of the evening’s double header, the hosts started brightly enough as attacker Isaiah Hudson and skipper John-Paul Rochford showed off some neat touches. Latapy opted for what looked like a 4-2-1-3 formation with Rochford starting as a left-sided forward in a three-prong attack and Hudson playing behind those three forwards.
“We know offensively John-Paul is a very creative player so we were trying to get him in areas where he could use his offensive abilities to help the team,” said Latapy, at the post-game conference. “And we tried to put three players [Luke Singh, Jodel Brown and Isaiah Hudson] with a little more stature in the middle of the park so we wouldn’t get overrun.”
The Little Magician’s trick nearly came off in the seventh minute as Hudson skilfully evaded his marker and forced a fine save from goalkeeper Redondio Alliance with a wicked left-footed shot from long range.
The warning signs were there for all to see at the other end though, as the Trinidad and Tobago defenders never really looked assured passing the ball at the back while their passes generally weren’t brisk enough.
In the 10th minute, Haiti’s Marc Martine inexplicably volleyed over bar from inside the six-yard box after Trinidad and Tobago custodian Emmanuel John failed to hold on to a close range effort.
And, six minutes later, Warriors centre-back Jesse Williams was forced to make a recovery block near his goalmouth after he and his teammates fell asleep during a Haitian set piece.
In truth, Latapy’s charges were second best to most loose balls and they paid a heavy price in the 23rd minute as striker Nael Elysee clinically buried a right-footed shot into the bottom corner after Williams had made a headed clearance.
“I just thought their positional sense was better,” Latapy said. “I think the distances [within the setup of their formation] was a lot better than ours. We seemed to have a lot of big gaps.
“We did a lot of work in this three-four week period I was here trying to correct different things. But a lot of things we worked on needs to be [done through] repetition…”
Latapy did some tinkering at halftime as he brought in Nickell Orr and Jaydon Prowell for the pair of left-back Brandon Semper and forward Nion Lammy. But the former 2006 World Cup midfield maestro was nearly left cursing in both English and Patois, as some sloppy passing at the back forced John to make a point-blank save from the unlucky Martine, mere seconds after the restart.
The hosts tried to get the lanky Hudson on the ball more often in the second period, and he looked the likeliest figure to make something happen too. On the hour mark, Hudson spotted a run through the middle by Prowell and drilled a pass to the Central FC youth striker, but the latter’s first touch let him down and the half chance escaped.
The young Warriors were gradually building momentum by then and they created sheer pandemonium in the opposing penalty area in the 65th minute, as Haiti were temporarily down to 10 men while a player received medical treatment.
The home team were unable to make the best of that numerical advantage though. And, instead, were punished by opposing skipper Steeve Saint-Duc, who notched his eighth goal in CFU qualifying.
In the 68th minute, the sturdy Saint-Duc got on the wrong side of Williams—after Martine played a hopeful through ball—and there was no chance catching him. The Haitian skipper’s finish was simply exquisite as he lobbed the onrushing John with a stab of his left boot.
There was nearly a double for Saint-Duc in the 82nd minute, as he rounded John after racing on to a long ball only to be denied on the goal line by a spectacular block from the retreating Orr.
The hosts kept up the fight until the end and the match officials awarded a mammoth six minutes of stoppage time. But efforts by Rochford and defender Tyrike Andrews went agonisingly wide.
“I’m obviously disappointed, [because] we are playing at home. But the reality of the game is that the better team won tonight,” Latapy said. “You can see why they are defending champions, they are a very organised team. And they made it really difficult for us, they played really well…
“I know that we have good players and tonight we didn’t play to the standard that we could play at. We didn’t play to our potential.”
Latapy, who was announced as the new National Under-17 coach on August 19, oversaw friendly encounters against the likes of National Super League outfit University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and the Men’s National Under-20 team.
But would the team have been better prepared if they were given some international warm-up matches?
“It is difficult to say. I was asked by the Association if we wanted friendly games [and] I didn’t think that we were prepared at the time to play friendly games,” said Latapy. “My decision was to try and work with the team to get them at a level so we would be prepared to play friendly games.
“I think it showed tonight that we weren’t really prepared as Haiti is to play international games…”
There is no time for wound-licking for the young Warriors as they will square off against Bermuda at the Couva venue tomorrow from 6:30pm. Jamaica and Haiti will do battle at 4pm in an appetising top-of-the-table encounter.
Meanwhile, Group B action kicks off today at the Hasely Crawford Stadium with Suriname tackling Guadeloupe from 4pm and Cuba battling Curacao from 6:30pm.
Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-1-3): 1.Emmanuel John (GK); 2.Kerdell Sween, 4.Tyrike Andrews, 5.Jesse Williams, 6.Brandon Semper (16.Nickel Orr 46); 13.Luke Singh, 8.Jodel Brown; 7.Isaiah Hudson (14.Kishon Hackshaw 69); 11.Tyrese Bailey, 19.Nion Lammy (9.Jaydon Prowell 46), 15.John-Paul Rochford (captain).
Unused Substitutes: 20.Elijah Shade (GK), 3.Keon Boney, 10.Che Benny, 12.Jerrin Jackie, 17.Omar Da Naia, 18.Jonathan Godette.
Coach: Russell Latapy
Haiti (4-3-3): 1.Redondio Alliance (GK); 2.Jolicoeur Etienne, 13.Jimmylson Guillaume, 3.Brismax Clerge, 17.Ivenson Basquin; 6.Obenson Laveille (5.Anderson Belus 85), 16.Jean Danley, 11.Steeve Moondestin; 18.Marc Martine (Louidon Casseus 90+5), 9.Nael Elysee (19.Corlens Etienne 65), 10.Steeve Saint-Duc (captain).
Unused Substitutes: 12.Wilder Leonard (GK), 4.Djeftey Joseph, 8.Serge Antony Lucien, 20.Talson Charleus.
Coach: James Morisset
Referee: William Anderson (Puerto Rico)
Man of the Match: Steeve Saint-Duc (Haiti)
CFU Men’s Under-17 Group A results
(Friday 16 September)
Bermuda 2 (Rahzir Smith-Jones 30, Tokiya Russell 81), Jamaica 6 (Raewin Senior 5, Kaheem Parris 17, 72, Kendall Edwards 36, Nicque Daley 42, Tokiya Russell [own goal] 90+1) at Ato Boldon Stadium;
Trinidad and Tobago 0, Haiti 2 (Nael Elysee 22, Steeve Saint-Duc 68) at Ato Boldon Stadium.
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I have been successful in this game by playing players in their rightful positions and not over coaching them to where they are 2nd guessing their roles and their abilities,T+T players at this age can compete with any team but selection is critical.
For once, someone who is honest. Honest self-assessment is one of the critical keys to managing performance effectively. I hope this is a sign of change because I have grown tired of T&T officials and fans lying about our mediocre performances. When we lose, I have grown tired of hearing, they did their best and they did us proud. T&T sports need strong and honest management, effective leadership and accountability.
I am wondering what was the selection process. You never really see or hear a call for youth players for national trials. I am not saying that these boys are not talented, but it would be nice to give all youth players a chance and not just those who play for teams with TTFA connections. When there is transparency in the selection process and we finally get a proper developmental program in place and we will see our football excel at all stages.
Hmmm, Kion S Williams that’s a really good point
I wish somebody would tell me why Latas would even want this job? Take control of a side in an out training a month before a tournament, no intl games to prepare and we have Haiti and Jamaica in our group? Why would he expose his already shake managerial career to that kind of risk for an organisation who not even guaranteed to pay him.
One word – patriotism.
That’s the only thing I could think of too. I hope he negotiated that even if the team falls at this hurdle he gets to keep them together with a proper programme from now until the u-20 level and be judged then.
Wanted to come home
well to be fair 2 latas he only got the team about 5 to 6 weeks if so much once again ttfa has 2 take blame for lack of prepartion once again what amazes me is every 2 yrs is cfu and a youth wc which are facts but preparation always begins a few months before each tournament
How long did latapy have the national team for ???
about 5 to 6 weeks maybe
I meant the Men’s national team not under 17
he has the snr team for about 6 games after they fire the german he did not stay long with them
He had the job before stephen hart….and was a failure…
Any right thinking person who’s taking that type of job has to know whether they are capable of getting the job done in the space of time given or deal with the consequences and criticism that comes with not getting the job done….
Well said Maylee Johnson *claps*
well that’s true but all them national team coaching jobs is always a no win situation cause ttfa does set you up 2 fail
Dion Sosa ok so you know you’re being set up to fail and still take a job…that’s like hanging yourself…. And it’s not to say we’re in the concacaf faze which is difficult without preparation, we are in the final leg of the Caribbean leg where five teams will be going through. This will be a disaster if we are not one of those five teams…
Well said again Maylee Johnson, i could not say it better….beenhakar took a job at short notice….with one month to prepare for next game…and the rest is history☺
well maylee and marlon charles took that u15 job knowing he going and get destroyed some people like misery and trini don you can’t compare beenhaker who had 30 plus yrs of coaching real madrid feyenood and holland to a 1st time coach like latas
and the irony of germany 06 was latas coming out of retirement without him qualification would not have been possible
She humble himself and learn the coaching job, under the experience peeps
Dion Sosa how Latas is a first time coach? He took the national team under similar circumstances and failed and fast forward to now similar circumstances (I hope for football sake he does not fail again)
Dion Sosa it had no irony playing n coaching are two fire…
what I mean when he took the snr team job that was his 1st coaching job
He should not have been offered….
And he wicked to him ownself….by acccepting
Dion Sosa, Latapy was senior team coach for a year and a half. He was in charge for 23 games. Not 6.
Thanks for the truth Lasana Liburd ?
Latapy’s team lost to Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, USA, Chile, Jamaica, Panama and Grenada. And his salary was more than twice Stephen Hart’s. Those are the facts.
But that’s not to say that Latapy didn’t also have problems in terms of regular support for the programme and sometimes receiving practice games without his best squad and so on.
And I was never sure if he had the full support of the FA.
ok I thought he only took over when the columbian got fired
I think the next round of the U-17s is in April. So the idea is get there however you can and then use the team to prepare the team.
And I want to believe that the TTFA will raise the money to give them a proper tour or two with international games and a few camps. They will need it.
He did Sosa. But he kept team for rest of W/Cup qualifiers and then prepared them for the Caribbean Cup too.
ok well it was over so fast I did not even realise he was around so long
When would we learn ,stable growth ,investment into the formitave years of development ,benchmark what is done at the more successful programs and the national coach wok is easy …this is like the merry go around in Mandela park
Coaching is a difficult job and i hear a lot reasons/excuses for d performance of the team but if u have a team for a month and ur defenders hopelessly out of position ur offensive players not making any proper runs ur midfielders except probably one looking lost what did you work on in that month?? One vs one??
it goes beyond those points gordon players lack basic fundamentals these days cause most coaches don’t teach the game all they do is assemble so called big players and go after w”s by the time these boys get 2 the national team they can’t pass control tackle so what can a national team coach do hire an assistant coach to do these things with the players
Dion u know what besides tackling this team has d basics at a decent level its their organizational play that is d biggest problem where to b in relation to d ball, even at their best yesterday d team was stretched if d boys were making d correct runs holding shape and d ball bouncing away i would have said its only a month but when players all over d place the either ain’t know what he doing or his message not reaching d players
My question remains what he taught them for d month football history??
well knowing russel I am sure he taught them the system and how he wanted them 2 play maybe they just did not execute his plan
Well this is what will happen when you replace a longstanding coach with a new one just two weeks before the game. Even little magicians aren’t superhuman.
Come fellas focus
The centre backs need some work. Chemistry is lacking as well as a fear of passing the ball to the midfield which contributed to a several scares. Singh (with the Valderama hair) is solid but needs to read air balls better and #9 needs to start cuz he brought life into the attack. He has to work a bit on his positioning and transition play but will be a force to be reckoned with. The left back # 16 also did well coming on. Lets get those two wins against Bermuda and Jamaica!
Feels like a team that is still a few weeks short of ready eh? There is some raw talent and I hope the coach uses that properly to get us through.
Raw talent but lacking direction or the execution of the direction likely practiced.
That’s us, every qualification. Raw talent for centuries. But never enough preparation and development goes into refining our naturally talented ballers
I agree Brian. I think this team has some decent individual quality. Mostly in the attacking end though. But preparation is undoing them. And we will see if Latapy has enough magic as a coach to get them through. Because that’s his job.
No he dont have that magic
Who Russell if so yes not Hart
Hmm, you said it Praim Harripaul
We need coaches/managers , not great players who feel they can coach. T.I.C. must be from.. before Intercol days
Now I only saw the 2nd half but I could tell Latas wants the team playing the ball out from the back but the players clearly were not comfortable doing so…and based on the performance of the subs Id say he got the selection wrong too…to be fair he is still learning as a young Coach himself….but he took the job and its about RESULTS…I expect we will rout Bermuda but am afraid what will happen when we meet Ja.
Positives would be Orr his work-rate and passion is phenomenal…he was the one who prevented goal #3 As for #13 he’s an exceĺlent passer and rarely gave the ball away Im reading comments that he didnt fight hard enough when we lost the ball but to me the young man put in a decent shift….also our keeper is faitly good as well…he was not at fault for either goal…but our perennial problem remains…horrible finishing! The big defender had a virtually open goal near the end and as the commentator Gordon? said it was more of a defensive clearance for Haiti than attempt on their goal…I see some potential for the future but this TEAM as a Unit is nowhere near ready…At this point they should aim to beat Bermuda by 5 clear goals preferrably without conceding any.
All the hype was on the coach outside of it we continue to bring in foreign players last minute with out proper preperation.
Can’t fault Latapy for this, he did not know the players and only had 3-4 weeks for preparation. Latapy did not select the squad, they were selected by before he was hired. General thoughts on game day player selection/positioning:
1. Hackshaw should NEVER be on the bench unless injured.
2. Singh(Valderrama) is not a midfielder, he is a clinical finisher with both feet who makes good diagnol runs in behind. Knowing the player he looked to be playing the part instructed
3. Rochford probably needs to be in the middle of the park to create not on the wing
4. 5 defenders, 10 midfielders and 5 forwards on the roster…not at least 6 defenders?
5. Hackshaw and Hudson need to be on the pitch at the same time.
The removal of Elie without proper transition will be the reason we do not qualify for CONCACAF.
But, I am still unrealistically hopeful for a win against Bermuda and draw with Jamaica for a best 3rd place to reach CONCACAF.
Undoubtedly, the group that was U-17 with Shawn Cooper and U-20 with Derek King is the best bunch of youth players we have had in about six or seven years.
That’s players like: Levi Garcia, Kadeem Corbin, Shannon Gomez, Akeem Garcia, Aikim Andrews, Ricardo John, Duane Muckette, Neveal Hackshaw, Akeem Humphrey, Martieon Watson, Matthew Woo Ling… A team so good that even Brent Sam couldn’t keep his place.
AA.. Brent Sam yes
2007 U-17 coached by Ken Eli and taken over by Corneal on the eve of the world cup & 2009 U-20 coached by Zoran Vranes
Within the last ten years
That’s why I said in about six to seven years Timothy Rochford
Yes i realize
To be honest, I’d argue that King’s U-20 team was more talented in that they had more offensive weapons. They just were not properly prepared.
Those World Cup teams were touring Brazil and stuff. The Under-20 team with Levi didn’t get any of that.
Very true Lasana Liburd
King team had real talent. If they got similar preparation as the 2007, and 2009 youth teams…God knows
Here we go again. Good thing I stopped following. Too much heart break
Never give up!
..That was part of the problem last night and for the life of me I cannot understand why Latapy stuck a player built exactly in his own mold out on the wing in a position and role he does not possess the characteristics for – speed and defensive combativeness. So the most creative player, instead of being played behind the central striker, was a virtual passenger on the flank, while the team lack the least scintilla of creation…
Our U-20 Team beat Haiti two years ago. I forgot that. That was my error…
lasana that’s a problem been going on decades now where coaches pick the 4 or 5 best individual midfielders and force 2 out wide even though their not natural wingers cause he wants those individuals on the field at the same time
Keith, what about reasoning for using Rochford wide? I always find it interesting when coaches favour the completely approach to what worked for them.
Because Latas certainly was not handicapped by his size in central midfield.
But then, of course, Latas was a one in a million player. Or maybe one in 20 million…
He said he wanted more beef in the middle but first half he should have realized that Haiti by passed their mid field and went over the top to their forward. He made absolutely no adjustments, the captain was loss on that wing….
I caught from the second half. So I can’t question your verdict there at all. But I’ve seen Hudson and Kishon play wide and be effective there. And they were used in the centre with Rochford wide instead.
The balance didn’t seem right.
Lasana Liburd it sure wasn’t poor tactics… He had halftime to make adjustments and he didn’t…
my academy played against the u17 and they had a few good players hackshaw and jp rochford and judah garcia stood out why judah was dropped baffles me he is a very good center mid with great technique and football instaincts that you can’t coach
I think Latapy said Judah had an injury. Although obviously I see he has not missed a game for Shiva. Hope if he is injured that he follows his doctor’s orders.
judah is not injured he trains with shiva and sherwood daily
Well then I don’t know what to say. Roneil, Latas said he was injured right?
Yeah he said Judah was injured when they made the final cut
hard to be tough on the young fellas but jeez an ages….that fella Singh #13 is a pure waste….never won a header in the middle and watches players go by without a tackle….on the flip side Orr #16 is a boss. he was clearly the most intelligent player in the game last night
Orr added something to the team definitely. He has never played left back though but he looked much better than the starting left back
I don’t think Singh is a waste. He seems to be a conduit from defence to offense. It’s just that he played timidly and without bite. In a way, he reminded me of how Theobald plays/played.
Good shout Michael Ian Wansley Lewis
I Agree totally but again he is no noncence and we like Mediocrity in our Sports and Make Pronouncing before Results I will say this to WE EH GOING NO DAME WC With Hart still in Charge..saying this for over 2yrs Now Hockey and Football DKW mix plus he has no control over many of the Players FAVTS
I would say the team has made great improvements and showed real promise with Hart’s guidance. So I say he knows what he is doing and needs space to do his job.
Absolute bollocks!! …he’s done well with what he has …he faces challenges like any other coach in his position and is working it out.
Best coach we’ve had in ages is Hart. He’s brought a professionalism to the team in terms of how we prepare for opponents. Our practice sessions no longer look like a stroll in the park, and the players have bought into his philosophy. Don’t know what some people really seeing, but the man has done a very good job, considering the lack of international friendlies he’s been afforded.
Lack of preparation again…T&T football jus going nowhere as there is no long term planning….we want to prepare a team just days b4 a tournament…no system of development in TT football from under 13’s, uder 15’s , under 17’s, under 19’s etc…no youth development programme in place….yet we feel our football will improve….stop dreaming or hoping it will….put the programmes in place …otherwise…we jus making up nos in all these tornaments…
Team had been training and preparing for almost two years with Head Coach Ken Elie. They had players from Tobago, Canada and USA in training. Coaching change happened less than 2 months before the tournament, giving Latapy 4 weeks to prepare.
Smh, I’ll say it now and I’ll say it again, the best development coach in the country presently (Terry Fenwick) who have been living in Trinidad over 16yrs, is married and have a baby recently to a Trinidadian woman. He’s probably closer to all of our past and present professional players that have been representing our country between the past 10-12 years and is the only coach on the island to have an UEFA (A) license badge, equivalent to Barclays Premier League coaches qualification and up to now haven’t gotten a chance to coach from the National U15 – Senior team, smh. He’s the only coach to win the TT pro League with two (2) different clubs (CENTRAL FC & SAN JUAN JABLOTEH) and we ignore that. Lord be with us.
Apart from technical deficiencies in our squad, the article sums it up perfectly with this excerpt: “…they ar fast, strong, aggressive and usually play at a very high tempo…”
Keith, the official breakdown for seating is: 3,000 covered. wings 800 + 800. uncovered 5,400.
How many do you feel we had? I think 1,200 is too small personally.
Yeah that 1,200 did not sound accurate at all
Maybe they based it on number of tickets sold/ripped.
From the 1200 onward probably came in free through associates 🙂 what alyuh think ?
That sounded inaccurate to me keith i was like burrr when i heard the announcement
The number 13 and number 8 were the only two players who looked assured on the ball…Rochford is not a winger, he isn’t an asset to this team out wide. Ive seen this team play for the better part of a year under Ken Ellie and they always struggled to move the ball confidently. They met a Haitian team that had a very distinct game plan which involved playing the ball consistently behind the T&T back 4. In reality the score could have been 4 or 5 in favor of Haiti. Locally, at youth level, we are struggling to produce players who are very good coming out of the back in possession. If you’re defenders cannot pass the ball consistently under pressure then “is best you kick it long….”
I agree with you Anthony. And we take kicking it long as comfort until that inability hurts us
..The official attendance was announced as 1200 odd..
Lasana u playing roulette owa ?
Or you seeing double =D
Lol. How many you thought Kirwin?
I didn’t make it Friday. But 2500 – 1200 is a huge downgrade
I don’t know what they were counting. Maybe they didn’t check complementaries or something. I don’t know. Maybe they stopped counting after the first game… Or maybe somebody at the gate didn’t want to declare all the income. ?
All possible, lol
By my guess, we had about 2,500 fans at the Ato Boldon Stadium last night. I’m not sure if more people would have attended if it was in Port of Spain.
That crowd would have looked like a pittance in POS though.
So the choice of home venue is really the least of our problems?
Haiti has been beating Trinidad and Tobago consistently for years now eh. We accept that Jamaica are number one in the Caribbean… But are we really number two? Or are we a bit lower down the table than that?
If Hackshaw is healthy, he needs to play. One of the most versatile youth players we have in my opinion.
He impacted off the bench and I think he impressed his coach.
Wait. Let me be careful with “impacted”. He looked lively and promising. Impacting is too strong.
He should start in my view
Hope they have better luck in their next game and I pray they are match fit.
Luck had nothing to do with it on Friday. But they might need some luck to qualify in truth. They need a handsome win tomorrow over Bermuda to get ready for Jamaica.
Honestly we were outplayed and out hustled in every department. We got what we deserved from a performance like that. I wish them the best against Bermuda and Jamaica
So what’s our excuse? Just rely on Latapy’s name to get us there? Plus look what Haiti accomplished under dire circumstances. Our mind set is party as evidenced by the three senior players who broke curfew to go on a boat cruise three days before a crucial game. Some example they set for the younger players.
..This team fell victim, not to “Haitian voodoo”, but to administrative bungling, poor coaching, and just too much politics and every level. And I don’t want to hear about “kids learning the game”Lasana. The Haitians are the same age and thoroughly beat us. I expect selection changes for the next match but God alone knows if that will help..
Great point Keith Look Loy
Well by that I mean Haiti’s development and preparation might have been better. No doubt that we are well beaten. Unquestionably.
What did you think about the decision to turn down warm-up matches Keith? I think Hart did same thing when he just took over Warriors and focused on just preparing them in sessions.
..I am not a big believer in major warm up matches but they are useful for youth players who lack high level experience. These should only be undertaken when the team is ready though..
Nothing new. Hati beating us is not foreign at this level. They always seem to want it more and always have that 1 guy who is years ahead of everyone.
Latapy is not a coach !!!…he failed at national team job
Top report by the way Roneil! And nice shots Chevaughn. 😉
That number 13 was so casual in that game…no hustle….doesn’t rochford play centre mid? He seemed up for the fight but we were losing d midfield battle. Was d #7 Hudson? Lasana Liburd Vachel ‘tallo’ Thompson
Yes Hudson is #7
I was suprised at his performance….thinking he was the best player on d field I thought he would take control of the game n force the issue but he didn’t seem interested
I thought he tried to take control of the game to be honest. But whenever he got the ball two and three Haitian players were coming at him.
Ok maybe I was expecting too much…but I have seen him losing his markers quite easily in d ssfl so ok but I thought the #13 was tooo casual with d valderama hairstyle….u agree or disagree
Yeah he does seem to have a very languid style. And sadly enough, he was probably one of our better players on the night lol
Luke Singh I believe his name is…definitely needs to wrk harder both on n of the ball…way to casual…seems to handle the ball well but poor wrk rate…loses the ball n just stands there…begs the question if he is the best we have to offer at such ah crucial position at that age group…Latas has his wrk cut out for him
You can argue for and against I guess. Stephen Hart had the same amount of time before the 2013 Gold Cup when he just took over. And he took team to quarterfinals.
On the flip side, Hart might have inherited a stronger team. And the senior squad then is made of full pros as opposed to kids who are still learning the game.
So I won’t say that argument is conclusive… Although it shouldn’t be a debate really. Latapy has his job to do and Hart has his. I hope!
I don’t gough we had magic.
Good coaches teach organisation,structure shape in all parts of the field with the resources they have in the time they have. At least in international football that is priority.
All may have knowledge and experience but do they have the skills to transfer to others?
hope this puts a wrap on that Latas for the big team talk.