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The Book of Elie: What U-17s exit says about Latapy, DJW and T&T’s football path

The Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team’s fading 2017 World Cup dreams were finally put to rest at the Hasely Crawford Stadium last night, as Suriname clinched the final available CONCACAF berth despite a 2-1 loss to Cuba.

Coach Russell Latapy’s team needed Cuba to win by two clear goals if they were to limp into the next round as the Caribbean’s fifth placed team. Instead, they finished sixth with just one win against Bermuda from three group matches.

Photo: Haiti star Steeve Saint Duc (right) tries to take the ball past Trinidad and Tobago right back Kerdell Sween during 2017 Under-17 World Cup qualifying action in Couva on 17 September 2016. Saint Duc scored once as Haiti won 2-0. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Haiti star Steeve Saint Duc (right) tries to take the ball past Trinidad and Tobago right back Kerdell Sween during 2017 Under-17 World Cup qualifying action in Couva on 17 September 2016.
Saint Duc scored once as Haiti won 2-0.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

And even that triumph was anything but straightforward as the young Soca Warriors trailed 2-0 at halftime and needed an injury time winner by Jaydon Prowell to see off the Bermudan minnows.

Latapy, in his second spell as an international coach, now has as unenviable record as the first National Under-17 coach in Trinidad and Tobago’s history to fail to get his team among the Caribbean’s top five counties.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) were unrepresented at CONCACAF level twice before in this millennium. But when coaches Ron La Forest and Nigel Grosvenor faltered in 2002 and 2004 respectively, there were only two spots up for grabs.

Latapy had more than twice as many to aim for. And, although he was in charge for barely a month, his record does him no favours, particularly when placed alongside his senior team’s limp exit in 2010 when they were eliminated from the Caribbean Cup in the group stage after a 1-0 loss to rank underdogs, Grenada.

Has Latapy advanced in the interim?

In the six years since he left the senior Warriors, Latapy apparently went on to get his UEFA Pro coaching license while he worked as assistant manager at a few professional Scotland clubs.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team coach Russell Latapy (centre) reacts during 2017 World Cup qualifying action against Bermuda at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team coach Russell Latapy (centre) reacts during 2017 World Cup qualifying action against Bermuda at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

And the diminutive maestro—one of the most creative footballers that Trinidad and Tobago ever produced—has always been someone who thinks profoundly about the game. Undoubtedly, Latapy should be an asset to the local game, even though he still has to prove whether his best contribution would be made as a football coach.

Wired868 was informed that there were rumblings of discontent from the players as regards the National Under-17 Team’s 23-man squad as well as Latapy’s starting XI. And some of these concerns were shared by even the independent onlooker.

Latapy said he wanted physical stature in his midfield trio against Haiti. But, as it turned out, his most creative player was the pocket-sized Che Benny who came on to rescue the game against Bermuda.

Arguably the national youth team’s most gifted player, Kishon Hackshaw, started the tournament on the bench and played in four different positions in two and a half games. In fact, central defender Jesse Williams and holding midfielder Jodel Brown were the only outfield players to start the tournament in the same role that they begun it.

And there were raised eyebrows too at Latapy’s unstinting faith in W Connection attacker Isaiah Hudson, who has experience at National Under-20 and CONCACAF Champions League level but did not justify his star billing.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team playmaker Che Benny (left) gets a high five from substitute Brandon Semper during 2017 World Cup qualifying action against Bermuda at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team playmaker Che Benny (left) gets a high five from substitute Brandon Semper during 2017 World Cup qualifying action against Bermuda at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Whether Latapy might have done a better job should not distract from the real architect of this fiasco. And that is the bombastic figure of Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams.

On 20 June 2016, then National Under-17 coach Ken Elie downed tools after the TTFA president had ignored his request for feedback regarding stipends promised under the previous administration.

Surely Elie’s time was worth something? Did John-Williams not respect the post of national coach enough to discuss the issue? Was the TTFA sufficiently bothered by the welfare of its under-17 squad?

John-Williams never responded. Instead, he made a public statement which suggested that he believed Elie to be a volunteer.

It is not the first time the TTFA president said something so monumentally stupid and dishonest that it forces right-thinking people to sit down and catch their breath.

If you believed that Elie was a volunteer, then did his email not alert you to your error?

Photo: TTFA president David John-Williams (right) has a word with Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team coach Russell Latapy on the training ground before the CFU competition. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: TTFA president David John-Williams (right) has a word with Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team coach Russell Latapy on the training ground before the CFU competition.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

John-Williams suggested that the TTFA could not afford to pay Elie—without hearing what the coach wanted, which was confirmation that he would be paid rather than an immediate lump sum.

And then, without appreciation for irony, honesty or compassion to his former under-17 coach or other national coaches, John-Williams announced that Latapy would take over the job on a two-year contract.

The two months between Elie’s departure and Latapy’s arrival significantly dimmed whatever prospects this youth team had of advancing to the India 2017 World Cup.

And, in no uncertain terms, John-Williams’ decision to offer paid contracts to Latapy and his technical staff suggests the lack of respect he has for every other national coach under the employ of the TTFA—barring head coach coach Stephen Hart, who was given a contract extension by former president Raymond Tim Kee.

If technical director Muhammad Isa, general secretary Azaad Khan, women’s coach Richard Hood and men’s under-20 coach Brian Williams are all interim appointments while Latapy gets a two year vote of confidence, then what does that say for John-Williams’ faith in their abilities?

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Women's National Senior Team and Police FC coach Richard Hood gestures from the sidelines during 2015/16 Pro League action against San Juan Jabloteh. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team and Police FC coach Richard Hood gestures from the sidelines during 2015/16 Pro League action against San Juan Jabloteh.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

And, for all the TTFA president’s boasts of being a “football man”, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that he either knows much less than he thinks or the job of grooming international stars is much more difficult than poaching talented youths from rival clubs.

Under John-Williams’ presidency, although the senior teams have been relatively steady, there have been alarming results at youth level:

The Women’s National Under-15 Team went from third in CONCACAF to a group stage exit in the same competition, which included a record 22-0 defeat;

The Women’s National Under-17 Team went from reigning Caribbean champions—under the previous regime—to finishing third at CFU level and failing to qualify from the region at all;

The Men’s National Under-15 Team failed to get to the CONCACAF stage for the first time in 10 years;

And, although the National Under-20s are still very much alive in the competition, few believe they can retain the Caribbean crown won under former coach Derek King during the previous regime.

Photo: Midfielder Shanelle Arjoon looks for a teammate during Trinidad and Tobago's opening 2015 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship fixture against Canada. (Copyright MexSport/Wired868)
Photo: Midfielder Shanelle Arjoon looks for a teammate during Trinidad and Tobago’s opening 2015 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship fixture against Canada.
(Copyright MexSport/Wired868)

To be blunt, Tim Kee was voted out of office for his failure to raise funding for the game, provide the necessary support for players and coaches and for his failure to ensure that the TTFA’s various committees were functional and allow democracy in the working of the board.

In almost every aspect, things are now worse.

How ironic that John-Williams dedicated so much time to subtly criticising Hart’s handling of a curfew breach by Kevin Molino, Joevin Jones and Mekeil Williams when his football body cannot even put on a football match without torturing paying fans.

The only successful team that the TTFA has is the National Senior Team. So why does John-Williams spend so much time trying to destabilise it—from antagonising players in salary discussions to attempting to undermine his coach’s match selections or disciplinary decisions?

If John-Williams knows so much about football, then why are none of his appointments delivering any success?

The less said the better about the TTFA president’s vow to quit if he is proven: to have walked on to the field during a training session and asked Hart to leave so as to petition players to reverse their coach’s decision; or to have used the TTFA money in his unsuccessful attempt to become Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart (left) and Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams enjoy each other's company during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port of Spain on 19 May 2016. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart (left) and Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams enjoy each other’s company during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port of Spain on 19 May 2016.
(Courtesy Wired868)

But Wired868 stands by both stories. And, bizarrely, John-Williams admitted to using TTFA funds—without board permission—for his Caribbean football league pitch, which was delivered a week before he formally announced his bid for the CFU presidency and to the same Caribbean football delegates that he was wooing.

Evidence, mind you, that was shared face-to-face with John-Williams and TTFA vice-president Joanne Salazar in an I95.5FM ‘showdown’.

The National Under-17 Team’s fate shows the danger of not safeguarding football teams from an egotistical larger-than-life administrator. And, for that, the TTFA’s board members should take a long hard look at themselves.

The current TTFA board of directors comprises: David John-Williams (president), Joanne Salazar, Ewing Davis and Allan Warner (vice-presidents), Samuel Saunders (Central FA), Sherwyn Dyer (Eastern Counties Football Union), Karanjabari Williams (Northern FA), Richard Quan Chan (Southern FA), Anthony Moore (Tobago FA), Joseph Taylor (Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association), Dexter Skeene (TT Pro League) and Sharon O’Brien (Women’s League Football).

Presumably, Latapy will now be given the necessary support to prove if he is indeed up to the task—that is once John-Williams doesn’t believe his contract was written with invisible ink like former technical director Kendall Walkes’ deal.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team head coach Russell Latapy (second from right) has a laugh with his technical staff before practice in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team head coach Russell Latapy (second from right) has a laugh with his technical staff before practice in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

But what about the other coaches and teams? The Women Soca Warriors have not had a single session since their 5-0 Olympic qualifying defeat to the United States on 19 February 2016.

Does anyone care?

John-Williams’ role is to set a path for the local football body over the next four years. It is Khan’s responsibility to handle the administrative aspect of this vision.

The TTFA’s board members must ensure that decisions are made and implemented in the right way while the relevant committees should supervise everything from fund raising and marketing to the hiring and firing of coaches.

And, last but not least, it is the job of the coaches and players to make the most of the tools they are given to deliver success on the football field.

Should deviations from that blueprint become standard fare, then you’d better be prepared to continue reading from the Book of Elie.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Jerrin Jackie (left) tries to keep up with Jamaica attacker Nicque Daley during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 action on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Jerrin Jackie (left) tries to keep up with Jamaica attacker Nicque Daley during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 action on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

CFU Men’s Under-17 Group A Results

(Friday September 16)

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 90+1 [own goal]), Ato Boldon Stadium;

Trinidad and Tobago 0, Haiti 2 (Nael Elysee 22, Steeve Saint-Duc 68), Ato Boldon Stadium;

(Sunday September 18)

Jamaica 0, Haiti 0, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Trinidad and Tobago 3 (Che Benny 70, Jaydon Prowell 73, 90+2), Bermuda 2 (Tokia Russell 11, 26), Ato Boldon Stadium;

(Tuesday September 20)

Haiti 5, Bermuda 0, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Trinidad and Tobago 2 (Nion Lammy 47, Jaydon Prowell 57), Jamaica 3 (Raewin Senior 13, 74, Nicque Daley 36), Ato Boldon Stadium.

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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96 comments

  1. Roland why get all the coaching education when there are no jobs ,1 do a survey and find out how many coaches full time feeding their family

  2. Yo when we gonna start a petition to get DJW out? How can someone who’s been involved in soccer administration for so long be so …. miniscule in his soccer IQ?? Howwwwww???

  3. I’m still rankled by this embarrassing episode. Question! The team that Elie coached,was it the same team that Latas worked with in this tragedy of a tournament ?

  4. Can’t say anything about KING LATAPY.. but Trinidad football need a shake up…

  5. Nothing bad about Latapy. He was given post not long enough to make needed impact. Think long term if you want results

  6. How much more undoubtedly stupid can one get. But I guess stupid is as stupid does in DJW case and the bunch of memes trailing behind him. Lord please put ah hand.

  7. Hmmm…is there a strategic plan for football ? From youth level to senior team Lasana ?

  8. Hannibal Najjar

    There is so much substantive points made here Lasana. But even as you show evidence of little structural planning going forward, there is perennial problem that is based on a lack of a backward design vision and master plan. This is no small task and with our country’s mesosphere level of mistrust and eroding moral and spiritual cultures, there might be every reason to believe that is no hope for us of any kind. Maybe, we have lost it all and might be on a path of hitting a deserving rock bottom before a new climb can begin – quite frankly, we have near zero of anything going right for us anywhere.
    Remind me Lasana, I had written an article in 1985 directed to the then Minister of Sport, Jennifer Johnson about the imminent threats facing us that have not befallen us – we can talk further.

  9. Any one could have there league it is upon the federation to have there development structure in place coaches education proper development progranes better policies towards coaches selection .

  10. The fundamental problem is that the SSFL should NEVER be looked upon as a developmental league or national football talent pool. Of course there will be talented players who play for their schools but the SSFL is an extra curricular activity meant to lend some balance to a student’s school life. That principle got lost in the media hype.

    • Precisely. And now, with their TV deal, the problem will become worse. A three month recreational league for 16 and 17 year olds is the top league in the country. And we want to be a World Cup country. Joke..

    • Sarcastic whistling…….occasionally breaking out into a cartoon villain laugh

    • Keith you remember when we tried to do the Centers of Excellence which was the only program that tried to involve all of Trinidad and which did have written plan with objectives ,if I am not mistaken done by you.
      Since then no plan no development just adhocracy.

    • ..I did that. I still have the document, including syllabus, that guided the project for years. TTFF, as it was then, gave luke warm support but the regional centres did concentrate most of our age group talent for most of the year and allowed us to apply a standard approach and coaching syllabus..

    • It may not have been perfect but it was a good start and something to build on . It did not fail for lack of funds but for lack of designated funds reaching the coaches on the ground. I still have copies of invoices sent to CFA AND I still have the documents including syllabus . All the coaches then are still active now.

  11. Within the ssfl I see opportunity! Through all the years it remains the one avenue of ball that is supported consistently…. so why not run with it rather than trying to fight it ? Use it as the tool it is to input resources to improve the standard. There are ways!

    • The SSFL is 2 months of football competition…….there is no way in this universe that such a competition can develop any player…. especially playing 3 games a week….. the Coaches are not given the opportunity to Coach, the STRUCTURE of the league makes it result oriented.

    • Well first off good day Mr Cyrus …. nice to hear from an influential mind. I feel what you’re saying but I have a different take because of the mere fact that we’ve seen many players excel and go onto bigger and better via this league although I’m pretty sure this wasn’t the sole developmental tool. I believe competition always helps in developing a player if implemented the right way. I however wholeheartedly agree with your structure theory just disagree that its impossible to get some kind of development out if it.

    • U clearly misunderstood…. the league is not d problem…… the duration of the league(2 months) makes it virtually impossible to teach a frog to hop….. and a frog could do that naturally

    • Lol gotcha on the frog theory lol …. but isn’t the school term 3 mths? Couldn’t the league extend to that timeframe and spreadout the games as such?

    • So cynical …lol …..so now we see where the source of the discussion has to begin

    • Malik i hope yuh not thinking that the heads of SSFL dont know exactly what u r saying… and know it is by far the best format for the league

    • Dexter at the end of the day we could harp on what they know (or don’t) but to deal with the problem you gotta go to the source. ….perhaps it’s not what you say but how you say it …. (mission impossible theme …reggae version …. with some minions bubblin )

    • The league finishes in time for schools to prepare their pitches for the cricket season. After cricket there is track and field. Football is not the only sport that has use of school’s field.

  12. I dare say there are many “qualified” coaches who have no clue about imparting knowledge and skill in young people. For most of them the objective is winning a game and then another,
    The SSFL is a competition it is not a development program . Player development has to be dealt with by itself as a discreet aspect of the individuals development, there are many factors impinging on this ,one of the more important ones being academic work schedules.
    We in Trinidad have not been able to marry sport and academic development mainly because the powers that be have not addressed the issue t,the Ministry of Education has no policy on Sport in Schools and the Ministry of Sport is just a disburser of funds . None of these Ministries have set curricula or achievement and performance objectives.
    Coaches are part of it but systems and process must be scientifically established.
    It’s not rocket science or new wheels ,templates are there already .

  13. So many problems in football (sport) in Trinidad its overwhelming. The SSFL did a serious injustice to football when they raised the playing age of football to 20. How can a 20 year old national footballer or potential national footballer develop playing against 16 year olds? That is madness.
    Sadly the SSFL Premiership competition did not work. The goal was to have more quality competition between the top teams in the nation. Since its inception 2 years ago can anyone honestly say that the competition got better? In fact an argument that it got worst is a solid argument. I have been to 3 SSFL premiership games this season so far and it amazes me of the poor quality in the teams. Basic technical is missing under little or no pressure. Imagine 5 matches in the competition there are 4 teams without a win as yet. That is madness.
    The TTFA needs to ensure that all “coaches” who are involved in coaching at any level are qualified first. It amazes me how anyone can call themselves a coach today without proper qualifications. Would you take your child to a man who claims to be a teacher but has no qualifications? Why are parents allowing their children or schools then hiring unqualified coaches? I have made that mistake once and have learnt my lesson. These coaches should not even be allowed to interact with the youth. I am sure in developed footballing nations there is a registry of qualified coaches available…why isn’t that made available in T&T? That is madness

  14. Ha now that’s what I call a “headline”

  15. Look at the north zone ,Scotch and viagra ,and let’s reminisce about the old grand stand days ,the structure should be in the meseum ,but it must stay dysfunctional scotch and viagra could remain relevant

  16. Football needs a divine miracle ,

  17. We were always geting past carribean level at most age groups however we keep failing at most concacaf level badly for most years .look even at concacaf club level we do not go futher than first round .

  18. I had two suscessful years at college level first year 2005 at toco 2014 valencia high championship i won east zone an miss out on promotion to premier it takes more than technical and tatical . I srarted at u 17 at joe public and climb to senior pro team within a year i understand the philosophy of coaching and development in 2015 i took overva senior pro team from a top coach here who was in charge for about 4 years and it was shocking to find out how these high profile coach prepare a senior pro team so when you here national team coaches saying pro league players not ready it starts right here they never did a Cooper test or any form of testing they never heard the word transition .they were duncy to peoridsoartion training all they wanted was fancy drills they never knew concept of team defending an individual role an function .blackbord session vedio analysis i took them through it an it was easy to beat other teams.

  19. My point relates to the whole issue of coaching young footballers and these coaches end up with charges who are on national teams and some of the coaches even at national level who leave a lot to be desired.

  20. Lol. Ian Brooks, I can tell your focal point is not a TTFA coach. But it is still a relevant discussion for sure.

  21. Lasana..like you opt out of this one!!!!!

  22. Roland ..the worst part of it is the principals who encourage these scum bags and allow very very bright children to be used and not consider that an intervention can allow a child to do better at gaining grades rather than be emotionally drained by football and not be mentally free to complete the real task: academics.

  23. It is a nasty war out there for those who do not know it there are coaches who do not talk to there staff i coreected all that in my short stint as head when i took over there are coaches who using players to undermind other coaches team .there is a very talanted goalkeeper coach who fell victim to dirty politics so a coach friend could get the job at present there is a pro team with a staff of limers this is the kind of dirty politics that plagueing local foitball

  24. Lasana ..it is hurtful…just read a post where 1 of the footballers say”Thats it”.Turned away at 17 to leave it alone as no one is trying to move his football foward or the team football foward and plenty waiting to get in the queue so no problem.Behaviour doesnt have to change as the line lonnggggg.

  25. Some coaches feel that they are kings operating in a feifdom where the youths are pawns and do not tell you what you are doing wrong,drop you on impulse,do not technically,tactically ,mentally nor by way of general football means improve your game and one becomes afraid to express himself on the ball which is detracting for their development and the game on the whole

  26. Lasana…i fed up talk to you about this….Another College coach in POS tell his players that all they have to get is 12 points and playing to suit.Says playing well is no criteria for selection and all in all is too much to nention here as children could get victimise as he specialise in that.

  27. Name the coaches who seek to develop players rather than win trophies and scout players .Where are the development programmes???Name the teams who take time to develop players rathervthan have screening sessions to yake players to win a trophy??SSFL teams have players from Arima/Tobago who go to schoo till end October and leave out children who want to go to school to learn.Values ,morals and ethics boy….Way to go…ask Angus,Grovey and let 16 year olds play against 20 odd year olds and boast “We Win”.Result :no feeder.

  28. Sometime in 2011 a national u 20 team under a fomer central fc coach with the now central fc coach took a batrering it had a game to mexico if we even lost 5-0 we would of still made it we list 8-0 .the u 23 team under the naps coach an new club sando coach took a batrering in olympic qualify these are the same coaches ganging up to deny the more talanted coaches there oppertunity local foitball will suffer untill this type of politics stop .

  29. The problem is not lack of players. It’s poor sports management & leadership and non-productive football programmes!

  30. This U17 is feeder for U20s and eventual senior team…… Could not finish in top 5 of Caribbean tournament… Hope we have late bloomers, or else in 3-5 yeas we have a void in senior teams. Is there a U15 pool of national players?

  31. DJW is shit to the tenth power …… who knew ….smfh!!

  32. They all have a part to play they continue to embrace the poor standard of coaching plaging local foitball the binch of x mational coaches who are falining at every level of local competation collages league youth pro league and senior pro league Rangers has been producing some of the most talanted youts for years at senior level none of the coaches can take rangers foward with all the youth talant avalable there except w connection none of the local pro league club has the balls to build around youths only old wash up players .there was a post of naps coach talking of avtalanted player he is a distroyer of young talant killed the ability of one of the finest young talant in the east marcus gomes untill he turn bandit now i saved Dwane muckette and keron Cummings ability from his ability to misuse talant an then throw them aside . I built a pro league team from these jokers reject bin into one of the best team in the pro league playing one of the most attractive brand of foitball i proved they are all waist of time it is a sad situation in local foitball 2015 i produce one of the best local u16 team they sweep every individual award at youth pro league an only to see not one player made a step foward to senior level under the then A E who was the head coach at nort East .

  33. Yes very true, where do we go from here?
    The only thing that would get the President out of jail is winning! And the National teams at all levels are crashing. Awful selection of coaches and dispicable abuse of a presidential position has T&T football in a mess. All talk and no professionalism, expertise or knowledge, Lasana is quite right, Raymond Tim Kee demonstrated more ability in all aspects of the game than DJW. Excuse after excuse and even the talk of securing sponsorship away from the Ministry of Sport and the TTFA is cap in hand to NLCB…. Isn’t that a government agency? What is the difference? Talk! Hex is a step too far for Stephen Hart in my humble opinion unfortunately but I am clear of the direction and demeanor of this administration (boys club) is frightening and should alarm any right thinking football person! Shame on you!
    Guyana, Grenada, Bermuda, St Kits, Antigua and the Caribbean Centre for football Trinidad & Tobago?

  34. I am very happy that Latapy has the security of a long term deal. I hope he goes on to show that this deal was warranted…
    But what about other coaches who have actually delivered success, which Latapy hasn’t done yet?
    Derek King led T&T to the U-20 Caribbean Cup title a year and a half ago with Barber by his side and Hart consulting.
    Whether you like the personalities or not, there must be some criteria for determining who gets contracts and who doesn’t right? And performance should be part of that too? Not so?
    Marlon Charles has also delivered trophies at youth level in women’s football. So give him security and support and let him do his job too.
    Same for everyone else with some record of success.

  35. Stop looking at the games learn to look into it .look at local competations .collages league local pro league we moved away from the recicle bin an we went to Russell an in two weeks we expected suscess .Regardless of what sean Cooper was geting us past the caribbean stage at least ‘ they trying to ensure all x national players coach national teams an even pro league teams an this method keep failing an is a recicling system over and over let us look at the u 20 staff kerry Jameson was in the foitball dulldrums for a few years well after being replaced as headcoach of the Defence force an not active at any level of coaching untill his good friend made him assistant coach .untill this system of coaches selection is reviewed we will remain behind in all level of our coaching .

  36. Earl Best

    And ignore the Book of N. Truth, which is Wired868? No way, Jose!

    Keep on keeping on and we’ll be rid of the riffraff before too long.

  37. If Latas was given a 2 year contract and the U-17 team has been eliminated from the U-17 World Cup…what will he be doing between now and the end of his tenure? Scouting for talent from the Under 15’s and building a unit for the U-17 WC after India?

  38. Well written and on point. Hope the TTFA board and executive committee take stock. Every day we are lucky to wake up, we have a simple choice, to do better, it to stay the course

  39. ..The “new” TTFA is real failure, as the youth say. Whether in administration, technical development, national teams, fund raising and marketing, it is real failure. The DJW promised a lot ahead of the 2016 election and has failed to deliver. The bureaucracy of the association is creaking under the weight of poor appointments and old regime hangers-on. There is no youth development plan. There is no elite football development plan. There is no national teams development plan. The enployment of association and national teams staff is capricious and insecure. And overarching all of this is the personal politics of the new regime. Regarding the U17 team, Latapy took the job. He agreed tp bear the responsibility. He further messed up a messy situation with his refusal to play practice matches, even against local clubs, with his poor team selection, with his substitutions. The entire project was a disaster. The BIG issue here is our continuing slide to the cellar of Caribbbean youth football. It is shameful that one tournament after the other, at different levels, we must slide through the back door in fifth place into CONCACAF final tournaments. Shameful!..

  40. I wonder what is the latest with the continuation of the WPL that DJW promised in his manifesto?

  41. Lasana, check the history nah. if i recall, back in the 80s we had a string of just-outside-the-placings finishes at the U16 and U17. I also believe Latas was on those teams. There was a tournament here that we finished 4th and three advanced, and the year either before was 3rd and two advanced…summin so…
    dude i old.

    • Those were in Concacaf and just missing out on the World Cup Dennis. I’m talking about failing to qualify from the Caribbean.

      • MY son was one of the players who didn’t get any playing time. He is a member of DC United Academy U 16. He is IMG rank with in the top 150 players in his age group and rank # 6 in the region and # 29 in his position He been coming to Trinidad for the pass 2 years to training with the teams and the different coaches. I have paid for all these trip including the CFU cup. It was very disappointing.

        • Lasana Liburd

          I can well imagine the frustration. There really should be something in place to help compensate for that. Maybe the TTFA could work with the Sport Company or CAL to come up with something to help offset costs for players who come in from abroad.