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I’m sorry! Molino pledges loyalty to Soca Warriors; TTFA president commends apology

Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team star Kevin Molino has apologised for his “recent decisions” and, indirectly, threw himself at the mercy of head coach Stephen Hart in a dramatic about-turn following his latest indiscretion on international duty, two weeks ago.

Last Wednesday, Molino vowed to take a year off from international football after Soca Warriors coach Stephen Hart dropped the Orlando City midfielder for a Caribbean Cup qualifier away to Martinique for a breach of discipline.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago and Orlando City playmaker Kevin Molino (right) hurdles a tackle against Panama during an international friendly in March 2015. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago and Orlando City playmaker Kevin Molino (right) hurdles a tackle against Panama during an international friendly in March 2015.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Molino was accused of breaking camp to party at the Vas Lounge nightclub on Rust Street on 7 October in between Caribbean Cup outings against the Dominican Republic and Martinique. It was the second time in a month that the two-time World Youth Cup player was accused of sneaking out of the team hotel to party while on international duty.

Incidentally, Molino apologised for the first incident at the time yet quickly repeated the transgression.

Initially, Molino refused to admit guilt on the second occasion and insisted on seeing photographic evidence while he subsequently vowed to quit the Warriors. However, just 24 hours after team captain Kenwyne Jones urged him to “apologise properly” so the team could move forward, the 26-year-old MLS maestro decided to do just that.

Last week, he vowed to go on a one-year self-imposed exile via SnapChat. Today, he reversed his decision on Instagram:

“Playing the beautiful game is all that matters to me, especially for my country. It’s what I’ve dreamt of all my life. My recent decisions do not reflect that, and for this I’m sorry.

“I am also aware of the effects my choices have had on my teammates, fans & friends. And I apologize for this as well. My childhood dream is still alive and I’m 100% committed to representing the red, black & white if I am lucky enough to be selected again.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Kevin Molino apologises for breach of discipline on Instagram on 18 October 2016.
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Kevin Molino apologises for breach of discipline on Instagram on 18 October 2016.

Molino signed off in hashtags, presumably directed at his critics over the past week: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

The ball is now in Hart’s court and Molino might have been helped by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s (TTFA) initial sluggishness in dealing with the issue.

More than a week after Molino was axed for the crucial Gold Cup qualifier against Martinique, the TTFA is yet to take an official position on the matter or support Hart’s handling of it. It meant that the Warriors ace was able to soften his initial stance before a ruling from the local football body.

TTFA president David John-Williams confirmed that he spoke informally to both parties on the matter. At present, Hart is out of the country.

“Coach Hart sent a report and we are to meet on this and another matter on his return,” John-Williams told Wired868. “I actually just spoke to Molino telling him I saw his apology and I commended him and asked what is prompting such behaviour. He was a bit cagey but accepted responsibility.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago international midfielder Kevin Molino (right) trains with his teammates at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 21 March 2015. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago international midfielder Kevin Molino (right) trains with his teammates at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 21 March 2015.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

Hart told the TTFA Media it was important that Molino accepted responsibility for his actions, although he stopped short of stating definitively whether he was satisfied with the apology and if there would be further disciplinary action against the player.

“It is important that he accepts responsibility for his actions,” said Hart. “Kevin’s attitude towards training and playing was never in question. His work ethic in this respect is commendable.

“He made some poor decisions and it is important that he accepts responsibility for his actions. Wearing the national team shirt is an honour. Yes! More so it is a great responsibility.”

Ironically, the situation was reversed last month when Hart fined Molino, along with Joevin Jones and Mekeil Williams, for breaking camp but played them in World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala and the United States.

John-Williams suggested then that the punishment was light and contemplated further disciplinary action against the players. However, now that Hart has dropped Molino, the TTFA president did not publicly applaud his coach and instead commended the player for apologising.

Photo: Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick (second from left) is sandwiched by TTFA president David John-Williams (second from right) and TTFA employee Sharon O'Brien (far left) before the CFU Under-17 final on 25 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium. John-Williams tried unsuccessfully to replace Derrick as CFU president on 23 July 2016. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick (second from left) is sandwiched by TTFA president David John-Williams (second from right) and TTFA employee Sharon O’Brien (far left) before the CFU Under-17 final on 25 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
John-Williams tried unsuccessfully to replace Derrick as CFU president on 23 July 2016.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Although John-Williams and Hart have spoken warmly about their professional relationship in public, doubts linger as to whether the current Warriors coach—who was on CONCACAF’s Coach of the Year shortlist for two of his three years on the job—enjoys the full support of his boss.

Jones made it clear that the players supported Hart, although he insisted too that Molino remains “a great addition to the squad”.

“We all want Kevin to put everything behind him—apologise properly to coach, staff and players and, by extension, Trinidad and Tobago—and move forward together as a unit.

“He has been and will always be a great addition to the squad. But when it comes down to it, this is about representing yourself and Trinidad and Tobago, and nobody is ever bigger than the game…

“Moving into The Hex, the players [and myself] sincerely believe that coach Hart at the helm will give the team the best chance to qualify for Russia 2018… This is the best team we’ve had in a while and there’s no doubt that we cannot go forward without him.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart (centre) and players (from right) Mekeil Williams, Daneil Cyrus, Kenwyne Jones, Radanfah Abu Bakr and Sheldon Bateau at a national training session. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart (centre) and players (from right) Mekeil Williams, Daneil Cyrus, Kenwyne Jones, Radanfah Abu Bakr and Sheldon Bateau at a national training session.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images)

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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168 comments

  1. Stephen Hart may be an excellent coach but he needs help in his man management skills. He needs a psychologist to assist him to get the best out of his players. Why not try it, you may be surprised,

  2. steups….run him. typical, no accountability in this country. drop him permanently

  3. He do it once twice never wear national colours most are we sportmen and women jus like dat no DISCIPLINE

  4. Well leaving this up to them I don’t think that it will really happen because it would have been done a very long time ago eh Keith Look Loy. Them really good yes.

  5. Hey all coaches here want to perfect is drills so youngsters are well drilled tactics never taught solveing problems on the playing feild absent taking them and do a classroom session none coaches need to recognize players can be coached off the pitch

  6. ..This is why I say that this new TTFA “elite youth programme” MUST include 1) coaching education, 2) youth player/club development, and 3) youth competitions, if it is to make any sense of the ten million dollars they are crowing about..

  7. So when will they seriously get it right instead of continuously going down this same road all the time maybe the TTFA also needs to have this on their agenda and not only the youth development program or maybe a Coaching Academy really needs to begin in our sweet country eh Keith Look Loy some of these want to be Coaches needs some serious help so start the thing nah man, another observation was even made by Coach Russell The Magician Latapy who also attended the game yesterday, the Coach of St. Anthony’s Coach Hustler instead of shifting his tallest attacker to the middle of the field to deal with their opponent last defender who was always free with no pressure heading out the balls, he had him as the winger on the flank and I am positively certain that he would have scored a goal because he is very good in the air, our football is really in a sad state and before I always use to be blaming the TTFF/TTFA but now I will continue to blame many of these bootleg Coaches until they get it right or leave the Coaching business alone and just to note we always have the talent in our sweet country. Them really good yes.

  8. I don’t think coach qualification is the problem ,more like coach game intelligence.

    • Agreed. Would also look at experience level coaching this age group..

    • Well we have a lot of Coaches at Championship,Premier in the SSFL who never coached at lower levels same for pro league so I assume they got the theory and then did practical assessments over a period of time . I don’t know .
      Or could you pass the coaching exams and get a team because you played football but never coached. I don’t know perhaps Lasana or Keith can shed light.
      BTW this includes national age group teams as well.

  9. Well I visited a school football game for the first time ever St Anthony’s vs St. Benedict’s and I was very disappointed in the crowd support, then the football itself wasn’t what I expected at all, St Benedict’s defenders all they were doing is boom kicking the ball instead of putting the ball on the floor and making constructive passes and I guess this was coming from their Coach Leonson Lewis on the other end St. Anthony’s was playing a more passing game and really should been the victors especially with Che Benny my midfield general who as usual was getting the ball to his attackers and they should have scored, so as the saying goes when you miss your opportunities your opponents will always score a goal to hunt you, and this was done when St, Benedict’s got a free kick and the game ended St. Benedict’s 1 vs St. Anthony’s 0 and on the other hand some of our present Coaches really needs to be Coached because when you looked at the game one really doesn’t see what is the game plan of the teams so therefore the schools should really hire more qualified Coaches to really bring out the best in our young players, especially St Benedict’s because the players that I saw were all like a big breed and I wasn’t surprise because it seems that the players from South eats better food, they were much stronger on the ball than their opponents and there is no way that they should be at the bottom of the table and after the game I was really surprised that it was pizza that was the menu for the players to eat. Them really good yes.

  10. Talking about the national team is almost pointless. No one wants to do the right thing. Please share results of Wednesday’s SSFL

  11. Mango what injustices. ..please explain…

  12. Gordon if your man ‘Trump’ umm I mean DJW 🙂 was more forthcoming maybe you wouldn’t have to come and put forth alleged facts so frequently …that ever occurred to you? Technically you’re his pr person …hope yuh getting paid for that ish ….peeps doh work for thanks no more … Jah know dat 2 ……

    • Tell u u all judging ppl on u all crooked standard!! I receive not a cent bc i am not doing pr but just clearing up d nonsense bc evil flourish when good men do nothing!!! U all think u are all brilliant and intelligent when u bring only negativity but real brilliance is laying building blocks for future generations and if DJW is doing this he have my support. Note when he makes missteps I will acknowledge and demand better but doers know that we learn as we go but armchair critics only critize

    • On “our” crooked standards …did we set the benchmarks for corruption in the ttfa? Now yuh just contradicting yuhself all we are saying is exactly what the ttfa have been doing nothing less nothing more. Do you even know your own endgame? #confused

    • I done realize ur trumpability!! The crooked standard refer to d statement ppl don’t do things for free any more!! But guess alot goes over ur head!!

    • Lol you’re hilarious. You only wish you were as smart as you’d like people to think. Newsflash …probably not …. which is why you will be called out on here anytime yuh reveling in yuh ignorance and bias. People here aren’t idiots .. wrong is wrong …strong is strong but wrong and strong is just stupid ….guess which one of these traits fits your profile? lol anyway I’m good take last word …ah know yuh need it ….:-)

    • Malik Johnson good thing d neutrals who read does get to c ur stupidity!! All d call out talk if u don’t realize alot of persons who use to make contributions stop bc they realize is only anti ttfa sentiments being encouraged and applauded!! Just imagine one of the strongest anti DJW critics Chabeth Haynes have realized this!! He who have eyes to c let him c!! Facebook warrior!

    • I’m focussing specifically on you and your level of stupidity …..you seem to have a talent for it.

  13. When people are enthusiastic and movers mistakes will happen! Get the real story about the last U 16 coach and yes u are allowed ur skepticism but don’t make it seem like facts!! Malik Johnson like wise my putting additional information in the public domain to clear up is not Trump like supporting if based on fact!! JAH KNOWS

  14. Everything you said has been reported here …but since you wanna go there …going behind the coaches back to the players to get an additional game when he thought it wasnt the best idea ….wasn’t undermining? …. having meetings without the presence of your vice president. Firing the former U16 coach then bringing in Latas one mth before the tournament…… who you think you really talking to. Yo is grown ass men here who been through it. I’ve known this guy since I was a youth, when w connection was a fete match side and we used to admire DJW. Nobody is denying some of his recent ventures but until it comes to fruition how bout you allow us our skepticism. Yuh think yuh could do that? Jah kno …..

  15. Malik Johnson i wonder which on of DJW actions have been shady? The getting a sponsored trip to China and South America, the getting sponsorship for an elite youth program, the first time in years all national coaches employed under this administration paid, the honoring of football legends, the introduction of season passes and i could go on but don’t want to be a cheerleader!! That’s y neutrals with football at heart such as Chabeth Haynes starting to get fed up as well as a number of people who don’t write they comments but could pick sense from nonsense. Right now most ppl reading this thread involved in sport or just teams of ppl will know who really behaving like Trump supporters!!! Stupz

  16. Gordon you said it yourself Jack left the ttfa in a mess …and his two successors have been similarly as shady. So how is it “anti ttfa” and not “face value”? …. further more wired is a ‘medium’ ‘a platform if you may’ for people to express their own opinion. Wired’s opinion is not ours or my opinion. Our opinion I might add is formulated via our own logic and intellectual assessments. To assume otherwise is fantastically arrogant of you. My question to you is why is it bias because someone sees something different from you. ….if we’re biased because we’re seemingly ‘anti ttfa’ does that not make you similarly biased for you being ‘pro ttfa’ as well? So who’s right …who’s wrong ……….

  17. To much I’m sorry and hardluck

  18. Note Malik Johnson it have little to do with DJW bc Raymond Tim kee was my president bc i dont know where u all was but the mess ttfa was in when Jack left is very great the job he did have to be appreciated and the job DJW is doing is unbelievable so all arm chair critics should get on board!!

  19. No Malik Johnson u could remember when Hart spoke of his uncertainty of tenure i confirm and suggested certain things!! What i am against is the blind anti ttfa sentiments that have become par for the course on wired now so i am putting out logical and intellectual reasoning behind many decisions so that folks will be able to come to understand and appreciate. My wish is that all football lovers come together to propel d game forward it seems tho than some want d blog to be a place of bacahnal and confusion

  20. This man almost like ah Trump supporter yes ….. like djw could do no wrong in his eyes even if he step on yuh throat hah lol

  21. Untill another hot boat ride come up

  22. No games. Order in the place.

  23. Once…ok…cool…twice…play me for a fool…SMH

  24. stay focus bro wc dreams alive be more discipline

  25. He is just one of the mean examples of poor discipline in T&T sports. But then again it being displayed in Parliament so everyone must feel its right. He should be dropped permanently and used as an example.

  26. He is not bigger Dan de game.de man is a real Trini.if we drop him we ent win a next game .de man say sorry .cause it ent even have a next hunger Dan him for us now ,wen we needs golds

  27. No one is bigger than the game. Hope this is a lesson learned and let’s refocus on the goal which is qualifying for Russia.

  28. Vital player for the team n more so TT world cup qualifiers

  29. This is like cheating in a relationship, knowing full well the repercussions, and then asking for forgiveness….

  30. He should still be disciplined ,and if he is sincere accept his punishment

  31. Thank you young man despite all that has happened you are human remember to every action there is a reaction, forget all you will hear in the coming weeks your team is what is important let them know you erred to err is human and to forgive divine, there is a time for everything son put them in their place thank you for saying “SORRY” M.E

  32. Ironically, that’s the double standard that is ah norms in T&T.

  33. Lasana Liburd now u bs ing he didn’t deal with it wrong according to law but d way it was dealt with by all parties caused ill will and affected team chemistry!! Anybody who deal with groups and teams know that sometimes u are right but managing men is different from managing machines so the interpersonal relationship is important!! Ask murhino and Chelsea u trying to be difficult ur bias starting to show

  34. Actually, I think that’s just BS Gordon. And I think the TTFA president hasn’t given Hart his backing on this because he wants to see if he can exploit it for his own ends first.
    Come off your soap box. If the president realised he dealt with the situation wrong the first time, then where is his apology?

  35. Sry he contract on the line…no I in team…go back in the Savannah and kick ball…ur attitude towards the game the team and the fans were atrocious….

  36. Go on boy and score more goals for tnt

  37. After the first instance everyone realized that it was wrongly dealt with by all parties so to avoid a repeat, firstly a report was requested followed by a meeting coming out of which a unified statement will be made so all involved can move forward positively!! Lasana Liburd we need to divorce the personalities and come up with policies so next time there will be a set structure to follow!! Good leaders learn from situations so i guess both coach Hart and DJW are learning and finding ways to improve team management and discipline going forward

  38. Wow amazing when he was scoring he was the best he made two mistake n under the bus for him. That’s why the world is how it’s today no compassion. If some of us was God sad be our portion yes. Forgive others the same way you will like to be forgiven. ✌
    #myopinionjustsaying

  39. Gordon Pierre allyuh could give politicians a run for their money. First the national coach was in Trinidad for five days before he left the country and was available to meet the president then.
    Secondly if the TTFA president was foaming at the mouth the FIRST time that Molino broke camp although he apologized then, then why the more relaxed approach on the SECOND occasion when he breaks the exact rule at the very next opportunity.
    And finally if he can say he “commends” the guilty party got apologizing, then why can’t he not use the same opportunity to applaud Hart for taking prompt action?

  40. Big fat wet watery loud steups.

  41. Lasana Liburd Anwar Ali the last time the d situation occurred it was played out in the public and more damage than good was done as u all have seen an official report has been requested and the president and the coach will sit and chart the way forward with a discipline matrix being installed. This meeting have not taken place by coach is out of the country. Like is damn if u do damn if u don’t!!

  42. Well I am not surprised because my dictator president was the same one who went behind Coach Hart back and tried to get the players to agree in playing an extra game , and the players put him in his place and said no, ain’t that so. Them really good yes.

  43. UPDATE: Stephen Hart told the TTFA Media it was important that Molino accepted responsibility for his actions, although he stopped short of stating definitively whether he was satisfied with the apology and if there would be further disciplinary action against the player.
    “It is important that he accepts responsibility for his actions,” said Hart. “Kevin’s attitude towards training and playing was never in question. His work ethic in this respect is commendable.
    “He made some poor decisions and it is important that he accepts responsibility for his actions. Wearing the national team shirt is an honour. Yes! More so it is a great responsibility.”
    Ironically, the situation was reversed last month when Hart fined Molino, along with Joevin Jones and Mekeil Williams, for breaking camp but played them in World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala and the United States.
    John-Williams suggested then that the punishment was light and contemplated further disciplinary action against the players.
    However, now that Hart has dropped Molino, the TTFA president did not applaud his coach and instead commended the player for apologising.

  44. UPDATE:
    Hart told the TTFA Media it was important that Molino accepted responsibility for his actions, although he stopped short of stating definitively whether he was satisfied with the apology and if there would be further disciplinary action against the player.
    “It is important that he accepts responsibility for his actions,” said Hart. “Kevin’s attitude towards training and playing was never in question. His work ethic in this respect is commendable.
    “He made some poor decisions and it is important that he accepts responsibility for his actions. Wearing the national team shirt is an honour. Yes! More so it is a great responsibility.”
    Ironically, the situation was reversed last month when Hart fined Molino, along with Joevin Jones and Mekeil Williams, for breaking camp but played them in World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala and the United States.
    John-Williams suggested then that the punishment was light and contemplated further disciplinary action against the players.
    However, now that Hart has dropped Molino, the TTFA president did not applaud his coach and instead commended the player for apologising.

  45. And also when our number 1 goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams belonged to W- Connection eh, and he also voiced his opinion about the injustices in the Club eh and my dictator President who is the owner of the Club and the Coach Stuart Charles Fevrier got rid of him because he was also deemed a rebel with a cause eh but now he is accepting an apology eh I am 1000% certain if Molino had break his professional team rules and regulations eh he wudda buss his throat the same steeuuppss, Hence the reason for years I have been calling for the Players Association to be up and running in our sweet country to defend our players rights, our players shouldn’t be huting up their heads about nutten else especially about the politricks but just about playing the football and that is call Double Standards eh steeuuppss. Them really good yes.

  46. And when my other prolific goalscorer was standing up for the players and himself with respect to the game fee of $250 should be raised to $ 500 per player eh, the TTFA called him a rebel with a cause eh, and he was put on the black list hence the reason why he got no more call ups to represent the Soca Worries steuuppsss. but Molino broke the Coach Hart rules twice eh and my dictator President is accepting an apology eh so that he will do it again a third and final time steeuppss, and even with his eyes closed, Mr, Bound not to score ain’t want nutten with my real prolific goalscorer eh. Them really good yes.

  47. Like the alcohol from the club finally wear off? Take your year’s sabatical as you planned please.

  48. He wudda never done that shit neither any other player, if my greatest in the universe was in charge of the Soca Worries, then again The smiling Assassin Dwight Yorke did try the shit and that was the end of his football career with the greatest team in the universe and I wudda buss his throat the same way for disrespecting my rules. Steeuuppss. Them really good yes.

  49. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me

  50. Imagine we does ask the creator for forgiveness every night. Wonder what does go tru he head when he see the judgement we cast on our fellow men.

    • God forgave David but he also said the sin will not depart from your house. So Tamar was raped by her brother Amnon and another brother Absalom waited 2 years before he got his men to kill Ammon. Yes so David’s sins of adultery and murder were forgiven but there were lots of consequences to him and his family.

      So by Molino acting the fool the GC might be a pipe dream. The consequences for his action is far reaching so my him saying I am sorry should not be greeted with a Kamla lets move on. Especially when he sorry just the other day for the same thing.

  51. And that is understandable and warranted Lasana…

  52. He take real long to feel sorry. ..does it have to do with the comments made by his US club

  53. I agree with most of that Calvin. But there must also be consequences for actions. For a grown man to knowingly break the rules, get caught, apologise and break the same rule again at the very next opportunity is making a joke of the thing or playing his coach for a fool.
    If that is the guy we are supposed to rely on to go to Russia, then you might as well start unpacking your suitcase.
    I agree that to err is human. But there must be penalties for bad behaviour too. Not a lifelong ban or anything like that. But something that makes it clear we won’t tolerate this.

    • Hey Lasana – What rule was broken? Can you clarify? Are players not allowed to leave camp at nights period? I’m actually curious to know the camp rules.

    • Yeah. “In camp” means that your actions 24/7 are geared toward preparing for the game. Meaning diet, training, rest. If u in a night club, your diet not monitored neither is the energy expended when the body should on fact be recuperating for the next day’s game or training

    • Kion – I doubt it’s that formal. And you can’t have a human being locked up in a room / building for 5-6 days. You’re not raising chickens. Players also need to relax – destress. Don’t agree that they should go out on an all night drinking spree before the game, but a few hours out listening music and dancing is all good with me. Could even be a team bonding activity.

    • The only thing not formal about it is that the team probably not getting proper food.

    • Carlos, it actually is that formal. All the way to diet. Everything from sleep times to meal times and what’s on the menu comes from coaching staff.
      The idea is to have the players in the best possible condition for the game and recovery (sleep patterns) is a big part of that.
      I’m just telling you as I’ve heard it from the national team.
      I remember the coach found two players sneaking to eat ice cream before their friendly against Mexico in Utah last year.
      And he had to explain to them that the diary would line their lungs and they are playing at altitude. So it would affect their ability to operate on match day.
      This is what it is. At professional clubs in the premiership, there are oxygen rooms at the ground and ice baths and so on. All meant to give you a physical advantage in terms of recovery.
      Hart didn’t make this stuff up. How will they achieve as professional footballers if this is too much for them?

    • I think Carlos picturing tent and singing kumbaya when he hear players in “camp”

    • Lol..I’m just saying there might be too much focus on the physical and not enough on the mental aspects of things.

    • For the 2006 World Cup, those players were in camp for close to two months. They were in Germany for just over three weeks.
      No partying. How come Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy could manage it and Kevin Molino couldn’t?
      Carlos, there were five days between each game at the Germany World Cup just like there were five days between when we played Sweden, England and Paraguay.
      Was it inhumane that those players were not allowed three or four parties each in Germany?

    • Can’t get anywhere without a level of maturity and sacrifice.

    • Lasana – No one is proposing the players be allowed to party. You’re taking my points and exagerating it. I’m saying that balance may be needed. Are the players breaking camp because they’re inherently indisciplined? Or is there a deeper issue? Are they feeling stiffled or are they overly stressed? It might do us well to look at the bigger picture as we seek to understand why our players are breaking camps.

    • What I’m saying Carlos is that it is indeed normal for players not to be allowed to go to a club during far more extended periods together than one flipping week.
      All teams in the world adhere to it. So i feel the question you should look at too is: “What is so special about Kevin Molino that he needs such leeway?”

    • I remember either Romario or Edmundo complaining prior to a World Cup that they needed to have sex the night before a game in order to score a goal when Brazil were talking about banning families from the team hotels for the duration of the tournament. They still didn’t break the curfew though…(well,as far as we know)

    • Note that it wasn’t just Molino that broke the camp. If it was just him I’ll say it was a one off and deal with the bad apple. However, there were others as well. So it might be symptomatic of a bigger issue. Anyway, as Kelvin said in an earlier post the players have their cell phones, ipads, ipods, and other electronic gadgets, so they should be happy like pappy:-)

    • Carlos, we cannot want Trinidad and Tobago to compete with the top nations in the world and not expect the players to sacrifice like the top players in the world.
      If they want to be relaxed and enjoy life, then let St Vincent and the Dominican Republic be the teams they compare themselves with.
      And let fans pay SVG ticket prices to watch them.

    • As far as we are aware, Molino was only player to break camp the second time.

  54. It’s simple Brian don’t spend your money

    • And Calvin, that’s where I’ve been for the last few years. Unfortunately I can’t say where my tax dollars go. Oh well…….

    • We all spend to support and watch them whenever or wherever they are in America I go once I can but that doesn’t give me the right to pull down a young man or say he should never play again for the country he made a mistake it being more than once or in a short space of time understood but we all fall short in some way in our life but it’s up to us to learn from it and the team need him if they are to stand a chance of making the WC so let’s put it behind us and support the team and him and let’s move forward

    • Calvin Palos Garcia I’ve never said he should never play again! What I’ve said is that he deserves a strong punishment which will send a clear message to all athletes representing our country about what’s acceptable behavior. This has been a constant behavior amongst our footballers and our West Indian cricketers – it must stop! No one has ever made a strong statement against it. This is as good a time as any. I’m also not pulling him down! He broke team rules and as such betrayed his team mates! It is my right – I’m a citizen.

    • So if it has bin done for yrs y should he be made the example or y she he feel the grunt of this for the ones that did it before him… As I have said punishment is a must but judge him on what he did not what has bin going on for yrs… We are all citizens and we all love our country and we hold our athletes to a high standard but we are all humans and sometimes we make the wrong choices….

    • Calvin Palos Garcia , I concede! Since it’s been done for a long time, let’s just forget it. Ok then……….. so where do we go from here?

    • We can’t forget it Brian we just have to learn from it and (try) and make sure it doesn’t happen again…. Where do we go the coach,his staff and the president sit down and come up with a solution when it comes to him and also moving forward to ensure that it doesn’t happen again with him or anyone else…

    • Calvin Palos Garcia it not happening again is up to the player, no one else.

    • Calvin, you know we aren’t going to get near to Russia with a bunch of children right?
      Here’s an example I just shared. When T&T played Mexico in Utah last year, the players were warned to stay away from dairy and especially ice cream. It was off the menu.
      But a member of the coaching staff caught two players sneaking to have one of those ice cream bars.
      So now the coach has to explain to these guys that they are playing Mexico at altitude and the dairy will line their lungs thereby further impacting on their ability to operate when it is hard enough to breath, etc, etc.
      Is this a World Cup-bound football team or a nursery?

    • Lasana Liburd these guys need to be educated on some of these stuff am sure our team don’t have someone that teaches them about what is right for there bodies and what’s wrong the few that play in professional leagues outside of Trinidad may know these things because there clubs are equipped with those things but for some this is new to them… I also understand if it was told to them then they shouldn’t do it…..

    • Funny that it seems one or two with professional teams are the ones who need the most work. And that suggests it is not a lack of knowledge but something else.
      Good luck to the coaching staff.

  55. That’s what we said after the first time too Bass Cleff.

  56. Only because it affects his club career

  57. Allyuh getting on as if coach Hart made his ruling already. So far all we know is that Molino apologised and the TTFA president thought it was a great apology.
    Unless…

  58. ..So the disciplinary measure was one match. HAHAHAHAHA..

  59. Well done let’s move on now and get ready for the hex….

  60. Once a mistake? . But only now.

  61. I think we hadda go ahead without him. Take in the first two games of the hex with the current team, and coach, then assess things

  62. He would of have to sit out more games and send a message to the team that this action is not acceptable

  63. Listen…whether he means it or not is not our business. The fact is he did the honourable thing. Too bad some of us who are laughing cannot even use their name and “honourable” in the same sentence… But in moving forward, our proof will be what he does from here… I too was very critical of his actions but i also feel he can help us tremendously on our road to Russia once he stays on the right track…so give it up for now!!!

    • I disagree! It is my business! I spend money going to see them. My tax dollars support them. This was the second time he did it. We must have standards!

    • Ok and this is the second time he has done it… So you have you learnt the very first time from every mistake you made? Even as a young man growing up??? Ok then are there any more men like you around? Because I need to find one JUST LIKE YOU! I’m simply saying…let’s judge him by what he does next rather than what we assume he’ll do…and if you look back you’d see where i was one who totally disagreed with his actions at the time. He has done what many men can’t do…”apologize”… Let’s give him the chance now. And no…I’m not a “hurt” woman ok?

    • Bass Cleff I don’t know where the hurt woman thing comes from but he’s done it twice in close succession- within one month!!! Yes, I’m comfortable saying I’m sorry!

    • I know some men get offended when women speak about men “not being able to apologize” and always sum it up to one who was hurt hence my saying that…that’s all…

    • I never Knew being 26 Hard back years old and you still in childish ways.. Wanting to learn frm mistakes.. Look eh the football team eh no life coarse or symposium…. It’s serious commitment needed for the world. Cup qualifiers

  64. Yet the TTFA could not make a public statement up until now on this matter. This body is full of shit.

  65. The fact that he apologized does not or should not affect the penalty. Remember we went down this road before and $6000 US did not affect him. We should accept his apology but he should feel the full brunt of the sanction. He’s not bigger than the game or the nation. About time we have some standards

  66. Hahhaha !!!

    Well they dead weekend of Nov 8, 9, 10…fete after fete !

  67. Good sense has prevailed. Even if he not sorry at least he showing some common sense. Maybe ppl in Orlando informed him how it could negatively affect his career

  68. It looks like the coach has been put in a hard position after the President of the TTFA basically accepted the apology and nothing has been done yet.

  69. how will his non-selection for the National team affect his marketability?…is he only now realizing that he could be jeopardizing his financial future?…

  70. WARRIORS I’M SORRY.

    Moli break ah biche one night
    And to make matters worse, do it back.
    Back back a few weeks ago
    Make the head coach tu’n blue and black.
    Took away some Moli money and said
    ” That wasn’t very nice”.
    And so today, after this second apology
    What will be the price???

    Warriors I’m soreeee… To the tune of “Haiti”??

  71. Actions must have consequences.

  72. If so, it’s not a good precedent to set for the team.

  73. Didn’t this “bushumplex” apologize then get fined and then do it again? Are we really that desperate??

  74. I’ve already purchased my tickets for the Costa Rica game on the 11th. It’ll be great to have Molino on the team.

  75. cause that apoligy is a joke not sincere that is someone telling him what 2 do you really feel he is remorseful please he aint learn shit cause its him saying sorry but someone else”s words

  76. The most mature thing he’s done recently.

  77. Big man ting…lewwe hope he matures from this experience and move on to greater things…it will be interesting to see whether the public will support him…i hope we do and so help develop a better person, not just a footballer, out of him. Remember he is a role model for countless young boys here in Trinidad and Tobago. It’s a bit sad that the first two comments are laughing…maybe I missed something …Just saying…

    • “..So the disciplinary measure was one match. HAHAHAHAHA..”

      “the fix is in”??????????

      Appears that you are privy to info that we are not.

  78. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.