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Isaiah wasn’t injured! Coach opens up on U-20 player’s controversial Caribbean Cup exit

Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 head coach Brian Williams has cleared the air on Isaiah Hudson’s controversial departure from the national squad, in the midst of their Caribbean Cup tournament in Curaçao.

And Williams, a former Strike Squad standout, denied that Hudson was injured—as claimed by the player’s father, Brent Hudson—but instead said his exit seemed to be in retaliation to the W Connection attacker being left out of the team against Haiti, in their final group match.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 attacker Isaiah Hudson (centre) is denied by St Lucia goalkeeper Noah Didier during 2016 Caribbean Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 19 June 2016. Hudson is also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 attacker Isaiah Hudson (centre) is denied by St Lucia goalkeeper Noah Didier during 2016 Caribbean Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 19 June 2016.
Hudson is also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Hudson (B) told Wired868 that his son was not being properly treated in Curaçao and said the family’s decision to recall him was not affected by Williams’ decision to drop the player against Haiti—although two other injured players, Jacob Sooklal and Kierron Mason, remained with the squad for the entire competition.

“He has an injury and we are not comfortable with him having an injury and we see it fit for him to come home,” said Hudson (B), last week. “I didn’t discuss [with him] why he was on the bench [against Haiti]. We will probably talk about that when he gets home.

“Me and my wife were uncomfortable about him staying there [in his condition] because [the team] has already qualified. Taking care of Isaiah [now] will help Trinidad more in the long run.”

However, although Williams said Hudson had a sore shoulder, he denied that the player was ever declared unfit or even asked to be left out due to an injury.

“Nobody was aware of an Isaiah injury until we received the request from his father after the Haiti game,” Williams told Wired868. “The boy was training and playing as normal and was even doing pushups. I even asked Dexter Thomas, who is our qualified physio, and he said Isaiah never complained to him…

“Isaiah seems to want guaranteed playing time and I cannot give that to any player!”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 coach Brian Williams. (Courtesy TTFA Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 coach Brian Williams.
(Courtesy TTFA Media)

Remarkably, Williams, who is also a W Connection youth coach, said it was not the first time that Hudson (B) apparently threatened to withdraw his son. The first threat, according to the national youth coach, was relayed to him via players after he used Hudson off the substitutes’ bench for the first practice game of their pre-tournament tour in Panama.

“I was a bit concerned about Isaiah’s performance in the Under-17 competition but I was told that he was sick,” said Williams. “So I decided to give him some extra rest and bring him in gradually. So he wasn’t selected from the start for our first practice game in Panama.

“I understood from some players that his father said if he is not playing to come home. So I called Isaiah in to talk about it and he was giving a little attitude.

“He told me he wants to start and that a man who had just come was starting ahead of him. And I told him he didn’t have a divine right to start every time.”

Williams did start Hudson for Trinidad and Tobago’s two subsequent warm-up matches as well as their two opening Caribbean Cup fixtures. But against eventual champions, Haiti, the coach opted for more workmanlike wingers—in a bid to contain the French-speaking team’s adventurous full backs—and chose the tigerish Jarred Dass ahead of Hudson.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 winger Jarred Dass (right) tackles St Lucia defender Melvin Doxilly during 2016 Caribbean Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 19 June 2016. Dass was preferred to Isaiah Hudson for a crucial Caribbean Cup fixture against Haiti. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 winger Jarred Dass (right) tackles St Lucia defender Melvin Doxilly during 2016 Caribbean Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 19 June 2016.
Dass was preferred to Isaiah Hudson for a crucial Caribbean Cup fixture against Haiti.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

That tactical decision, according to Williams, proved to be the last straw for Hudson (B).

“Due to how game went against Haiti [on Wednesday evening], with their wing backs coming at us, I wanted a player who worked more defensively and Isaiah is more of an offensive player,” said Williams. “On Thursday morning, we received a message from his father than he wanted his son to return immediately because he is injured and nobody cares about him…

“We received that request from his father in writing, so we had to agree… When we told Isaiah, he didn’t want to leave the camp. But we had no choice [but to send him home] because he is a 16 year old boy and there is a request from his father.”

The Warriors, who lost star striker Nicholas Dillon to injury against Haiti, went on to lose on penalties to Antigua and Barbuda before falling 3-2 to Bermuda in the third place play off.

Crucially, Williams rested Shiva Boys’ Hindu College goalkeeper Denzil Smith for the third place fixture. Smith did not concede a single goal in his first outings between the uprights.

However, the national youth coach said Dillon’s injury and Hudson’s departure was an unwelcome distraction.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago striker Nicholas Dillon (right) celebrates one of his five goals against Turks and Caicos alongside teammate Isaiah Hudson during Caribbean Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 17 June 2016. T&T won 11-0. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago striker Nicholas Dillon (right) celebrates one of his five goals against Turks and Caicos alongside teammate Isaiah Hudson during Caribbean Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 17 June 2016.
T&T won 11-0.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

“Dillon injured and Isaiah [Hudson] pulling out interfered with our team chemistry and balance,” said Williams. “We play with three attackers and we lost two.”

Williams and Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams, who is also the W Connection president, still have to decide on how to treat with the situation.

Ironically, it follows on the heels of another disciplinary breach with the senior team after star midfielder Kevin Molino left coach Stephen Hart’s camp to party for his second straight international tour.

Williams, who had Shiva Boys players Tyrel “Pappy” Emmanuel and Quinn Rodney shun a training camp in Guyana earlier in their preparations, said he is concerned about parents trying to hold the national team to ransom over playing time for their children.

“If parents can pull their players out of a national team camp when they want then I have to take that under consideration,” Williams told Wired868. “How can a parent just bring his child home if they are on the bench or if they are not satisfied with selection?

Photo: Shiva Boys Hindu College players (foreground, from left) Tyrel "Pappy" Emmanuel, Quinn Rodney and Yohannes Richardson pose after securing the SSFL Premier Division title in Pleasantville on 22 October 2016. All three were National Under-20 members but Rodney and Emmanuel pulled out of a pre-tournament tour while Richardson was not selected. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Shiva Boys Hindu College players (foreground, from left) Tyrel “Pappy” Emmanuel, Quinn Rodney and Yohannes Richardson pose after securing the SSFL Premier Division title in Pleasantville on 22 October 2016.
All three were National Under-20 members but Rodney and Emmanuel pulled out of a pre-tournament tour while Richardson was not selected.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

“I cannot guarantee any child on the national team playing time or selection… I cannot tolerate parents’ interference because I am working in the interest of the national team.”

Hudson (B) was ambiguous when asked about his son’s future with the National Under-20 Team.

“If the [national] coach feels to pick him and he is fit and feels like playing, I would let him play,” said the parent. “That is if he feels like playing of course.”

Williams retorted that he would have to be mindful of the potential issues which came with selecting the Naparima College schoolboy.

“I want players who have a hunger to represent the national team,” said Williams. “How his father might think about me is not my problem; because I cannot have a 16-year-old questioning selection all the time.

“You don’t have a divine right to play and I will have to consider how I will deal with you. Because if every time you are upset your father takes you out of the team, then we have a problem.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team midfielder Isaiah Hudson (right) tries to hold off Bermuda captain Zuhri Burgess during 2017 World Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team midfielder Isaiah Hudson (right) tries to hold off Bermuda captain Zuhri Burgess during 2017 World Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

At present, the National Under-20 Team is the most successful men’s outfit in Caribbean competition during a lean period for the TTFA. The National Under-17 Team were eliminated in the Caribbean Cup’s group stage, despite playing at home, while the senior Soca Warriors were eliminated in the qualifying round in Martinique.

Williams said his troops benefitted from the Panama pre-tournament camp and insisted that there is better in-store. He plans to head to Tobago for a second scouting mission before he resumes training while he also hopes to have Netherlands Eredivisie winger, Levi Garcia, for the CONCACAF round in Costa Rica from 17 February to 5 March.

“The Panama tour was a real plus for us because of the exposure at international level,” said Williams. “The players responded well and there was an improvement in terms of our defensive discipline and attitude… I will continue to look for offensive players and try to improve our goal scoring and mobility in the final third.”

Ironically, Hudson, Rodney and Emmanuel are, potentially, three of the country’s best offensive talents. But Williams would need to be convinced about their commitment to the “Red, White and Black” before they allowed back into his fold.

“I am not creating a clean slate for people who are not committed to the national team,” said the National Under-20 coach. “I cannot call back men who are just walking out on me. I want players who will honour national team duty. I take a very firm stance on that.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (right) leaves St Vincent and the Grenadines defender Shawn Benjamin for dead during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 29 March 2016. Trinidad and Tobago won 6-0. Garcia has declared his interest to represent the National Under-20 Team. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (right) leaves St Vincent and the Grenadines defender Shawn Benjamin for dead during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 29 March 2016.
Trinidad and Tobago won 6-0. Garcia has declared his interest to represent the National Under-20 Team.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the managing director and chief 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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  1. he keeps calling them ” Child’ or ” Children “… in the the real football world ..lots of U20 are starting for senior club and country… grow up tnt…

  2. This man always making trouble for himself an now for his son smh

  3. Brian said he was aware that the young man had a sore shoulder, but he did all exercises and never complained. Certain players fit into games according to the team at the time. While parents have to be concerned, please chat and consult with the coach if possible. This is big football, not round the corner football. Please don’t spoil your children’s future by rash movements. If he loves football and looking for a contract, such actions could be a block.

  4. “He told me he wants to start and that a man who had just come was starting ahead of him. And I told him he didn’t have a divine right to start every time.” (quote from the U-20 coach)

    It is truly ironic that there wasn’t a problem with him starting in the U-17 team although he was ‘sick’, came into camp a few days before the tournament and only train a couple of days. All of this were pointed out by the captain in a team meeting after the first game as the effort expected was not given and there were others players who were fit to play.
    We all know what happened thereafter. So coach Brian hold strong but thread carefully.
    Nuff respect.

    …the human within…

  5. Devon, will leave the name calling to people who can’t get their point across. I agree that all kids should get another chance based upon a sincere apology and once the coach agrees to it. If the coach does not agree, then they stay off the team, whether they apologize or not. Molino is off topic and I have stated my thoughts on that topic at that time. Suffice it to say, I never said what you wrote earlier.

  6. Me personally I think that none of them should be allowed back on any national team in the future anytime a player thinks that he is bigger than the game he should not be selected to give the coach more stress…. Simply adding them back souls give them the sense that they could do anything and get away with it and still wear my proud red white and black…. Gordon Pierre Brian Jordan ET Al speaks rubbish….. Lasana Liburd so these fellas could say that Kevin Molino should automatically get his spot back after disrespecting our colours, head coach and team mates like that?…… Those two are Mad Men…..

    • Nobody is past redemption. But they would need to convince their coaches of that. Not wait for the coach to call them.

    • I’m sorry but if you can do it once you can do it twice and like Molino have the potential to for a third…. Molino is my current favorite soca warriors and I’m quite familiar with the carriers of Rodney for his days in princess town west, pappy in the republic cup with Cox coaching school and Santa flora government and Hudson coming up in the connection youth system with my younger cousins and other young players from my sweet fyzabad whom a have personally tried to mentor…. Of those four their behaviour is totally unacceptable….. And from my days of coaching in the ssfl for three years the best way I found to get players to show loyalty and true commitment was to axe them from my roster… They could even be around my training sessions until they apologized sincerely and proved why they deserve to wear the uniform

    • Devon, I agree that step one is an apology and a sales pitch as to what would be different if given the chance.

    • Step one is a proper corporate structure and governance practice around football and all sports in TT then that nonsense won’t be happening and people talking about favorite player while the country getting beaten by minions. This is all BS talk until we get people with a more corporate mindset running football .

    • But give them time because Molino only apologised when he realized that his mls career could be jeopardized due to his action with the national team when the Orlando coach decided to investigate the matter….. He’s he said sorry but I bet if he doesn’t receive a letter of appointment from coach Hart again he will say that he is being victimized and beg to back with the team….. Take S page out of sir Alex Ferguson book and leave out Rooney for showing up drunk….. Win loss or draw no player is above the law

    • Corporate my ASS… Only football minded people should be dealing with football affairs Brian Harry…. Be real….. What is more important business or representing your country in national colours heart and soul…… If ALLYUH know how happy I am to see that shit snake Athulla Guerra is a fifth string fringe player after the idiot bow down to the next shit snake Messi in Argentina…. Kudos to my coach Stephen Hart for making brilliant decisions like that….. No wonder I was begging for that man to come home since I was a lil boy watching him win the gold cup with Canada in the early 2000s…. Best coach ever in a warriors uniform

    • Devon London I enjoy reading responses like yours. It speaks exactly to the issues we are dealing with . Corporate doesn’t mean private sector but it speaks to a style and quality of management and leadership. Like most Trinidadians this one flew over the cuckoos nest

    • I know what it means….. Don’t ever try to think that your intelligence is superior to mine…. I could send you mad just arguing all night Brian….. Lol…. But corporate management has no place In a national team setup….. Ask yourself this Brian…… If you own a company would you rather an employee who gets the result done but disrespects your and disobeys your orders or would you rather one who follows instructions and maintains your company’s image and represents your policies excellently but you have to sacrifice a few dollars in profits because you know that you will benefit greater in the long run??????

    • Devon London km not debating this with you. I’ve worked as a consultant with several sporting bodies much bigger than TTFF and TT. I see what the successful ones do. I’m not debating anything because views like yours have pervaded football and we still at the bottom of the Caribbean heap, much less CONCACAF and World Cup

    • I think the topic has been strayed from…. The real issue here is players Indiscipline and what does management plan on doing about it…. My mother has a saying.. Common sense is not so common among the educated…. My grand mum has two… Gopaul luck eh Seepaul luck……. And what good for Peter eh good for Paul…. Hope your Ivy League education and international work experience cold help you put those into true context of this discussion

    • Devon London no the topic has not been strayed from. Player discipline is a management and leadership issue. Everyone acts in a way to maximize their utility/benefit. Good corporate systems ensures that the benefit of the individual doesn’t supersede the benefit of the whole!

    • So now you get my point the needs of the many must always outweigh the needs of the few….. Therefore according to you we do have good corporate management structures in place

    • Devon London we do not have such in place! If we did our results would be different. I think we on two different pages

    • Your words not mine…. Or do I have to quote you your own comment for you to understand Brian Harry???

    • Aye Lasana Liburd where you does find these educated dunce trinis and them boy…. The man confusing he self boy…. It’s like I said common sense is certainly not so common with this one???? Brian Harry you said and I quote “Good corporate systems ensures that the benefit of the individual doesn’t supersede the benefit of the whole!”….. Isn’t that what coach Hart did with Molino????? Brian Williams didn’t do that with Quinn Rodney and Pappy Emanuel ? Did the article above not say that Brian Williams explain that to Isaiah Hudson??? Did you read it all or did you just read the comments and decided to bandwagon the conversation like like 95% of the ppl in the stadium when the soca warriors playing? You ever kick a lime in yuh life to be discussing football matters amongst the experts of the game? Man look better you stay quiet with whatever shit for brains degree you waste your parents hard earned money on and leave football matters up to football people

    • Devon London – I’m talking about something much bigger than molino and hart. Before going to calling names etc. Try at a minimum to get the point. I’ve said results snd spoken about competitiveness several times. Get the point snd let’s have a discussion. I’m everything but dunce .

    • Devon London and further I’m done speaking with you. I will let Keith look Loy snd lasana translate for you.

    • Like I said learn to kick a lime then talk or rather since you seem to be the studious type read the actual article first then comment OK Brian Harry

    • Devon, we discourage personal insults here. We really frown on it. So no need to go there and I hope you appreciate that.
      A mechanic, an engineer, a carpenter and a lawyer might all find a slightly different way to address the same problem.
      I find the different ideologies fascinating. You might not agree with what he comes up with but at least it would be something you didn’t think of that you could pick something from. That’s how I see it.
      Let’s not fight each other. We can agree or disagree civilly.

  7. Sean Powder

    Reading this story and the previous story about whether a player is cherished, I can only laugh at the ridiculousness of this situation. To see so much of our attention placed on this nonsense shows how little we are focused on player development, quality and the honor it is to represent our nation. As the father of Noah Powder, the former captain of the U17 and a member of the current U20 squad, I want to share my perspective.

    Noah was a regular starter for the New York Red Bulls II team at either a left or right wing back and sometimes as a winger in a season where the NYRBII won every title in USL; the regular season championship(Noah scored the game winning goal), Eastern Conference and USL Cup. Noah at age 17 played and started on the best team in the USL in the same league as Trevin Caesar, Ataullah Guerra and Neveal Hackshaw. Of the three only Trevin Caesar scored more goals than him last season in USL. Should, I be calling Coach Hart, contacting the President or Technical Director for his inclusion in Men’s National team? Of course not, parents and players MUST respect the coaches and the process!

    Noah played the full 90 plus two overtime periods in the USL Eastern Conference semifinal vs. Rochester Rhinos on October 7th where Red Bulls II won in PKs. On Saturday October 8th, Noah boarded a plane to Panama in order to enter camp with our Men’s National U20 team, due to his commitment to the National team he missed both the Eastern Conference Final vs. Louisville City FC which NYRBII won and the USL Cup Championship vs. Swope City which NYRB won. New York Red Bulls were not pleased with his early departure but Noah has a dream of playing in the U20 World Cup for TNT and he believed that the Panama camp was an important part of the process to that goal.

    I provide this background not to suggest Noah is the best or worse player on the team nor that I am a better or worse parent than others or that we should praise Noah or I. However, I hope it gives some perspective to players, parents, administrators and commentators that we must focus on structured player development, sacrifice, quality and honor the national colors through serious commitment.

    I was in Curacao for the CFU Finals, we should be praising the defense especially Cupid, Sandy and the goal keeper, Smith instead of 200 plus comments on bs. Please note nothing against others but those 3 stood out to me. This is one of the best defensive performances I have seen of a youth team in my limited memory. We should recognize how important Dillon is to this team and style of play, I want to know how serious his injury is and how soon he can be back in training. We should be focusing on our strengths, to build on our strengths not spending so much time on what will not make this team better. This site has some fabulous football minds that teach me so much when I read their comments, lets find a way to put them to work in this forum to move our football forward. Frankly, we can discuss Brent, Isiah, Brian, and DJW for the next 10 days, I do not think it will add value to the team and its ability to progress in CONCACAF.

    Lastly, Noah was not selected for the U15 team, he was not initially selected for U17, he was not selected for U17 CFU Group Stage, he was not selected for U17 CFU Finals. We bought one more ticket after TNT qualified via best 3rd place for Concacaf, Noah was selected and eventually Captained the team and was the leading goal scorer.

    Sacrifice, player development, commitment and recognize the honor it is to represent our country.

    Lasana, I not trying to stop the bacchanal just trying to pivot the bacchanal ..lol

  8. Football goes no where in sweet T&T and the example of why is in this group for the past two days. Sorry to say 🙁

  9. I think he should Brian Jordan he have made his stand the whole world knows now no one is guaranteed a pick and he wants committed players. I think the Shiva crew and all should be allowed to address the selection process of course there will need to be serious change in the young men attitude

  10. So what’s next Gordon? Should coach allow kid back for Concacaf? What do you think?

  11. DJW is the TTFA president and the TTFA employs Brian Williams. He is the W Connection president and he employs Brian Williams there too. He also has Isaiah Hudson on contract at W Connection. And it was DJW who Brent Hudson called to have his son returned home.
    So that’s why I mentioned DJW Jamaal. Hope you’re okay with that.

  12. Give up cause it going no where sorry if I disrupted the flow. Everyone I apologize

    • Like I said, I’m happy for you to comment. And I don’t mind you defend your president. It is good to have different opinions.
      Just try not to attack people who are contributing. If you can make your points without personal attacks then we are fine. I don’t mind picong either. That’s all well and good.

  13. Exactly and DJW and up in it. Plus yu ever see me personally attack anyone I basically as an ex goalkeeper was a defensive player not an attacker. On the contrary Keith was a defender who liked to overlap so maybe it brings out those attacking qualities. And well you was also a skillful attacker

  14. Again i really see why as a country we failing in math and science!! Keith Look Loy started a thread about failure at cfu, u 17 failure u 20 4th worse ever etc my response to that is all those results have their roots in long term development which would have fell under his time as head of technical committee and not an eleven month old administration. I never said he can’t criticize but the root of those results may be found as d old ppl does say behind his nose!! I responded now on this thread because all day my name was being banded about on the thread and anyone in the public can look and verify now u telling me about topic!! All that i have stated in this reply can be checked and verify by any fair minded individual!!

  15. This is going nowhere Jamaal. The conversation is about matters involving the national under-20 team, Isaiah Hudson, Brent Hudson, Brian Williams and the TTFA.

  16. If you feel I accusing you of that my apology but you know I does try to use picong also to win my argument

  17. Wow I could say the same for a lot of you

  18. I am vex when you and Gordon start attacking people personally who are trying to have a conversation. Somehow the talk went to who I wanted as president. That’s called trolling Jamaal. I have never had a problem with anyone defending DJW. No need to play victim now.

  19. I hear you and personally, I have not read anything messianic bro.. I know we also may not agree with everything people say but we can debate our disagreements respectfully, and sometimes agree or choose to agree to disagree. Love the passion man but it can cut both ways..

  20. Well I don’t know Jamaal. But I’m looking at the behaviour.
    Keith is talking about the youth development plan and what can be better. Gordon Pierre hops up to say Keith was a shit coach who never accomplished anything.
    Even if that was true, what did that have to do with the discussion? It is a troll move.
    So we deal with Gordon and having another discussion about Isaiah Hudson and, indirectly, the W Connection shadow over our youth team.
    And up jumps you to say I wanted Ramesh to be president and I’m batting for Fenwick.
    What in the world are you talking about and how is that on topic?
    So if Gordon and you are taking turns, Jamaal, then I have to question your motives. That’s all.

  21. I not vex if you all critical but like men vex when I defend him on an issue .

  22. DJW is not perfect and just the same way as not everything he or the TTFA is right everything they do is not wrong either

  23. Regarding an issue surrounding DJW

  24. Because my views at times differ from you and Keith

  25. Or you can let your football president ask himself rather than send proxies and mouthpieces.

  26. Lol. You’re still trying red herrings Jamaal. I realise I will just have to leave that alone unless you have something specific that you would like me to respond to.
    Look how many messages now had nothing to do with the substantive message. This might just be another way to disrupt the conversation. So I’d let it be.
    But you can ask me anything you like openly and I will respond.

  27. Ok Jamaal. You see I was very hopeful about DJW’s presidency beforehand and I thought he was the best candidate. Maybe I was naive in thinking so.
    And what you should be asking is what changed my mind. To suggest that I never liked him and always wanted someone else will not lead to a mature discussion or get us anywhere.

  28. I am officially not accusing you of such as for my friend Terry can you let him bat for himself please.

  29. I said maybe yu would have been a happy camper if Ramdhan had won. You have to lighten up now that is picong

  30. Or anyone else for that matter…

  31. Okay Jamaal Shabazz, so to be clear, you are withdrawing your statement that I’m writing about the TTFA in the way I am because I wanted Ramesh to be football president?

  32. Okay Jamaal Shabazz. Well, I’m asking you to support your claim that my stance regarding the TTFA president is because I wanted Ramesh Ramdhan as football president.
    That is imputing improper motives to my work. And I’m saying if you cannot support that statement then you should do the mature thing.

  33. I not accusing yu of having had a candidate Lasana

  34. I talking about your accusations against DJW and constant insertions in articles when it’s not necessary. For instance of yu chose to say DJW when it’s a Board position or an action against the TTFA is that I need time to compile.

  35. I really don’t want to go back to all of that Gordon. You’re trolling because you are trying to change the topic away from what is happening with the current plan to whether Keith is worthy to criticize it.
    I think your assertion is factually wrong. But I am not going to discuss it because it is irrelevant and just a red herring.
    And like I said, we are only allowing comments that stay on topic. And you cannot tell any person here that they are unworthy of giving an opinion. That’s not your place.

  36. I did ONE single story on any candidate before the TTFA election Jamaal Shabazz. I’m posting it now. Please read it and come tell me if it supports your claim… And then do the right thing as a responsible adult.
    http://wired868.com/2015/11/26/john-williams-im-a-victim-of-w-connections-success-ttfa-candidate-speaks-out/

  37. You coming to tell me gossip Jamaal? You can make up gossip on the spot. You cannot be serious. Jamaal you don’t make an accusation and then try to see if you can back it up. What I’m supposed to do for that two weeks?
    If you cannot back up you claim right now, then do the mature thing. If and when you find “proof” then you are free to return with it.
    But do the right thing now Jamaal.

  38. I can compile accusations innuendos etc and responses. In saying so I do not believe one group has all the answers to develop the game but I know there will be different approaches.

  39. Nah Jamaal Shabazz. Don’t change the subject. I’m asking questions of the football president as is my right and you came to say that I’m doing that because I wanted someone else as president.
    Now to say I am batting for someone else is a direct attack on my integrity as a journalist and my motives in writing about local football.
    Now people who know me can appreciate my work is consistent and has been for two decades.
    If you know something else Jamaal then share it now. If not, you are unfairly attacking my integrity as a journalist and trying to malign me. And I still think you know what your response should be if you cannot prove.

  40. Lasana Liburd what i jump to say about Keith Look Loy is not that he was a shit coach!! Which may be a fact!! But the he was basically the man in charge of TT football technical affairs and did little or nothing but now is highly critical of all new initiatives brought froward by the TTFA when he had d opportunity to implement all his brilliant ideas under a powerful Jack Warner and great resources!! That is not trolling that is asking ppl to walk d talk bc if TT football in a mess in 2016 the person who in charge of the technical and development program for d majority of time between 2006 & 2015 must take huge responsibility especially when there was huge resources and power at their disposal

    • We are all imperfect. Should we then not learn from people who we think may have made errors, or who offer constructive criticism? Wouldn’t those people be able to give insight on lessons learned while they tried to make inroads?? We have to stop throwing out the baby with the bath water Gordon. We can prosper if we adopt an open tent approach, or continue as we have..

    • I agree 100% Brian Jordan but don’t come over like u a d Messiah of football especially when u had ur turn!! Let other people try in peace to nah or help them!! Don’t always have something negative to say bc u was a huge part of the problem!!

  41. Anyone tired of Kings, Cupbearers and such? Football suffers each time and the Kings and Cupbearers would have us believe football is doing better with them in control.. We need all hands working together, not some hands..

  42. If Raymond Tim Kee had won who knows who would have been the Cup Bearer of the King.

  43. Jamaal Shabazz don’t leave us there eh. Thing now start. Don’t expect amnesty just so. Prove your accusation as man or then do the right thing.

  44. Here is my answer to you Jamaal, there are thousands of stories on Wired868. Bring me one that shows me supporting Ramesh to be TTFA president. Or bring any proof that I backed his campaign in any way whatsoever.
    If you cannot do that Jamaal and your accusation is empty, then you’re a big man and I’m sure you would know the right thing to do.

  45. Jamaal, I wrote a glowing pre-election story on DJW. He was the only candidate that I wrote on. And know you want to tell me I am a Ramdan supporter.
    You’re being dishonest Jamaal. You’re being a politician now.
    They really say if you want to see the mark of a man then give him power. Or, in some cases, give him just the whiff of power.