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Nicaragua manage first ever win over T&T; more farce as Aikim and Ewing miss flight

Coach Tom Saintfiet got his Trinidad and Tobago football career off to a historic start tonight in Managua. But it was not the sort of history that local football fans would have hoped for, as his debut ended in a 2-1 loss to Nicaragua.

It was the first time that Nicaragua—ranked 124th in the world by FIFA at present—ever managed a win over the two island republic in their fourth attempt since 1967.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago head coach Tom Saintfiet. (Copyright Ethiosports)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago head coach Tom Saintfiet.
(Copyright Ethiosports)

Midfielder Luis Peralta put the hosts ahead after just three minutes, as he peeled away from marker Alvin Jones to beat opposing goalkeeper Adrian Foncette with a downward header off a well worked corner kick routine. It was Nicaragua’s first goal against Trinidad and Tobago in 49 years—the two nations played to a goalless draw in Port of Spain in October 2015.

The second item was even more memorable for the Central American nation, as Iceland-based forward Daniel Cadena beat Foncette with a dipping half volley from 35 yards to double their advantage.

Neither Peralta nor Cadena had ever scored an international goal before tonight.

Defence Force playmaker Hashim Arcia halved the deficit with his first item in Trinidad and Tobago colours in the 75th minute. While, 17 minutes earlier, San Juan Jabloteh Tyrone Charles came close with a free kick that clipped the bar.

But the boys in red, white and black could not salvage a point.

Saintfiet said he was disappointed in the result but not the performance.

“As a coach you don’t like to lose [and] I am disappointed with the result but I can’t be too disappointed in the performance of the team,” the Trinidad and Tobago coach told the TTFA Media. “Nicaragua were full strength and naturally we missed a lot of players. We gave some opportunities for players to make their debuts with a lot of young players in the squad and it was the first game after only two weeks in training together.”

Photo: W Connection winger and former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 player Aikim Andrews (centre) tries to find way past a gang of Santos Laguna players during 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: W Connection winger and former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 player Aikim Andrews (centre) tries to find way past a gang of Santos Laguna players during 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Not for the first time, Trinidad and Tobago’s problems began before kick off—in fact, they started before the team even got on the plane. Mysteriously, W Connection winger Aikim Andrews never got on the flight to Nicaragua which left Piarco on Christmas Day.

Wired868 understands that Andrews, a former National Under-20 player, had an expired passport and only realised as much at the airport.

Warriors chef de mission Ewing Davis refused to explain why Andrews did not board with his colleagues.

“If you speak to Aikim, he would be best placed to tell you,” Davis told Wired868. “But there were some challenges.”

If Davis, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) vice-president, was not much help to the young man, he did not do much better for himself. He also failed to make the trip. Again, he did not feel like explaining himself.

“In Trinidad, there are always challenges but my challenges are different to Aikim’s,” said Davis. “I should be going [to Nicaragua] tomorrow.”

The fact that the TTFA has not reported on the absence of player or administrator—after two full days in Nicaragua already—arguably typifies current football president David John-Williams’ administration, which has lurched from the clandestine to the incompetent to the farcical.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) vice-president and ex-SSFL president Ewing Davis does match commissioner duties during 2015/16 CNG National Super League Premiership Division action at the Matura Recreation Ground. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) vice-president and ex-SSFL president Ewing Davis does match commissioner duties during 2015/16 CNG National Super League Premiership Division action at the Matura Recreation Ground.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

And so Saintfiet—having dropped the team captain Kenwyne Jones, snubbed first team goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, lost back-up goalkeeper Marvin Phillip to injury and axed defender Tristan Hodge for indiscipline—found himself still losing players at the airport.

Incidentally, the Belgian is yet to have a face to face meeting with his assistant coach, Russell Latapy, who spent his Christmas in Portugal.

Presumably, having spent almost his entire coaching career in second and third tier football nations like Namibia and Bangladesh, Saintfiet might be used to such hiccups.

At first glance, there was little adventure about his team though. Like Andrews and Davis, the Warriors barely showed up in the first half either.

Stunned by an early goal, Trinidad and Tobago spent almost the entire first half camped in their own side of the field as an apparent matter of strategic choice rather than necessity.

It was only Cadena’s wonder strike, barely two minutes into the second half, that seemed to rouse the visitors into action.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielders Alvin Jones (centre) and Hashim Arcia (left) in action against Nicaragua on 27 December 2016. (Copyright Leonel Rodriguez Ramirez/TTFA Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielders Alvin Jones (centre) and Hashim Arcia (left) in action against Nicaragua on 27 December 2016.
(Copyright Leonel Rodriguez Ramirez/TTFA Media)

“It was a little bit sad that Nicaragua scored immediately after a few minutes,” said Saintfiet. “It was a goal out of a standard situation with two players [who] didn’t follow instructions of what was done in advance.

“The second half we wanted the make the equaliser but surprisingly they scored out of first of all, a hand ball in the midfield, but secondly, a world class goal with a player shooting from 30-40 metres.”

Saintfiet sent Charles and World Cup 2006 veteran Cornell Glen on to replace the anonymous pair of winger Jomal Williams and striker Akeem Roach in the 55th minute. And, three minutes later, Charles served warning with a delicate free kick that just clipped the bar before going over.

Last year, Charles made a forgettable debut in a 1-0 international friendly defeat to Panama in Couva under former coach Stephen Hart. And the winger certainly intended to make the most of his second chance.

In the 65th minute, Charles produced a brilliant outside of right boot cross that should have created a scoring opportunity for Glen if he had been paying close attention.

“Tyrone Charles came on and did well,” said Saintfiet. “He hit the cross bar with a fantastic free kick and then he had a good cross. We had a chance to make it 2-1 but it didn’t happen… We tried to press more and we had some good occasions.

Photo: San Juan Jabloteh attacker Tyrone Charles (right) keeps the ball from Central FC right back Kaydion Gabriel during 2015/6 Pro League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan Jabloteh attacker Tyrone Charles (right) keeps the ball from Central FC right back Kaydion Gabriel during 2015/6 Pro League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

“Also Cornell Glen played very well, was pressing a lot and we tried to go for 2-2 and of course it means the opponent could have some chances as we opened up a bit at the back.”

Finally, Nicaragua were being pressed in possession and beginning to look like what they are—an average Central American team that has only been to the CONCACAF Gold Cup once in the last 50 years.

In the 74th minute, the pressure told as the host nation conceded the ball in their own half of the field and Arcia galloped forward before belting into the far corner from 20 yards.

Any chance of an equaliser was lost in a raft of substitutions, though, with the most eye catching changes being Daneil Cyrus installed as a box to box central midfielder and Defence Force hardman Curtis “Boyo” Gonzales utilised as a right winger.

If Central’s commanding midfield duo of Nathaniel “Spanish” Garcia and Leston Paul were watching online, they might not have known whether to laugh or cry.

Before the match, Saintfiet told the TTFA Media that his team was 80 percent ready for competition and, regardless of the result, he hoped to see a reproduction of their work on the training ground.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Tom Saintfiet (centre) and Dr Terence Babwah (left) talk to defender Carlyle Mitchell during training at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on 15 December 2016. (Courtesy Nicholas Williams/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Tom Saintfiet (centre) and Dr Terence Babwah (left) talk to defender Carlyle Mitchell during training at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on 15 December 2016.
(Courtesy Nicholas Williams/Wired868)

The good news is that it can only get better from here. He will even have TTFA vice-president, Davis, by his side when Trinidad and Tobago face Nicaragua again on Friday 30 December.

Saintfiet suggested too that his players found it difficult on artificial turf after training exclusively on grass in Trinidad—rather than getting some sessions in on turf at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya. Nicaragua opened their artificial surface in 1992.

“It was also difficult on the artificial pitch but we can’t change that surface,” said the Belgian. “It was a very disappointing result but a satisfying performance for the first time of this team. Sure there were some weaknesses which we have to improve on and be ready for the future for the most important games against Suriname and Haiti and then Mexico and Panama.”

Trinidad and Tobago host Suriname and Haiti in vital 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup playoff fixtures on 4 and 8 January respectively. It is crucial that Saintfiet’s troops get some momentum before then.

Saintfiet said he saw positives in Managua that the Warriors can build on.

“I am a football coach who likes to look into the future,” he said. “I saw a lot of good things. I saw a committed team which played very well in the organisation, which made some small mistakes that the opponents scored out of. I think it was a decent start with disappointing result.”

Photo: Defence Force playmaker Hashim Arcia (right) attempts to glide past San Juan Jabloteh defender Jerome Isaiah McIntyre during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Defence Force playmaker Hashim Arcia (right) attempts to glide past San Juan Jabloteh defender Jerome Isaiah McIntyre during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

(Team)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 22.Adrian Foncette (GK); 11.Carlos Edwards (captain), 6.Radanfah Abu Bakr, 17.Maurice Ford, 2.Aubrey David; 16.Alvin Jones (5.Daneil Cyrus 80), 15.Hughtun Hector; 8.Nathan Lewis (20.Trevin Caesar 66), 14.Hashim Arcia (4.Curtis Gonzales 78), 23.Jomal Williams (7.Tyrone Charles 55), 9.Akeem Roach (13.Cornell Glen 55).

Unused substitutes: Glenroy Samuel (GK), Carlyle Mitchell, Shahdon Winchester.

Technical staff: Tom Saintfiet (head coach), Jamaal Shabazz (assistant coach), Lukas Wojciak (goalkeeper coach), Riedoh Berdien (trainer), Dr Terence Babwah (doctor), Dave Isaac (paramedic), Michael Williams (equipment manager), Shaun Fuentes (press officer), Azaad Khan (interim manager).

Editor’s Note: The TTFA revealed after Wired868’s report that Aikim Andrews did not travel to Nicaragua due to a passport issue.

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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  1. Earl Mango Pierre, your nephew Gordon get international media post and then realise at the last minute that he has no passport? It’s contagious within the TTFA apparently. Lol

  2. Well the last time my greatest player in the universe along with his team Santos came to our sweet country and played against our national team in the Oval was back in the early 70’s and since my uncle Jack Warner will be remembered for orchestrating our sweet country to finally go to our first World Cup in 2006 and also fooling our sweet mother country England into thinking that they would have gotten the 2022 World Cup bid in Qator if their national team along with Bend it like Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and the rest of them that came to our sweet country for the first time ever eh, my dictator president legacy will not only be remembered for getting us to our second World Cup in 2018 in fine style but also bringing my greatest team in the universe for the first time ever to our sweet country which is long time over due eh. hahahahahaha

  3. If Brazil’s A team coming and Neymar with them, then I’ll give him 10 points…. But to host a team and especially a big team like Brazil, will require money, logistics and all the other things that go along with that…

  4. Well the reason why I always say that he is my dictator president because some folks said that I voted for him and he is a dictator and I wasn’t even in our sweet country when the voting business took place and yes I always knew that he was a business man and when I had the pleasure to honor him along with Prof Stuart Charles Fevrier and Raymond R.I.P my good friend and baller from since back in the days with Falcons F.C. from Belmont it was for what they had accomplished with W- Connection over the years, but I knew that it wudda be a conflict of interest when he became the president of the TTFA but my monies are still on him for doing great things for our football in a timing especially when he told me that my greatest team in the universe will finally be coming to our sweet country and I hope that their bestest players will be coming starting with Neymar and the rest of them eh. hahahahaha

  5. I totally agree D Boss..If Dale Saunders was made National team Coach he would pick the majority of his players and I cannot blame him,Total fairness would only come when non affiliates club members are on selection committees or coaching staff…I enjoyed my stint of over 5yrs within W Connection and learned the business side of the game but DJW is not a dictator but a business man with a vision….he similar to JW would ensure this new venture work for his establishment and by extension the National football set up but I was also fired when I did not agree to everything that was asked so I have no sides I just talk it as I see it??

  6. hahahahahaha Look my baller for life Kurtwyn Baird doh try that eh because you know that some of the selections at your old club W- Connection ain’t better than some of the players at Central F.C. and of course that is being mucho bias and also as Simone Ghirlanda stated on another thread why are the players that are playing professionally in Central America are not being call up to also represent our national team eh? Them really good yes.

  7. When looking from the outside it’s easy to cast judgments or criticism,every coach must have players that he or she favors/Same as you and me…Army,Trintoc and even Police had the majority of National players on the teams and even had the National Coaches also….so if our voters selected people who are affiliated with current clubs what is going to change….I would do the same thing if I know certain players better than others! Is that being bias?

  8. Tony Maxwell Hatt so I guess all what you said about some of these administrators who are genuine committed to the football/ sports and not solely fulfilling their egotistical ambition and self preservation will only be happening in our sweet country when corbeaux grows teeth eh. Them really good yes.

  9. There are excellent athletes in Trinidad and Tobago. To be successful they have to have genuine and committed coaches.
    They must also have administrators who are genuinely committed to football and not on solely fullfilling their egotistical ambition for self preservation

  10. Bess Saintfiet had call up Shaka Hislop and Dwight Yorke oui…. Smh.

  11. I don’t think there’s an issue with selecting several players from one team. They know each other and can form a compact foundation to build around. I recall England starting with 5 Liverpool players back in Keegan’s days. Obviously, I would have preferred Garcia, Paul, Mitchell and DeSilva as a midfield diamond. That must be the pro leagues strongest combination. I would have started there and built around it.

    • So that’s now a selection strategy????? Huh? Since you selecting a national team, why not just select the best available players? Maybe too logical and clean?

    • Brian Harry I don’t understand. They’re all available. What’s more, they’re winners.

    • And of course it’s a selection strategy especially for a new coach. You look at the top teams and start there.

    • Kevin Harrison what top teams? The top country teams in the world do what you are suggesting? No they don’t!

    • Brian Harry it’s a bit tricky for other nations nowadays as not many clubs have more than a couple of national players from the same club. But it was certainly normal 20 years ago. But anyway, what’s the problem with that concept in our situation? Connection and Central have proved themselves to be consistently top over last few years. Ergo their players should be the better equipped for international football. While those outside can’t come, why not build your team with a solid base?

    • But I have been saying this for years eh, unless we have a local solid base team in our sweet country and a real professional league we will never be a power house to be reckon with farless qualifying nor winning any Gold Cup nor qualifying for any future World Cups and especially if some of our players doesn’t really start to make it professionally in the EPL or other top real professional leagues abroad again like in the past, but nobody eh listening to Mango so they will just continue spinning the top in the mud Them really good yes.

    • Kevin do you see how poor the competition in the TT Pro league is? Do you know Pumas was using players that regularly don’t even make the bench when they beat W Conn 8-1? The intensity and fitness required in the TT Pro league is very behind any central american league, even Real Esteli from Nicaragua regularly shows better in Concacaf Champions. I try to pick players who are high performers in the TT league and even that is no guarantee they will succed in Central America. I am sure you know how things went for some of the TT Pro top players in El Salvador. One in particular who scores when he wants in the TT Pro league. It’s not the players fault, the fault is who thinks that they can jump from TT Pro league to battle Honduras in Honduras.

    • Yeah and what about the previous season when London Donavan, Gerrard, and Skene team which also sent their reserve team eh and beat up the same Central F. C. with plenty goals the same eh, what is the name of their team again that plays in the MLS. Them really good yes

    • I said this earlier and it’s still valid. So you have several players experienced in Central America (Mekeil Williams, Yohance Marshall, Kordell Samuel, Weslie John, Jerrel Britto, Jamal Jack) and almost none get called up and the team regularly gets their ass kicked in Central America. Most of them would know very well what it takes but they prefer local players from the ultra competitive TT Pro League. Interesting.

    • Well I guess it is all about the business for the owners of the clubs in our sweet country with respect to their local players getting caps while representing the Soca Worries so that they can be sold to the professional clubs overseas eh. Them really good yes

    • Earl Mango Pierre Do you honestly think anyone cares to scout a friendly game between the B teams of Nicaragua and T&T?

    • Simone Ghirlanda so what’s your solution? Can’t have foreign based because it’s outside of FIFA window but you don’t want locals coz it’s a poor league? And by the way, I believe that Central and connection could beat the Nicaraguan national team on a good day.

    • Kevin Harrison Those players were available for call ups but it’s more of a general trend. Real Esteli pays good salaries and that is the bulk of the NT. Against Dallas FC they showed well.

    • Kevin Harrison I think what people are questioning is your logic that it’s easier to select a national team by selecting a bunch of guys all from one club rather than selecting the best available team.

    • There are some good players in TT Pro but the overall level doesn’t push those players to improve I am afraid. They can just dominate the league with little effort.

    • Brian Harry but if you’re a new coach how can you select the best available team in such a short time? So you look at who’s performing well and use common sense. It doesn’t have to stay that way but it’s a starting point. It’s very, very rare to see a national team from any country that doesn’t have a single player from the team that’s dominated for over two years and are Caribbean champions over that same period. It defies logic. But Saintfeit’s done exactly what I’m suggesting but did it with connection players. So maybe the concept was sound but he selected his core from the wrong team?

    • Kevin Harrison It’s even more absurd to go play vs Central America oppositions without the players experienced in the region. That’s something that was going on even before the coaching change.

    • Simone Ghirlanda to be fair, pass by Centrals double session tomorrow and tell them about effort! I think the issue is maintaining performance over a long period. But you are correct. If we could raise the standard of pro league our players would improve. All pro league players are drastically underpaid and it’s very difficult to attract quality foreigners with such low salaries. As usual, it’s all about money, or lack of.

    • Simone Ghirlanda I agree with that.

    • Kevin Harrison Yes agreed. Money goes a long way. It’s also the atmosphere. These players get used to play in empty stadiums and then they go to play in Central America in front of roaring crazy fans and it’s not easy

    • AHEM!!!! Just to let you know Kevin Harrison the players from W- Connection wasn’t chosen by the Coach Tom eh, they were all chosen for him already and Alyuh both teams cannot beat up my MLS teams and the Central American teams eh, and you want to come together and beat up the Nicaraguan national team eh, look try your best and whatever rum that you is drinking you need to change the brand eh. Alyuh really good yes hahahahahaha

  12. Nothing personal at all. Conflicts of interest are very personal. Me pointing that out wouldn’t be..

  13. Do we know W has divested itself totally? Haven’t seen contracts for sale add-ons. Have you?

  14. So, this would be highest? Sounds like we agree..

  15. Shakira Thompson, this number of callups for W players seems higher than ever. Can you or anyone else say if there has ever been as high a number of W callups before? I think that’s one issue. Quite frankly, another bigger issue is the blatant conflict of interest that has been chronicled here on several occasions.

  16. Oh, oh. Poor coaches. You could only do do much with the quality of players you have available.

  17. Trinidad will not win a match under this manager . And since john Williams took over what’s the record????? We cannot expect to win games with a amateur coach …..

  18. If I was T&T’s new coach, I would have tendered my resignation immediately after having been introduced to the country by Mr. Williams on a live on-air presentation.

  19. Well if they didn’t vote in my dictator president who owns a professional team W- Connection that must have plenty of his players representing our sweet country in order for all of them to get their caps which in turn will continue to get the real professional contracts abroad and of course his club will make mucho monies when his players are sold eh, what you mentioned might of been happening eh, so maybe in a timing or when his 4 yrs is up nah.

  20. But yuh know I really didn’t know about Nicaragua and football and de beat we!

  21. I said it before that we need some players that understands the game at a high level, even if they are not playing in the stronger leagues to enable us to battle efficiently during the game

  22. Well to tell you the truth the captain really knows the subject and he also do over lap when it is the correct game plan for him to do so eh but if you also remember that he is always a cool fella and the only reason why he is wearing the arm band is because he is the most senior player on the team and should that be really the reason for choosing the captain for any national team eh, look what happened when Mr Bound not to score was chosen as the captain eh it was only a plie of ta ta over and over again eh, it was the first shit hound captain that I ever saw that played the beautiful game eh Steeuuppss Them really good yes. hahahahaha

  23. I did not see the game…but did you say the captain was pacing himself against Nicaragua?because he is 37?and we played defensive?…..Nah!

  24. Well I never see more, the hired a crack head to coach d side, them fucking men really good yes.. Hmm….

  25. VICTORY FOR DAVID JOHN WILLIAMS?BRAVO?

  26. Watched the game saw some good player potential …number 7 ..4 … 14 can progress. However i found number 23 and number 8 were of a very poor standard. Basic trapping of the ball seemed beyond them.

    • Nicaragua get away man. Look at players he called there. No wonder he satisfied. 🙂

    • I tell alyuh he should remain on as our Corporate Secretary if the coaching position doesn’t work out

    • Hahaha. I say sales or marketing!

    • Just imagine that our Strike Squad only had one real professional player eh and all the others were Local eh, and our team was a real bomb squad team eh, and since the Soca Worries came on the scene with ah set ah so call professionals eh is a set a madness with respect to our football in our sweet country eh. Them really good yes.

    • and the Coach Tom needs to start with our real prolific goal scorer in the next game eh, in order to really see if he can still score goals with more of the time that he was given to do so eh steeuupss. Them really good yes.

    • And I only hope when my dictator president buss Coach Tom throat when he fails, the next local Coach Terry should be the next one in line for the job eh, and nobody in the TTFA will be picking the team for him eh. Them really good yes.

    • Terry is the best option … he has the skills and knows the local players.. and he is a strict disciplinarian.
      But they will not go down that route.

    • If he fails! We don’t want that to happen…but is it the Coach’s fault?
      Was this game lost on tactics or our players playing the fools?I can’t say those players regardless to W connection,Central FC or Civic Center,cannot give better performances at this level ?Earl Mango,Lasana

    • Yeah Tony Maxwell Hatt you got that right because even since when he came on the scene and won with Jabolteh many titles with of course Clico’s plenty millions as their sponsor, he use to be like my Hero Muhammed Ali and giving his opponents while chaining them up with plenty talks especially my dictator president and my most wining Coach Stuart Charles Fevrier team, and now that my dictator president and some others that are also running the professional league, are the one’s running the TTFA now, that won’t be happening at all just because they doesn’t like him, but they all need to think about our sweet country and our players first eh. Them really good yes

    • Terry will never be the coach under this administration. Our football has regressed because of greed by those on the top. That is just the way the culture is. In every sport we look at quick fixes, the 12 month fix rather than planning for the future. But say what look how long we are talking about this and we still complaining so the administration of many of the sports know exactly how to pull the strings that fill their pockets. No national pride.

    • Well as you and I know Kurtwyn Baird one of the problems with our football is that the correct players are never selected to play at the same time and the time that the Coaches also have with them is another problem, the time is to short, and just imagine one shot was taken at the opponent goal which was the free kick that hit the cross bar eh and I picked up the game late In the first half and I didn’t even see any of our players taking any shots to the opponents goal because the opponent was doing was knocking the ball in the back amongst themselves, while our players wasn’t pressuring them all because it seems that Coach Tom game plan was more defensive than attacking but in the second half our team went on the offensive mode to try and score some goals and of course just one goal was scored eh Them really good yes.

    • So is the same game plan as Mr Hart?Where is the leadership on the field from the new captain in reading situations early and organizing and adjusting to combat our opponents?

    • Yuh eh realize our new captain Carlos Edwards is just worrying about his own game and preserving his energy because of his age 37 or wha eh,and he is just playing simple in his right back position eh, hahahaha Them really good yes.

    • And yuh eh see how our opponents scored the second goal eh, Aubrey David was appealing for a hand ball eh, hence the reason why he had his hand up in the air eh, and instead of putting some pressure on the opponent eh, the opponent leggo a forty yarder shot and ketch meh goalkeeper Adrian Foncette of his line eh and the ball just dropped over his head and into the net eh, I said to mehself buh wah trouble I seeing here eh, hahahahaha Them really good yes.

    • Earl you hit the nail on the head. Many people still think we are selecting a team based on talent and still thinking that we run a professional organization. Can you imagine a player going to the airport and having to turn back because his passport has expired. In my sport when a team is about to be selected the manager requests that all potential athletes have their passports before they are selected. but say what ,,, didn’t the Chef de Mission also miss his flight. We are running a ship with a bunch of jokers so you will have players who has no national pride.

    • Why do you think that I am always laughing, pounding and peconging them on wired Volley 868 all the time so eh, I know that some people really think that I am a bacchanalist eh but I really love our sweet country really bad, bad, bad, and I know that if we only move to the next level with respect to the playing fields in our communities, the facilities, the right programs and the right coaches in our sweet country to always get the job done eh the same like in my second sweetest country we will once more be a force to be reckon with eh, the beautiful game is about being creative and plenty skills eh and this is what needs to return to our sweet country like back in the days and like the same way my Brazilians and the rest of the South Americans/ Central Americans does drop it to eh, yuh eh see how they does be passing and their touches with the ball eh compared to our players with their bad passing and always loosing the ball to their opponents eh and making plenty wrong decisions like they really doesn’t understand the subject eh. Them really good yes.

    • this truckin man could talk boy geez!!!

    • hahahahah Ah know ent and if I was your lawyer eh yuh wudda get your millions long time already for the Soca Worries logo eh Them really good yes.

    • Don’t understand the passport issue. At Central, we first check that players have at least 6 months left before expiry before we name the squad. Then we collect passports at least three days before we travel. The manager hands them out at the gate and collects them and hands them out at arrival. He keeps them during the whole trip and repeats procedure on return flight. Just common sense.

    • Well I guess not everybody in our sweet country have common sense eh. Them really good yes hahahaha

    • Just yesterday I passed by the Mandela park to hang out with the Def Masters who had an early morning football sweat eh, and after while old talking a conversation started about a soldier who was travelling to attend the 0ver 40 tournament in Barbados and when he was at the airport and handed his passport to the travel agent eh, she said to him “Sir do you have another passport? and fuss he is always making jokes eh, he turned around to his fellow soldiers and said “Buh wah wrong with she” you know he couldn’t make the trip because his passport was expired, well I started to hahahahahaha and said well you know some of Alyuh soldiers doesn’t have any common sense eh. Them really good yes hahahahaha

    • Kevin Harrison that is exactly how we do it with Athletic teams. Once you are selected for a training camp you are asked to submit your passport. As you said, all travel documents are kept by the manager.
      This administration seems to be in confusion.
      At training camps it is not just about the physical training. We also cover a lot of necessary topics after practice. We go over performance. We talk about conduct as a team member and speaking to the press etc.
      When the team leaves they are leaving as a professional team.
      These meetings we have with them also covers things like nutrition, sleep etc.

    • Well if I was to only share the confusion that use to take place with our Women Soca Worries team eh, missing connection flights, sleeping in the airport, etc, etc, eh and when I call the TTFA a bootleg organization eh, you know that some folks does be vex with me eh. Them really good yes.

  27. at the end of the day these players need to make up there mind to play soccer at there best, this coach is fresh he cant be blame, and he is not a 5 star coach these guy have to perform like how they play with there clubs, but when u are watching and playing is two diffrent things

  28. Nicaragua ranked 124 I believe…

  29. Negativity abound!!I just think this coach will turn things around

  30. Like they have to bring back JACK WARNER.LYAO.

  31. If there was a reward for finding excuses this coach would have been rich.

  32. Not surprised…leadership is sorely lacking in every facet of TT society…including nationalcricket and football organisations

  33. I won’t even comment didn’t know Trinidad still had a national team or coach sad bunch of people ttfa

  34. I believe most of our foreign based players were not avaiable for these games because of their club that is y this team was selected.

  35. losing to teams like nicaragua cant be good,friendly or not,we have panam and mexico coming tough games and lets not forget competitive matches for the gold cup entry against haiti and suriname,they will be watching this and licking their lips

  36. Yuh know what’s funny looking at all these comments and reading about all the doom and gloom that surrounds local football? It’s a bit of deja vous because this is the same way the road to Germany started for our national team. Remember????? Good omen

  37. hahahahaha So what Alyuh really expected eh, this bootleg new foreign base Coach Tom allowed my dictator President and my Prof Jamaal Shabazz eh leave out the most winning team at present Central F. C. three players because of their club commitments eh, so who is really picking the Soca Worries team eh, ah matter of fact they should even have more invited players on the Soca Worries team than my dictator president W- Connection, that presently have more players, even the two players that is mostly on the bench for their W- Connection team because as usual their foreign base players always have to play before our local players eh, compared to Central F.C. who have all local players on their team eh. Steeuuppss and Steeuupps one more time again eh Them really good yes

  38. Honestly I think Shiva boys or naparima would do a better job than the national team.

  39. Hmmm my 3year old son making that side,Jeremiah you make that side boy!!!!! Lol!!!!!

  40. Games….with all the training…team members will experience of ” thrill of victory or agony of defeat “. Sometimes all are jubilant…when there is a draw.

  41. That wasn’t their national stadium Nicholas Lochan. That’s their GOAL project ground. And it only seats 5,000 and wasn’t full last night.
    Like Keith said, they are a baseball country. And maybe they weren’t especially excited by the match up either.

  42. ..Don’t forget, Nicaragua is not a!football country. Their national sport is baseball. BUT the same was said of Panama a decade ago. Notably, the Nicaraguan federation OWNS that stadium. We cannot say the same here in Trini. These Central American countries are serious and making serious investment in the development of their sport..

  43. TWO things from the highlights video… 1. Our game [thinking & play] look so slow on TV & 2. What a National Stadium for a 6.1 million population!!! T&T & Mr. Blake must be proud of HCS

  44. LOL. With. Someone. Who. Coached. Bangladesh. Not. I. Cricket. But. In. Football. And. A. Screwed. Team. Selection. Uu. Expect. Better. This. New. Joke. Of. A. Coach. Djw. And. A. Few. Players. Well. Shud. Be. Put. Before. And. Shot. With. Shit

  45. Crapaud smoke we pipe, devil eat we supper.

  46. I TELL ALLYUH THE MAN IS A SHIT HONG COACH

  47. Yes it is disappointing to see the players play at this level and not produce the desired result but even more disappointing is to see a team doctor come on the field with a huge belly hanging over his waistline. That to me is not motivating at all. Its either he loses that enormous belly or stop wearing sixe extra small shirt … just so unprofessional.

  48. To be fair I want to see what he does with a full squad.

  49. Tom the Cat makes TNT Football history by losing to Nicaragua then blames the artificial surface and the referees but he is not making excuses he is focused on the future.

    Not to worry his team is at 80%…..By Feburary our FIFA ranking will be much closer to Bangladesh.

    • Lasana Liburd

      Saintfiet: If Nicaragua didn’t score, we would have gone in without conceding…
      With astute analysis like that, I can’t help but feel reassured. 🙂

  50. Tom Saintfiet (post-game comments):
    “As a coach you don’t like to lose. I am disappointed with the result but I can’t be too disappointed in the performance of the team. Nicaragua were full strength and naturally we missed a lot of players. We gave some opportunities for players to make their debuts with a lot of young players in the squad and it was the first game after only two weeks in training together.
    “First half I think it was a neutral game. Both team didn’t really create chances and it was a little bit sad that Nicaragua scored immediately after a few minutes. It was a goal out of a standard situation with two players didn’t follow instructions of what was done in advance.
    “The second half we wanted the make the equaliser but surprisingly they scored out of first of all, a hand ball in the midfield, but secondly, a world class goal with a player shooting from 30-40 metres. We were now pushed to score two goals.
    “Tyrone Charles came on and did well. He hit the cross bar with a fantastic free kick and then he had a good cross. We had a chance to make it 2-1 but it didn’t happen. “Then Hashim Arcia scored a good goal 15 minutes from the end. We tried to press more and we had some good occasions. Also Cornell Glen played very well, was pressing a lot and we tried to go for 2-2 and of course it means the opponent could have some chances as we opened up a bit at the back.
    “It was also difficult on the artificial pitch but we can’t change that surface. It was a very disappointing result but a satisfying performance for the first time of this team. Sure there were some weaknesses which we have to improve on and be ready for the future for the most important games against Suriname and Haiti and then Mexico and Panama.
    “I am a football coach who likes to look into the future. I saw a lot of good things. I saw a committed team which played very well in the organisation, which made some small mistakes that the opponents scored out of. I think it was a decent start with disappointing result.”

  51. hmmm i blame all the coaches in twin island republic serious they not teaching the players the right ting from youth level they teaching the youths to hold the ball and drible wen they get older they trying to teach them position football madness bend the tree wen it young plus it have coaches haveing players not training wit the team they could never play as a unit

  52. Nigel Tyrell P. Reid Obviously yes. And in Honduras. And soon in Panama and Costa Rica.

  53. This is the last wired868 on the soca warriors article I’m gonna be reading. This is and every other article about the team is terribly negative and biased

    • It’s run by Lasana Libird a lifelong enemy of local football administration

    • Nigel Carty I respect him as a journalist but I think he needs to step back and take a look at what he’s presenting to the public as a source of information. He’s writing about a 2-1 away loss in a friendly lead by a coach installed a few weeks ago and the article reads like we got trounced by a school boy team

    • I agree with you 100% ……But he has always been like that to be honest

    • There is a lovely website for positive football news called the TTFA Online. You can go there if that is what you want.
      Our only aim is to produce facts, analysis and relevant information.
      The best way to challenge that is to go through the various articles and look for examples of inaccuracies or irrelevant information. Feel free to bring that to our attention once you find it. 🙂

    • Who cares evil does only persist when good men do or say nothing, continue with the good work Lasana Liburd

    • Lasana Liburd I’m not challenging your facts. I’m asking – are there any positives coming out of the game?

    • The TTFA continues to operate like a dictatorship and you look for positives Corie? If we could will the team to victory i am sure we all would… but we need to be realistic and honest. If things continue as they are our football will continue to be mired in politics and mediocrity…… Lasana and other journalists just call it as they see it.

    • Lyndon Diaz painting a future of doom and gloom at every opportunity ain’t calling it as you see it imho bro. It was a 2-1 loss in a friendly game away from home.

    • I agree with you but the underlying feeling is that every step we take forward, we take two steps back. Sighhhhh… it’s hard to keep the faith sometimes.

    • Lyndon Diaz I agree with that 100%! So when as a die hard fan, I wanna read bout what happen in the game I wanna just read about the football. So according to Liburd’s advice I’ll read elsewhere! PS respect to the ppl in this post – fb debates usually ain’t this civil

    • Corie, in the match report I highlighted Tyrone Charles’ performance as one positive. Charles froze on his debut, almost two years ago, and had a stinker. But he is better than that.
      He got a second chance yesterday and he showed a bit of what he is capable of.

    • Btw, we lost 2-1 away from home is one way to put it. You’re acting as if the opposition doesn’t count. We lost 3-0 away from home in a friendly in one match and Wired868 wasn’t critical at all.
      You know why? The opposition was Argentina. My job is to provide context.

    • Lasana Liburd agreed sir. But the context is also that it’s the team’s 1st match under a newly appointed coach etc. – and I’m talking about the tone of your articles in general, including this one. But as you say we can agree to disagree. No hard feelings

    • It’s really clutching at straws when people start blaming journalists for not presenting the TTFA in a more positive light. It reminds me of the PP government’s claims that the media was making them look bad. I think if administrations whether it be sports administrations or political administrations let their work speak for themselves in a transparent manner the positive cannot help but shine through. People want to look good but don’t want to do the hard work required to BE good.

    • Rose-Marie Ingrid Lemessy-Forde nowhere in any statement I made did I blame him for what he wrote.

    • Oh Corie Sheppard-Babb I was basing my statement on your assertion that this and every other article about the team is biased and negative. And the journalist in this case Lasana is responsible for what is published so I assumed that by extension you were “blaming” him for writing something ‘biased and negative”. I guess if you’re not blaming him for what he wrote then you’re happy with the article? I understand what you might prefer was written is a positive uplifting article saying “not bad guys….new coach..new faces..the manager couldn’t make it….we didn’t get all the players we wanted…” And any number of reasons why we were beaten. But that kind of placating would be nice for a youth football side where you want to encourage the children to develop. But we talking about the Trinidad and Tobago national football team. We held Sweden to a draw and conceded one goal against an England national team on the biggest stage in football. If we can’t even draw against a team like Nicaragua in a friendly no pressure game how can we even hope for anything much when we face formidable teams in a few weeks. Its a reality check we need not sugar coated analysis.

    • Exactly Rose-Marie. Really, it is the fans’ prerogative to be positive and hopeful no matter what. But what use would I serve if I was just a fan?
      My job is to give relevant information. The best way to critique me is to find inaccuracies.
      Doesn’t make sense telling me that I made it seem as if things are not rosy when we just lost to Nicaragua for the first time in our lives, barely had two shots on goal for 90 minutes and were dominated for the first 70 minutes as far as ball possession goes.
      It isn’t my job to try and dress that up for you. That’s the TTFA’s job.

    • Lasana Liburd I remember the last time I saw the West Indies play cricket in the oval. Allison Hennessey was still alive and we were liming together in the FCIB corporate box. We were so dismal Bangladesh cut we ass real bad. But the lime was nice. Our expectations of the West Indies team had dropped so low it was like water off a ducks back. I can’t remember people lambasting Fazeer Mohammed or Tony Cozier for their scathing analysis. I don’t want our football to drop so low that we go to the stadium just to drink and lime instead of watching the match. That’s what we go to see cricket for now 😉

  54. Pity he didn’t have guys with the talent of Yorke, Latapy and crew back in the day to work with. At the end of the day you could just expect so much with what you have to work with.

  55. Regardless of whom the coach was or is, I knew we would have lost. Soca Warriors are neither disciplined, organized nor creative. Besides none of them wanted to play. They preferred to be in Lopinot or somewhere in T&T paranging & fete-matching. That’s why none of them are worthy of playing in the Premiership or the Bundesliga where serious games are played during the season.

    • Trinidadian culture rejects discipline, it also rejects responsibility and accountability.
      Who is responsible for the mishaps leading up to the flight, are they going to be held accountable and how?

      The answer is no, no and in no way at all!

  56. As I said earlier, I usually have a never-say-die attitude in most things. However a few weeks ago I happened to be in very close quarters with the new coach and my immediate thoughts was that the World Cup campaign is over. And the Comments made by the TTFF head while introducing him were reckless and set the tone for failure.

  57. They will return with 2 loses. That will be followed by losses in the Gold Cup qualifiers
    I don’t think I need to say anymore about our chances in the Hex!

  58. Instead of firing the coach let’s jus get rid of David John Williams.

    The problem with the West Indies is the WICB, the problem with T&T football is the TTFF. Heck we could even go into Gymnastics and Cycling and show where the problems lie. Nasty bunch of administrators spoiling the sport and athletes.

  59. Well that settles that.

    Off with his head!!!

  60. As always our problem begins with the absence of responsibility and accountability in Trinidadian culture. Does no one see we’ve been repeating the same sort of mishaps for decades?
    That is not coincidence.
    Better we just scrap everything and stop playing the ass …. that is unless of course there is a World Cup in Playing The Ass in which case we should persevere!

  61. Well Guyana could beat wii also ? here what nah with this kinda football how we gonna compete in the world cup play offs let the man coach the west indies nah bring back hart

  62. jamal shabbaz football.. aka disgusting

  63. Oh, Oh!!!!!…………………………fire and brimestone would be showered on this new coach!!!

  64. ..TTFA = Ringling Bros. x Keystone Cops yes…

  65. We need to know what it takes in central america to beat NICARAGUA???? heavens!

  66. I honestly expect a better performance next game

  67. D best quote in that who article explains so much ” this administration was lurched from the clandestine to the incompetent to the farcical” lmao!! Where do we go from here boi? D mediocrity this man brings will make so called good players look bad and the football politics will make a lot of bad players feelthey competent for this level when they are not! So much things(negative) things to say better let d coming weeks action speak for themselves! Smfh! So many so called intelligent people around this guy supporting this bullshit and ain’t saying a word apparently just to ” eat ah food”! Selfish egotistical bunch of croonies! Nuff said yes!!

  68. A bunch of losers and a total waste of money .. they’re just not good enough and not into it .. they play like they’re in practice session

  69. Keeping hart make 2 much sense. …goes against d trini norm…..

  70. ..so where were the ‘missing persons’ found?

  71. Did Saintfiet where the white socks? Need I say more?

  72. Expired passport….Lasana….in the end of 2016….sad

  73. Interesting. Didn’t see game, but results are not necessarily the prime marker in first game under a new coach IMHO. No instant coffee here at all. It takes a little time to truly transition, and for coach to understand his talent base. Hoping to catch next game to see where team stands though.

  74. This is what allyuh fire hart for?????

  75. Well the Charles kid show his hand …that’s a positive ….let’s see if he could do it twice ….

  76. “The good news is it can only get better from here”. Lol….unless of course it gets worse ;). We hardly ever recover from an early goal. Probably makes us feel like a secondary school playing the German national team. Will keep them in my prayers for the 30th.

  77. I have nothing good to say, so I will say nothing ?

  78. I don’t want hear or read one word of an excuse for those 2 missing the flight.

  79. This team is very much unknown to me. I’m not familiar with these players at all. Thought I was going to see more popular names showing up. Hopefully with the better known names back on the team, we’ll get better results going forward.

  80. Here here I’ll drink to that!

  81. So you have several players experienced in Central America (Mekeil Williams, Yohance Marshall, Kordell Samuel, Weslie John, Jerrel Britto, Jamal Jack) and almost none get called up and the team regularly gets their ass kicked in Central America. Most of them would know very well what it takes but they prefer local players from the ultra competitive TT Pro League. Interesting.

  82. Entertaining article Las lol. …. not gonna comment on the performance …first game …. gonna get some highlights and check it out. I am however gonna ask a few. How did Glen and Carlos look? Anyone stood out in the team?

  83. I was pretty surprised with even the use of the options he had there. That performance was really poor. But let’s see if there is noticeable improvement on Friday.

  84. So you have several players experienced in Central America and almost none get called and the team regularly gets their ass kicked in Central America. Interesting.

  85. Lasana…you ever thought football would have gotten worse in TnT after Jack?

  86. Earl Best

    Liburd, I find yuih farse to call the performance a farce. What is joke fuh de schoolboy, the old adage reminds us, is sometimes death fuh the crapaud.

    How long do you think it will be before Saintfiet croaks as national coach? YUh tink he could make three months?

  87. “lurched from the clandestine to the incompetent to the farcical.” 🙂

  88. I’m sure Saintfiet’s true brilliance is right around the corner… But judging from what I saw tonight, Kenwyne Jones might be flattered to hear he doesn’t fit into the coach’s tactical plans.