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Isa recommended Shabazz and Fevrier for coaching jobs; technical committee still non-functional

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) general secretary Justin Latapy-George has confirmed that the recent coaching appointments by the local body were made after recommendations from technical director Muhammad Isa and not the technical committee.

Yesterday, the TTFA announced  that Jamaal Shabazz will replace Italian Carolina Morace as the head of the women’s programme and will also serve as head coach of the Women’s National Senior and Under-20 Team and oversee the Under-17 Team—although it subsequently emerged that he could end up with only the Women’s Senior and Under-20 Team jobs.

Photo: Caledonia AIA coach Jamaal Shabazz tries to inspire his charges against Toluca during the 2013 CONCACAF Champions League defeat in Mexico City.
(Courtesy Francisco Estrada/JAM Media)

And, last month, Stuart Charles-Fevrier was appointed as head of the TTFA’s Elite Development Programme with Leonson Lewis and Clyde Leon as assistants.

Fevrier, Lewis and Leon are all current employees at W Connection—which is owned by TTFA president David John-Williams—while Shabazz helped campaign for the current local football president at the last TTFA and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) elections.

The recent hirings have caused consternation within the local football fraternity, with at least two coaches, including former National Under-20 coach Derek King, suggesting that they felt that at present non-Connection coaches were not given a fair chance to hold national portfolios .

King, the current North East Stars head coach, is the last national men’s coach to secure a regional title, having led the Under-20 Team to the 2014 Caribbean Championship crown.

Latapy-George explained that, at least in terms of the aforementioned positions, the recommendations came from the Isa-headed technical department. However, according to the general secretary, the TTFA Board of Directors have agreed on the members to make up a new technical committee and their names are expected to be announced soon.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams (third from right) poses with Women’s National Senior Team coaches (from left) Nicola Williams, Carolina Morace and Elisabetta Bavagnoli at a media conference in the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 1 February 2017.
Also in the photograph are TTFA vice-presidents Joanne Salazar (second from right) and Ewing Davis (third from left) and TTFA technical director Muhammad Isa (far left).
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

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

Latapy-George declined comment on if and when the TTFA intended to respond to 42 questions from Veteran Footballers Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (VFOTT) president Selby Browne on the current operations of the football body.

Ironically, the last technical committee collapsed after its recommendation that Fevrier replace Belgian Tom Saintfiet as Soca Warriors head coach was overruled. Instead, the Board opted to give the position to current coach Dennis Lawrence.

Then technical committee chairman Dexter Skeene, vice-chairman Dr Alvin Henderson and member Errol Lovell all resigned before Lawrence was unveiled.

Lawrence subsequently selected Fevrier as his assistant coach and, at present, the former St Lucia international holds three substantial portfolios as National Senior Team assistant coach, W Connection head coach and head of the Elite Youth Development Programme (which, it appears, is to operate as a National Under-13 Team).

Photo: Morvant Caledonia United head coach and co-founder Jamaal Shabazz (right) helps out at a SPORTT Company Easter Camp in 2013.
(Courtesy SPORTT Company)

Up until this weekend, Shabazz also held two major posts as Trinidad and Tobago National Youth Football Co-ordinator and Morvant Caledonia United head coach.

So far, Shabazz has suggested that he is almost certain to give up his role on the Elite Youth Development Programme although he expects to remain as Morvant Caledonia coach—once he is able to handle the two jobs.

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. Oh what a tangled web we weave.

  2. One setta partner partner and bredrin thing. “Eat ah food mentality “. Steupsss.

  3. People does always be talking about giving young players ah chance. So what going on in de coaching and admin department? Where de fresh ideas? Where de grooming of de next generation of coaches and administrators? Is like de West Indies team. Always talk about turning de corner when in reality is more like going around a roundabout.

  4. 5 steps forward 10 steps back…recycle recycle recycle….i just watching now yes

  5. Scotty Ranking

    So, flouting procedure is the new procedure? Jobs for the “boys” while the teams suffer on and on and on?

  6. Well he was part of the committee and the other resigned

  7. Ah guess Leonson trust dat he go get paid this time?

  8. This is like de reshuffling of cabinet ministers.

  9. Is it that Jamaal is not a good candidate for this job?

  10. Who’s Willing to join me in petitioning FB for a STEUPS comment emotion…it’s the only appropriate one for this post! Talk about back to the Future…Ah tired of the same thing…

  11. I really don’t know who running we football. To me, it’s sad that Isa still in the business. This partner partner thing needs to stop…. somebody do your job and go find good people to run the damn football