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From Fyza-bad to worse! Fresh SSFL scandal as “Fyzo Tigers” register players with forged transcripts

Fyzabad Secondary were docked nine of the ten points they have so far earned on the football field this season—and they might be thrilled if the punishment stops there, having accepted part-responsibility for registering two players on forged examination transcripts.

Fyzabad captain and utility player Dez Jones and key midfielder Maurice Dick were rvealed to have been registered as Lower Six students with two and one CXC passes respectively.

Photo: Fyzabad Secondary midfielder Maurice Dick (centre) is surrounded by teammates [from left] Tyrese Reefer, Sharkeel Louison, Shamor Mahabir and Aaron Jordan during SSFL action against Trinity College East on 20 September at Trincity.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)
But, if that was not bad enough, the school registered both players for Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) action with transcripts that claimed they had four passes each.

Yesterday, after Fyzabad failed to produce original exam certificates for Jones and Dick, the SSFL ruled that the South Zone school will not be allowed to keep the points earned in any games involving the duo.

“[The SSFL] will deduct points from games that the boys played in and the table adjustment will go out [today],” SSFL president William Wallace told Wired868. “[Fyzabad] have accepted that and we will follow […] our guidelines.”

It means that, in the first instance, Fyzabad’s wins over Trinity College Moka, Fatima College and Trinity College East—which were completed within their four opening Premier Division fixtures—were all overturned.

Trinity Moka, who are believed to have initiated the probe, are the biggest beneficiaries of the decision as they will now move from 15th to 11th place in the 16-team table while Fatima and Trinity East climbed two and three places respectively to sixth and seventh spots.

Photo: Trinity College Moka midfielder Abdul Raheem Leezam (left) tries to get around QRC defender Darlon Guppy during SSFL action in St Clair on 13 September 2017.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

In contrast, the “Fyzo Tigers” dropped to the foot of the table with just one point—six shy of second from bottom team, Speyside High.

The four school teams finishing at the bottom of the final table will be relegated from the Premier Division at the end of the league season, which has just four games to run—although Fyzabad have a game in hand against St Mary’s College.

There were two adjustments made to the standings. Initially, teams that lost to Fyzabad were awarded 3-0 wins but there were no changes to the goal differential for the schools which defeated the Fyzo Tigers.

It meant that Trinity Moka’s 3-1 defeat to Fyzabad became a 3-0 win for the former school. But teams which defeated Fyzabad narrowly on the field of play—Presentation College (San Fernando) beat them 3-2—were left with a one goal advantage.

Wallace subsequently assured Wired868 that this was changed after our enquiry, with all teams receiving a 3-0 win over Fyzabad for any much that involved Dick and Jones.

The SSFL president suggested that Fyzabad’s fate might not be entirely settled either.

Photo: Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) president William Wallace (centre) greets players before kick off in a SSFL match up between Shiva Boys Hindu College and Naparima College at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on 8 September 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Fyzo, represented at the session some two weeks ago by school vice-principal Suresh Roopnarine and team manager and school teacher Nigel Lakhan, told the SSFL that Dick and Jones brought false certificates to the school and did not present original copies when requested to do so.

However, the teenagers both denied this and insisted that they handed their original certificates to Lakhan during the pre-season and have not seen them since.

“I am having a meeting with my executive on Thursday and that is one of the matters on the agenda,” said Wallace, who spoke to Fyzabad players and administrators. “As far as Fyzabad is concerned, the boys brought a document to them and they used it. But the boys’ story is totally different.

“I am no judge of that but I will talk to my executive for their views on the matter.”

It is a case with obvious far-reaching implications. Who is responsible for forging the exam certificates of the two players?

For its “Chasing Goals” series, Wired868 interviewed principal Troy Jebodhsingh and Lakhan about the Fyzabad set-up and both men stressed their passion for developing young men for greater things.

Photo: Fyzabad Secondary head coach Brian Williams gives instruction to his squad during SSFL action against Trinity College East on 20 September at Trincity.
Looking on are (from right to left) assistant coach Kerry Jamerson, team manager Nigel Lakhan and principal Troy Jebodhsingh.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

“They must understand that, as a student athlete, they are representing the school, the community and, later on, maybe the country,” Jebodhsingh told the “Chasing Goals” interviewer. “[…] So we see ourselves as the embryonic stages […] to provide a pivot to let them excel in the future.”

Lakhan, an A’ Level PE teacher at Fyzabad, sang from the same hymn sheet as his principal.

“I am the one to send them forward in the future [and to] let them know that sport is not everything but they need to get academics also,” he said. “Young men in Fyzabad, there is a place for you in our school [and] in the national team and the international arena. You just have to take the step forward.

“We have an avenue for you to reach there.”

Wired868 tried unsuccessfully to reach Jebodhsingh and Lakhan to explain how two of their players were admitted to Form Six and registered to play school football with forged documents.

Dick and Jones, though, were easy to reach and eager to clear their names.

Photo: Fyzabad Secondary midfielder Maurice Dick (left) and defender Aron Jordan (right) tackle Trinity College East attacker Kishon Hackshaw during SSFL action against Trinity College East on 20 September at Trincity.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

“I don’t like how my name is all over and I had nothing to do with this,” Dick told Wired868. “It is not me that made that [exam] document. I just carried what the school asked for, [which was] my original document and birth paper. I don’t know what they did after that.

“It is not me. It is really the administration in the school and whoever had my certificate at the time.”

Neither Dick nor Jones attended Fyzabad before 2016. Both teenagers said their primary reason for switching schools was to play in the Premier Division, which comprises the top 16 schools in Trinidad and Tobago and is the best covered football league in the country with its games broadcast live—through the Caribbean and North America—on SportsMax.

Dick, who had previously attended Moruga Secondary, said he was approached by Fyzabad officials to transfer there since he was in Form Three but his mom initially resisted. After he sat CXC exams in 2016, he finally got his wish.

At the time, former Trinidad and Tobago international standout and Reading FC professional Anthony Rougier was the school’s head coach. Dick spent the pre-season with Fyzabad but, just as he prepared to make his debut, there was bad news.

Photo: Former Fyzabad Secondary coach Anthony Rougier (centre) gets behind his team during SSFL Premier Division action against St Anthony’s College on 24 September 2016 at Fyzabad.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

He had got only one pass, in Physical Education, but he needed two to be able to play as a transfer student.

The 18-year-old Dick, who made his senior debut for Club Sando Moruga in the Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) at the age of just 16,  continued to play adult football while attending school. Academically, however, things got no better for him at Fyzabad.

“I was to write exams in January but I got a bruise under my foot that caused inflammation and I had to stay home from school and take medication,” said Dick. “That caused me to miss my exams in January and about two to three months of school…”

By the time the May exams came around, Dick didn’t see the point of even turning up for them.

“What can I say?” he said. “By the time I got my [CXC] timetable, I didn’t really have an idea about what was coming in the exam; I was way, way behind.”

Dick and his brother Sharkeel Louison, who captained Fyzabad last season, got an opportunity to play for TTSL bigwigs, Guaya United, in May and the team offered them a stipend for their services. According to Dick, a little way into the TTSL season, Lakhan turned up at one of Guaya’s matches.

Photo: Guaya United forward Carlon Hughes (left) is congratulated by his teammates after completing a beaver-trick against Cunupia FC at the Guayaguayare Recreation Ground on 9 July 2017.
Guaya won 6-2.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/CA Images/Wired868)

“Lakhan came up there and spoke to me and Sharkeel concerning school football,” Dick told Wired868. “Then he called me and said I could play for Fyzabad. I said ‘You sure?’ and he said yes. I asked him several times.

“Football is my everything, I love football. And I was getting the opportunity to play school football at the highest level so I took it.”

At Guaya, Dick and Louison would have to fight for their positions and would certainly be junior to star attacker Carlon “Judgement” Hughes. The commute was rough too.

“We live in Moruga and to get to Guaya is $35 to go and the same to come back,” said Dick. “You need a taxi from Moruga to Princes Town, then to Rio Claro, then to Mayaro, and then to Guaya. At the end of the month, you get some funds from Guaya but it is hard.”

In contrast, Fyzabad paid for a driver to take Dick, Louison and teammates Kaylon Padilla and Nicholas Blake from Moruga to school at no cost to the players.

Photo: The Fyzabad Secondary team pose before kick off against Trinity College East on 20 September at Trincity.
Maurice Dick (bottom row, far left) and Dez Jones (top row, far right) were both in the starting line-up.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

Dick got a chance to continue his schooling, too, although he attended classes only on four days per week. On Wednesdays, when they usually had a SSFL match in the evening, the players had only to show up by noon to prepare for the match.

“When I started school [in September 2017], they told me I was in Lower Six,” he said. “I was doing business, accounts, physical education, entrepreneurship and communication. It was going good until now.

“I was really understanding the work although it was my first time doing those subjects.”

Dick said he got the first hint something was wrong on Wednesday 4 October when Wired868 first published that the SSFL was going to probe his credentials.

“My friend screenshot [the article] and sent it to me,” he said. “We were supposed to play St Mary’s that evening but when the manager reached he said ‘You will have to stop playing from now because this could be a big problem.’ But I didn’t know what they did for me to play. I just brought in what they wanted and went and played.

Photo: Fyzabad Secondary team manager Nigel Lakhan.
(Courtesy Expression House Media/Wired868)

“I went to school for the rest of the week but when things started to raise up, I stopped because I wanted to hear what will take place and if I could finish school… I asked Mr Lakhan to get back my original certificate on [11 October] and he said he had it home and would bring it. But I ent get it up to now and I haven’t heard from anybody.”

Like Dick, Jones said he did nothing wrong but trusted the Fyzabad officials when they told him he could play in the 2017 season. He also joined the Tigers in 2016 although under somewhat different circumstances.

While Dick was head-hunted, Jones—a former Siparia Secondary student—showed up at a practice match and asked then coach, Rougier, to let him show what he could do. After a solid performance at centre-back, he was told that there would be a place at Fyzabad for him.

“I live down Erin and Fyzabad was the closest school to me that was playing that level of football,” said Jones, who spends $30 a day on transport to get to school and back home. “I wanted to play better football and to play in the Intercol and the Premiership…”

Jones got passes in POB and office administration, which meant he was allowed to represent Fyzabad last season as a Form Five repeater. He said he never realistically expected to go any further in school than that.

Photo: Fyzabad Secondary captain Dez Jones talks to Wired868 on 2 October 2017.
(Courtesy Express House Media/Wired868)

He claimed that, although he did sit his CXC exams, he never bothered to even check his results.

He had already made the transition to adult football and was representing Erin FC in the Southern Football Association (SFA) when an unnamed Fyzabad official told him he could return to school.

“I can’t remember who called me but they asked if I want to come back and play school football,” said Jones. “And I said ‘Yeah, I want to come and play.’ And then I went training…”

Wired868 asked Jones what subjects he was doing in Lower Six and he seemed surprised by the question. He suggested that he was not sure whether or not he was enrolled in Lower Six—he only knew that he was team captain and central defender. And then the phone went dead. Repeatedly.

For first-time Fyzabad coach Brian Williams, who is also the Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team coach, the past two weeks have been a nightmare.

“Everyone kept telling me that I should help out Fyzabad because I live close to that community,” said Williams, a former Strike Squad stand-out. “There were one or two teachers and people from the community and even people from my work asking me. So I said okay, let me go and help because I saw them play one or two games last year and I thought it was a nice bunch of boys to work with.

Photo: Fyzabad Secondary coach Brian Williams (left) instructs defender Gregory Charles during SSFL action against Trinity College East on 20 September at Trincity.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

“When I came to Fyzabad, I made it clear to the teachers and the staff that I will not take any responsibility for the administrative side. The players I met there are the players I used…

“This [confusion] is interfering with my reputation.”

Williams said the mood around the team has soured drastically since the furore involving Dick and Jones, who both have brothers on the team—Louison and Natinni Jones respectively. Louison and Jones are also key members of the Fyzo squad but both have grown despondent and need to be coaxed to even take the field. One or two other squad members, Williams said, have disappeared altogether.

“We are just trying to save [ourselves from] relegation now,” said Williams. “This has affected the whole school and I really have to make a decision if I can continue in such an environment…

“The allegation is not just about a player who had an extra year in school like [former Presentation College (San Fernando) student] Kori Cupid or [Shiva Boys High School midfielder] Kierron Mason, who played [24 hours] before time. It is the school or boys being accused of interfering with certificates.

“If the investigation goes further, you know how nasty it could get? It would be worse than relegation.”

Photo: Fyzabad Secondary principal Troy Jebodhsingh.
(Courtesy Expression House Media/Wired868)

Dick’s entire SSFL Premier Division career spanned just six games. During that time, he was on the winning side on three occasions and, in the final outing against Presentation College, scored his first goal before picking up a red card.

“The experience as a player was good,” said Dick. “It would have been much better if I got to finish the season but the boys have my support all the way although the standings aren’t looking too good right now.

“Hopefully things will get better.”

It is quite likely, though, that, for Fyzabad Secondary, things will get much worse.

Photo: St Anthony’s College playmaker Che Benny (right) controls the ball while Fyzabad Secondary player Shamor Mahabir (centre) looks on during SSFL action at Westmoorings on 2 October 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

SSFL Standings (Before Fyzabad decision)

(Played-Won-Drew-Lost-Goals For-Goals Against-Points)

  1. Naparima             11-8-2-1-23-11-26
  2. Presentation        11-8-1-2-25-13-25
  3. St Anthony’s        11-7-3-1-36-17-24
  4. Shiva Boys HC    11-7-2-2-28-13-23
  5. San Juan N          11-4-6-1-23-1018
  6. St Augustine        10-5-1-4-23-18-16
  7. St Mary’s             10-4-3-3-25-20-15
  8. Fatima                 10-5-0-5-9-13-15
  9. Carapichaima E  11-4-2-5-17-19-14
  10. Trinity East          10-4-1-5-17-13-13
  11. Fyzabad Sec        10-3-1-6-11-18-10
  12. St Benedict’s       11-2-3-6-15-23-9
  13. Signal Hill            11-2-3-6-9-17-9
  14. QRC                     11-2-2-7-15-25-8
  15. Trinity Moka        10-2-1-7-12-30-7
  16. Speyside High     11-2-1-8-7357
Photo: Shiva Boys Hindu College playmaker Judah Garcia (right) attempts a pass while Fatima College midfielder Zach Welch (centre) stays close during SSFL action at Mucurapo Road on 30 September 2017.
(Courtesy Annalisa Caruth/Wired868)

New SSFL Standings (After Fyzabad decision)

(Played-Won-Drew-Lost-Goals For-Goals Against-Points)

  1. Naparima             11-8-2-1-23-11-26
  2. Presentation        11-8-1-2-25-11-25
  3. St Anthony’s        11-7-3-1-35-16-24
  4. Shiva Boys HC    11-7-2-2-29-13-23
  5. San Juan N          11-4-6-1-23-1018
  6. Fatima                 10-6-0-4-12-12-18
  7. Trinity East          10-5-1-4-19-11-16
  8. St Augustine        10-5-1-4-23-17-16
  9. St Mary’s             10-4-3-3-25-20-15
  10. Carapichaima E  11-4-2-5-17-19-14
  11. Trinity Moka        10-3-1-6-14-27-10
  12. St Benedict’s       11-2-3-6-16-23-9
  13. Signal Hill            11-2-3-6-9-17-9
  14. QRC                     11-2-2-7-15-25-8
  15. Speyside High     11-2-1-8-7357
  16. Fyzabad Sec        10-0-1-9-1-28-1

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. Ah see Maurice Dick now playing in de Super League with Club Sando Moruga. Does the league have a transfer window, or can clubs add players at any point in time?

  2. Two additional points:
    One, Fyzabad Secondary often had training sessions during school hours at say 9 am. I feel Brian Williams should have objected to that.
    Two, Fyzabad Secondary arranged for a maxi to take its Moruga-based footballers to school and back home. According to one player, this arrangement lasted only until the end of the football season. For the other two terms, those players had to fend for themselves.

  3. Ms Taylor please get your facts straight not Vess in under Mr Spencer and my watch

  4. I don’t think Fyzabad should be able to compete at all for the rest of the season and all points gained or deducted from their matches be nulled. It is setting the precedent that you may cheat up to the point when you are caught then you can go on to normal proceedings. If they let them continue in the league with these changes it places the teams who have faced Fyzabad already at an advantage and the ones who have yet to face them at a disadvantage because now Fyzabad will be putting every effort in to stay up. The players will try even harder than they did against the teams they faced before. This is a mental disadvantage that teams gifted 3 points and 3 goals did not have to face.

  5. I wonder who’s culpable. Cheaters!!.There must be consequences for this

  6. How difficult can it be to check the with the Min. Of Education on the validity of certificates presented?

  7. Let it first be proven that the players or the administrators hav broken the law…and then point fingers at the guilty party or parties….and deal with them accordingly

  8. they should be automatically demoted to the 2nd division. Teach the students that dishonesty has its price.

  9. But I know big man repeat vessigny for 3 yrs in form 5 to play. Lmao.

  10. “The allegation is not just about a player who had an extra year in school like [former Presentation College (San Fernando) student] Kori Cupid or [Shiva Boys High School midfielder] Kierron Mason, who played [24 hours] before time. It is the school or boys being accused of interfering with certificates.

    “If the investigation goes further, you know how nasty it could get? It would be worse than relegation.”

    …and that is that…

  11. Waiting to hear the response from the principal of the school at least this affects his school so he should make a statement will love to hear what he has to say, Its been days now and he remains silent.

  12. Goodwood and Bishops here in Tobago same nonsense. They are now stripping Good wood because of a player who apparently played against them with roxborough secondary. No hearing was done and no investigation yet the zone made a decision to award Bishops High the points even after the standings show up to game time that this game was the deciding factor. Very unfair

  13. Appolgies type o’s.
    just saying ?

  14. I. H. Y. there’s much I’m saying by suggesting You Look further than just the footballers or the issues connected. I wanna use words lukę sponsors, finances, tampering, S.B.A. etc. Perhaps the adults have no court clothes ?
    Top much corruption at every level of society. No Wonder out Young people behave the way they do, there’s no accountability, and when they complain, no satisfaction

  15. Now we can see one of d reasons for d breakdown in discipline in skls. Wen d adults seem nt to b interested in d welfare of students. Instead d concern is d rep of d skl and chest thumping of d coach etc. Sad day 4 tchrs n administrators.

  16. Nice quote but reality check is how much right end up in laws, The world system is orchestrated that the majority wins (politically correct) and wrong doing. The citizens aimlessly follow because they refuse to do the right thing themselves. After some times the ramifications becomes evident, but by that time the horse has bolted out of the barn and will not return, So who feels the impact, not the minority but the majority. Trinis stand for nothing , so they are led astray for their ignorance

  17. You feel those in authority don’t know what has been happening for years, they are the ones who ensure nepotism reigns . these are cliques , Until everyone unites against such behaviour in ALL our institutions, this will continue. More importantly the society is so corrupt that one lone voice who cries in the wilderness for change is shut down by bandwaggonists. Successive governments enter office with their own agendas thinking they have the answers and listen to no one. CONSULTATIONS are a farce, nothing changes, because often times they do as they please, knowing fully well Trinis are passive. This begs the question, “Who is listening?

  18. Wrong will always be wrong if everyone is doing it but right will always be right even if you alone are doing it….

  19. Lasana, the police can’t handle their own responsibilities. I think the kind of screening that political candidates have to endure before elections may be the oily way. And even that process is fraught with bias and skullduggery.

  20. With some of the non-realistic comments, why can’t we stop looking what everyone else is doing, and look what we can change! So this wheel will continue to spin without a chain?

  21. No it doesn’t because there are others doing the same nonsense but they haven’t been caught. I think a very thorough screening has to be done by the Association, not the school, to decide on the boys who can qualify to play. More stress on the youngsters and it’s not fair to those who are eligible but it has now become mandatory.

  22. Dawn that’s why I made sure to speak to the students. The adults themselves did not want to talk–for whatever reason.
    I think the only way we can get to the bottom of this is through the police, as nobody else has the tools to properly investigate.
    If the school is saying they were duped with copied certificates, then the MoE can check to see if the school followed proper procedure for starters.

  23. This is far beyond football. You should talk with more students present and past. You Will be shocked, as i said this goes futher than football

  24. Forever dabble in mediocre but look at real Football..World Cup U17s now on TV and let players and coaches see what Real Football is and what REAL TALENT IS.

  25. Thoes students didn’t forged the transcript don’t you think those who did should have to answer ?? Do you think this is the only instance
    Why we only blame the young people and believe the adults hmm

  26. when will the MoE step in and.clean up this.perennial nonesense?

  27. Last year was the same stupidness with another school and protest causing SJ to be demoted only for the committee to reinstate SJ at the last minute. We love chaos

  28. They should go to Senior Division not Championship Div…

  29. I don’t get it. Where are the checks and balances in the player registration process? How can it be that a principal or affiliate can simply ask a student for his transcripts and go forward with that. Are we not opening up both sides to misconduct if so desired? And where are these children’s parents or guardians in all of this.
    Why can’t official transcripts be obtained from the Ministry and upon submittal to the SSFL for registration the SSFL confirms authenticity thru the ministry. This leaves the children clear of these nasty predators.
    And why is the standard set so low for entry into a school to play football. Shouldn’t our first concern be to ensure we come out with properly educated sports persons not just focused on sport but a generally all round educated person who still has to deal with life in general going forward?

  30. Marcia does it go far enough you think?

  31. This sickens me. No one care about these these children. ATALL.

    From faking certs to all other manner of wrong doibg. Everyone involved needs to be fired.

  32. Again no one want to take a bold step due to fear of displeasing a group. So we will wait for the next school to try as the backlash is points deducted if caught, we can be back in two years…Great

  33. When this happens it throws everyone else scores off. Same shit like last year .

  34. That ain’t new you see some of them fellas playing ball….

  35. Not good enough. They need to throw out all of their scores and remove them from the competition immediately.

  36. What laws ? lack of implementation of lawys is our biggest shortcoming.In Trinidad anything goes, the laws have always been there. Yout hink this the first time this conversation is taking place?.This issue will die down in 2 days and nothing. Always friend of a friend in positions in T&T, whether it be CEOs,, Managers Boards, Administrations etc. same ole same ole

  37. Hmmm…..lasagna liburd I fear wired868 may have just opened pandora ‘ s box

  38. A strong message must be sent to all and sundry that the Laws of the land must be obeyed.There will always be casualties.But this is interesting parenting and thesecare 18 year old men…not boys..they are deemed men under the Constitution who do not know what Form they are in…Who do not know what grades they have …whose parents are clearly not involved to say A,Bor C about what is going on in the lives of their children.
    I want to hear from the Principal,Mr Lackhan,the coach,the boys ,teachers and the parents need a proper cut arse as they are delinquent.My son played his last game at U6 for CIC at 17 years.Now at University at 18 years.He has organised all his forms and did everything himself…There must be an insistence on Proper Parenting.

  39. I’m not so sure that this has crossed over into the realm of criminal fraud, I’ll have to check the statutes. Still very serious, regardless.

    Lets just ponder on that for a while..
    Let that soak in…
    I was a Police Officer for 9yrs…
    FRAUD…is a serious can ah worms..
    The breach of any SSFL rule is clearly a matter that can be dealt with by the SSFL Board… and perpertrators be dealt with accordingly…..
    HOWEVER…..if you venture outside the realm of the SSFL rules….and break the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago…it is now obvious that i cannot fully deal with the situation from a SSFL level…thus i will not be able to execute the punishment warranteed….
    That goes so far to break the laws of the land via FRAUD….CANNOT and MUST not be allowed to compete against schools that are playing by the rules…..
    A school venturing outside the Laws of the SSFL…if found guilty of such… must be EXPULSED IMMEDIATELY if not SOONER…and BANNED for 5yrs….
    This has to happen across the board…without FEAR or FAVOUR….
    This is not jus an issue of presenting a fraudulent Certificate….
    I have made an official statement in a SSFL disciplinary hearing that yhe 2 boys in question were the one who presented the school with those fraudulent documents……
    Upon saying this…these 2 boys lives have jus been flushed down the toilet….because it is better they have “EXPELLED” on their school record…than i lose my job and my pension…..
    ANY SCHOOL…that is found guilty of fraud…must be expulsed from the SSFL with immediate effect…banned for the maximum amount of years possible….that is taking it toooooooo far…this is clearly a case of using 2 kids and then flushing them down the toilet…LITERALLY…
    Lasana Liburd.. Dez Starboy Jones…Jade Jones…Brent Garcia…Brendon Burke….Brian Jordan…Calvin Pierre….Kurtwyn Baird…

  41. This is simply a Police matter for the Fraud Squad and deal with it and then all Schools involved kick them out for a period of years and let TTFA consider what sanctions to be applied to the players and Coaches.

  42. Some of the schools principals are no different they try anything to ensure there school are through example Arima north secondary there Principal taking away valencia secondary home game un announced to the school staff .what you seaw us what yoh will reap

    • how could a principal of one school take away another school home game….

    • Thats the politics i still trying to understand and put it for 1:30 pm thank to the principal of Holy Cross collage who decided to shift ther game our game was then shift to 3:45 pm .

    • We could continue playing the blame game. The buck stop with Principals, since they are the ones with the information on the student, Don’t they check with the Principals of the boys previous school or do they simply turn a blind eye. I reiterate not only politicians corrupt in T&t its’ the society. In this case its PRINCIPALS

    • So true we still went on an win the game saturday last the principal of Arima north turned up with a teacher of the same school with out an knowledge to valencia secondary school staff went to the school compound and looked at the field just after a heavy down pour of rain and Monday announced the ground unfit for play the game will be played 1:30 pm ot larry gomes

    • This principal operating like he in charge of the zone….somebody should make sure that chip on his shoulder get knocked off…

  43. So much wrong with this story that to address it all would require me quoting the entire article… but this stands out: “Fyzo, represented at the session some two weeks ago by school principal Troy Jebodhsingh and team manager and school teacher Nigel Lakhan, told the SSFL that Dick and Jones brought false certificates to the school and did not present original copies when requested to do so.”

    Why are the adults trying to pass the buck on this? Why did they not ensure that they had original documents before either player was allowed to kick a ball? Do these adults really expect us to believe that two players independently tricked them with the same ruse? More likely is it that the adults perpetrated this fraud with the students going along with it, trusting that the adults knew what they were doing and that the trick would work.

    I kinda understand where Brian Williams coming from, in that he sees himself as volunteering with conditions, the conditions being the administrators would take care of administrative matters. That being said he’s not free of responsibility here, as he is now realizing his name is attached to this. If they achieved something he would bask in the glory, so with the ship sinking he needs to fasten himself to the mast and face whatever penalty as well. He needs to ensure, or get assurance that the players he meet there are eligible and not just wash his hands by focusing on rolling out balls.

  44. Real good sportsmanship!steupsss

  45. wire dat all wat u all cud do stigma fyzo I hope u cud go into all sch and investigate to those boys are innocent all dey want to do is to play footbal and dat is wat u are trying to take from dem shame ,shame

  46. What a shame to the school admin who forge the documents just to be in the INTERCOL top running. SMH

  47. Tee Zano wired article titles never gets old

  48. Nearly all big name schools has been going around the primary school taking students who did not even pass for their schools simply because of their sporting skills and they leave school without any kind of academic learning

  49. Nothing new.Big names in SSFL have been doing this for decades taking in sutdents with low academic results in order to win at sports.

  50. Hmmm!! Thought Dom Basil died years ago.

  51. Please please to the powers that be these two students are being blamed for something that has become so normal within the last five years please have this matter properly investigated

  52. Its really sad but this matter is just tip this matter cannot stop here it needs to be forwarded to the TTPS Fraud Squad because this is just one incident to name a few there are a lot of parents and students who have a lot of info

  53. I would like to suggest a solution. If the ssfl calender were to change to jan to march or something before may june. The registered players would have had to show attendance record and grades for the previous term. This will emphasise a bit more on education and give time to track records etc.

  54. Travis..we spoke of this up to Saturday.I never knew CIC from 1972 to now to engage in this exploitation of players.Charge those responsible…Players…teachers and coaches.

  55. Wired you just touch the surface, you need to peel off the scab. They blameing the boys ??
    I urge you sir dig dig dig. This particular story it have more, more more who will stand up for these boys? They done start to lie on them.
    Is time to expose principal and manager buss the pepper!

  56. Easy fix… immediately the school gets demoted…. Administrators are investigated and criminally charged for fraud. Do that twice and things will be fixed….

  57. Blame the SSFL fo not having a proper compliance group that certifies each player before the season begins. It was a knee-jerk reaction that highlighted this fraudulent behavior.

    If this is true, shame on the management of Fyzo for its win-at-all-cost morals. These individuals should be banned from future involvement in the SSFL.

  58. Matter for Fraud Squad…Police matter

  59. The same problem that plagues us at National level is affecting us at the youth level …. corrupt leadership and administration. Banning the school affects the kids who are “qualified” to actually get their experiences. The “officials” through whose hands this was initiated are the “ones to be removed”. You ban the school kids miss out and the same corrupt officials are “still” there ….problem isn’t being solved the snakes are still there. Root out the snakes!!

    • Just to elaborate, removing an official is one person in a system, it must have had kids, parent, officials, admin all playing a part in any corrupt or fraudulent act. the school being demoted or money taken away, affects all involved, brings a level of shame to individuals, schools rep, the footballers will either leave or stay. The idea is this will cause an immediate change, we know all too well changing a coach or administrator only, never really fixes the problem

    • Well firstly I did say “officials” and secondly how has the bans and demotions worked so far? The corrupt officials are still there because they know they can get away with it. You ban the school kids suffer corrupt officials wait it out and are still there and do it again. You gonna ban the school again? Ban the involved officials and put the clearinghouse system in place to confirm students paperwork like Dion Sosa suggested.

    • I dont recall anyone being banned and thats not necessary, a demotion ensures in two years if all goes well players may benefit but action must be taken, points deducted dont work as they continue to play and may escape etc or be back soon, things need to be immediate, season done. and as brooks said charge the person and for me fine the schools heavily the ministry that is.

  60. All I sayin is thanks to these dishonest teams, QRC may have a next year of getting it together at the premiership level

    • Shhhhhh (Hahahahahaha!)

      Lasana!!!!! Lemme hear yuh now! Ahahahahaha!

    • I guess so long as we have school footballers who are not even sure what form they are supposed to be in, QRC will always have a chance!

    • school footballers who dont even know what 6th form means…

    • Lasana that’s one of the more shocking aspects of this situation – the fact that this kid wasn’t quite sure that he was a lower six student..it’s almost as if they (the school administrators) never seemingly had that conversation with him. My concern is what happens to these young players now?

    • Both boys have already stopped school. Maurice Dick is already playing with Club Sando Moruga in the TTSL and if Dez Jones isn’t back playing for Erin FC yet, he will be soon.
      That’s it for school. What the future holds otherwise? What they make of it I guess. Same as old school players who don’t have the academics to push for a scholarship.
      I felt Maurice’s brother, Sharkeel, was good enough for Defence Force. If the Army takes Sharkeel and Maurice that would probably be as good as it gets for them at this point in time.

    • hence the reason we so so many talented young players on the block, the school use them to play football and when the season ends so to is their education,

    • Yes. I think when Alvin Jones repeated, he played for Mucurapo until November/December and then joined W Connection full-time as soon as the SSFL season was over.
      I guess many players repeat just to have an extra year’s football under their belts and not to improve their grades.

    • So nobody from the Ministry of Education seeing this…nobody from the Police service seeing this….this made the papers today…are we ourselves going to let these boys lives go down the drain….
      Are the parents going to let their children lives be marred with this forever…are we saying that our concern is jus a bunch of comments on FB…and then if nothing happens because we waiting for things to happen for themselves and not make it happen…i am sure that none of us wants this for our kid/kids….so y do we accept these things for other people’s kids…..that is not good enough….
      I am totally fed up with School team managements mistreating and abusing kids in one way or the other….

  61. It should be mandatory that schools submit original documents before the season starts.
    How can a pupil be called a student athlete with two passes being the minimum requirement for a transfer student?

  62. btw…at least in my day…this practice was worse in school cricket….but few pay attention to it…so they get away even more so than football

  63. and after all that. they have what?..10pts?”’lol

  64. I can’t believe persons are stooping to such levels for school football :/

  65. Since when our school football has all this scandal#shameful

  66. Now this mark only buss because somehow Trinity Moka got wind of the issue and filed a protest. If Trinity didnt somehow have this information and didnt protest then all would have been okay. SO the question is whether the SSFL should take heed and send all the CXC certificates of all the form 6 students currently playing to the Min of Education to verify if they are correct.

  67. I think that isjust the tip of the proverbial Iceberg!….Any memories, Gabo? ..Same school!

  68. Deh aint see wa happen to Compre last yr awa

  69. I just love how we rebrand and do the same things. What happened years ago has passed, yet with a new president and sponsors we seeing it still all because no one wants to make a bold steps 1. This is school football: play when u in school. All this leave and come back needs to be eliminated, no over 18 nonsense. Breach a clause and proven guilty, immediate ban and stop or reduce ministry funding for football etc. Simple

  70. Principal was right when he say dem is number one in drama in d country yes!!!
    #chasing_thieves #selling_dreams

  71. Ethical leaders are required. I am inclined to believe the young men. This is my old school, so sad to read this story this morning.

  72. I know this one was coming, smh

  73. It’s sad dat the other players who are legitimate have to suffer d consequences for d actions of the administration who suppose to be setting the example. Well done admin for tarnishing the young men names and probably jeopardizing their future as footballers.

  74. Well being a student of history I know nothing lasts forever. For decades now players have been exploited for the ego of principals and coaches ,as Chabeth Haynes rightfully said what if there was big money involved for the winners? The whole culture of school football has to change , from the age limit , what a 19 year old still doing playing school football ? After 18 out into the real world. Coaches want to win at all costs so the media can big them up , but when put in situations when they have to COACH you see a donkey instead of a top racehorse . Then there is the media to blame for creating pre Madonnas and (putting pressure on coaches because they want to be favorably mentioned ,because there is a price to be paid for doing things the right way) , in the US the college sports don’t get more hype than the NBA or the NFL or MLB. Then the sponsors who pump crumbs into these leagues and extract maximum exposure when lots players on lots of teams don’t have two proper pair of boots , so at the end if the day ALL the stakeholders are to blame for glorifying 2 or 3 yrs of stardom at the expense of a proper education or the learning of a skill to earn a living is out aside .and then you are quickly forgotten . Sad . I hope this is the turning point . I will do my part in my little neck of the woods not to contribute to the problem. O and by the way Pres should have been thrown out for last yrs debacle so if Fyzo is thrown out then press should be too retroactively.

  75. Fire all the administrators and clean this up, make a statement!

  76. This is crazy. I really can’t see the need for all this. There is not even real money involved to be using children like this! And not just at the SSFL level. I was at a primary school game recently at 11:45 in the day. A team is preparing to take the field and there are about 5 boys in school uniform kicking a ball around. They had some skills so I asked how come they are not on the team? “Sir, we repeating now so we too old to play”. So if these boys could not pass SEA last year….why pray tell is there a need for them to be attending a football game to spectate at 11:45 in the morning instead of being in school ????? How can teachers and principals not recognise the injustice being done to these children

  77. I now read it but I know it would of reach to dat

  78. This has and still going on since I was a player a teammate of mine at Belmont repeated at a another school which claimed he was a student there for 5 years well I guess he had a twin brother who attended Belmont at the same time

  79. Appalling, school football and this level of “corruption”

  80. If this is so widespread and has been going on for so long, the Ministry needs to shut this league down until the problems are rectified.

    • Chabeth – that’s taking it a bit too far. What we need to do is implement hash penalties for breaking the rules.

    • Hmm. Disagree.
      What if five other schools are doing this? We just have everybody continue playing while investigating and then just take points away from teams?
      The thing needs to be shut down and revamped with proper procedures and policies in place including verification processes and reasonable academic requirements. As it is now, you can be failing everything in form five and play but then be unable to play in form six. Obviously that’s silly and not in the interest of the students.

    • I don’t believe in just penalising people when the system/structure is poor.

    • You don’t destroy your entire house to fix a leaking pipe. What you do is fix the leak.

    • I agree. I don’t see this as a leak though. I see it as a termite infested rotting foundation.

    • lol ok. If you have evidence of such, then by all means let’s destroy and rebuild.

    • Carlos Lee allyuh think I extreme meet Ms Chabeth Haynes lol.

    • Lol. Look Travis…
      Carlos, every year there is some sort of major problem. Now we reach allegations of fraud that apparently are commonplace.
      Fake certificates are just symptoms of the problem, not the actual problem. The actual problem is the parasitic and uncaring attitude of some adults involved in this league. An attitude that is allowed to exist because of the system. If you don’t change the system, you can’t change the attitude.
      It is ridiculous that in this day and age of GATE and free tertiary education that a child should be thinking that they will leave school after form five and with one or two passes to boot. To do what exactly? It is ridiculous that a child can be failing most if not all of their subjects in form 4 and 5 and still be playing football. What really is to become of that child, because if you go to form 6 you can’t play football. Idk what foreign college is taking a student with one pass. And even if you’re the most prolific footballer ever, you can’t play in one of the top leagues in the world until 18. So what is supposed to happen? Kid supposed to lay fallow until…
      Not to mention, capacity to commit fraud increases eh. If you could have counterfeit money, it can’t be too hard to find somebody to make a counterfeit CXC certificate.

    • Chabeth Haynes…if u hav one school doing the right thing…then its unjust to that one school to shut the league down…u cant punish an innocent person or party…i agree with the revamp and an internal audit…..

  81. Shaun is very correct, upon my entry to Arima Senior Comprehensive I was greeted by a teacher in charge of football. He gave me 4 school shirts, said don’t worry about the pants, they are working on that. There were 51 of us on a roll, we did not need to attend classes, we already present for the term. Once you played football you just be at school. The team meant everything, teachers asked to turn a blind eye on behavior and attendance.

    • Earl Best

      So hear nah, Sheldon, it have anybody from Wired868 who name was on that “51 of us”? Don’t call no name, just whistle!

    • What year was this? I never saw it to that extent in Arima.

    • Before your time, from 1983 to 86

    • Me eh realize yuh that old… that was in the real earlies boi

    • Must have been a shock to your system coming from ‘Cross.

    • Nigel going from San Juan Gov Sec to Arima was as initial shock. True story, firstly I did typing as SJGS and the principal didn’t want me in the typing class because he said “I would be a distraction in the class” because it has all girls. Next one, went to my math class and on the first day the teacher said, all who want learn come up from if you don’t go in the back. To my dismay people actually got up and went to the back of the class…..

    • Brent that is real disappointing to hear, growing up in Valencia, if they didn’t initially go to a five-year school most students went to either North Eastern or “Compre” for Forms 4 and 5. I had many friends and family members there so it real disappointing to hear the educational standards were being compromised.

      That being said, I have no idea what was going on with the footballers when I was in Sixth Form at Gustine. I knew some from my Holy Cross days, plus we had others who enrolled in Sixth Form from “good” five year schools, and st least for those in my class, nobody was cruising or getting breaks. But with a crook like Downer in charge I wouldn’t put anything past anybody.

    • Actually went I went to 6th form in Arima, admittedly I was a slacker. Liming and playing cards to be honest because my coach already told me I was going to get a scholarship. What I didn’t know was the my A levels would have given me college credit. Had I known, I probably would have taken it more seriously.

    • I also attended 6th form. A great shock coming from Cross, initially I was confused.

      In St Augustine it was very similar, Downer made footballers untouchable .

  82. How about this…
    Instead of just making a fkn scene about it.
    Disciplinary action on the team has already been broadcast….

    How about helping the youth on the team with their academics…..
    They were already pimped out for sport
    Help them….and any others with athletic skills but needing assistance with academic skills
    Nobody can survive with one fkn subject.
    Wired 868 busy with scandal

    Get fkn busy helping people

    thought the whole purpose was to inform and educate

  83. This is not breach of SSFL rules…the laws of the land has now been broken….
    Both boys are over 18yrs…
    The law will look at it as they colluded…
    We allllll know the didnt…
    Hear what i think does not make any sense whatsoever….
    I read that both boys attended Fyzabad last season and wrote exams in that school…
    This is what is interesting and makes absolutely no sense…..If both boys wrote exam in Fyzabad Sec… then y is the administration requesting certificates from the boys….
    That is something that is done when a school is transfering in a student from ANOTHER school…the management at Fyzabad will hav first hand information of alllllllll the students that wrote exams in the said school….
    The results does not go to the students home in the mail…it comes to the school where they wrote exams….
    Why does the management hav to ask for these boys certificates in the first place….if they wrote exams in Fyzabad….they would already know what were these boys results….
    That part definitely doesnt add up at allllllll

  84. this is what I posted….
    I continue to speak out about this “win at all cost attitude”…this here is the absolute PITS…and I would say it…I’m sure its the TEACHER who forged the document. Lets continue to blame politicians and “corrupt” people in office and not look in the mirror. For what exactly?…a few football victories?. Losing breeds alot of character as well. And these boys?..A levels?..even if they had four passes…U think they going to school?’ they can cope?…We continue to FAIL …FAIL our students…

    • Spot on Shaun I think we forget why we are in school sometimes and I still trying to figure out what is the motivation bragging rights . There is no significant money in it unless there is TV rights for schools .

    • its TEACHERS and ADMINISTRATORS taking advantage of young..I dare say BLACK …mainly underprivileged boys with very little parental guidance…usually from single homes for the sole sake pf school promotion. Remember last year when Shiva boys students refused to play for the national team…the national team…to play school football?”’in my day a youth national team call up was the pinnacle..now …dey doh kater. you think those boys made that decision on their own?

    • I want to find out for what. What do they really have to gain ? Promotion what is worth destroying and perhaps embarrassing a young man not to mention teaching him that is ok to cheat and take short cuts in life

  85. How can this passion and strong desire to play school football and to have the players play school football be translated to pro league or national football?

  86. This entire episode reeks of a school administration’s manipulation to stay up in the Premier Division with no concern for the damage they have done to these boys mental state . Heads need to roll in that school from the top. There is no way these boys who were not in school could re enter without the permission of the Principal. Unless the P.E teacher/ Manager is the person in charge and again the Principal would have to give him autonomy to do such. Where are the boys certificates, why have the teacher not produced them? I hope theses boys have parents who are willing to go the distance and get to the bottom of this , yet again, fiasco at school level to lift a trophy that does nothing in reality for the boys but only allows bragging rights to the School.

  87. Earl Best

    “O mores,” my late Latin teacher would have said, “O tempora.”

    Innocent until proven guilty, of course, but I read the story and I immediately see these photos of accused prisoners hiding their faces as they are escorted into or out of court.

    TTUTA? Mr Garcia?

  88. This is not new, many champions would be stripped of their titles if an investigation was done on the years they won.

    Time to stamp it out, too many are suffering now because of it.

  89. I need to understand why students are walking around with certificates? Doesn’t Ministry of Education have a datatbase of results for all pupils that each school must submit results to? If not it appears a simple fix to have one that SSFL league officials are granted access for verification. What mechanisms is the SSFL using to verify after the fact? It’s in the interest of the SSFL to modernize this process as it will eventually damage its brand.

    • Outside of football. Lol
      I returned home in 2003, and to my chagrin, for job interviews at professional and mgmt level, they require you to show up with your “certificates”

      I can’t imagine how many times I had to say, But my certificate is 11×18, encased, framed and on a wall. Imagine taking a PhD degree document to an interview.

      It I show we have so many fake degrees in trinidad.

      And folk don’t understand how that is a slave throwback:
      ‘Where your papers tone off the plantation?’

  90. Cedel Hinds…..buh wah chubble is dis!!!

  91. All the heads needs to be fined and what crap, all they have to do as a Principal is to send in a request from the Ministry of Education……. The worst thing is, his excuse for missing the exams, if it was a big game he’ll sure find transportation! Please

  92. It is clear that the league is satisfied that the players in question did not have the required qualifications to participate in the SSFL this year. A decision to deduct points from the school has already been made. Why then is Fyzabad still in the league? They should be thrown out and banned from play for 2-3 years. The SSFL has got to put a stop to these shady activities. Hash penalties must be in place to ensure teams think twice before “trying ah ting”. A thorough and timely investigation should also follow to discern who were the guilty parties that falsified documents. If school officials are involved, they must be appropriately dealt with, up to and including being fired from their jobs.

  93. Sad yes fire everybody yes I said everybody set and example. Blacklist all of them and yes the dam coach too.

  94. Well they did say they were well known for drama.

  95. All this just to win a couple dollars and a trophy what about the young men education and am sure it’s not that school alone it’s a pity

  96. Sadly, I am not surprised by the forging of certificates though I am gutted for the young men. I previously mentioned in February after Concacaf U-20 I flew back from Costa Rica seated next to a USA Division 1 coach who detailed the massive amount of fraud in Jamaica and our sweet Trinbago with regard to secondary school football. He gave examples of players with numerous passes that were inconsistent with SAT and college placement tests. He was disappointed that the Caribbean used to be a place to recruit great athletes and great students so much so that the schools used to use the Caribbean athletes to bolster the athletic department GPA but no more. In his opinion, he blamed the old boys, alumni and board of the schools in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago for the pressure placed on principals, teachers and coaches for the dire straits that young men are being placed. Furthermore, much of this just so the old boys can boast while playing golf, at the tennis club or when at meetings who beat whom. I tend to agree with this one American analysis because players and parents do not have the power, resources nor access to initiate and complete these falsifications. Shameful!

  97. I gather there may be more issues and protest actions before this season ends. Smh

  98. this practice has long been in existence by many schools. These boys are accepted by schools simply for football. Check out their academic performance.This is not new, its all for the glory of the school, not the boys

  99. Where are the parents in all of this? There have been rumors in the past years about shady ongoings at this school and others. Hope the SSFL and Police get to the bottom of this and properly investigate all other schools who are breaking rules and laws, respectively.

  100. I am still trying to figure what is the ssfl worth for schools to go to this length. Is it about a share in the TV rights ? Fyzo are not even in the top 5 so was it really worth it?

  101. I feel sorry for the young men. Not that they are part of a scandal. But that each went to school for five years and one pass in their subjects at CXC.
    Why didn’t the school assist by getting tutoring for them. It’s sad these guys will always be subpar. Sad very sad

  102. This is bad. Can be a criminal charge. Why oh why do we do thi gs in the name of winning? The Principal can be suspended for this as he is the person in the authority. I see “lost wuk” here if it is found that school officials condone or are responsible for this behavior. Sad….sad….sad

  103. The only thing that is new here is that Schools are now filing official protests and so the public is now getting the details. I wait to see if there are any direct repercussions for the principal or coach. Haven’t seen any sanctions handed down to any of the adults so far who have been involved in the various infringements…none last year,,,none so far this year.

  104. What a f@&king mess! Everything. From kids only having one or two passes to the absolute lack of proper guidance for these kids.
    But something like fraudulent documents is a matter for the police…