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Ball is Life (Video): De Silva on Brazil’s W/Cup chances, Ronaldo de Lima and T&T’s development dilemma

Trinidad and Tobago two-time World Youth Cup midfielder Sean De Silva on our local youth development dilemma, Ronaldo de Lima inspiration, Tony Kroos’ control and dancing around his dad with the “Samba Boys”—in the third edition of Wired868’s five-part series, “Ball is Life!”

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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11 comments

  1. Dey pushing dis guy to make it, got his chance, he’s average………not exceptional

  2. this guy should have gotten more chances to start in our first team. we always playing with hyland,bocaud and the cdm from bago. there good players but there all basically the same typ of players. sean will have added that creative element to our game in the mid, which was missing

  3. Our concentration level is very much lacking,that is one of our main setback

  4. Excellent interview. i recall watching Sean play for St. Mary’s College – Trinidad and Tobago, at the secondary school level. Since then he was always a gifted and technically sound midfielder. On the point of physically being able to compete with the best teams, I agree with him. We are never “out muscled” or bullied in games. We generally are not world class in the other areas (technical play, concentration, playing to a plan, etc.). Would like to see more Wired868 with other players. Would like to add that the fact that we continue to produce many world class sprinters speak to the natural athletic base resident in T&T.

  5. Are we really on par physically with other teams so why are we not always winning the club championships when competing against the Central American, Jamaica and MLS teams and Mr Live Wire forgot to ask him the most important question and that is our lack of concentration for the whole game and how this can be corrected Them really good yes

  6. On the ‘small goal’ football. It’s to see how that should help our football but I rarely see elements of that in the national teams. Street football is, in theory, suppose to develop close control, dribbling, close marking and one touch passing but can anyone honestly admit that those are characteristics we regularly see in our national teams?

    • That is an excellent point that I knew without knowing, if you know what I mean. I visited my old haunt recently and the street was lined with cars and no children playing small goal or windball cricket. I just never thought to connect the two together.
      And of course in those lower middle class areas most homes never thought about having a two car garage or a garage at all..

    • Well, the influx of foreign used motorcars in the 1990s made street football far riskier in many communities.
      In a way, it was progress but a problem for young players in areas that lacked facilities in the first place…

  7. That was a top interview. I never ever considered that we were on par, physically, with other teams. So that was definitely something learnt.

  8. Once again. Great interview