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“It was heart-breaking!” Maylee opens up about Morace, Shabazz, DJW and T&T’s disastrous W/Cup campaign

In 2018, two Caribbean teams qualified for FIFA World Cup tournaments for the first time. Neither were Trinidad and Tobago.

Haiti booked their place for the France 2018 Women’s Under-20 World Cup—after finishing third at the Concacaf tournament hosted right here in Couva—while Jamaica qualified for the senior 2019 World Cup, which will also be held in France.

So what has gone wrong for the Trinidad and Tobago women, who once ruled the region and came within minutes of qualifying for the Canada 2014 Women’s Under-20 World Cup and 2015 Women’s World Cup?

Wired868 asked former Women Soca Warriors captain Maylee Attin-Johnson as well as a current National Senior Team member to share their views.

Attin-Johnson spoke first.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder and captain Maylee Attin-Johnson (right) advances with the ball under pressure Ecuador star Gianina Lattanzio during the first leg of the 2015 FIFA Play Off in Quito.
(Copyright AFP 2014/Rodrigo Buendia)

Wired868: How do you think the team performed at the 2018 Concacaf Championship in USA?

Attin-Johnson: It turned out to be a disaster. It was difficult to watch because I know some of those players have sacrificed a lot for the women’s program. There are players who just play for a program and there are players who change a program. And when you have a player like Arin King—who helped change this program—looking and sounding defeated, it was honestly heartbreaking to see.

When we mention Arin King, we are talking about a true warrior and someone who sacrificed a lot for our country. When you see Karyn Forbes go out there on a bad knee and playing for two [players], it is tough to look at.

No one could tell me that Panama has better players than us. I will defend that view with everything. But they sure as hell had a better game plan, they were more organised and, most important, they had proper leadership on and off the field; and that was the difference between us and every other team.

It was honestly heart-wrenching to watch; but I know one day, one day we will get it right.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Arin King (left) dives in to tackle Colombia’s Tatiana Ariza during the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
(Copyright AFP 2016)

Wired868: Did you want to be there, despite all the issues? And, if so, then why?

Attin-Johnson: Representing my country has always been an honour and privilege, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world. So despite all the chaos and controversy, I still had that fire, that energy and passion in me to represent my country. There were many people asking me to return one last time to lead the team. My social media in-boxes were filled with messages urging and encouraging me to return and give it one last go.

Outside of that, some of the players called and messaged, urging me to return. I was prepared and fit, even though I was not part of the team for some time. I honestly believed with the right leadership, the team would have stood a chance of qualifying.

Wired868: What are your thoughts on what Kennya ‘Yaya’ Cordner did in refusing to play against USA; and what would you have done if you were in the squad and she told you what was on her mind?

Attin-Johnson: If we have to speak about Yaya’s actions, we have to speak first about the actions of the technical director [Anton Corneal]. I know if we had a chance to qualify, I promise you that ‘Fifa course’ [that he went to conduct] would have went on without him. I’m not condoning or agreeing with what Yaya did but the actions of the subordinates are a reflection of the leadership.

As I told Yaya, if you wanted to take a stand, you should have never gotten on that plane in Norway [to come and play in the Concacaf tournament]. You don’t wait until you have absolutely no leverage to effect change. I know she will learn from this, as well as grow past this. She’s a blessed individual and you cannot stop a star from shining.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago international football stars Kennya “Yaya” Cordner (left) and Maylee Attin-Johnson pose with the 2014 Caribbean Cup trophy.
(Copyright Kerron Riley)

Wired868: In this cycle, the Trinidad and Tobago Women were coached by Randy Waldrum, Anthony Creece, Richard Hood, Carolina Morace, Jamaal Shabazz, Anton Corneal and Shawn Cooper. 

Can you say a little about how each did, based on your first hand experience?

Attin-Johnson: If I recall correctly ‘Coach Randy’ only had the team for the US victory tour and was fired before he could have implemented his program. We all know the massive impact that Coach Randy had and I know—if he was given the opportunity to implement his proposal—he would have made a greater contribution to the program.

Mr Creece had the team that went to Brazil. That Brazil trip was a disaster before it even started, as that tournament collided with the US trip. I would say we took a President’s XI team to that tournament. No matter what coach was there, it would have been difficult to do well, since most of the National players were on the victory tour in the US.

Coach Hood is someone who I grew to respect. He coached us some years before this cycle as well. In 2016, he became the first coach to qualify for the second rounds of the Concacaf Olympic qualifiers with little to no preparation. A lot of people may think that’s nothing to highlight; but what people need to understand is that we play in the toughest region for women’s football and the Olympic qualifiers is the hardest tournament to qualify for because only two teams advance.

Photo: Police FC coach Richard Hood gestures from the sidelines during 2015/16 Pro League action against San Juan Jabloteh.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

He was a coach who had a plan and was very organised. Plus he had a very good assistant coach in Rajesh Latchoo. Coach Latchoo complemented him, so in areas where Coach Hood wasn’t proficient, Coach Latchoo was able to step up and provide that assistance. I think that in itself helped to make the team successful.

I’m sure who ever hired Carolina Morace, eventually realised she was a mistake. When Carolina was first hired, I was super excited at the thought of the heights she could take the program. I was willing to work even harder to be part of the program.

The first week every player had to try out [and] I would band my knee and go out and train. If I pushed off, turned left, right or cut, I would be in pain; but I still pushed through that entire week.

I remember in one of the sessions in that first week she said ‘number nine, you’re a lazy player’. I did not take it personal because I knew she didn’t know what she was talking about. Maybe in the moment I was lazy because God knows how much pain I was in.

The following week, the pain started to ease up and my movement was a little better, and the communication between us opened up. The second week, she came close to me and pinched my side, pretty much indicating you have to lose weight. Again I didn’t take it personally; I took it as a challenge.

For the next four weeks, I gave up chocolate and meat—all who know me, know how huge that was for me. I lost 12 pounds in four weeks. I did strength training in the morning for my knees and then trained in the evening.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team head coach Carolina Morace (right) and captain Tasha St Louis warm up before kick off against Venezuela in international friendly action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 29 March 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Carolina never believed in strength training so I had to stop, which did more harm than good for me. Then came a time I felt my knee wasn’t getting any better and I approached her with Dr Terrence Babwah and told her ‘coach I think it’s best I shut it down because when you really need me I would be of no use’.

She agreed and I started the PRP procedure for two to three weeks where Dr Babwah had to take my own blood and inject it back into the affected area with a huge needle.

I know you are wondering why do I need to go to so much depth about the procedure. But I need to. I need for people to understand that I was fully committed to this program and I was willing to do whatever it took. I remember having to leave home two in the afternoon for a 6 o’clock session everyday. I had to pick up players in Cascade, then head to City Gate to pick up more players and then head to training before rush hour traffic.

We would train hard for two hours and after I would drop players off in front of their homes because I wanted to make sure everything ran smoothly; and I wanted to make sure I did my part as a leader.

I remember Darcel (Ahkeela Mollon) calling me venting for about 45 minutes telling me what the coach was dishing out to her. I remember telling her ‘that’s just how Carolina is, she is just blunt’; and Darcel replied, ‘Maylee it’s one thing to be blunt but it’s another thing to be cruel and very disrespectful’. And as time went on, I came to realise what she was saying was true.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Ahkeela Mollon.
(Copyright AFP 2016/Scott Halleran)

The falling out with myself and Carolina was a heated exchange of words between two highly opinionated, competitive and outspoken individuals. But I must say that the volcano didn’t just erupt in one day. There was a lot of tension leading up to the explosion.

Carolina did not like anything under the sun in Trinidad and Tobago. Everything was ‘sheeeeet’. I listened to her disrespect the president, the technical staff and the facility management. The day we fell out, in her pre-game talk, she kept saying, ‘you have accomplished nothing as a team’. I felt that to be highly disrespectful, because if we had not made an impact as a team and as individuals, she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to coach us.

There were so many red flags with Carolina, so many incidents that took place, that it’s difficult to process. Whoever hired her dropped the ball and they clearly didn’t do due diligence on her. Just ask the Canadian Soccer Association!

She did not respect our culture nor did she respect our people. I would say the one thing she did, though, was destroy years of friendships as well as expose the people who allowed money and opportunity to control their loyalty; and I thank her for the latter.

When it comes to Jamaal Shabazz, he’s coached me since I was 14. So anything he said was gold to me. No one could have told me differently.

He taught me the tactical and the social aspects to the game. He introduced me to Malcolm X books and taught me how to deal with the media at a young age. I’m thankful for the part he played in my development and he knows there’s nothing but love for him.

Photo: Morvant Caledonia United co-founder and head coach Jamaal Shabazz (left) and then assistant coach Rajesh Latchoo enjoy a good day at the office during the 2013/14 Pro League season.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

But it was not until I left Trinidad and was exposed to different coaching philosophies and perspectives, I realised there was more to football than I was privy to. That’s when I began to challenge him. We became two people with different perspectives and different desires when it came to winning.

I didn’t have a problem initially when it was announced Jamaal was taking over because I thought, being out of the women’s game for some years, he would have brought a different approach and perspective. That didn’t happen and it turned into a familiarity-breeds-contempt type of environment.

I once said to him football has evolved tactically, technically and, most important, scientifically. I knew he was old school which was okay but he also surrounded himself with a technical staff that was old school—so no evolving was going to take place. In the end, I wasn’t willing to maintain the status quo.

We had some back and forth with that entire situation, where we were not able to agree. The one thing I would like to do is apologise to him for the way I handled the interview with [TV6 reporter] Joel Villafana. My father always told me when I’m emotional or angry, do not speak or write—clearly I didn’t listen.

As I told him, I meant what I said; however I should have been much more tactful in my delivery. I want to apologise to him for that.

Photo: TTFA technical director Anton Corneal.

I remember telling Anton Corneal in 2012 or 2013 that he was the only local coach we believed could help us to qualify for a World Cup. He told us then that he’s the ‘TD’ and won’t be able to be viewed as a coach; but he would put someone to front and he will conduct the sessions.

During that time we went on numerous tours to Costa Rica, England and South Carolina. I remember Anton telling me ‘Maylee, the only reason I’m still here is because of you ladies and this women’s program’. So when I heard Anton resigned in early 2014 and our dream of going to the Canada World Cup was still alive, I felt as though he abandoned us—which I also mentioned in an interview.

Fast forward four years and [Corneal] has now accepted the same position and is facing the same situation for which he said he resigned, four years earlier. During the time Jamaal was coach, I was told that Anton Corneal wasn’t keen on me being part of the team. Obviously that didn’t hold any weight with Jamaal; but it sure as hell had weight with Shawn Cooper.

I assume Anton took my comment about him abandoning the team to heart and held a grudge—or he probably thinks a ‘half-chinee’ girl from the ghetto shouldn’t be so outspoken, or shouldn’t be so fearless to speak truth to power. Whatever it is, it’s no longer my business. It was never personal with me but he—or they—made it personal.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football icon and Hall of Fame inductee Everald “Gally” Cummings (right) has a laugh with Women’s National Senior Team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson before kickoff at the Wired868 Football Festival VI at UWI, St Augustine on 6 January 2018.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

Wired868: What can you say about what the TTFA provided (like training contracts) and failed to provide for this World Cup campaign?

Attin-Johnson: First the contract situation was a forward thinking idea; but it wasn’t carefully thought out. Honestly we had players on contracts that should not even be on a national team. No standard was set, no accountability held and no visibility was created.

I remember telling the manager it was important that the players who were on contracts needed to market and bring some visibility to the women’s program. They needed to start integrating themselves in the primary and secondary schools, so kids can know who they are. I don’t think that ever happened. So quite clearly, players were on contracts but were never held accountable for anything other than showing up to train.

Wired868: Looking back at it, what do you think went wrong?

Attin-Johnson: What went wrong? Hmmm. DJW; that’s what went wrong. The stakeholders of Trinidad and Tobago football did not do due diligence and elected a man who single-handedly destroyed football in our country; and I say that without reservation.

Photo: TTFA president David John-Williams enjoys himself at former head coach Tom Saintfiet’s maiden training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on 15 December 2016.
(Courtesy Nicholas Williams/Wired868)

Just imagine the first order of business was to get rid of Randy Waldrum, who created history with the women’s program. The reasons for Randy’s firing were unbelievable and downright absurd. Quite clearly he had a personal agenda when it came to Randy Waldrum.

Then we had Stephen Hart who was responsible for pumping blood back into T&T football. That’s a fact. We had top Concacaf teams not wanting to face us at a point in time. He did everything in his power again to get rid of a successful coach.

The moment these two firings took place, the writing was on the wall. That was the demise of our football.

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. Great article

    Thank you Maylee

    Others should follow and speak out in this detailed and fluent well articulated manner. This article I see as the beginning of change!

    I look forward to reading the view of others.

  2. The Equador match was certainly not the fault of admin. The team was afforded the best including Hyatt. The reason for our failure was the belief , like November 19, 1989, that we had already won!!!!
    We will never learn from our history and will repeat mistakes. Of course we blame everyone else. How is this mow surfacing?Did this happen yesterday? Or did someone now see some opportunity to self serve. I am not sure what the motive is but it is a far cry from the visa fiasco or the last team lack of preparation and uncertainty with conflict between admin and manager, for example.

  3. Again, I thank Maylee for her time and her honesty. It is always good to get insight into the workings of football.
    It’s been a while since we had players with big personalities like David Nakhid, Kelvin Jack, Shaka Hislop and Brent Sancho who were willing to speak out about what was happening within the national team.
    Some players seem to think that things will improve if they stay silent. I haven’t seen anything to suggest that is true. And notice three of those players I mentioned played in a FIFA World Cup.
    If you’re good and professional, they can’t stop you.

    • Maylee is brutally honest with her assessment of the reasons why the women’s team failed and why football in general is in shambles. The main reason she highlighted is of course DJW. I have never seen a more incompetent, uninsightful and arrogant leader in the nearly 43 years I’ve been alive. When it is rotten at the top, it spreads to all corners. It’s like gangrene where amputation is the only. cure sometimes. The president must go. Maylee mentioned about the coaches and was critical of a couple. Whether she is right or wrong would be open to debate. Each coach has their own philosophy and way of implementing that philosophy.. but what I do know is we need to organise the structure of Trinidad and Tobago football. There need to be realistic goals and financial backing is of huge significance. Without transparency and a clear plan, sponsors will be unwilling to support. The key to securing sponsorship is making the prospective sponsors believe in your dream and also demonstrate how beneficial their sponsorship will be. These are things DJW is incapable of as he lacks the personality, presence, ambition, know how and passion to do such. Many of his supporters would be reading my points and saying kelvin is hating. But anyone supporting DJW should question their own footballing knowledge and intelligence. I am being harsh because I love my country and football with a passion I know few could match. I truly truly wish I can put things right… just sort out this huge mess.. we have so much potential to be competitive within concacaf it’s just a travesty we can’t get the basic structure right. A 10 year plan is required for us to realistically think about approaching the levels of Mexico, USA, Costa Rica etc. What deceives many are the scorelines of a match. For instance.. Trinidad and Tobago narrowly lost to Iran. I read the opinion of my people on here and was stunned that so many people thought we did well. We were so poor in that game it was embarrassing. We had no control of the game at any time.. Iran were superior in every aspect especially the technical side. But while the players need to shoulder some blame.. the leader DJW is the one ultimately responsible for ensuring our teams are well prepared so they can do the country proud. The lack of preparation is damaging the confidence levels of the young players.. look at the U20’s the other day. Poorly prepared so obviously their performance would reflect such.. that’s not the players or coach fault. What DJW doesn’t realise is that if the football fraternity can see him being transparent, passionate, securing meaningful sponsorship and changing structures for the better.. support would be forthcoming.. as it is now.. these are dark days.. dark days with very little evidence that improvement is close..

    • Lasana Liburd don’t mention that idiot Sancho in the same context with those other people

    • I’m trying to figure out if player after player are sharing the same sentiments year after year….maybe we should listen.

  4. I enjoyed reading the article. I’m now convinced that Maylee was perceived as a bit of difficult player by most of the national team coaches. A player like that on a squad can be very problematic to deal with. If they are not managed carefully they can easily seed discord within a TEAM.

    • Carlos Lee “not managed carefully” what do you mean?

    • What do you mean by a “difficult player”, or “problematic to deal with”?

    • Nigel – like you is Maylee’s bodyguard awat? Lol.

    • Nigel Myers It always gets back to ‘blaming the victim’. The wonderful young dedicated players that the TTFA only exists to provide support to.

    • Carlos, I just want to know what you really mean, because I don’t have that same opinion after reading the interview.

    • Nigel – as a coach you need everyone swimming with the tide – aka on the same page. Every now again you come across a “strong swimmer” who tries to convince the coach that the team will do better swimming against the tide. When that strong swimmer is also a senior member of the squad and an influencer, the other players, particularly the younger less experienced ones, will start thinking that she just might be right and they in turn will try swimming against the tide. What you have left is an impossible position for the coach. It says a lot when the same player has issues with 3 of 5 national team coaches.

    • Carlos Lee I understand your point. But it presumes that those three coaches knew squat. You should mention that the best one and the one that took them the farthest had no problem with her. So maybe you should rethink your reasoning and ask this. Did they have a problem with their own lack of knowledge of the game leading to their insecurities and thus labelling her difficult. It’s not easy to have a player like her challenge your decisions especially in a country like Trinidad where because somebody ask you to coach a team you start identifying as a coach. But your point is well taken.

    • When things need to change it is natural for people to start swimming against the tide. When ‘leader/s’ see that as a ‘problem’ organisations can get old and irrelevant very quickly.

    • Gerard. Is it possible that Waldron didn’t have a problem with her because their interaction was too brief? Remember he was a part-time coach for a very short period of time. Additionally, he was foreign – and yuh know trinis does like to embrace everything foreign and ignore and disrespect our own:-)

    • Carlos, Randy was with her longer than Morace. And Hood got to the Concacaf quarterfinals with her as captain. And Hood is local.

    • Carlos Lee I thought we were having an intelligent conversation. Obviously I was wrong. It is very insulting to suggest the reason they embraced Randy was because he was foreign. I thought you would say because he was white. If you look around most countries have foreign coaches. But I know that”s a good throwaway line on this thread which unfortunately does not help local coaches improve. They can always blame foreign and white. Have a nice day Carlos.

    • Carlos Lee One more thing Carlos. When a coach is good and communicates what he wants effectively, the players will believe and follow and no amount of troublemakers like Maylee will get them to follow. One last note. Maylee is an outright goal scorer. She was asked to play a defensive midfielder and she stuck to it because she believed in what the coach was doing. Not because he was foreign or white. That’s called discipline.

    • I think people reacting to what Carlos saying a bit emotionally and it’s affecting the interpretation of some of the points he is trying to put across. Maylee is a good experienced player with a strong personality. One of the main reasons she was chosen as a captain. No one here can deny she can be standoffish “on occasion” if she thinks things are not being done in a progressive professional manner because it frustrates her. I can relate…. I’m the same way….and in my opinion the coaching environment that has surrounded the women’s game recently has been a poor one. We as fans can clearly see that much less for those involved in the fiascos. Carlos is saying if a strong influential personality tries to get her point across in a standoffish way it can undermine the coach and his or her ability to get a preferred response from other members of the team. Vice versa if the team in general has a lukewarm response to the coach it says volumes about if that coach is the right fit for this team of women. Waldrum to me mastered something these local coaches did not …the ability to communicate and connect with the women …this easily put him ahead of the game. People can say it’s because he was foreign or white….it doesn’t matter he did what the locals couldn’t and this allowed him to implement a structure in their play. Its a give an take on both sides of the ball for players and coaches…our local coaches don’t get that and their methods are a bit outdated as well. Not the best synergy.

    • Lasana – Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Randy tied up with one of the teams in the US Women’s Professional League during the preparatory phase of the Concacaf tournament. I believe it was his son who was handling day to day activities. Again – I could be wrong on that so help me out.

    • Carlos you’re wrong. Randy coached the team for the Caribbean stage, the Concacaf stage and the Fifa play offs. It was for four or five months.
      For the Caribbean stage, his son Ben coached the team alone for the first game and Randy was a constant with the side after that.
      Don’t omit the bit about Richard Hood being neither white nor foreign. 😉

    • Lasana – Thanks for the clarification. I didn’t feel the need to address the Hood point because that was addressed in my earlier comment about her having issues with 3 out of 5 national team coaches. If you read your own article you would realize that the two she did not have issues with were Hood and Waldrum:-)

    • Carlos Lee who were the three she had issues with?

    • Malik – based on the article she had issues with Jamaal, Carolina, and Corneal.

    • Malik Johnson I agree with ”most” of what you said.😊

    • Gerard Johnson that sounds like a win for me lol

    • Lee Mr Carlos Lee, all the coaches I mentioned, not one of them could come forth and say I gave them less than 100% or was difficult when it came to playing football. I only know how to play football one way, with heart and soul and each of them got that when I touched that field no matter our issues off of it. I could tell you though, I was difficult off of it when we had to start training without water and ice, or when a coach wants you to sprint after a two hour session without water for the entire session. I was difficult when nepotism and favoritism was taking place. I was difficult when players didn’t have food to eat or money to come to training (where we as players had to give to other players, to make sure they eat n train). I was difficult when coaches were scared to stand up for us, knowing the treatment that was being dished out to the program. I was difficult when we arrived at the airports and there’s no credit card to pay for equipment bags and I had to use my own. I was extremely difficult when we had to sleep on the cold grounds in airports. Trust that I can go on and on and on about these nightmares. So Mr. Carlos Lee if speaking up and demanding proper treatment and a level of professionalism makes me difficult, well then sir you’re quite correct in your assessment.

    • Maylee Johnson when you’re accustomed to a certain standard people will always call you difficult..I will leave the race card well alone, that’s for others to harp on about, I’ve seen it often enough

    • Maylee Johnson . You and your team mates were right to expect better. You deserve/d much better than that! 💕

    • I think an association needs to be formed for the women program. Alot of the current and former players all have valid points but an association will force whoever is at the helm to listen and try tackling the various problems.

    • Savitri – I don’t appreciate you and Gerard misrepresenting my “foreign” comment as a racist remark. My words were chosen carefully and specifically, so please don’t misrepresent me.

    • Maylee – As team captain and a senior member of the squad I fully support and salute you for demanding better treatment for the women’s program. No national team should have to sleep on airport floors, attend practice with no fluids, or have to beg for money to cover food etc while on duty. My comments had nothing to do with these noteworthy off the field activities, but more to do with your perceived on the field behavior, particularly your relationships with various coaches. Players and coaches have specific roles and responsibilities on a football team. A dysfunctional organization begins the minute the two groups start trying to play each other’s roles.

    • Carlos Lee steups. Dysfunctional organisation, precious egotistical, unenlightened staff, then put the blame on the athletes. TTFA need to be dragged kicking and screaming into this century.

    • Carlos Lee I never misrepresented your comments. I took a jab at those who add race to your foreign comment. I was being sarcastic when I told you I thought you would say race.. That was meant for others. They know themselves.

    • Actually she is not difficult, but she will challenge you if you are not explaining or bringing across your philosophy clearly, she is a Captain, and will speak as such to the staff for the beterment of the team.

    • Gerard – I think you unintentionally brought race into my “foreign” comment. But thanks for clarifying your intent.

    • Seriously Sheldon? I beg to defer lol. Wearing the armband does not give you a pass to say what you want to who you want and when you want.

    • Who said that she said whatever she wants. This is a player I have dealt with. I am speaking from experience.

    • Don’t conflate what I said with what you think.

    • Sheldon – dealt with? What does that mean? Dated? Managed? Coached? Clarify nah man😂

    • Carlos Lee For someone who was just complaining about misrepresentation, I hope you don’t mind if I ask you how does ”dealt with” translate into dating. Is that how you generally refer to women.

    • Carlos Lee “perceived on the field behavior” as I said, no national team coach could honestly say Maylee Attin-Johnson didn’t carry out their game plan/instructions with maximum effort and to the best of her ability. I guarantee you that. So I do not know what perceived, on the field behavior you speak of. So again talk to me about being difficult off of it (for the reasons I mentioned) and then you have a point. I’m not someone you can feed shit and I open my mouth and eat it because a coach says so, so very sorry!!!

    • Gerard – please. I asked Sheldon to clarify his comment. Please re- read my comment.

    • Carlos Lee I know what you asked. I’m asking why was dating thrown into the mix. Is that the way you refer to women who you date

    • Gerard – in Trini colloquialism when ah man use that phrase with respect to a female you and I know what it could also mean.

    • Carlos Lee I have a question for you. If you have never coached Maylee how do you know so much about her.

    • Gerard – I only know what I’ve read. You have deeper insight that you’re willing to divulge? By the way – are you related to her? Just asking for transparency sake since you have the same last name.

    • Gerard, his comment to me about dating etc was disrespectful to Maylee, hence I have responded to him. I will maintain a spectator’s role from hence forth

    • Do you guys participate on this site to have objective discussions and debate or to bash and silence those who disagree with your positions?

    • Carlos Lee So wait you have been repeating all that crap about Maylee based on hearsay? Shit I thought you knew her. Yes Carlos, Maylee is my daughter (thought you knew) and I could not be any prouder of her. It’s only when people like her stand up and speak out do we ever find out what goes on behind closed doors. So do yourself a favor and don’t speak about people as if you know them when you don’t. That’s not just about Maylee. Still have a nice day bro.

    • Gerard – I had no idea she was your daughter. How was I supposed to know that? lol. For transparency sake you should have divulged that the moment you entered the discussions.

    • Carlos Lee What would you have said differently.

    • Nothing. But you should have been more transparent about that. Her being your daughter obviously affects your ability to objectively participate in the discussions.

    • I leave allyuh alone for a few hours and when I come back allyuh start ah reality TV series? Just remember I’m contractually obligated to 17.98% of d profits…. thanks management 😉

    • Carlos Lee don’t try to push it down our throats. It is normal in Trinidad that folks like Maylee are sidelined and deemed as difficult and that is why we in so much s*it nationally.

  5. If allyuh think the reason for Maylee demise with Morace was because Morace was disrespectful you must get a second opinion.

  6. Really appreciate this interview, she was insightful, reflective and analytical. Wish more players especially male would be this open

  7. She spoke the truth about DJW and firing of the 2 excellent coaches. I wish Maylee good luck in her future endeavours.

  8. Article is proper nonsense. Did TnT qualify when this lady was captain? Now that she wasnt on the team she knows the solution. Allyuh post some Gary memes vs these articles that just read as sour grapes

  9. I hope when djw leave maylee will be given the opportunity to be apart of womens football for the future