“[…] I don’t think many of these player care to understand that many of us are left broken-hearted, kids left with tears in their eyes, and others just feeling like a laughing stock. I think it is time to get back the pride and dignity of playing for your country…”
The following Letter to the Editor on Trinidad and Tobago’s first round elimination from the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying series was submitted to Wired868 by Nicholas, a football coach:
Who to blame?!
I sat and looked on from the first whistle with child-like anticipation of the first goal. Then, as time went by, my anticipation painfully switched to heartache as I wondered: who to really blame?
Yes, I will accept the coach’s resignation letter without questions, but I see players on the pitch playing without heart or grit. Where is the passion? This isn’t a beautiful game anymore? Where’s the love and pride for representing one’s country? Don’t they care that there are little boys and girls dreaming of one day doing what they do?
Well not so much what they did yesterday, but they dream of having an international football career too.
I don’t think many of these player care to understand that many of us are left broken-hearted, kids left with tears in their eyes, and others just feeling like a laughing stock. I think it is time to get back the pride and dignity of playing for your country.
At the end of the day, most of you are professional football players. So we expected better!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Levi Garcia, Keston Julien, Sheldon Bateau, Duane Muckette; but something is absolutely wrong with quite a few of them and how they think of what they are a part of.
We are all in this together. So next time you step on the pitch, think about us too—especially the kids who scream their guts out, hoping one day to be just like you.
And, as for you Mr Terry Fenwick, yuh big and yuh have sense… Thank you in advance!