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Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the managing director and chief editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

NLCB steps in but national football teams still in disarray

The State-owned National Lottories Control Board (NLCB) belatedly stepped in on the weekend to rescue the Trinidad and Tobago national under-20 football team’s two-match series against its Canada national under-20 counterparts. The Trinidad and Tobago team is preparing for November’s Caribbean Football Union (CFU) qualifying competition in Jamaica but was …

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Toasting Scotland the Brave

Technically competent, strong as an ox, a deft dribbler and a fierce striker of the ball with either foot, Jason Scotland was well worth whatever trouble he may have given the coach when he arrived in Dundee. Fortunate to be signed by Dundee United after scoring twice in a rare …

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Charitable W Connection beat D/Force in season opener

Charity begins in the dressing room at DirecTV W Connection. As Connection beat a 10-man Defence Force team 2-0 for the Digicel Charity Shield at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium this evening, announcer Wayne Cunningham informed the audience that the $10,000 charitable cash prize at stake would go to captain Jan-Michael …

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IRS investigates Warner’s CONCACAF legacy

Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb confirmed on Thursday that the United States’ Internal Revenue Services (IRS), accounting firm BDO International and global legal company Sidley Austin LLP are working in tandem to scrutinize the legacy of his predecessor and Trinidad and Tobago’s National Security Minister Jack Warner. The CONCACAF Executive was …

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Central FC joins Pro League; Jabloteh misses out

Newly formed outfit, Central FC, is set to become the latest entrant to Trinidad and Tobago’s Pro League ranks after being accepted for the Digicel Pro League 2012/13 season. Central, which lists its address as 53 West Boundary Street, California, Couva, will be the 20th football club to take a stab …

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The remarkable Jason Scotland

Can you recall a day in your life that you wish you could take back? Jason “Scotty” Scotland, a former trainee electrician from a poor neighbourhood in Morvant, Trinidad, does. His mother, Ann, now lives in a comfortable and sizeable two-storey home in Barataria. He drives a Range Rover. This July, …

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Madrid ambushes Barcelona to lift Supercopa

On the last occasion that Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova took his eye off Real Madrid boss José Mourinho, he almost lost it. Vilanova was assistant to Pep Guardiola for the second leg of the 2011 Spanish Supercopa when Mourinho inexplicably yanked at the former man’s face during a fracas. In …

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Mourinho stokes fires ahead of El Clásico

It is a new La Liga season but prepare for the same old José Mourinho. As Real Madrid tries to recover from last Thursday’s 3-2 first leg Spanish Supercopa deficit, the highly successful but equally controversial Portuguese coach returned to one of his old classics by accusing rival Barcelona of …

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Madrid prepares for Barcelona examination

“Are you a football fan?” I asked the taxi-driver, who collected me at the Barajas Madrid Airport. “Yes,” he said. “Real Madrid.” His eyes searched mine through the rear view mirror for a few seconds. It resembled the look of a man who had just shown off his girlfriend and …

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Pro League given grounds for optimism

Whatever may be the Pro League’s perceived flaws, neither a poor work ethic nor a lack of transparency is ever included among them. League CEO Dexter Skeene is aided by an enthusiastic young staff knitted together by Corporate Secretary Julia Baptiste—whom he describes as a phenomenal person and asset—and press …

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