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Newly appointed Head Coordinator of Technical Programs for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association Jamaal Shabazz said he’s looking forward to executing his duties in overseeing the technical development programs being put on by the association beginning in 2017.

His appointment was announced at the TTFA Press Conference on Wednesday. Shabazz served as head coach of Guyana in three separate stints over a ten-year period and is a former T&T national senior women’s team head coach as well as co-head coach and assistant coach of the T&T Men’s Senior Team.

In explaining his role, he stated : “My role is not really as an active coach but it is to coordinate projects and programs initiated by the technical director and the TTFA and get it up and running; and also to see if I can cut through the red tape and bureaucracy. For instance we need to get the women’s program up and running. We have started by appointing Carolina Morace and it’s to now to get the programme on the move.”

Shabazz will also oversee the TTFA’s Elite Youth Development Programme during his three-year appointment.

“I will be focusing on the elite youth development programme sponsored by NLCB, overseeing it and ensuring it is managed properly. I will also be involved in coach education and setting up courses and ensuring they are run properly throughout the length and breadth of the country.  The intention is to helps to develop our coaches and provide opportunities not just on courses but also by enabling them to travel overseas and spend time with a club. We have spoken about this in past administrations and now my job is to walk the talk,” he added.

He also intends to engage more football stalwarts in the country who were not being utilised sufficiently.

“We also intend to engage a lot more with these persons. There are a lot of minds in Trinidad and Tobago that are being under-utilised in football and they have so much to offer based on their experience. The Corneal family comes up, persons like Keith Look Loy and Everald “Gally” Cummings and others. There are so many people who have made their mark and can contribute and we can find some niche for them to be able contribute.

“We are also going to consider the young and upcoming coaches. And we have the next generation of coaches who need opportunity after they have given yeomen service in local football at the club and school level. This type of engagement could provide some employment opportunities as well.”

Shabazz added that one of his projects would be to set up a program for the Under 17 team to prepare for the next Under 20 World Cup qualification under Russell Latapy.

“One of the projects on my agenda is to kickstart Latapy’s Under 17 team to have it become the next Under 20 team and Russell has already initiated plans for them to start (training) in January. There may have been players he may have missed when he just came into the program, but certainly he is now going to start the new under 20 team which will be under 18s for 2017 and he will have two years with that team and there will be some longevity there.

“Russell Latapy is an icon. As a player he has stepped of the field  and he is now into coaching. He is very qualified. He can still go out there and demonstrate and excite the kids and show them how it’s done I think he has a major role to play in youth development and it also helps him with his future role to possibly take up the national senior team one day again,” Shabazz added.

Shabazz will also serve as a Technical Adviser in the TTFA.

“Part of my responsibility is to advise people in the TTFA and those who have technical responsibilities, coaching the national teams. For instance Carolina (Morace) is coming to Trinidad and Tobago as a very experienced coach in the world but will little knowledge of this country. I have had 20 years experience in women’s football and I would be able to advise her and say things like ‘Don’t go down that road Carolina, there are some bad dogs on that road.”

“Now I am very happy to live this new life to help other coaches and to open up other opportunities. I know also about doors being closed, being discriminated against and be denied opportunities. For me now it’s an enthusiasm to create opportunities for everyone. There is still a lot of disunity and division in football in Trinidad and Tobago and in the Caribbean, especially after the FIFA scandal. Football is a team game and if we are coaches, administrators, club owners and officials, and if we, understanding it is a team game, cannot come together nationally with everyone working and pulling in the same direction then we have missed what football is about. I also see my job as a religious duty to my Lord to help bring people together and let’s try to build a nation,” Shabazz said.

The West Indies Cricket Board has confirmed the schedule of matches for the return leg of the Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament to be played between March and April next year. (EDS: See full list of remaining matches below).

Matches in the return leg will follow the Regional Super50 Tournament which will be staged during a month-long period between late January and early February at venues in the islands of Antigua and Barbados.

The return leg of Digicel R4Day matches will feature two day/night fixtures – Jamaica Scorpions vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park in the seventh round from Friday, March 17 to Monday, March 20, and Barbados Pride vs Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the ninth and penultimate round from Friday, April 7 to Monday, April 10.

The Pride will also be looking forward to the return leg of their matches, all of which are scheduled to be contested on home soil, due to the unavailability of the World-famous Kensington Oval during the first leg of matches currently taking place.

RESULTS OF MATCHES

Round 1 – November 11 to 14

Jaguars beat Scorpions by 181 runs – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana

Hurricanes drew with Pride – Warner Park, St. Kitts

Red Force beat Volcanoes by 9 wickets – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

Round 2 – November 18 to 21

Scorpions beat Volcanoes by 41 runs – Sabina Park, Jamaica

Red Force lost to Pride by 292 runs – Queen’s Park Oval

Hurricanes beat Jaguars by 4 wickets – Warner Park

Round 3 – November 25 to 28

Red Force drew with Hurricanes – Queen’s Park Oval

Scorpions drew with Pride – Sabina Park

Round 3 – November 26 to 29

Volcanoes drew with Jaguars – Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground, St. Lucia

REMAINING MATCHES

(Scheduled daily, local start times in brackets)

Round 4 – December 8 to 11

Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park (10 am)

Round 4 – December 9 to 12

Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – Windsor Park, Dominica (10 am)

Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium (3 pm)

Round 5 – December 15 to 18

Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Warner Park (3 pm)

Round 5 – December 16 to 19

Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)

Pride vs Volcanoes – Windsor Park (10 am)

***BREAK FOR CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR’S/REGIONAL SUPER50***

Round 6 – March 10 to 13

Volcanoes vs Red Force – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada (10 am)

Scorpions vs Jaguars – Sabina Park (10 am)

Round 6 – March 11 to 14

Pride vs Hurricanes – Kensington Oval, Barbados (10 am)

Round 7 – March 17 to 20

Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval (10 am)

Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval (10 am)

Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park (3 pm)

Round 8 – March 24 to 27

Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Warner Park (10 am)

Pride vs Jaguars – Kensington Oval (10 am)

Red Force vs Scorpions – Queen’s Park Oval (10 am)

***LATE SEASON BREAK***

Round 9 – April 7 to 10

Volcanoes vs Scorpions – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent (10 am)

Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (10 am)

Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval (3 pm)

Round 10 – April 15 to 18

Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium (10 am)

Hurricanes vs Red Force – Warner Park (10 am)

Pride vs Scorpions – Kensington Oval (10 am)

WICB Media Release.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is today pleased to announce two major appointments for its Men and Women Senior National Teams.

The TTFA welcomes to the organisation, Ms. Carolina Morace who has been appointed as Head Coach for our Women’s National Senior Team and Director of Women’s Football and Mr. Tom Saintfiet who will take up the position of Head Coach of our Men’s National Senior Team.

These and other announcements were made at a Press Conference hosted by TTFA at the Courtyard Marriott in Port of Spain.

Morace, age 52, served as  Head Coach of Canada’s Senior Women’s team from 2009-2011. She led Canada to winners row at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup and qualification to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was also Head Coach of the Italian National Senior and Under 19 Women’s Team in 2000-2005. She became the first woman to ever coach a Men’s Professional Team – AS Viterbase of Italy in 1999.

Morace played for the Italy Senior Women’s Team between 1978-1997, scoring 105 goals in 153 appearances, making her debut at age 14. She set a record for both men and women, being the first and only player to score four goals in a single match at Wembley Stadium. She was also the first player to score a hattrick at a FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991 and became the first woman to be inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.

Morace holds a UEFA Pro License and is a FIFA Instructor. She is currently a FIFA World Ambassador for Women’s football and is also a lawyer and television football commentator.

Saintfiet, age 43, is from Belgium and was a player between 1983 and 1997 before going onto become the youngest manager (head coach) in Belgian Football at the age of 24. He is the former head coach of Finnish Premier League club RoPS Rovaniemi. At the international level for country, he is the former Head Coach of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Yemen, Malawi, Togo and Bangladesh. He is also a former Technical Director of the Nigerian Football Association.

Saintfiet also coached the Qatar Under 17 Men’s Team to third place in the AFC Asian Championships and qualified Qatar for the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in 2004.

He holds a UEFA Pro License and has a Bachelor in Sports and Business Psychology. He speaks English, French, Dutch and German with basic knowledge of Arabic, Afrikaans, Faeroes and Spanish.

You can find more information about Saintfiet and Morace in the attached CVs.

There were other disclosures made at the Press Conference. Further updates will be made on this website.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is set to announce the new head coach for the national senior team on Wednesday morning, but according to an article on Wired868…the cat is already out of the bag.

And…the new head coach is 43-year-old Belgian, Tom Saintfiet.

Saintfelt, according to Wired868, has never coached professionally in Europe, was kicked out of Zimbabwe and Nigeria due to concerns about his quality, lasted six months in Yemen, only two matches in Tanzania and just left a team ranked 183 in the world by FIFA—which is 105 spots lower than Trinidad and Tobago, who are 78th.

His last coaching job was against Bangladesh.

Saintfiet’s best spell arguably came at youth level when he led Qatar to the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which was that nation’s fifth appearance at that age group competition.

The report states that on Monday night, the TTFA’s board of directors was presented with three names to vote on as their next head coach.

Colombian Luis Fernando Suarez, who took Ecuador to the second round of the Germany 2006 World Cup and steered Honduras to the Brazil 2014 World Cup, was one option presented to the board, while former Trinidad and Tobago captain David Nakhid was the only local believed to have applied for the vacant job.

Englishmen Terry Fenwick and Ricky Hill, Serbian Zoran Vranes and Colombian Francisco Maturana were also said to be among the applicants.

Wired868 said the board was informed that Saintfiet was bright, innovative and extremely affordable. It is uncertain exactly how much information was given on the three coaches before the decision.

The TTFA is set to host a press conference at 9am Wednesday to officially announce the TT head coach.

 

 

 

 

Keagan Simmons revealed that he is ready for the West Indies Under-19 training camp that takes place in Grenada from December 9-20. The camp officially starts the West Indies Cricket Board’s preparation for the 2018 ICC Under-19 World Cup which takes place in New Zealand.

After the camp is completed a West Indies Under-19 team will be selected to compete in the Regional Super50 tournament. Simmons was part of the West Indies Under-19 squad in preparation for the last World Cup but was cut ahead of the final training camp.

Despite being cut from the West Indies Under-19 training squad, the opening batsman divulged that he does not have a chip on his shoulder ahead of new camp. “I don’t think I have anything to prove because I saw my last camp as being a huge opportunity. Being one of the youngest members of the team I just tried to make best use of the time I was there,” said the 17-year-old.

He added, “I got to cultivate closer relationships with more experienced players at the Under-19 level and they shared their experiences of playing in the Regional 4-Day tournament, about cricket in their respective island I learned a lot about the game. Being in that environment help put me in good stead going into this camp.”

The Hillview College student felt that he would be more settled at the West Indies Under-19 camp this year because of his familiarity with the structure and coaching staff.

“I built a good relationship with the coach and other members of staff and I think I will be very comfortable this time around although I am prepared to work very hard. The coach, manager and staff have already explained to me how they feel about my ability and I have lots of confidence in my own game. I train very hard and I take the game very seriously,” said Simmons.

He continued, “I think I will do most of the same things because I have the same principles from last time which is to work hard and learn a lot and be myself which is very important. I have a lot of confidence in my ability so my goal is work hard and achieve my goals.”

Like every follower and fan of the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s team, Russian-based defender Sheldon Bateau is waiting with bated breath on the announcement of who will be the new man in charge of the Senior Men’a team ahead of upcoming international fixtures.

Bateau has been a starter in defence for T&T for seven of its eight 2018 World Cup qualifying matches, missing out only on the away loss to United States in September due to a double yellow card suspension.

And while the news of Stephen Hart’s exit as head coach has been the main topic in recent days,Bateau said the time is approaching for the team’s mission of qualification to be the main focal point again.

“It will be very important as of the next game, be it a friendly game or qualifications for Gold Cup to start thinking about our main business and about Panama and Mexico,”Bateau told TTFA Media on Saturday.

“We still have a big chance to move higher in the group and the next set of games will make it easier or harder for us to continue this campaign with that possibility of qualification.

” I’m not worried because I know what we’re capable of but I think we just need to refocus and distance ourselves from the drama and noise currently taking place because regardless of what’s going on now or what was in the past nothing matters more than the next two games.

“At the end of the day the fans want results, so for players it’s also difficult but this is what we live for and why we play the beautiful game of football.”

Bateau paid his tribute to Hart for his contribution dating back to 2013, but according to the former Jabloteh defender, the team must move on and look ahead to embracing the new man in charge and continuing the qualification quest under his guidance.

“As a professional footballer the sacking of a coach or the transfer of a player is a normal thing. Whether they’re gone for a good or bad reason the job for the remaining players remains the same and this situation is no different for me. But of course he will be missed not only by me but the entire team. He restored a great amount of belief within the the team and country to an extent and that’s something no one can take away from him. But like I said the job for the players remains the same and that’s getting to Russia,” Bateau continued.

And like his peers, the former National Under 20 captain is anxiously awaiting the announcement of the new boss.

“I have a career outside of national football so that’s where my focus is for now but of course I’m very interested in knowing who the next coach will be but it’s out of my control so I’ll leave it for the TTFA to decide and not spend too much time and energy on it. I definitely know it’s not going to be an easy decision at this stage in the campaign but myself and the team like to focus on the things we can control and from here on that will be our performances and preparations as individuals,” Bateau said.

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