Trinidad and Tobago in Do or Die Match vs Bermuda for World Cup Qualification

June 22, 2008 at 6:00 am (Football, Politics, Rants, Sports, Trinidad)

Yes..That’s no typo. The team that shocked the world and drew with Sweden at the 2006 World Cup, the team that had Sven Goran Ericsson reaching for the Pepto Bismol up until Peter Crouch’s Hairpull of God’s Goal..has to beat Bermuda today, by atleast 2 clear goals in order to escape elimination from the 2010 WC qualifiers. This predicament is a result of them losing to Bermuda last week 2-1..

Surely I expected a poor performance but certainly not a loss. With a team whose average age is about 30-something…with obscure, no talent players with names such as “Ming” and “Frick”, I never in 2 lifetimes would have expected this result. And then the after match commentary by the space cadet of a coach Francisco Maturana had me on the floor rolling. Speaking to the press, Maturana attributed the loss to a “overconfident attitude” by the Trinidad side….the idea of this man to attribute multiple wasted chances and ridiculous defensive blunders to an attitude problem.

How does the goalkeeper lying down on the ground for seemingly an eternity after a slight collision with a Bermudan player and in doing so allows another Bermudan player to easily score a goal an attitude problem?

What does attitude have to do with Osei Telesford, supposedly a star of the local league, and more capable of playing on the team rather than the more experienced, World Cup experienced, Brent Sancho, chasing down Bermuda attackers, only to not tackle them and simply spectate while they score a goal or make passes?

What the fuck does he take us for? Jack Warner is clearly pulling the strings again and telling Maturana not to select the black-listed players who opposed him after it is clear that he is misappropriating FIFA monies that are due to them.

Where are Marvin Andrews, Christopher Birchall, Cornell Glen, Shaka Hislop, Avery John, Russell Latapy, Dwight Yorke, Cyd Gray, Densil Theobald, Evans Wise, Tony Warner, Ricky Shakes, etc????

Probably crying somewhere for seeing their disgrace of a successor or laughing at Jack Warner for thinking he could just throw any idiot on the team to achieve the greatness they did. I’m indifferent to the result tomorrow because may the best team win, and I don’t see how the following team, even though its comprised of remnants of the real T&T team can ever be the better team when matched up against most football teams :

GK Clayton Ince, Jan Michael Williams

DF Kern Cupid, Kareem Smith, Dennis Lawrence, Ancil Farrier, Michael Edwards, Makan Hislop

MID Stephan David, Osei Telesford, Hayden Tinto, Carlos Edwards, Keon Daniel, Aurtis Whitley, Khaleem Hyland

FW Stern John, Jason Scotland, Darryl Roberts

So what must happen will happen. Paraguay beat Brazil 2-0 in the South American Qualifiers, Russia beat Holland yesterday 3-1 in the Euro 2008 quarterfinals..maybe Trinidad’s defeat and yet to be seen early exit will be deemed another sporting anomaly or upset….If only the consequences were that simple.


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