One month since being named national head coach, Tom Saintfiet, is staring the axe. Three defeats in his first four games including Sunday’s 4-3 extra time loss to Haiti that saw T&T crash out of Gold Cup qualifying while playing at home show the depths to which this country’s football has sunk.
The second effort by our new look national football programme has been completed in a manner which can provide a review of some kind as to the success or lack of it.
Need to beat Haiti by 2-goal margin
Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s team will attempt to produce their strongest performance yet under head coach Tom Saintfiet as they go after a victory over Haiti by a two-goal margin to advance out of the CFU Gold Cup playoffs.
National coach Belgian Tom Saintfiet sought to cover himself by admitting that he did not have sufficient time to prepare the team properly for the Caribbean Football Union/Concacaf Gold Cup play-off qualifiers against Suriname and Haiti.
Trinidad and Tobago’s senior footballers were found regrouping and regaining their focus on the training field of the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday morning as they gear up for Sunday’s CFU Gold Cup playoff with Haiti at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 5pm.
Grabbing a hattrick or even just scoring a goal for your country on your special day is something all players dream about. First of all, you have to be lucky to have a game played on your birthday, then you’ve got to hope you’re into the starting team and then of course you have to hit the target. It all fell into place, spot on for Shahdon Winchester on Sunday January 8th, 2016.
There will be much discussion surrounding the selection of the team (chaotic and capricious), the match tactics (overly cautious, even cowardly) and the underwhelming team performance (lethargic and unambitious). Yes, Tyrone Charles scored a magnificent equaliser, but the team looked horrible and Suriname deserved to win. Our team belied their moniker—WARRIORS—and tamely conceded the match to an ordinary Surinamer side.
Trinidad and Tobago will not be going to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup despite a happy birthday hattrick performance by forward Shahdon Winchester as Haiti pulled off a come from behind 4-3 victory over the hosts in the final CFU fifth place playoff match at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Sunday evening.
TOM SAINTFIET admits to being no saint.
With his Trinidad and Tobago team losing 2-1, the men's national senior team head coach had a heated verbal confrontation with Aruban fourth official Ricandel de Leca near the end of Wednesday night's Caribbean fifth place CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifier at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.