I have been a supporter of Trinidad and Tobago football both as spectator and player, my love for the game started when games were played in front of the Grand Stand Queens Park Savannah under a stern administrator Mr Eric James as President.
Some of the teams that played in front of massive crowds were Maple, Malvern, Colts and the three colleges Q R C, St Marys and Fatima. The teams that brought out the crowds were Maple, Malvern, Colts, Shamrock and of course the colleges especially the Inter- Col finals.
My main concern is the type of football being played today in our Secondary Schools, which ought to be the nursery for our National Teams. The standard is nothing more than poor or very poor. On the field of play, there is no structure, just players running behind the ball questions are asked who coach these teams.
I saw some shots of the St Anthony College vs Tranquility Secondary on T.V 6 where the former won by 8-1. I being a former student and football player of Tranquil I bowed my head in shame and took to the phone to give out my frustration. Remembering schools like Tranquility that produced talents like Franklin Ollivarie and Ulric Boxhill, or St Mary's which gave us Geff Gellineau and Russel Techiera; QRC turned out Lincoln Philip, Victor Gamaldo and Rolph Clarke, while St Benedict's College fielded the likes of Leroy De Leon, Warren and Archibald and Fatima starred with Everard "Gally" Cummings and Earl Fough, just to name a few.
What bogs the mind is the number of youth Football Coaching Schools around the country with no positive results. I asked, Why?