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Caledonia AIA head coach Jamaal Shabazz
has been appointed to the Concacaf Tech-
nical Study Group (TSG).
A former T&T and Guyana national men s
team coach, Shabazz is currently in Veracruz,
Mexico, where he started his first assignment
with Concacaf last week for the men s football
tournament at the 22nd Central American
and Caribbean (CAC) Games.
"This appointment comes at a time when
I am not working with any national team and
gives me a great opportunity as a student of
the game, to keep in touch with football at
the highest levels in the region, stated Shabazz.
The eight-team tournament is now down
to the four semifinalists; Honduras, Venezuela,
Cuba and host Mexico and Shabazz is thrilled
with the experience thus far.
"Our job is to analyse the teams in games
but we also have to interview the coaches
and managers as part of the process. So it
is also a tremendous learning experience
when you listen to the coaches from Mexico,
Venezuela, Cuba and these other countries
talk about key aspects of their preparation
and how they rose above some the challenges
"Then when you observe the training you
Trendsetter Hawks, led by "Most Valuable Player"
Luke Williams, won the Under-10 Waterloo Institute
of Soccer Players One Day Football Fiesta held at
Waterloo Secondary School, on Saturday defeated
Cap Off Youths on penalty-kicks after a 0--0 draw
at the end of regulation time.
It was the second year in a row for Trendsetter
Hawks, who in 2013 won both the Under-Nine and
In the semifinals, Hawks whipped Ralph Coaching
School 2--0 and Cap Off Youths got past W Con-
nection 2--0 as well.
The Under-12 final was also decided on penalty-
kicks with "MVP" Melik Robinson inspiring Crown
Trace FC past Ralph Coaching School after a 0--0
deadlock as well.
Crown Trace FC reach the final via a penalty-kicks
victory over Gasparillo Youths after a 1--1 draw while
Ralph Coaching School edged Trendsetter Hawks
And in the girls competition, Pecos Football Acad-
emy slipped past Waterloo Starlets 1-0 to lift the
Overall, 22 teams participated including Cap Off
Youths FC, Crown Trace FC, Trendsetter Hawks, W
Connection FC; Gasparillo Youths FC; Ralph Coaching
School; Edinburgh 500; Gairy John Coaching School;
Pecos Football Academy, Waterloo Starlets.
The trophies and medals distributed were sponsored
by Rev Mechanical Engineering Services Ltd.
can make comparisons between the Latin American
teams and the Caribbean teams, added Shabazz.
Looking to the future Shabazz pointed out how
important the current CAC Games tournament is
for Concacaf teams.
"These players are going to form the next Olympic
teams of the various countries in 2016 and the pool
for the 2022 and even 2018 World Cups.
"It s vital that we analyse what we doing right in
Concacaf, the emerging trends and what technical
areas we need to strengthen as a Confederation, he
"The recent Fifa World Cup in Brazil, proved Con-
cacaf has become competitive with countries like
Costa Rica, USA and Mexico doing very well."
Focussing on Trinidad and Tobago, Shabazz con-
gratulated coach Stephen Hart on the Soca Warriors
showing in the recent Caribbean Football Union
(CFU) Men s Finals but cautioned about the strength
of the opposition for next year s World Cup qual-
"I congratulate coach Hart and the boys. No shame
in a penalty loss and the way he rotated the players
throughout the tournament is something our coaches
"The challenge is us getting it right at the admin-
istrative level for coach Hart and company to get the
resources to compete with the likes of Costa Rica,
Mexico and USA.
"In the past, administrators have fired coaches for
non performance and brought in people from Europe
and South America, stated Shabazz.
The very vocal former T&T and Guyana coach had
ideas for the local administrators. "It is clear that
our play on the field has now gone past the level of
administration and governance that the current T&T
Football Association leadership is providing. And this
is in both men and women s football. So is either
they up their game and step up, or they step down.
"If they want to do neither and we as a football
fraternity allow another dynasty to be formed, them
we are to blame," ended Shabazz.
Shabazz appointed to Concacaf technical group
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